Many of our patients wish to remedy crooked teeth or biting irregularities but don’t want to wear traditional braces, which they may feel to be inconvenient or unattractive. We have an extraordinary solution for such patients: orthodontics with Invisalign invisible braces. If you’re interested in enhancing the form and function of your smile, talk to us today about your goals and our top orthodontist can help you determine if Invisalign is right for you.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic solution that uses no metal wires, brackets, or other such devices. With Invisalign, patients wear a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually move their teeth into the optimal positions—quickly, comfortably, and discreetly.
What Concerns Can Invisalign® Treat?
Able to treat many of the same concerns as traditional metal braces, Invisalign is a popular choice for the bite alignment of teens and adults who are bothered by any of the following:
We will evaluate your smile and your bite to determine if Invisalign or another method can provide the optimal outcome for you. In many cases, Invisalign can address the same issues as braces; however, not everyone will be an ideal candidate. Your treatment is our top priority, and we will work with you to identify the best course of action for your needs, goals, and lifestyle.
Invisalign® Vs. Braces
While Invisalign and traditional metal braces are both designed to correct malocclusion (bad bite) and misalignment, they have a number of differences that can make one or the other a better choice for you. Invisalign uses no metal parts, only clear aligner trays that gradually shift the position of your teeth. Invisalign is also removable and inconspicuous, appearing nearly invisible when worn. Both options can address a wide range of orthodontic concerns; however, certain complex treatment plans may be better suited for correction by traditional braces than by Invisalign. Our elite team of dentists and orthodontists will help you determine the best course of action with your care, comfort, and results as our top priorities.
How Invisalign® Works: Your Treatment Process
For patients at our practice, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign invisible braces begins with a consultation. When you meet our dentists for your initial consultation, they will discuss your treatment goals and give you a full overview of the entire Invisalign realignment process. Then impressions are made which will be sent to a specialized lab that will manufacture your custom aligners.
I’ve had extensive care and challenging care over the past year (invisalign, to matching a front tooth that had been knocked out) not only were the doctors (Dr. Nick and Dr. Jerome) amazing and perfectionists the entire staff was incredibly attentive to my needs. They worked to accommodate my schedule (especially if multiple appointments were needed the same day), worked through insurance issues and truly just compassionate. It was not only with me but I saw as they approached other patients. Inspiring to see customer service hasn’t been lost in this industry.
August 29, 2019
What Is Invisalign® Teen?
In addition to traditional Invisalign, we also offer a version designed for the unique needs of adolescents. Invisalign Teen works exactly like original Invisalign; it gently and gradually shifts the teeth into the optimal location using a series of clear aligner trays. Many teens prefer Invisalign for the same reasons adults do: the aligners are clear, removable, easy to take care of, more comfortable than metal braces, and effective. If your adolescent is in need of orthodontic treatment, we can discuss whether Invisalign Teen is the right approach for them at their initial consultation.
How Long Does Invisalign® Take?
For the fastest treatment possible, you must wear the aligners at all times when you’re not eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. If worn consistently, most patients can complete the treatment in as little as 9 to 15 months. New innovations in the aligners can speed up this estimate, often making Invisalign a far more efficient system than traditional braces. During your initial consultation, we will give an estimate of the expected treatment time and provide advice on how to have the best experience.
How Much Does Invisalign®cost?
We customize your treatment plan based on the concerns you wish to treat, the complexity of your case, the number of aligners needed to achieve your goals, and other factors unique to you. Generally speaking, the price of Invisalign can range from about $3,500 to around $8,000, and we will go over all of your options and considerations, as well as the price, during your initial consultation. If you have dental insurance that offers a reduced cost for traditional braces, Invisalign is often included in that coverage, although you should check with your provider to confirm. We also accept a range of payment types and offer dental financing options for individuals who wish to pay installments.
Clearcorrect™ Vs. Invisalign®
As with all orthodontic treatment plans at Scripps Center for Dental Care, ClearCorrect will be customized to suit your anatomic needs and cosmetic goals. Both ClearCorrect and Invisalign can achieve excellent results, and the right approach for you will be determined during your initial consultation.
What Are My Alternatives To Invisalign®?
While many of our patients choose to straighten their smiles with Invisalign invisible braces, we know that each patient has specific cosmetic and jaw-function goals. To meet these needs, the team at Scripps Center for Dental Care offer a full range of treatment options involving orthodontics, including:
- Young patient interceptive treatment
- Invisible braces
- Lingual braces
- Retention services
- Bite splint therapy
- Pre- and post-surgical orthodontic care
For patients who wish to undergo other cosmetic dentistry procedures as well, we offer sedation dentistry, which allows patients to relax in comfort for the duration of their treatments. Many of our patients who undergo orthodontic treatment also choose to undergo teeth whitening in order to give their newly straightened smiles a dazzling glow.
Additional Invisalign® FAQs
How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?
You can keep Invisalign aligners in good condition by gently brushing them with toothpaste and lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as this can warp the shape of the plastic. Also, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal and before wearing your aligners to prevent staining from pasta sauce, blueberries, cola, or other food and drink.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Patients often don’t report pain from Invisalign braces, but there may be a short period in which you become accustomed to the feeling of wearing your aligners. Most men and women become acclimated within the first few days of treatment, and the gentle pressure of the aligners is typically a sign that Invisalign is working.
Can Invisalign treat just my top or bottom teeth?
Limited Invisalign treatment is certainly possible, but in most cases, correcting both rows of teeth is the most efficient solution to ensure a healthy bite. When your teeth are only straightened in the top or the bottom arch respectively, alignment issues can occur if the untreated row of teeth is not also repositioned to accommodate the changes. Our orthodontists aim to achieve straight teeth and a proper bite for the best long-term results possible, not just for temporary aesthetic improvement. However, all cases are treated on a patient to patient basis, and our orthodontist will help formulate the most effective plan for your needs.
Is Invisalign faster than braces?
Since the Invisalign system does not involve the possibility of metal brackets or wires breaking, these aligners can often achieve the desired result faster than metal braces. The average treatment time for Invisalign is roughly 12 months, while traditional orthodontics can sometimes take up to 18 months. You can reduce the length of your treatment by wearing your aligners at all times, except when eating or cleaning the teeth.
Will I need a retainer after Invisalign?
Yes, wearing a retainer after Invisalign helps keep your teeth in the correct positioning and prevents them from shifting back to their original state. Fortunately, it’s only necessary to wear retainers at night while asleep, as opposed to all day.
Does at-home teeth straightening work?
Any orthodontic treatment that moves the teeth and jaw without the direct supervision of a trained dentist or orthodontist can pose a great risk to your health and appearance. Because do-it-yourself systems fail to evaluate your jaw structure with x-rays, assess your gum and bone stability, or weigh your risk for cavities—which increases with any orthodontic treatment—at-home teeth straightening is often ineffective and can even cause significant damage to your smile and oral health.
Will Invisalign change my speech?
Your speech shouldn’t change once you’ve become accustomed to speaking with your aligners in place. You may notice a slight lisp at the beginning of your treatment plan, but this typically goes away once you get used to the feeling of wearing your aligners. Plus, the plastic used to fabricate Invisalign trays is very thin and designed to be as unobtrusive to your daily life as possible.
While any dental appliance, including metal braces, can change the way we speak, Invisalign patients usually report that any minor speech impediments are naturally resolved after they overcome the initial adjustment period.
Can I drink or chew gum while wearing my Invisalign aligners?
It’s generally best to avoid chewing gum or drinking beverages while wearing your aligners. Chewing anything with your Invisalign trays in place can damage your aligners and warrant the need for a replacement set, which can potentially prolong your orthodontic treatment. Furthermore, it’s always recommended to avoid exposing your aligners to sugar and/or staining agents to prevent accidentally discoloring the plastic. For this reason, removing your aligners whenever you eat or drink can help you proceed with your orthodontic treatment as quickly and discreetly as possible.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign aligners are made of a flexible thermoplastic known as SmartTrack®. This material was created specifically for the purpose of straightening teeth through the Invisalign system, and designed to be as thin, clear, and comfortable as possible. SmartTrack® is also approved by the FDA and does not contain gluten, latex, or BPA.
Does dental insurance cover Invisalign?
Some insurance plans may offer reduced costs for orthodontics, including treatment with Invisalign. We encourage you to check with your insurance provider to learn whether partial or full Invisalign coverage is a part of your policy. Our office can help you with any additional questions you may have about the cost of Invisalign, or our accepted insurance plans.
Is Invisalign safe?
Yes, the Invisalign system is considered a safe orthodontic treatment as long as patients are under the care of a qualified dentist. At this point, there are decades of scientific research and clinical results to support Invisalign’s effectiveness as an alternative to metal braces. In fact, Invisalign can even offer unexpected health benefits over other orthodontic options, such as making it easier to clean your teeth and therefore reducing your risk of gum disease. You can rest assured that our team of dentists will always review your unique needs to help ensure Invisalign is a safe and effective treatment option to resolve your dental concerns.
To learn more about any of the orthodontic treatments available at Scripps Center for Dental Care, including Invisalign and ClearCorrect, please contact our office today. We can answer your questions or help you schedule an appointment with our top orthodontist.