Invisalign is the removable and invisible alternative to fixed braces. Because of its transparency, this orthodontic treatment method is particularly popular with adults.
Invisalign – what is it?
Invisalign is a clinically tested procedure that can be used to correct misaligned teeth without metal braces. Other similar brands also offer this service – see how they compare like Byte vs Candid.
The method is based on the use of removable and transparent plastic rails. The method is based on the use of removable and transparent plastic tooth splints. This can be used to correct slight to moderate misaligned teeth. The comfortable braces are barely visible and thus enable an aesthetic and hygienic straightening of the teeth. The splints are made individually for each patient to ensure efficient, gentle and precise treatment. The aligners are made individually for each patient to ensure efficient, gentle and precise treatment.
With the six-time test winner among the supplementary dental insurance, you will receive up to 100% reimbursement for Invisalign orthodontic treatment, regardless of age and KIG classification.
How does Invisalign technology work?
The Invisalign method uses aligner therapy. An aligner is a custom-made, thin and transparent plastic dental splint. After the medical diagnosis, a number of tailor-made aligners are produced using the latest computer-controlled 3D imaging technology. These are worn by the patient in a specified sequence and changed regularly. In contrast to conventional braces, the invisible braces not only control the range of movement of each dental splint, but also the time of movement. In this way, the teeth in the upper and lower jaw are gradually moved until the teeth are straightened.
How does the treatment work?
After the first orthodontic examination, impressions, x-rays and photos of the teeth are taken. Using state-of-the-art 3D processes, you can see what can be achieved with the treatment on a virtual computer model before the treatment begins. In each treatment stage, according to the Invisalign treatment plan, only certain teeth are moved for each stage. This creates an efficient power transmission.
Treatment usually lasts 9 to 18 months. However, the total duration depends on how complex the particular case is. Your orthodontist can give you more details about this at your initial consultation.
At the beginning of the aligner therapy there may be a feeling of pressure. This is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. It’s much more of a sign that the aligners are working properly. In most cases, the symptoms disappear after a few days.
As with any other orthodontic therapy, it is necessary to wear a retainer after completing this special tooth correction. Thus, the teeth can be kept stable in their new position.
Advantages over fixed braces
- Almost invisible
- Comfortable to wear and better tailored to the gum line
- Easy insertion and removal of the splint (advantageous when eating and exercising)
- Less painful than traditional braces
- Better oral hygiene during treatment (you can brush and floss your teeth as always so that teeth and gums stay healthy.)
What are the costs of the Invisalign treatment?
The price for an Invisalign treatment cannot be set universally. In most cases, the costs are between 3,500 and 6,500 euros. If only minor tooth movements are required, 2,000 euros can be sufficient.
The exact cost of Invisalign treatment depends on:
- The complexity of your case
- The length of your treatment
- The user you choose for treatment
You can find out the exact costs for your Invisalign treatment from an Invisalign user / orthodontist.
What does the health insurance company cover?
Many additional dental insurances and health insurances now also cover the costs for the Invisalign treatment. However, since the benefits differ from health insurance provider to health insurance provider, you need to find out about this from your health insurance provider.
The health insurance provider pays up to 100% reimbursement for an Invisalign treatment that is accompanied by an orthodontist and based on a KIG classification.
How long to wear a day?
You will get the best and fastest results if you wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.
How often do you change?
The aligners are changed about every two weeks and you should have a check-up every 6 to 8 weeks.
Who is an eligible candidate?
Only your orthodontist can determine if Invisalign treatment is right for you. The only condition is that all permanent teeth are present (especially the fully grown molars).
Are there any side effects?
As with any other orthodontic treatment, you may experience a slight feeling of pressure at the beginning. Some patients experience problems with pronunciation and increased salivation during the acclimatization phase. The initial side effects usually go away after a few days.