As it grows in popularity, Invisalign is proving itself to be a viable alternative to braces. Not only is it much more comfortable, adjustments do not require pain management and the corrective dental device does not contain cheek-slicing wires and fasteners. Furthermore, there is no glue involved nor is there wire. Instead, Invisalign utilizes a clear plastic liner that goes over the teeth and can be worn in public without anyone realizing.
The procedure to get Invisalign requires a consultation first so that the teeth and mouth can be accurately mapped out. From there, an individualized treatment plan will be created and once it is approved the doctor will order the aligners. Rather than using the traditional slimy, uncomfortable mouth molding procedure, doctors who prescribe Invisalign can take a three-dimensional scan of a patient's mouth to come up with the first liner and how to adjust them in the future. An entire treatment plan can be mapped out with the patient never having to bite down on semi-liquid rubber or something equally unpleasant.
As far as time, the scan to map out teeth and mouth measurements is done quickly, much like a dental x-ray. Once the scan is complete the dentist can order your liners. As far as how long it takes the liners to arrive, the answer depends on the dentist, the location, the company utilized for shipping, and more.
In Los Angeles, the cost of Invisalignis comparable to traditional braces in terms of the startup prices and materials costs but can be as much as twice the amount, running as much as $5,000 per set. While this number may be daunting, it is important to consider the costs of upkeep and even ibuprofen that may need to be taken before or after braces adjustments. With Invisalign, adjustments are calculated rather than based on the painful tightening of wires in a patient's mouth.
While Invisalign is covered by many major insurers, it depends more on the individual doctor and what insurance plans they accept. It is always a good idea to check beforehand if there are any coverage-related concerns. Some insurers could consider Invisalign to be a cosmetic and therefore not necessary procedure, so having a doctor on your side for both the actual Invisalign consultation and for battling with insurance companies is a good idea.