Can Invisalign Fix Crooked Teeth?

 Dr. Kurtz | February 27, 2022

Can Invisalign Fix Crooked Teeth?

If your teeth are crooked, you may be thinking that traditional metal or ceramic braces are your only option. However, there is a third option that you may not realize you might qualify for: Invisalign clear aligners. If you're interested in learning whether Invisalign is right for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Kurtz at Invisalign Toronto today.

Invisalign: What is it & How Does it Work?

Invisalign clear aligners were introduced to the market in the late 1990s. Since then, over 3 million people have chosen this treatment instead of traditional metal braces because of the many advantages it offers:

  • Comfort
  • Nearly invisible
  • Easy to clean
  • No metal wires/brackets to worry about
  • Can be removed, so you can eat, brush, and floss without worrying about braces getting in the way

If you decide that you're interested in learning more about Invisalign, you'll need to schedule a consultation. The dentist will digitally create a map of your mouth and bite and the aligner will be made from that. The aligners are a medical device made of a polyurethane resin that is FDA approved and free from BPA or BPS.

According to the manufacturer, these clear aligners work 50% faster than other methods and are 75% more accurate. Plus, according to reviews from patients who have used them, they are much more comfortable and durable than other options.

While you can remove your aligners to eat and care for your teeth, you need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day. They will be changed out every 2 weeks. Each set is believed to move your teeth 0.25 to 0.3 millimeters. Each aligner will be made based on the expected progression of the treatment. If the teeth are not ready for the next aligner, you'll keep it for another week and try again.

Can Invisalign Really Treat Crooked Teeth?

Yes, according to the experts, Invisalign clear aligners can be used to fix a variety of alignment issues- including crooked teeth- that are mild to moderate. More severe cases may require other treatment options.

That being said, there's no standard for how crooked your teeth can be for Invisalign clear aligners to still work. It's important to keep in mind that every situation is unique and you need to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to get their opinion on the best treatment for you.

There are a few scenarios that involve using Invisalign to fix crooked teeth, such as:

  • Invisalign alone
  • Slight polishing between teeth required to create space for Invisalign alignment
  • Extracting one or more teeth before starting treatment so that you achieve the desired results
  • Using traditional braces to start with to fix the complex issue and then switching to Invisalign to complete treatment

The answer to the question "can Invisalign fix crooked teeth?" is a resounding yes. If you have crooked teeth and are interested in seeking alternatives to traditional metal braces, schedule your consultation with Dr. Kurtz to see if this option is right for you. He has treated more than 3,000 patients with Invisalign clear aligners.

How Much Does it Cost?

The average cost for Invisalign clear aligners falls somewhere between $3,000 to $5,000, which is similar to the cost for traditional metal braces. There are several factors that will be considered when determining your final cost:

  • Severity of tooth misalignment
  • Insurance coverage
  • How many teeth require straightening
  • Financing options
  • How long it will take
  • How many trays you will need

While most dental plans don't cover cosmetic dental treatments, Invisalign is considered an orthodontic treatment- so most plans will cover at least a portion of it. Our office staff will work with your insurance company to find out about your coverage, so that's one less thing you have to worry about.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take for Crooked Teeth?

On average, it takes a year or more to fix crooked teeth in adult patients. However, it usually only takes about 6 months to fix crooked teeth in pediatric patients. Some may take less than that and, in some cases, it may take up to 1 year.

Most of our patients begin to see significant results in 2 to 3 months and some even see changes within the first 2 weeks of treatment.

Again, as we mentioned earlier, everyone is unique and has different dental needs. Your teeth will shift at a different pace than your spouse or even your child. There are several things involved in this:

  • Genetics
  • Diet
  • Condition of gums/jaw

Another very important factor in how long treatment takes is whether or not you follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Kurtz. The aligners should be on your teeth for 22 hours per day. They may be removed if you are brushing and flossing your teeth or if you are eating. If you're not doing either one of those, they should be on your teeth.

Though you will not have to go in every time you change aligners, you will be required to come into the office several times throughout your treatment so we can monitor your progress. During these check-ups, we will evaluate and explain your progress and advise you on how much longer treatment should take.

Once your teeth are shifted into their appropriate positions, you'll be required to wear a retainer to keep them in their new positions. Typically, you'll only have to wear it at night while you are sleeping.

Find Out if You are a Candidate for Invisalign Clear Aligners

If you have crooked teeth and are interested in learning more about using Invisalign clear aligners to straighten them, schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeremy Kurtz at Invisalign Toronto today. We have two convenient locations: Front Street and Lawrence Avenue West.

During the consultation, we will do a comprehensive exam, which includes x-rays. Then, we will be able to explain your options to you and create a treatment plan for you. If you have any questions or concerns about Invisalign clear aligners or any other dental treatment option, now is the time to ask them.

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