The Best Alternative To Braces

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Best Alternative To Braces

Discover what Invisalign offers as the leading alternative to braces

As the leading alternative to braces, Invisalign can straighten your smile and also offer many additional benefits. If you are looking for the best alternative to traditional, metal bracket braces, then you probably already know some of the benefits an option like Invisalign affords:

  • Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible
  • Invisalign aligners are removable, and can be taken out at your convenience
  • No metal brackets or wires will irritate your mouth – and finally –
  • Invisalign allows you to view virtual results and a treatment plan before you begin the process, so that you decide if the estimated outcome is worth your time and money

Do these benefits sound like the best alternative to braces to you? To many, some of these additional benefits may even come as a surprise. However, most potential Invisalign patients like you want to learn a little bit more about Invisalign before committing to this life changing option. That is why the team at Penn Dental has researched some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign for you, in addition to offering a free Invisalign consultation for those ready to take the next step.

Now, you already know that a worthwhile alternative to braces will require investment of both time and money. That is why it may come as no surprise that the most frequently raised questions about Invisalign bring up these two points. Therefore, we hope that these responses from the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign will help you better understand the demands of your investment.

Why Invisalign is the Best Alternative To Braces

There are many great reasons why Invisalign is the best alternative to braces. Here are the financial and timeline reasons as to why you should make Invisalign a serious consideration.

How long will treatment take?

According to Invisalign’s responses, the average adult case takes only 12 months! That’s just about a year from start to finish for a straighter, healthier, more beautiful looking smile. And what about the kids? “The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary,” Invisalign says. However, in all cases, the estimated length of time will depend on the severity of your case and can only be determined by an Invisalign trained doctor.

What will affect treatment length?

“Aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day,” Invisalign states, “and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.” That means more time for you to enjoy the foods you love, and less time worrying about the health of your teeth and gums when traditional braces keep you from cleaning properly. The only cost? Ensuring that you wear your Invisalign aligners for most of the day. If you do, you will also be more likely to complete your Invisalign process on schedule! Another factor to ensuring that your treatment moves along smoothly and efficiently is regular doctor visits. Your Invisalign trained doctor should see you approximately every four to six weeks to assess your progress and to be sure that everything is going as planned.

What about post-treatment maintenance?

While it’s true that your Invisalign treatment should be relatively speedy, you will have to maintain the changes post-treatment. According to Invisalign, “Most doctors recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether braces or Invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position.” Of course, your doctor will be able to provide you with more information about this.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Perhaps the most important factor to you, Invisalign is comparable in cost to traditional braces. Though this may not give you a very concrete idea, only your Invisalign trained doctor can determine the cost based on your specific needs. Some factors which will affect the cost of your Invisalign treatment include the following:

  • Your treatment goals and how “perfect” you want your smile to be
  • The difficulty of your case and how many factors need to be corrected
  • Where you live, and
  • Additional factors which your doctor will determine
Does insurance cover Invisalign?

We have good news! Most dental insurers that provide orthodontic coverage will cover Invisalign like traditional braces. However, medical and dental benefits differ from policy to policy, and you should check with your insurance provider before committing to Invisalign.

Are payment options available?

Penn Dental Family Practice will help you to find ways to make your Invisalign treatment affordable. To do this, our offices offer affordable and flexible monthly payment plans. Additionally, our practice offers financing options through CareCredit.

A Life-Changing Alternative To Braces

More than 3 million patients have been treated with Invisalign worldwide, and all of these patients are saying the same thing – Invisalign is the best option out there. Whether you are specifically looking for an alternative to traditional braces, or just want your teeth straightened, Invisalign is probably the best choice for seeing the process through.

Beyond the many positive convenience, image, and investment benefits of Invisalign, you can also expect these other treatment benefits:

Reputable:
  • Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA
  • Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign aligners, was founded in 1997
  • Align Technology, Inc., received clearance from the FDA in 1998 to sell and market the Invisalign system
  • Millions of patients have been treated so far, and that number grows daily
Virtually Painless:
  • Invisalign moves your teeth without the pain and anxiety traditional braces cause
  • The only minor discomfort Invisalign patients encounter is a feeling of pressure which usually passes a couple of days after starting a new treatment stage
Positive Life Change:
  • From the moment they begin treatment, most patients note an increase in self confidence. This confidence comes from the knowledge that they are correcting what makes them feel insecure in a manner which is virtually undetectable by others
  • The increased self confidence which Invisalign provides usually aids patients in their mental abilities to achieve goals and excel at the challenges given them
  • An indirect, but noticeable change in Invisalign patients’ capabilities helps these individuals to feel happier, and more successful in their lives

Making the Final Decision

At Penn Dental Family Practice, we represent only the region’s top dentists. That’s right: If you want your Invisalign treatment taken care of properly, then Penn Dental offers you the choice of some of the top Invisalign trained doctors in the nation.

Of course, our notoriety and expertise in the area of Invisalign treatment only follows the Penn Dental way: We are committed to leading the field of dental medicine. Doing so gives our patients the best treatment available, and also trains tomorrow’s dentists to do the same.


If you have any comments or questions, you can feel free to write them below. However, we are confident that Invisalign treatment at Penn Dental Family Practice is a great option for you. For more information, or to schedule a visit, simply give us a call. We hope to hear from you soon!