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All Your Questions About Invisible Braces Answered

Close-up of man with big smile holding orthodontic braces tray in dental officeAfter the news that a patient needs braces wears off, the barrage of questions usually starts coming.  “How long do I have to wear braces?” “What are my options for braces?” (That answer is here.) If the patient chooses invisible braces, another list of questions usually follows.  We’ve done our best to answer some of the most common questions about invisible braces; our answers are specifically about Invisalign, which is the brand that we carry and recommend for anyone who wants to use invisible braces to correct their orthodontic issues.

How do invisible braces work?

Invisible braces are custom made for each user.  Invisible braces correct orthodontic problems with a series of removable clear trays that need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day.  Invisible braces can be removed for normal brushing and flossing, which helps keep teeth clean and your breath fresh.

How do I care for my invisible braces? 

There is a specific cleaning system that can be ordered for invisible braces or the user can brush and rinse the aligners in water.

Do I have to be careful about what I eat while I have invisible braces?

There are no food restrictions if you choose invisible braces. The aligners can be removed so you can eat and drink what you want.

Will it correct my alignment issue? Who can use invisible braces?

Invisible braces can correct a number of alignment issues; your dentist or orthodontist can tell you if invisible braces are the right option for you.  These braces are only available for teens and adults, and require less orthodontist visits than traditional braces.  To find out if invisible braces are right for you, schedule an appointment.

How much do invisible braces cost?

The cost for traditional braces and Invisalign are the same at Watertown Area Dental Clinic.  To find out the exact price of braces, schedule a free consultation.

Does insurance cover invisible braces?

It depends on the type of insurance you have.  Some dental plans completely cover the cost of invisible braces, while others only cover only partial or none at all.  The best way to find out is to contact your insurance provider to find out whether and, if so, how much of the cost is covered under your insurance plan.

8 of Your Most Frequently Asked Questions about Braces Answered

Close-up of man with big smile holding orthodontic braces tray in dental officeWhen we tell patients they may need braces, they have a million questions.  While we can’t list all of the questions here, we can list the most frequently asked questions and answers that you’ll want to know when you hear “you need braces.”

Are braces only for crooked teeth?

No. While braces have always been associated only with crooked teeth, braces are also helpful for correcting any number of issues such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, and crowding of the teeth.

What are my options for braces?

There are typically four options for patients who need braces:

  • Traditional Braces use stainless steel brackets and rubber bands that move your teeth by applying pressure. Today’s braces are thinner than older versions and can correct the issue quickly (faster than invisible braces).  Traditional braces need to be cleaned carefully, and do require some maintenance.  Patients cannot eat some foods while they have braces on.
  • Ceramic Braces work the same way as traditional braces, without the stainless steel. These braces are made to blend in with your teeth and use white and clear bands. Usually these braces are less obvious than traditional braces but require more maintenance by patients before they are not as durable.
  • Lingual Braces are traditional braces that are installed behind the teeth, which makes them virtually unnoticeable. Because of this, lingual braces take longer to put in and can impact a person’s speaking.  Lingual braces can be hard to clean.
  • Invisible Braces (Invisalign) correct orthodontic problems with a series of removable clear trays that need to be worn for 20 hours a day. Patients can eat any food while they have invisible braces.  Invisible braces are only available for teens and adults, and require less orthodontist visits than traditional braces.

Do braces hurt?

Our patients have reported some discomfort while wearing braces, most commonly after tightening appointments.  If you do experience some discomfort, your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter medication to help manage the discomfort.

Does Invisalign cost more than traditional braces?

Not at Area Dental Clinic in Watertown.  The cost for traditional braces and Invisalign are the same.

Where can I get braces?

To find out if you need braces, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or a dentist certified to provide orthodontic services (both Dr. Thomas and Dr. Gibson are certified).  The dentist or orthodontist examines your teeth, takes x-rays if needed, and discusses the options for braces with you.

How long do I need braces?

Every person is different, and so is the time they need to wear braces to correct their problem.  Some patients need braces for only 6 months, while others may need treatment for 2 years to correct their issue.

Does insurance cover the cost of braces?

It depends on the type of insurance you have.  Some dental insurance does cover braces, others cover a part of the cost, while others do not cover the cost in any way.  The best way to find out is to contact your insurance provider to find out whether and, if so, how much of the cost is covered under your insurance plan.

Where can I find out more about braces?

If you have any questions about dental braces, contact one of our Area Dental Clinic dentists, Dr. Gibson or Dr. Thomas. Both dentists are certified to provide orthodontic services to adults and children, including Invisalign, and can answer any questions you have. Schedule a consultation to get an exam and information so you can find out more about your specific condition and braces.