Answers to Common Invisalign Questions

In anticipation of tomorrow’s Friends and Family Day Introducing Invisalign, the Marconi Dental Group would like to answer some of the questions we commonly hear about Invisalign.

What Does Invisalign Look Like?

Invisalign aligners are clear thermoplastic devices that are based on an impression, pictures and x-rays taken of your teeth and jaws. These aligners look like very close-fitting teeth-whitening trays, but are custom-fit to your mouth with the help of Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group.

Does Dental Insurance Pay for Invisalign?

Invisalign is probably covered by your dental insurance, at least partially. Dental insurance generally offers orthodontics coverage. Invisalign is a proven treatment for fixing malocclusions, so we can bill your insurer for orthodontics if you choose to use Invisalign. Our Carmichael dental office can give you specifics about your policy coverages.

Does Invisalign Really Work?

Since 1998, the FDA has classified Invisalign as a medical device, approved for use with the general public. Since then, millions of users have repaired orthodontic problems with Invisalign instead of braces. We have personally helped many area residents to improve their health and smile with Invisalign.

Can I Eat Whatever I Want With Invisalign?

Yes, you can eat all the foods you love and even those you don’t! Think of all the foods that you cannot eat with traditional braces, such as corn, apples, popcorn, sandwiches and sticky foods. These are all OK to eat with Invisalign, since you remove your aligners for meals. After cleaning your teeth, you put your aligners back in until your next meal.

How Long Do I Wear Invisalign?

On a daily basis, you will always wear Invisalign while you sleep, but you must wear it most all other times too. For your treatment to be effective, it is important that you commit to wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each and every day. That still allows time for important events (like dates, interviews, photos, you name it!), meals and cleaning your teeth. Long term, the length of time you need to wear Invisalign depends on the problems you want and need to fix and how long it takes for orthodontic procedures to fix those problems. Moving your teeth into their proper position does not happen immediately. Your jawbone actually has to change to accept the proper arrangement of your teeth. Limited treatment with Invisalign Express can last only ten weeks. Full treatment takes from one year to eighteen months or more.

If you have more questions, check out our Invisalign FAQ in the Invisalign section of our website. You can also contact us for a consultation on Friends and Family Day by calling 916-589-6462 or through our website. We look forward to seeing you this Friday, December 6th on Invisalign Friends and Family Day at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group.

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Is treatment with Invisalign Express only a temporary solution and regular Invisalign still the most recommended procedure for most patients?

Invisalign Express is usually best for relapse from prior orthodontic treatment or slight crowding concerns. Once we have done our initial clinical exam we can tell if you can accomplish your goals for your smile with either express or full invisalign treatment. Please, contact our office for a complimentary consult appointment.

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