What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the most cutting edge treatment option for orthodontic conditions and can nowadays be used to correct up to 95% of all possible cases of dental misalignment in adults and teenagers. This modern treatment is an often favored alternative to braces and involves several pairs of reusable splints (so-called...
Invisalign is the most cutting edge treatment option for orthodontic conditions and can nowadays be used to correct up to 95% of all possible cases of dental misalignment in adults and teenagers. This modern treatment is an often favored alternative to braces and involves several pairs of reusable splints (so-called “Aligners”) which are custom-made for each individual patient and slowly but certainly coax misaligned teeth into their proper positions. The most frequently cited advantages of Invisalign therapy over conventional braces or retainers are:
* Highly-aesthetic and almost completely invisible splints (Aligners)
* Very gentle on the wearer’s teeth
* High wearing comfort
* Pain-free insertion and wearing
Once a patient decides to go with Invisalign, he or she works closely with a dentist on developing a custom-tailored, individual treatment plan, which usually involves the following steps:
* Diagnosis and Planning – Creation of a detailed treatment plan for custom-made, see-through Invisalign Aligners via software support based on patient-specific photos, x-rays, and dental imprints
* Invisalign Delivery – A few weeks after the initial diagnosis visit, a patient receives the first pair of transparent Invisalign Aligners which can be worn for up to two weeks at day and at night and which only need to be taken out prior to eating, drinking, or regular dental hygiene
* Check-In Visits – After using up the first two-week set of Aligners, a patient can take several Aligner pairs home to cut down the number of dentist visits to one every 6 to 10 weeks
* Retention – To preserve the positive end result of the Invisalign therapy, patients receive so-called “retention splints” for longer-term use
In general, an Invisalign treatment last for about one year – however, more complex cases may require longer treatment durations.
When do I need Invisalign?
In general, orthodontic treatments for children happen between the ages of 10 and 13 after either a dentist or the parents notice clear signs of dental misalignment. The most substantial advantage of Invisalign over conventional braces is its significantly more aesthetic and flexible therapy approach. On the contrary to braces made out of metal and plastic and pieced together by wires, Invisalign Aligners are much easier and more convenient to insert and remove and are also almost completely invisible to the eye. This allows Invisalign patients to go on with their daily activities without the fear of any awkward moments caused by conventional and highly-visible retainers. Additionally, Invisalign offers not one but two treatment options to teenagers. For some, the same Invisalign therapy that is used for adults is perfectly appropriate and capable of delivering the desired results. For others who are still waiting for all of their permanent teeth to fully grow out, the so-called InvisalignTeen option is the optimal way to go. Invisalign Teen Aligners are made out of the same material as those for adults and utilize the same mode and mechanism of action.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The costs of Invisalign depend on treatment duration and the type of equipment used. Nevertheless, the following guidelines can provide useful information prior to an appointment:
* Treatment Plan and Analysis: € 380
* Invisalign (Adults and Children): € 5,000 all-in price (irrespective of treatment duration)
Nowadays, several Austrian state insurers already cover a part of Invisalign’s all-in costs in the form of set annual reimbursement amounts ranging from € 300 up to €1,000. The exact reimbursement amount that a given insurer will make for an Invisalign therapy varies on a case-by-case (patient-by-patient) basis. Private insurers pay for Invisalign treatment costs at least partially and sometimes even in full dependent on the exact terms of their insurance contracts with individual patients.
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