By Ece Yalcin • Medical review by Baris Unlu, DMD on September 11, 2023

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Invisalign is the name given to the method of correcting crooked teeth by means of transparent plates (aligners) specially prepared. In other words, it is possible to define this method as "Wireless Orthodontic Application Method".

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What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is one of the orthodontic treatments that correct crowded or misaligned teeth and gaps. The treatment uses removable clear aligners that are custom-designed for each patient. These clear aligners which are plastic trays work correctly as long as they are worn for 22 hours a day. During this period, custom-made trays move the teeth into proper alignment. A virtual modeling software shows the estimated movement of the teeth and manufactures custom trays of patients. The duration of the treatment varies depending on the patient but generally ranges between 6 to 18 months. Invisalign treatment is popular and common among adults who don’t want to wear traditional brackets and metal trays. Because as the name implies, these trays are nearly invisible. Children and teens can also have clear aligners to correct their teeth problems. 

Invisalign is a personal treatment that requires a different number of aligners for each patient. The number of the trays determines the price of the treatment. The average cost of Invisalign treatment is about $3000. 

How Much Is Invisalign in Turkey?

Clear trays that are used in Invisalign treatment are custom-made just like they are all around the world but the side costs are cheaper than the western countries. The price of Invisalign treatment changes depending on the number of aligners that will be used for the treatment. However, the average cost of Invisalign in Turkey is about $3000.  

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Invisalign treatment is performed by orthodontists who have a private certificate that shows their expertise. At the first appointment, orthodontists create a virtual model of the teeth. The images created by imaging sensors produce a 3D model that shows the current situation of the teeth and also how the teeth will look after the treatment. And then these images are sent to Invisalign laboratories where they customize clear aligners by a 3D printer. These custom aligners come in different shapes and patients wear them for 1 to 2 weeks before the dentist changes them with the next step tray that will adjust the teeth fitting better than the previous one. Because teeth tend to move and return to their initial shape before the treatment begins, patients have to wear their aligners at least 22 hours a day. They can remove their trays while they are eating or drinking something. The trays must be cleaned properly to prevent discoloration and odor. 

How Painful Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is not a painful treatment but the first time the trays are in their mouth, patients can feel discomfort and soreness. This is a temporary situation. Once the patients get used to living with these foreign devices in their mouth, it gets easier. Discomfort and soreness may come back every time the patients switch to their new aligners. 

No matter how long the Invisalign treatment will last, the results can be seen in a couple of weeks. Even some patients stated that they felt the difference right after they started wearing the trays. 

Are Invisalign Results Permanent?

Just like the traditional metal trays, Invisalign treatment reshapes teeth by moving them inch by inch every day. After they are removed, teeth tend to turn back to their original shape. To prevent this to happen, patients must wear retainers after the treatment ends. Retainers will keep them from shifting and the results will be permanent. 

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign attachments are tiny helpers in different shapes and they are not necessary for every patient. Orthodontists use these attachments whenever the Invisalign aligners can’t work on their own to correct the teeth. The number and the position of the attachments will change from patient to patient. Sometimes Invisalign attachments are noticeable and sometimes they are not. Not using Invisalign attachments when they are necessary may prolong the treatment. The attachments are not removable like the aligners. 

  • Invisalign, as indicated by the name itself, is nearly invisible that makes it look better than the traditional orthodontic treatments. 
  • Because you can easily take the aligners out of your mouth, you are free to eat and drink whatever you want after removing them. 
  • It’s easier to brush and floss your teeth because you can remove them easily. 
  • They are more comfortable to wear than wearing the traditional metal braces. 

  • Even the results are noticeable in a few weeks, the treatment takes a long time. 
  • Every time you wear your custom aligners, you may feel discomfort in your mouth.
  • You need to wear your aligners almost 24 hours a day since you can only remove them before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
  • If your treatment requires attachments on your front teeth, they will be visible. 
  • The treatment uses the latest technology to create 3D images and to produce trays in 3D printers. This makes Invisalign treatment expensive. 

Can You Eat Or Drink Without Taking Out Your Invisalign? 

Eating with aligners is not recommended because the structure of the material is not designed to withstand the pressures of chewing. Drinking also is harmful to the Invisalign because hot liquids can damage the trays while drinks as coffee, tea, or wine can stain them. So, you need to take your aligners out before eating or drinking something and brush your teeth before wearing them again. 

Invisalign express treatment corrects minor issues and the process of the treatment is shorter than Invisalign. Invisalign treatment uses 20-30 aligners during the treatment whereas Invisalign express requires only 10 or less. 

Turkey is one of the most popular destinations of dental tourism. The country has many unrivaled advantages for foreign patients. The first and the most important one of them is the low cost of the treatments. The high-quality dental clinics in Turkey have the latest scanning and treatment technologies while these world-class facilities offer affordable prices. Dental treatments give satisfaction to the patients. There is no waiting list for the treatments in Turkey. Once the patients get scheduled, the treatment plan starts to proceed. In addition to high-quality clinics and internationally trained dentists, patients can enjoy countless touristic locations in the country. Besides, many clinics offer airport transfers, accommodation, tour arrangements, and a translator. 

İstanbul is one of the most popular and famous cities in the world. The city is also an important tourism destination that hosts many unique historical and cultural spots. Tourists who visit İstanbul for medical purposes can arrange beautiful city tours during their treatment. Invisalign treatment requires multiple visits and thanks to that a patient can get the chance to travel every important place in the city while experiencing other beautiful things in the city, such as delicious cuisines and nice hotels. 

Written on 01/01/2018


Last Update: 20/10/2023

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