We tend to associate braces with awkward teenage years when acne and homework were a regular part of our lives. Fortunately, a mouth full of metal is no longer the only way to achieve a dazzling, well-aligned smile. Invisalign has revolutionized the way we think about straightening teeth, but what exactly is it?

How Does Invisalign Work?

Using a unique digital treatment plan, your doctor creates a series of removable, smooth plastic aligners to move your teeth into their correct position. Every two weeks you replace your aligners with the next set which causes your teeth to gently move over time. These aligners are worn all day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Dr. Knecht will check on your progress every six to eight weeks and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan based on how well your teeth are responding.

Does Invisalign Work For Everyone?

Invisalign is a great option for a lot of patients who want to avoid the look and feel of traditional metal or ceramic brackets. However, it is not the best treatment option for everyone. Since Invisalign requires the patient to wear the aligners night and day, take them out to eat or drink, and change them out on a schedule, adults and adolescents have the best results. Even then, traditional braces are the best treatment for certain alignment problems. The best way to know whether Invisalign is right for you is to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Knecht. 

Are There Any Diet Restrictions?

Unlike traditional braces, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign. Since the aligners are removed when you eat and drink, you can eat anything you would like. Long live sticky caramel and corn on the cob! Just be sure to brush and floss before replacing your aligners. 

That being said, there is one exception. As with any orthodontic treatment, it is recommended that you do not chew gum with Invisalign as it can stick to the aligners.

Can Anything Stain My Aligners?

Since the aligners are made of clear plastic, they can be stained by colored beverages such as wine, coffee, tea, or certain juices. Smoking can also stain or discolor your aligners. People who smoke also tend to remove their aligners more frequently which promotes delays in tooth  movement.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Any costs associated with Invisalign will depend on how much movement your teeth will require and how many trays are needed. Simple cases that require few trays will cost less than complex cases that require longer treatment plans. Fortunately, Invisalign is considered an orthodontic treatment which means your dental insurance may cover some costs. For more information on the cost of Invisalign and what your insurance may cover, call for a free consultation.