How Do Invisible Aligners Work?
At Newtown Orthodontics, offering clear aligners aligns perfectly with our commitment to innovation. And, alongside our dedication to offering people of all ages modern techniques in orthodontics is a warm, inviting atmosphere. Here, we believe everyone should love their smile!
Clear aligners work similarly to braces in that they address a number of orthodontic issues, which include:
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
- Teeth crowding
While both braces and clear aligners correct the issues above, this is where the similarities end. Unlike traditional metal brackets and wires (as with traditional braces), Invisalign and 3M Clarity Aligners work by adjusting the teeth with a progressive set of aligners. Although the number of aligners each person has varies depending on the specific treatment plan, most sets are swapped out every two weeks or so, until treatment is complete.
Benefits of Clear Aligner Treatment
One of the most obvious and patient-favorite benefits of clear aligners is that they are much less conspicuous than metal braces. Aligners are removable, as well. However, your orthodontist will likely recommend wearing them a minimum of 22 hours a day for best results. Take a look at even more benefits of the clear aligner treatment process:
- Teeth align without the aid of metal brackets and wires (that can tend to poke the gums!)
- Aligners can be removed during mealtimes and special occasions
- Foods are not restricted (like crunchy apples and carrots, or the occasional chewy snack)
- Dental visits are not as routine (as with braces in need of tightening)
- Oral hygiene practices can remain the same—you can brush and floss as you normally would
- Aligners are easy to clean (you can use your toothbrush and toothpaste)
How Long Are Full Treatment Times?
Treatment time is different for each patient. Often, the completion of clear aligner orthodontic care mimics that of braces—18 to 36 months.
How Much Do Invisalign and 3M Clarity Aligners Cost?
Some types of dental insurance may partially cover orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign and 3M Clarity Aligners. We also offer interest-free payment plans, as well as a partnership with Care Credit, in case you need help with payment arrangements. You can fill out an online Care Credit application here.
If you would like to speak with us about clear aligner orthodontic treatment, schedule your appointment now. Or, call us any time at (215) 504-5437.