If you would like to achieve straighter teeth, but the thought of having a mouth full of metal braces has caused you to decide against seeking treatment, Invisalign® may be the ideal procedure for your needs. The experienced cosmetic dentists at True Dentistry offer this innovative orthodontic treatment that can help you attain your goals without the drawbacks of traditional teeth-straightening techniques.
- What Is Invisalign®?
- Invisalign® vs. Braces
- Invisalign® Procedure
- Does Invisalign® Hurt?
- Length of Invisalign® Treatment
- Invisalign® Cost
- Invisalign® Alternatives
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a system of clear and removable teeth aligners that can help you enhance your smile more comfortably and discreetly. This treatment can be effective for a number of mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, including teeth misalignment and bite irregularities such as overbite, underbite, and crossbite. The customized aligners that comprise the Invisalign® treatment system are designed to gradually move the teeth into an improved position in a much less noticeable way. Invisalign® is virtually invisible on the teeth and contains no metal brackets or wires, which can make the treatment process more desirable than other common orthodontic techniques.
Invisalign® vs. Braces
With advanced orthodontic methods and computer technology, Invisalign® can now help to improve smiles without the dreaded “metal mouth.” This state-of-the-art technique offers a number of benefits, including:
- Clear, discreet teeth aligners
- Removable for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing
- More comfortable than traditional braces
- Improvement in the appearance of spacing, crowding, and general misalignment
- Improvement of common bite issues
- Less office visits needed for adjustments or problems
- When compared to braces, the treatment often takes less time to attain optimal results
What Does the Invisalign® Procedure Involve?
Instead of using metal brackets and wires, Invisalign® works by utilizing a series of clear, removable aligners to move your teeth into the ideal position. You will be given a series of customized trays designed to progressively straighten your teeth over several months. Each set of aligners is worn two weeks, and then replaced with the next in the series. They can be removed for certain activities; however, it’s best to wear them as much as possible throughout the day.
Since the aligners are clear, they are virtually undetectable when worn. Also, since the aligners are removable, better oral hygiene can be achieved by brushing and flossing when compared with the hygiene problems that often arise from treatment with metal braces.
Does Invisalign® Hurt?
A major advantage of Invisalign® over other types of orthodontic treatment is its ability to correct common concerns in a more comfortable way. Patients may feel some level of pressure or soreness in the first few days as the mouth adjusts to the aligners; however, over-the-counter pain medication can often relieve these effects until they fade away on their own.
How Long Does Invisalign® Take?
Invisalign® makes it possible for you to effectively straighten your teeth more comfortably, less noticeably, and for many patients, in less time than other orthodontic techniques. In fact, optimal results from Invisalign® are often apparent within approximately 9 to 15 months. With that in mind, it is important to note that the total length of treatment is greatly dependent on the type of issue that is being addressed, as well as its severity. The duration of treatment will also be significantly influenced by patient compliance—wearing the aligners as frequently as recommended by our dentist can help individuals obtain the best possible outcome in the fastest amount of time!
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
The cost of Invisalign® varies from one individual to another based on the specifics of their personalized treatment plan. On average, the total price of Invisalign® treatment typically falls in the $3,500 to $8,000 range. The final cost will depend on a number of factors, including the type and severity of your orthodontic concerns, the number of aligners that will be necessary for the best results, the projected length of time the treatment will take, and other components.
Once your customized treatment plan is developed during the initial consultation, a member of our friendly dental team will calculate all expenses associated with your Invisalign® procedure and provide you with a total cost estimate. Many insurance plans that offer coverage for orthodontic treatment include Invisalign® as a covered option. We can help you navigate your insurance benefits to determine whether your policy includes at least partial coverage for this procedure. We will also be happy to talk with you about the comprehensive range of payment methods we accept here at True Dentistry. If you are considering financing your Invisalign® treatment, our practice works with two of the most reputable dental financing agencies in the nation. Lending Club and CareCredit® offer an array of low- and no-interest plans for eligible applicants who would like to pay for their procedure on a convenient monthly basis.
What Are Some Good Alternatives to Invisalign®?
True Dentistry offers a variety of advanced alternatives to Invisalign® for patients who may not be candidates for this treatment, and for those who would simply like to explore other options. Clear braces and traditional metal braces are two procedures that can be very effective for a range of mild to severe orthodontic concerns. In some cases, porcelain veneers may be all that is necessary to successfully address signs of misalignment such as gaps and spaces between the teeth. Porcelain veneers are custom-designed cosmetic dental restorations that hide the appearance of aesthetic imperfections with results that can beautifully renew your smile.
If you are interested in alternatives to Invisalign®, our dentist can recommend the best option for your needs during the initial consultation.
To find out if Invisalign® is right option for you, please contact True Dentistry to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.