Invisalign® is the perfect option for patients who want straighter smiles, but don’t want to spend a year or two with metal braces. Instead of using brackets and wires to correct misalignments, Invisalign® uses a series of plastic aligners that place gentle pressure on your teeth to shift them into their ideal positions.
We hear from a lot of patients who are curious about Invisalign® and want to know if it’s right for them. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear about this innovative orthodontic treatment.
How much does Invisalign® cost in Newington, CT?
Much of the cost of Invisalign® treatment is determined by Invisalign® itself—they supply the equipment we use to plan your treatment and they also manufacture your aligners. Because of this, the price is fairly consistent throughout the country. The cost of Invisalign® in Newington, CT ranges from $3000 to $7000, depending on the amount of correction and number of aligners you need.
Is Invisalign® worth getting?
Yes, Invisalign® is worth getting—not just for aesthetic reasons, but because straighter teeth are healthier teeth. Many adult patients choose Invisalign® after spending decades feeling self-conscious about their smiles; Invisalign® gives them the ability to finally smile with confidence.
Is Invisalign® cheaper than braces?
Generally speaking, Invisalign® is more expensive than traditional metal braces and less expensive than ceramic (clear) and lingual braces. Depending on your orthodontic needs, the price difference between Invisalign® and metal braces may be negligible. When you come in for a consultation, we can provide you with pricing for each treatment option.
Which is better, braces or Invisalign®?
We wouldn’t offer Invisalign® treatment if we believed it was inferior to traditional braces. Ultimately, the answer to whether braces or Invisalign® is better comes down to each patient’s orthodontic needs, lifestyle, preferences, and budget. There are some cases where Invisalign® is not an option, but for most patients, Invisalign® and braces work equally well.
How painful is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is rarely described by patients as painful, but you can expect some discomfort at times. When you first begin your Invisalign® treatment, it can take several days to get used to the feeling of constant, gentle pressure on your teeth; over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any soreness. You may also experience some discomfort each time you switch to a new set of aligners, but this is usually minor and rarely lasts more than a day.
Can I leave my Invisalign® out for a day?
Yes, you can leave your aligners out for a day and it won’t impact your treatment. That said, if you make a habit of removing your aligners and leaving them out for extended amounts of time, it can increase your treatment time because your aligners only work when you wear them.
Should you go to an orthodontist for Invisalign®?
Yes, you should see an orthodontist for Invisalign®. Orthodontists receive two to three years of additional education after graduating from dental school, allowing us to specialize in the proper alignment of the teeth and jaw. This training gives us a better ability to monitor your Invisalign® treatment and make adjustments as needed.