Invisalign®: An Alternative to Braces
Invisalign® corrects a wide variety of dental problems, including teeth that are widely gapped, overly crowded, or somewhere in between. Invisalign® treatment begins with a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate and to answer all of your questions. We are specially trained providers who will develop an individualized treatment plan for your best results.
We’ll start with x-rays and a digital scan of your teeth to create a 3-dimensional image. Using this, we can map out the exact movements of your teeth and create a virtual image for you of how your teeth will look. Based on your individualized plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are made specifically for you. The aligners are made of BPA-free clear plastic and fit easily over your teeth. They are smooth and should be comfortable to wear. You can remove them to clean your teeth and to eat and drink. About every two weeks you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, progressing you through to your treatment goals. To make sure things are going well, you will have a check-up in the office every six weeks or so to monitor your progress.
How Long Will I Have To Wear Invisalign®?
While each case is unique, the length of treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces. For fastest results, you should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually shift into place. Once you have achieved the beautiful smile you desire, we may recommend retainers to keep your teeth looking good.
What About Special Occasions or Playing Sports?
Since Invisalign® is designed to be removable, it is perfectly fine to take out your aligners for a special night or event. Or if you play a contact sport that requires a mouth guard, you can simply replace your aligners with the mouth guard while you play.
Cost of Invisalign® Treatment
The primary factors that determine the cost of treatment include: the severity of the issues that you want corrected and the length of your treatment. Many dental insurance policies do cover Invisalign® treatment. If your insurance covers orthodontic care, it may also cover Invisalign®. In addition to your traditional dental insurance policy, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds can also be used for Invisalign®, and we also offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plan options to address any remaining financial concerns.