Frequently asked teeth straightening questions.
How do invisible aligners straighten teeth?
Invisible aligners use multiple sets of plastic trays to gradually move teeth vertically and horizontally to achieve a desired result. Some invisible aligners, like those from Invisalign, add attachments or buttons to aligners to move teeth more dramatically.
What are invisible aligners made of?
Invisible aligners are made of plastic. The exact type of plastic may vary depending on the manufacturer.
How do I know which solution I should use?
Most invisible aligners are intended to correct mild to moderate misalignment of teeth. Some aligners can correct more extreme cases and bite issues using attachments. Traditional braces are appropriate for mild to extreme cases and correcting bite problems. Dentures and veneers are generally used for the most extreme corrections and may be considered cosmetic procedures in some instances.
Is a dentist involved in invisible aligner treatment?
The exact level of involvement by a dental professional varies depending on the invisible aligner company. Teledentistry companies, like SmileDirectClub, have a network of licensed dentists and orthodontists who monitor customers’ treatment plans remotely to ensure they stay on track. Invisalign is available only through orthodontist or dentist offices and requires monthly in-office visits to monitor teeth movement.
How long does the typical teeth straightening treatment last?
The length of treatment varies greatly depending on a customer’s specific needs and which method they use to straighten their teeth. Most invisible aligner plans range from 4-12 months. Treatments with braces average 24 months. Veneers and dentures give customers immediate results and last one or more decades.
Will my teeth hurt?
It is normal for customers to experience some discomfort when straightening their teeth. Pain seems to be strongest when new invisible aligner trays are used, or when braces are tightened, but it tends to dissipate within a few days. Most customers can find relief by using an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage discomfort. It’s always recommended that customers speak with their prescribing doctor to address any pain during treatment.
Can I use insurance to pay for treatment?
Insurance can be used to pay for orthodontic treatment, depending on a customer’s specific coverage. Many invisible aligner companies will assist customers with paperwork to request a refund of a portion of their treatment costs from their insurance company. Braces are generally covered by dental insurance. Veneers or dentures may be considered elective or cosmetic by some. Customers may also be able to use their HSA or FSA accounts to pay for treatment. For specific details, contact your dental insurance provider.
Do I need a retainer after treatment?
With both invisible aligners and braces, retainers are needed to preserve customers’ smiles. If a retainer is not regularly worn, customers’ teeth will gradually shift back to their original positions.