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Medicaid Cover Portion Invisalign Braces
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays designed to tip your teeth into improved alignment. They are extremely esthetic, and must be worn >22 hours/day to be effective. They are not a braces substitute, are only about 60% as effective, take longer, are more expensive, and don't provide as much post-treatment stability. See an Orthodontic ...Read more
Hey I am having invisalign braces & before I had no prob with pronouncing S but now I am having a lisp with and without the braces. How can I fix that?
Be patient: It is very common for the speech to be affected during active Invisalign treatment. Pronouncing words that begin with the letter "S is the most common complaint. It will improve as the teeth move into alignment. Always make sure that your dentist is aware so that he/she can give you the right solution. Good luck. ...Read more
Are you compliant?: Invisalign can be a better value than traditional orthodontics. They are esthetically pleasing and oral hygiene, especially flossing, is a breeze. While invisalign cannot be prescribed for all ortho issues, the greatest problem and the # 1 reason for failure is lack of compliance! If you cannot commit to wearing them at all times except eating and brushing / flossing you're tossing money away! ...Read more
Depends: Know that, in the hands of fully trained orthodontic specialists, clear aligners are about half as effective as braces. In the hands of non-orthodontists the results are even less favorable. See an orthodontist for a qualified evaluation. Remember, everyone's different. Know that for my. Family I would tend to stay away from clear aligners. ...Read more
Clear Aligners: Worth is a relative term. How much is vanity/esthetics worth to you? Only you can answer that question. There are some tooth movements that are NOT as easily performed with clear aligners vs traditional fixed braces. Speak to your orthodontic specialist to make that determination. ...Read more
Braces: First of all make sure you're seeing a qualified Orthodontist for Rx. Second, braces Rx can provide about 95% improvement in teens. Clear aligners (that only work if they are worn) result in less than 50% improvement. Talk this over with a pro, an Orthodontist. And if you wish get a second opinion. Wouldn't use it for my family. ...Read more
UInvisalignse: There are a host of issues with incognito including impacted speech and overall treatment results. We will not treat using incognito. That said, invislaign can be quite effective for many mild to moderate cases. ...Read more
Damage: Anything hard/sticky/chewy can damage trays and set back your treatment. But trays don't work if your not wearing them. It's a Catch 22. So limit "trays out" time and don't eat while trays are in. ...Read more
Depends on Gap: The answer will depend on the size of the gap/gaps between your teeth. Cosmetic treatments (bonding and or veneers) can close gaps quickly, but these treatments make your teeth wider, not physically closing the gaps. Orthodontic treatment physically moves the teeth together, but takes longer w/o changing the tooth structure. ...Read more
No: First of all, clear aligner trays are not braces. They are less than 1/2 as effective in correction tooth malpositions. Second, aligners cannot and do not alter skeletal malrelationships. If jaws don't match they have to be corrected first, then teeth can be straightened (better and faster w braces). Please see a fully qualified orthodontic specialist. ...Read more
Ask orthodontist: Simple cross bites involving one or two teeth can be easily treated with invisalign. When you get involved with multiple teeth and huge bony problems, then it's not so clear cut and you may need traditional orthodontics. The diagnostic records done by an orthodontist helps them determine the treatment plan and what they need to do to correct the problem. Ask an orthodontist. ...Read more
Do they really fit?:
Skipping that many aligners will usually prevent the trays from completely seating. This prevents your teeth from moving. Once that happens it is very hard to recover.
Go back to the tray you skipped! ...Read more
I have an overbite, and want to fix it w/o braces or invisalign. Is there a way to do that without those?
I can't: I don't know the extent of your problem. Please be patient, talk to the best Restorative Dentist and the best Orthodontic Specialist you can find. Make your decision based on what will provide for you the best long-term result. ...Read more
Hello docs, I need to get invisalign but I am not sure if it works, and I am confused on if braces are better?
Invisalign: Works but there are limitations. There are also some advantages. It's more important the orthodontist you choose to treat you than the method he\she utilizes. Get an orthodontic consult and ask for a full explanation of the pros and cons of each as well as what would be best for your particular situation. ...Read more
Invisalign on top: The simple answer is yes. However, every case is different. Depending on what kind of result you are trying to achieve will determine if you need on both top and bottom aligners. Sometimes in order to move the teeth, you need to have aligners on both arches, so the teeth don't interfere with each other. ...Read more
How much more will invisaligns cost more than braces. My braces cost 1800 for 18 months how much would Invisaligns cost?
Cost Plus?: That all depends on how much your orthodontist charges for clear aligner treatment. Remember, above and beyond the orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist has to pay the clear aligner company an "up front lab fee" that is fairly pricey. That is the reason Invisalign treatment normally costs much more than traditional braces. ...Read more
It Depends: It depends on your malocclusion and how bad your bite is. Invisalign is a viable option for many patients. If your orthodontist says either will work for you then you should do what's best for you. Invisalign pro's are easy cleaning of the teeth, can eat most anything and less discomfort. Invisalign negatives include they must be worn at least 22 hours per day and removed to eat and clean. ...Read more
See an orthodontist: You want to choose the treatment that will do the job right. In the long run, you don’t want to have to fix your teeth again. See a board certified orthodontist that uses both methods to straighten teeth. ...Read more
$6K to $7K: With invisalign. You get a very experienced dentist and you get terrific results. My advice to you is to not shop for price but shop for great results, both in your bite & appearance. In straightening teeth, experience & training makes for the best results. Much like a finish carpenter can create beautiful things & a basic carpenter can hammer nails & do basic work. Results vary. Quality is key. ...Read more
Depends on patients!: Patient compliance is an important factor when comparing the duration of treatment with invisalign vs. Braces. Both invisalign and braces work only by being placed and staying on teeth. If invisalign is not being worn on a full time basis, the correction it can provide will become limited to the time it's being worn. The same delay can occur if braces break frequently from eating hard food. ...Read more
Worth it?: In carefully selected cases improved alignment and interdigitation can be achieved with clear aligners achieving about 40-50% of American Board of Orthodontics standards. In the same time frame, or less, braces can achieve 90-95% correction and better post-treatment stability. Please see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist for an initial examination. ...Read more
Each case is: Unique and can only be answered by the treating dentist. Obviously simple cases are shorter in treatment duration than complex cases. Patient compliance is also paramount in either scenario. Hope this helps. ...Read more