No matter what age you are, no one wants to deal with metal braces. Thanks to the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, Invisalign, getting straighter teeth without them is possible. Dr. Niyati Patel-Parekh is a highly educated orthodontist with Pennington Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. She is a certified Invisalign provider to patients from Hopewell Townships, NJ and surrounding areas.
What is Invisalign?
Dr. Patel-Parekh uses this advanced aligners system to treat a wide range of conditions including crossbites, crowding, open bites, gapped teeth, overbites, and underbites. It involves using a series of custom made aligners that ultra-thin and clear. They are made from 3-D images taken at our office and fabricated to your exact specifications and needs. They are made of highly durable material that is designed to fit snugly against the teeth and gums. They should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for best results. You will receive a new set of aligners once a week that will gently shift your teeth back into proper alignment.
Invisalign vs Braces
Traditional braces have a bad reputation and for good reason. There are many benefits to choosing Invisalign clear braces over metal braces to get straighter teeth.
The greatest advantage being that they are removable. You can remove them to brush and floss your teeth so you can maintain proper oral hygiene. They can be taken out for all meals so you can consume a well-balanced healthy diet and you will not have to worry about avoiding certain foods. Metal braces are attached to your teeth and will remain there 24/7 until they are removed. There is also a long list of foods you should avoid eating including food that is hard, chewy or crunchy.
The other great advantage to choosing Invisalign is that they are clear. Being virtually invisible, most people will not even know you are undergoing a teeth straightening treatment. Braces are bulky and usually made of metal and are almost impossible not to notice, especially when you get food stuck in them. Sometimes, those bulky wires and brackets can cause pain and cuts.
The cost of Invisalign clear braces depends on a few factors including the current state of your oral health and how much your insurance will cover. The severity of your crooked teeth or other condition means you will need a longer treatment time. Since the aligners are switched out every week, you will require more of them. Every dental insurance plan is different and it’s the responsibility of the patient to know how much will be covered. The Consumer Guide to Dentistry states that the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,000 to $5,000 (based on the U.S. national average). This is similar to the cost of braces.
Teens and adults who suffer from the listed orthodontic conditions will qualify for Invisalign. Using a removable clear aligner will require some level of maturity and discipline. They could be easily lost and must be cleaned and cared for daily. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel-Parekh at her Hopewell Townships, NJ orthodontic office for an orthodontic consultation. She will perform an evaluation to determine whether Invisalign treatment is right for you.