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Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign is one of the most significant dental advances of the last two decades. Before Invisalign, anyone with crowded or crooked teeth had to suffer the wrath of traditional metal braces.

The beauty of these nearly invisible thermoplastic aligners is that they help straighten your teeth and enhance your smile without the irritation and embarrassment of their pesky metal counterparts.

While millions of Americans have enjoyed the benefits of the magic mouth enhancers known as Invisalign, there are still many questions about the product and its numerous benefits.

Let’s help answer some of those questions in order to help determine if Invisalign is right for you:

1. What Is Invisalign Made Of?
Invisalign uses custom-made, 3D-printed thermoplastic aligners designed specifically for each individual’s treatment plan. Your doctor takes a mold of your teeth and then a series of Invisalign models are created. The process is pain free and infinitely simpler than attaching braces.

2. How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign trays use tooth colored attachments to adjust the position of your teeth in order to straighten and align. Aligners are changed every 2 weeks and each aligner helps to move teeth into more favorable positions. Generally, this process continues for about 12 months for adults, but can vary depending on the patient and your customized treatment plan.

3. How Is Invisalign Better Than Traditional Metal Braces?
While braces will help straighten teeth and fix crowding issues, Invisalign has a multitude of advantages over braces that make it exponentially more convenient.

For starters, you have very few restrictions on the types of food you can eat which having the treatment. With traditional braces, certain foods can get stuck between the brackets. In addition, Invisalign wearers only need to visit their doctor every 6 weeks. You can also brush and floss regularly with Invisalign, which results in better dental health. Perhaps the biggest advantage though, is in the name – Invisalign: it’s nearly invisible. You no longer need to be embarrassed of your smile on the quest for straighter teeth!

4. Is Invisalign Cheaper Than Traditional Braces?
Depending on your insurance and treatment plan, Invisalign can be cheaper than braces. Your dentist will generally issue a range of payment plans for Invisalign treatment, which makes things more affordable. When factoring in the overall convenience and comfort of Invisalign as compared to their wiry, metal cousins, it is undoubtedly the more valuable and worthwhile option.

5. How Can I Get Started With My Invisalign Treatment?
Call or visit My Plantation Dentist today for a consultation! We will take X-Rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create digital 3-D images. From these images, Dr. Finkelstein will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. We’ll even be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. Visit for more information!