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1) What kind of patients can Realine treat? 8) How will I know whether I will like the outcome of the Realine case or not? 15) What if I need new Vivera Retainers?
2) Why do teeth experience orthodontic relapse? 9) What is improper use of the Realine trays? 16) OK, let's go! How long until I can start my Realine treatment?
3) Using the Realine Clear Aligner System, how much movement can be accomplished? 10) What if you break or lose a Realine Aligner during treatment? 17) OK, we've started! How long until we're done?
4) Are there differences between Realine and Invisalign? 11) What is an Automated Refinement? 18) How many visits to Dr. Meyer's office are needed during Realine treatment?
5) What is required of the patient to develop a Realine treatment plan? 12) What about retainers? 19) How much will insurance chip in towards my Realine treatment?
6) How much time do I have to spend in the chair to get started on my Realine treatment? 13) What is a Vivera Retainer? 20) What about allergic responses to the Realine aligners?
7) How much does Realine treatment cost? 14) How long do I wear the Vivera Retainers?
Are there differences between Realine and Invisalign?

Answer: More complex situations can be corrected with Invisalign. Invisalign involves a lot more aligner trays, a lot more time to treat, and a lot more expense. If your situation can be helped by Realine, the process is a straightforward 5-stage aligner plan. Minor cosmetic issues can be treated over a period of about 3 to 4 months. The fee for Realine is roughly one-third the fee for Invisalign.

Conceptually, however, both systems are similar, using clear, comfortable, custom fit trays which you wear for 23+ hours per day. You take them out to eat, brush and floss. Every two weeks or so, you progress to the next set of trays.

The last difference between the two systems is that Invisalign requires the dentist to undergo a comprehensive preliminary training program before the dentist is even allowed to offer Invisalign. Invisalign also provides extensive continuing education modules. Dr. Meyer has completed all the required Invisalign training, continues to improve his skills as time goes by, and has almost a decade of clinical experience. Realine has no preliminary training requirements to become a provider, and it remains to be seen if Realine continuing education classes will become available. In other words, any dentist can just "sign up" and - presto! - they are a Realine provider.

Dr. Meyer's suggestion: question your dentist's level of expertise before committing to a plan.





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