Invisalign A Perfect Alternative for Metal Braces

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One of the most innovative products available to dental patients in the last decade is the Invisalign aligner. For those looking for a cosmetic adjustment to the alignment of their teeth, Invisalign is a perfect solution, and is now a much better alternative than standard metal braces.

This treatment consists of a series of clear aligners that help shape the teeth into their desired position over time. They work just like braces, but are clear and are removable so patients can eat or drink without them as they please. Patients can, and are encouraged to remove the Invisalign aligners to brush and floss. Invisalign is also more convenient for visits to the dentist, since metal braces need tightening and adjustment, while nothing is needed for the Invisalign aligner. Not only is the Invisalign aligner more flexible, but it is also a seamless fit into one’s lifestyle without having the awkward look of metal braces. Those who have even had metal braces in the past and whose teeth have migrated since, can use the Invisalign aligners to help guide their teeth back into place.

Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and they do not contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). They are made with USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins, which are safe for the body and will withstand wear from teeth while being used in the treatment.  There are very few cases of people having an allergic reaction to the aligners, but it is always best to ask questions at the dentist and see if they are the best solution. The way each person’s teeth are aligned will determine the eligibility for this treatment, as well as the procedure to move forward with the aligners. 3-D imaging and several moulds will need to be done to determine the path of tooth movement in one’s mouth. This is a very custom treatment and is only done by trained doctors that can offer the Invisalign service.  Invisalign may not be right for someone who has a turned tooth, or rotated in some way. Metal braces have been much better at correcting this, however, it is best to consult with one’s dentist to see if it is the right fit for this kind of situation.

Doctors who are classified as an Invisalign Premiere Provider must maintain regular treatment submission and take ongoing training classes to keep their designation as such. One can only obtain the Invisalign aligners from an Invisalign Premiere Provider.

The success of the Invisalign aligners depends on the patient’s commitment to wear them for approximately 20-22 hours a day, while braces are permanent until removed by one’s orthodontist.

The cost of Invisalign is often more than traditional metal braces. The prices of Invisalign are set by the local dental practices, so there is not set fee. The cost will also depend on the severity of movement needed for the teeth, as well as time needed to align the teeth properly. The average treatment time for Invisalign is one year.

Invisalign has offered a more flexible plan to those seeking something other than the traditional alignment methods, while fitting into their lifestyle. Each case is different, and one should ask their local Invisalign Premiere Provider when seeking this kind of treatment, whether it is for comfort or aesthetic reasons.

Dr. Tim Collins and Dr. David Landau offer Invisalign and other San Diego cosmetic dentist services. For more information, please visit

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