Patients who want to fix their teeth without making major changes to their lifestyle have the option of choosing Invisalign for adults Bergen County NJ. Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments in the world, fixing millions of smiles without the need for traditional braces. The Schulhof Center is a top provider of Invisalign with years of experience helping patients achieve happy and healthy smiles.
But maybe you aren’t sure how to get Invisalign and maybe you would like to know more about the treatment before you choose it. That’s completely understandable, and The Schulhof Center in Bergen County NJ has all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your oral health.
What Is Invisalign For Adults?
Invisalign is a series of clear removable aligners made of multiple layers of medical-grade plastic with rounded edges for maximum comfort. The aligners fit over your teeth and put pressure on them to shift gradually over a period of time to fix common teeth and jaw misalignments such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Other problems Invisalign for adults fixes include crookedness, gaps between teeth, and overcrowding.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign has been a top alternative to braces since 1998, and that’s because these clear aligners basically work the same way. The aligners gradually shift your teeth into the correct alignment. Patients wear the aligners for 22 hours a day and switch to a new set every two weeks, which is the equivalent of visiting Dr. Schulhof to have the archwire of their braces tightened, only you don’t have to go anywhere.
Once Dr. Adam Schulhof determines that you qualify for Invisalign treatment, a set of aligners is made just for you. Our iTero intraoral scanner will create a digital model of your teeth for this purpose, meaning you don’t need to worry about biting into a tray of putty. The scanner can also show you a prediction of what your smile should look like after you complete treatment.
Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?
Only Dr. Schulhof can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Patients with smaller than normal teeth may not be able to use the treatment. In addition, smokers and tobacco users will be asked to quit because you could stain or damage the aligners if you continue the habit during treatment. If you do not feel you are responsible enough to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day and keep up with your treatment daily, braces may be a better option.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Invisalign treatment usually takes around 12-18 months to complete, but the length of treatment does vary from patient to patient depending on several factors. These factors include the severity of your dental problem, how well your teeth respond, and whether you consistently wear the aligners. Your length of treatment could be shorter or longer than the norm.
The Schulhof Center offers a device known as Propel, which patients use for just a few minutes every day in conjunction with Invisalign or braces to stimulate their teeth into shifting faster. This can reduce your treatment time by up to 60 percent while also increasing your comfort.
Regardless of how long your treatment takes, it’s the end result that matters. By the end of your treatment, you’ll have a smile that you’ll be confident in for a lifetime.
How Do You Clean Invisalign?
Cleaning Invisalign is easy because the aligners are removable. The best times to clean the aligners are before you go to bed at night and after you wake up in the morning. But it’s also a good idea to clean your aligners and your teeth after every meal throughout the day to prevent stuck-on food, plaque, and bacteria from building up inside and outside of your aligners.
There are several cleaning products on the market you can use to clean the aligners, including products for those on the go who don’t have a lot of time, and home remedies for those who need a quick alternative. Keeping your aligners clean will prevent them from staining as well as decrease your risk of developing cavities or gum disease that could cause setbacks in your treatment.
Invisalign vs Braces
One of the key differences between Invisalign for adults and braces is that Invisalign is removable while braces are bonded to your teeth. That makes braces more difficult to clean and there are dietary restrictions that patients must follow. However, braces are an effective option for patients who don’t qualify for Invisalign treatment.
Braces and Invisalign cost around the same and have similar treatment times. Another key difference is that Invisalign aligners require fewer follow-up appointments and are clear, which means even your friends and family may not realize you are wearing them, making you less self-conscious about smiling during treatment.
Invisalign For Adults vs Invisalign Teen
Invisalign for adults is the same as Invisalign Teen, only with two minor differences. Invisalign Teen comes with extra aligners because teens are prone to accidentally damaging or losing them. There is also a blue dot on the aligners that fades away the more your teen wears them, providing a reminder to wear them more and giving parents a way to check if their teen is keeping up with their treatment.
What Does Invisalign For Adults Cost?
The cost of Invisalign runs between $3,500 and $8,000 or more depending on the severity of your misalignment, your location, length of treatment, and the experience and skill level of your orthodontist. Dental insurance usually covers at least part of the cost of treatment and can save you thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. The Schulhof Center also offers monthly payment plans to our patients to help them afford treatment and we will file insurance claims on your behalf. Don’t let the cost prevent you from seeking treatment. We will work with you.
Contact Us For Invisalign For Adults Bergen County
The Schulhof Center proudly offers Invisalign for adults Bergen County and surrounding communities in New Jersey. A complimentary consultation will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 201-523-9450 or 201-262-0231 today!