How It Works
Invisalign is a set of clear aligners used to move teeth into their proper positions. Your orthodontic specialist will take molds and photos of your teeth to send to Invisalign, where your aligner trays will be made. Each set is made to be worn for 2 weeks. At 6 weeks, a quick visit to your DHA orthodontic office ensures everything is on schedule. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are barely noticeable. Invisalign is worn 22 hours of the day, only taking them out to eat, drink and brush and floss your teeth.
- Aligners are custom fitted to your teeth, so they are extremely smooth on your tongue, cheeks and lips.
- You can remove the aligners to eat and drink. This makes them easy to keep clean, and also means you can brush and floss your teeth with ease.
- No headgear is ever required, and there is no need for rubber bands or springs.
- Many Invisalign cases are completed within one to two years, depending on the intensity of the case.
Braces vs. Invisalign
|Removable:||Yes, but requires visit to Orthodontist||Yes|
|Uses:||Brackets, wires, spacers, rubber bands||Clear aligners|
|Maintenance:||Tightening, wire replacement, etc. Every 4-8 weeks.||New aligners every 2 weeks|
|Retainer:||Yes, after braces have been removed for about 2 years||No|
Why choose Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are the braces of the future. Compared to traditional braces, they're more convenient, comfortable, and far less noticeable. Invisalign requires less maintenance from both you and your dentist, and saves you the extra hassle of wearing a retainer afterwards.
Candidates for Invisalign
Invisalign can help adults and teens alike who have mild to moderate orthodontic correction needed. Those with crowding or spacing benefit greatly. Invisalign is also fantastic for young adults who are active in sports or those playing musical instruments. Many patients experience an increase in self-confidence as a result of their Invisalign treatment.
Once you have decided to move forward with orthodontic treatment of any kind, it is important to reach out to your DHA dentist. He or she will give you an orthodontic referral, which teams you up with one of our professional and friendly orthodontists. They will schedule a no-charge consultation for you.
What should I expect during my Invisalign consultation?
During your first consultation, your doctor will talk to you about your tooth-straightening goals and examine your tooth alignment in order to determine your unique needs, how long your treatment will take, and how much treatment will cost. Your doctor will also likely recommend you have a routine check-up and cleaning to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy before proceeding.
How often will I have to change aligners?
Your doctor will be able to tell you how often you should change aligners (if they don’t, be sure to ask!). Their answer will depend on your unique treatment plan. Most doctors would typically recommend changing aligners weekly or biweekly.
How many hours a day should I wear my aligner?
You should wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day for the best results. Take them out only for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Are Invisalign aligners painful?
Most people report feeling discomfort the first few days after getting a new aligner. Invisalign aligners straighten your teeth by providing gentle and constant force, so it’ll take a little bit for you to get used to your new aligners. Many patients report feeling “pressure” and that’s completely normal--in fact, that’s how you know your aligners are working!
Can I chew gum while wearing my aligners?
No. Gum will stick to your aligners. If you are eating, brushing, flossing, or chewing, you should remove your aligner.
Will My Insurance Cover It?
To find out what percentage may be covered by your insurance plan, refer to the information provided to you when you enrolled, or call the 1-800 number on the back of your card to ask a representative. If you need help obtaining this information, a Dental Health Associates front desk staff member would be happy to help you. If you are a DHA patient, our financial coordinators will help you obtain an estimate of coverage if requested.
New Year, New Benefits
Most insurance plans renewed on January 1, 2020 and now is a great time to schedule your appointment at one of our 7 clinic locations.
Call us today at 608-284-5400 or use our online appointment request form. *Contact your insurance provider for plan details and coverage.
Conveniently Located For YOU
Dental Health Associates of Madison have several clinics in Dane County to accommodate any new and existing patients. We have locations that provide patients with affordable Invisalign in Madison, near Middleton, Sun Prairie, Burke, and beyond: