No one needs to know you’re straigtening your teeth!
How would you like to straighten your teeth and correct common orthodontic conditions without the need for noticeable, uncomfortable metal braces? Invisalign® teeth aligners involve no brackets or wires and are designed to provide patients with more discreet orthodontic treatment. Made of clear plastic material, Invisalign® removable aligners have helped patients all over the world successfully straighten their teeth without others even noticing they are undergoing treatment. This advanced procedure is one of the many ways our cosmetic dentists at Germantown Dental Group can give you a more beautiful, healthier-looking smile!
- What Is Invisalign®?
- Invisalign® Candidates
- Invisalign® vs. Braces
- iTero Element® Digital Impressions for Invisalign®
- Invisalign® Treatment Process
- How Long Does Invisalign® Take?
- Does Invisalign® Hurt?
- Invisalign® Cost
- Invisalign® Insurance
- Invisalign® Alternatives
- Choosing an Invisalign® Dentist
- Additional Invisalign® FAQs
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an advanced orthodontic system designed to improve mild to moderate teeth misalignment utilizing a series of removable aligners. When worn as directed, the clear Invisalign® trays should gradually move the teeth into a straighter, better-aligned position. The treatment can also help patients affected by common bite irregularities.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign®?
Candidacy for Invisalign® is determined in our office during a consultation with one of our dentists. In general, this revolutionary orthodontic treatment is often an excellent option for patients who are bothered by one or more of the following dental issues:
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps or spaces between the teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Underbite, overbite, or crossbite
If Invisalign® is a suitable orthodontic solution for you, our dentist will create a custom treatment plan that is catered to meet your specific dental needs. In the event Invisalign® would not be the best option, we can discuss potential alternatives that may be able to help you achieve your smile goals.
Invisalign® vs. Braces
Compared to traditional metal braces, key advantages of Invisalign® include:
- Custom-designed teeth aligners that appear virtually invisible on the teeth
- Aligners are removable for daily oral hygiene routines, as well as eating and drinking
- Greater comfort than traditional metal braces
In addition to these benefits, patients will often experience faster treatment times with Invisalign®, and the aligners typically allow for fewer office visits and adjustments than standard braces generally require.
One of our experienced dentists will meet with you for an initial consultation and perform a comprehensive oral evaluation. During this appointment, our dentist can determine if Invisalign® is the best option for your needs.
iTero Element® Digital Impressions for Invisalign®
Germantown Dental Group now offers an advanced, more comfortable dental impression process with the iTero Element® Digital Scanner. This futuristic technology removes many of the drawbacks associated with traditional impression techniques. The iTero Element® digital scanning system does not require you to endure messy, gooey putties in order to make a physical mold of your teeth. In fact, the iTero Element® involves a simple scanning technique that utilizes a handheld wand gently guided over all sides of your teeth. The images captured by the wand will be fed to a computer, which will almost instantaneously create a 3-Dimensional digital impression that can be used to create your Invisalign® teeth aligners. This state-of-the-art system allows for extremely precise impressions, which will serve as the foundation for the development of your aligners. The process is much more efficient than what is necessary to create a traditional putty impression; in most cases, creation of the digital impression can be completed in under three minutes.
One of the other major benefits of the iTero Element® digital scanning procedure is its ability to simulate what your smile can potentially look like after treatment with Invisalign®. Once the impression is created, our dentist will show you the image on the screen. Through the use of the iTero Element’s advanced computer software, an Invisalign® outcome simulation can then be produced, showing you what the treatment may be capable of before you even have the procedure.
Ultimately, the iTero Element® digital scanning technology makes it possible for you to have more precise treatment, aligners that offer the best fit, and results that are in line with your expectations.
What Is the Invisalign® Treatment Process Like?
Once your individualized treatment plan has been created, an impression of your teeth will be made to provide the blueprint for your customized Invisalign® teeth aligners. When the aligners have been created, you will be given a series of them to take home. Each set of aligners will be worn for two weeks, and then discarded for the next in the series. The aligners are slightly modified from the set that comes before it in order to very gradually move the teeth into a more desirable position.
How Long Does Invisalign® Take?
Many patients achieve optimal results after about 9 to 15 months; however, some patients may meet their goals even sooner. Although the aligners are removable, our dentists advise patients to wear them as much as possible throughout the day to ensure the best results. In the end, exact treatment length will vary from patient to patient based on one’s specific dental needs.
Does Invisalign® Hurt?
One of the many benefits of Invisalign® is its ability to address orthodontic concerns with greater comfort when compared to braces or other treatment options. During the first few days of wearing a new aligner, patients may feel a bit of soreness or pressure as the mouth adjusts; over-the-counter pain medicine is often all that’s necessary to alleviate these effects.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
On average, the cost of Invisalign® ranges from $3,000 to $6,000.* There are a number of factors that will ultimately determine the total expense of your Invisalign® treatment, including your orthodontic needs, the length of time it will take to complete your treatment, and the number of aligners that will be used. The exact cost will be based on your unique goals and needs, all of which will be reviewed in your consultation.
After your detailed treatment plan has been created, we can provide you with a more accurate price quote. Some insurance policies will cover a portion of the treatment, and our dental staff can help you navigate through your benefits. Should you wish to finance part or all of your treatment, our office accepts a variety of payment plans via CareCredit® and Lending Club.
*This average price range was taken from the Invisalign® website.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign®?
A number of dental insurance policies include coverage for orthodontics. If your insurance plan covers or partially covers orthodontic treatment, it is likely that these benefits apply to treatment with Invisalign®. A member of our dental team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about insurance for this procedure.
What Are Some Alternatives to Invisalign®?
If you are not a candidate for Invisalign®, or if you are simply looking for a different kind of procedure to meet your needs, our practice offers alternative options that may be more ideal. A treatment such as porcelain veneers may be the right choice for some patients. These customized aesthetic tooth restorations can mask the appearance of gaps, spaces, and other signs of misalignment with results that look just like natural teeth. Once you meet with our experienced dentist, he can talk with you about your goals and work with you to determine the treatment that can help you attain optimal results and a beautiful new smile.
How Do I Choose the Best Invisalign® Dentist for My Needs?
If you are considering Invisalign® treatment, it’s important to look for a doctor with proper training and extensive experience to increase the potential for an outcome that meets your goals. It’s also a good idea to evaluate your rapport with the Invisalign® dentist you are considering, since this treatment will involve multiple follow-up appointments over several months. You will want to inquire about the prospective dentist’s specific training and experience with this procedure, and it’s often beneficial to examine how you feel overall during the consultation. Did the dentist answer your questions thoroughly and address your concerns? Do you feel safe in their care and confident in their abilities? Any kind of orthodontic treatment requires an experienced professional who is skilled with the particular procedure you are considering, and you should always feel that they are truly capable of providing you the absolute best care.
Our dentists prioritize safety, compassionate care, and customized treatment plans to create the best possible results and a good experience with our practice. They are happy to talk with you about Invisalign® and answer any questions you may have.
Additional Invisalign® FAQs
How Often Do My Invisalign® Aligners Need to Be Worn?
Apart from eating or cleaning one’s teeth, our dentists recommend that patients ideally wear their Invisalign® aligners at all times. As a general rule of thumb, wearing the aligners at least 20–22 hours each day can aid in achieving the desired results in the least possible amount of time.
Will My Invisalign® Aligners Affect My Speech?
Some patients do notice a slight change in their speech when they begin their Invisalign® treatment. After the first few days, however, most individuals get accustomed to how the aligners feel and any potential lisp that may have formed should no longer be apparent.
How Should I Care for My Invisalign® Aligners?
We advise that patients remove their aligners while eating, and make sure to at least rinse their mouth before putting them back into position. If you plan to drink any liquids other than water, it would be best to use a straw. For cleaning, run your aligners under lukewarm water while gently scrubbing them with a toothbrush.