When you’re an adult with crooked teeth, the idea of having to wear braces over the next few years to straighten your smile isn’t a very enticing one. But what if you can make the necessary orthodontic corrections to your grin without brackets and wires? Thanks to Invisalign, you can enhance the appearance of your smile with the help of clear aligners that don’t draw the wrong kind of attention. Call Infinity Dental Care today if you’re interested in learning more.
To correct your smile with Invisalign, you will need to wear a series of transparent plastic aligners that have all been designed to exert pressure on your teeth, slowly shifting them until they eventually reach their intended position. On average, each aligner is worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day for around two weeks. When it’s time to eat a meal or brush your teeth, you can simply take your aligners out; this gives you a lot of freedom that you wouldn’t be able to enjoy with braces.
Braces may be the only option for treating certain advanced issues, but Invisalign can be a viable alternative for a variety of orthodontic problems, such as the following:
Teeth that are overcrowded can have a negative impact on your appearance and can also be harder to clean. We can use Invisalign to realign your teeth so that they are more evenly spaced.
Spaces between your teeth aren’t just embarrassing; they can also increase your risk for tooth decay due to the heightened chance for food particles to get trapped in your smile. Invisalign helps you protect your oral health by pushing your teeth closer together.
Overbites, underbites, and crossbite can all lead to painful TMJ disorders and bruxism. Invisalign can be an excellent choice for many different kinds of mild to moderate bite problems.
So what are some of the benefits you can look forward to if our team finds that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign? Here are a few of the most notable advantages:
When a patient first expresses interest in straightening their teeth with Invisalign, one of their first questions is almost always, “How much does it cost?” Our team understands that cost is a major factor in deciding to undergo any dental treatment, and Invisalign is no exception. Because orthodontic treatment can vary a great deal from one patient to another, so can its price. Therefore, we can’t provide an accurate cost estimate until your consultation, but at that point, we can review your financing options, including dental insurance and CareCredit payment plans.
Multiple variables can impact the cost of Invisalign in Hillsboro, one of which is the degree to which your teeth must be repositioned. The greater changes they need to make, the more aligners it will take to accomplish that goal. Naturally, more aligners equal a higher price. Also, there’s a chance that you’ll need extra accessories, such as elastics, in addition to your aligners, and you’ll be expected to pay for those as well. Of course, your treatment costs will also depend on whether you need to wear aligners on just your upper or lower arch, or both. Needless to say, wearing aligners on both arches costs more.
Keep in mind that these factors are all outlined at the beginning of your treatment. If you end up losing an aligner at some point, you’ll be responsible for the cost of replacing it.
In recent years, “do-it-yourself” clear aligner systems, such as Smile Direct Club™, have presented a cheaper option for people to straighten their smiles without setting foot into a dentist’s office. However, their lower cost doesn’t necessarily make them a better option.
DIY clear aligners tend to be made from sub-par materials that are not only less comfortable and effective but can become more easily damaged. Additionally, if something goes wrong with your treatment, you might end up needing to spend thousands of dollars to get the issue fixed by a dental professional. By choosing an Invisalign dentist like Dr. Kalluri right off the bat, you can avoid such problems in the first place. Invisalign may be an investment, but it’s certainly one worth making!
Some dental insurance plans include a once-in-a-lifetime provision for orthodontics. If yours does, there’s a good chance that it can reduce the cost of your Invisalign treatment by $1,000 or more. Our team at Infinity Dental Care would love to help you navigate the specifics of your policy to find out if yours provides any coverage for Invisalign. We’re in-network with almost every PPO dental insurance you can think of, so when you visit us, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the most out of your benefits!
Another way to minimize your out-of-pocket costs of Invisalign is by applying for third-party financing via CareCredit. Our dental office has partnered with CareCredit to help our patients with insufficient or even no insurance coverage afford their treatments. This company offers multiple payment plans to choose from, so there’s sure to be one that fits comfortably into your budget. Better yet, most of these plans have very low interest rates or even no interest at all!
Although Invisalign may seem like the perfect treatment for you, you undoubtedly have some questions about it. That’s why we have assembled some of the questions we get asked the most often about Invisalign and answered them for your benefit.
It’s definitely possible. Many patients who once had braces and neglected to wear their retainer for whatever reason have had their teeth shift back into a misaligned position. Thankfully, Invisalign can be used to straighten teeth in all kinds of cases, from simple to complex. Many people who used to have braces opt for Invisalign this time around for a more subtle approach to achieving straight teeth.
More often than not, the cost of Invisalign is about the same as the cost of traditional braces. At your consultation, we will determine the cost of your treatment based on factors such as how complex your case is and how many aligners you’ll need. The great news is that more and more insurance companies are beginning to cover at least the partial cost of Invisalign. Keep in mind that no matter how much you end up paying for treatment, it will be worth it to have beautiful, healthy, straight teeth smiling back at you in the mirror!
The duration of your treatment depends on a few factors, such as your dedication to wearing your aligners and the severity of your dental misalignment. Based on your specific case, we can determine roughly how long your treatment will take. On average, Invisalign treatment takes 12 to 18 months to straighten your smile, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks. Compare this to the two years patients often spend with traditional metal braces, and it’s easy to understand why most people prefer Invisalign.
The best way to clean your aligner trays is with the special Invisalign Cleaning System, available from our office or online from the Invisalign website. You could also brush them daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water. NEVER use hot water, as it could warp the plastic of the aligners so that they don’t fit correctly, compromising your treatment.
It’s also important to brush your teeth after every meal or snack and before placing your aligners back in. Otherwise, food residue could get trapped in your aligners and stain them, making them not as invisible as they could be.