Starting orthodontic treatment is an exciting time. Just imagine the beautifully straight and healthy smile you’ll have! If you’re considering Invisalign®, your South Jersey orthodontist, Dr. Piskai, wants to share seven things to know for a successful Invisalign experience.
1. Choosing An Experienced Invisalign Provider Is Key
The success of Invisalign clear aligners depends a lot on the experience and skill of the orthodontist. Yes, Invisalign is a proven and effective teeth-straightening treatment but its success starts with the expertise of your provider.
At Piskai Orthodontics, you can move forward with confidence: Dr. Piskai has the experience and specialized Invisalign training to achieve your dream results. She’s also board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, a designation signifying adherence to the highest standards of skill and patient care, and maintaining knowledge and practice in current orthodontic techniques and technology.
2. The Invisalign Process Takes Commitment
Another important part of successful Invisalign treatment? Your end of the bargain! You need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking anything other than water, and for brushing and flossing.
What happens if you don’t stick to the 20-22 hour schedule? You might delay your results — typically taking 12-24 months — or affect healthy teeth movement. You also need to switch out your aligners in the sequence and times indicated in your plan.
3. Maintenance With A Retainer Matters
After Invisalign treatment, then what? Wearing a retainer locks in and maintains your beautiful smile. Long term, not wearing your retainer can result in your teeth shifting back, a natural tendency over time. We offer custom, 3D printed retainers to follow up your Invisalign results.
4. No Food Restrictions!
Because you remove your Invisalign aligners to eat or drink anything other than water, you can continue enjoying the same foods and beverages as always. Health bonus? Some of our Invisalign patients report they snack less to ensure they wear their aligners for the hours needed.
5. Invisalign Can Treat Even Serious Cases
In the past, Invisalign was reserved for mild cases. But with technological advances, Invisalign aligners can now also address severe or complex orthodontic concerns. Digital diagnostics and treatment planning tools like the iTero® digital scanner and Invisalign Outcome Simulator we use at our Voorhees, NJ office make it easier to plan complex movements, predict tooth and jaw movements, troubleshoot, and achieve accurate outcomes.
6. You Might Need Invisalign Attachments or Rubber Bands
Recent years have introduced Invisalign innovations such as special attachments and rubber bands. Attachments are tooth-colored buttons bonded to certain teeth to give aligners a boost for achieving complex tooth movements. Invisalign rubber bands work like braces rubber bands. The rubber bands connect the top and bottom arches, creating the connective force needed to gradually move the upper and lower jaw into an aligned, functional bite.
Thankfully, these accessories don’t change Invisalign’s discreet look. You’ll be glad to know that the attachments blend in with your tooth color and the rubber bands are usually placed towards the back of the mouth.
7. Invisalign Cost is Comparable to Braces, Especially at Piskai
There’s a myth that Invisalign clear aligners cost more than braces. The fact is, costs between the two are comparable. To make treatment more accessible, we at Piskai Orthodontics offer all-inclusive fees; whether you choose LightForce braces or Invisalign, they’re the same price for your specific case.
And really great news? Some insurance covers Invisalign like they would braces which reduces your out-of-pocket Invisalign cost. And at Piskai Orthodontics, we offer flexible, interest-free financing with affordable monthly payments and family discounts.
Start Invisalign With A Leading South Jersey Orthodontist
Now that you’re more informed about Invisalign treatment, contact Dr. Piskai and your expert South Jersey orthodontic team to start your smile journey. We love designing custom smiles for Voorhees and Haddonfield, NJ families with our modern, high-tech approach and fun, friendly atmosphere.
Give us a shout today for a complimentary Invisalign consultation.