What Is Invisalign?


For nearly 20 years, Invisalign has been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles by using clear, discreet, and easy-to-use aligners. It’s fast becoming one of the most popular options for teeth straightening.

But with so much talk about Invisalign, there is surprisingly a lot of confusion about what Invisalign actually is. Invisalign is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s not a set of aligners you can pick up from the pharmacy or grocery store. Orthodontic treatment is a complex healthcare process, and Invisalign is one option among many that an experienced provider can use to give you the results you crave.

More specifically, Invisalign is an orthodontic laboratory that is in the business of printing clear aligners. Using sophisticated software, they are able to take the detailed notes, plans, and case histories that orthodontists provide and turn them into customized aligners designed to shift teeth into the desired positions.

It’s amazing software and technology, completely customized to the patients who will benefit from it. And Adirondack Orthodontics is bringing the best in Invisalign straight to the Capital District!

What Advantages Does Invisalign Have over Traditional Braces?

  • Superior in treating open bites
  • Superior in space closure
  • Superior in root control with certain types of tooth movements
  • No wire changes
  • No colors
  • Easier appliance maintenance
  • Less risk of emergencies (broken appliances)
  • No broken brackets
  • No poking wires
  • No need to worry about food, which would normally damage/break brackets
  • Fewer appointments
  • Treatment duration the same or shorter than with traditional braces

Is Invisalign Covered by Insurance?

Patients are often very worried about the cost of Invisalign, especially since many of them believe that insurance will not cover it. But this isn’t true! Insurance companies will generally pay only a finite amount toward orthodontic treatment no matter what type of treatment patients choose. (However, they might require that patients pay a greater percentage of the treatment if they opt for an aesthetic alternative like Invisalign.

Your coverage and benefits depend on your insurance provider and plan. You can lower your out-of-pocket costs by choosing a provider that participates with your plan. Using an FSA or HSA to cover your treatment can also help you save money. Plus, we offer many discounts and payment plans to make Invisalign affordable even if you don’t have insurance.