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Invisalign braces are perfect for those who wish to achieve the results braces provide in a discreet way. Unlike traditional wire braces, Invisalign grants the added benefit removable trays. This also allows you more freedom with your diet. The unfortunate downside to being able to remove alignment trays, is that patients tend to forget or neglect to reinsert them resulting in a longer treatment process.
Invisalign alignment trays do require some commitment. Trays are recommended to be worn for a minimum of 20 hours. Invisalign alignment trays do require some commitment. Trays are recommended to be worn for a minimum of 20 hours. Trays sizes are changed every 2 weeks becoming smaller in size each time to properly push teeth into their ideal place. Some teeth would require dramatic movement to achieve a patient’s desired look. For cases with dramatic teeth movement, trays may be recommended for exchange after a period of 3 weeks versus the traditional 2 weeks.
Cleaning & Care
Alignment trays need periodical cleaning. After each meal, it is recommended you rinse, the floss and brush your teeth. This will help prevent and food from remaining in between trays and your teeth. It would be wise to remove trays before drinking and dark liquids such as coffee or tea, due to the fact that they will stain trays. A quick brushing and washing should remove stains if dark liquids are accidentally consumed while trays are still in use. Trays should be momentarily soaked in a half and half solution of mouth wash (such as Listerine) and water followed by brushing with a light amount of toothpaste.
The cost of Invisalign is actually quite comparable to the cost of wire braces. However, it all depends on the severity of the malocclusion. For simple cases, the Invisalign cost can run as low as $3,500. The average Invisalign cost is about $5,000.