Does your young athlete or trumpet player need braces, but you are put off by the idea of those metal wires pressing against their mouth? Are you looking for a better smile, but feel like you’re too old for braces? If your teeth are crooked, crowded, or gapped, but you don’t want to wear metal braces, Invisalign® treatment may be the clear choice for you or your teen.
Our orthodontist at Dental One Associates of Virginia is a Certified Invisalign Provider who is trained and experienced in creating beautiful, straight smiles. Call us today to schedule your Invisalign consultation. You or your teen will leave the appointment knowing how Invisalign treatment could help give you the gorgeous smiles you seek, how long treatment will take, and how you can fit the cost into your monthly budget.
How Does Invisalign® Treatment Work?
Invisalign, which is often called “invisible braces” or “removable braces,” uses aligners made from a clear, lightweight material that can slip easily over the teeth without the need for any brackets or wires.
Invisalign treatment moves teeth into place using a progressive series of clear and comfortable aligners. Each aligner is in a slightly different shape that will move your teeth slowly and gently toward their final, straight position.
After your consultation, our Invisalign dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab. Using the information shared by the dentist, the dental lab will produce the necessary number of progressive Invisalign aligners (retainers) you need using the latest advances in 3D computer technology and manufacturing methods. Just how many aligners you need and how long you’ll have to wear them depends on the complexity of your specific case and how much your teeth need to move.
The typical patient switches to a new aligner every week or every other week, following a routine set up by your Invisalign dentist. You or your teen will return to our dental office in Northern Virginia for check-ups and to pick up more aligners about every six weeks.
The best results are seen in patients who wear their Invisalign aligners 20-to-22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush or floss. You should also remove the aligners if you smoke.
Once your treatment is complete, it is generally recommended that you wear a retainer, just as you would if you wore traditional braces, to help keep your teeth in line. You can discuss this with your dentist.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
The most obvious benefit of Invisalign is that the product is invisible; people likely won’t even realize you’re wearing Invisalign. Other advantages include:
- Removing your aligners gives you the advantage of more thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth each day in ways that can’t be done when wearing regular braces.
- Because there are no brackets or wires to be adjusted, you’ll visit our Invisalign dentist in Northern Virginia less frequently.
- There are none of the metal brackets or wires that come with traditional braces that will irritate your mouth – and no rubber bands are required.
- Since you can remove your aligners when you eat or drink, this allows you to enjoy certain foods, such as popcorn, nuts, corn on the cob, hard fruit, chips and hard, chewy candy – foods that aren’t allowed when wearing traditional braces.
What is Invisalign Teen®?
Invisalign Teen is designed for teenagers who already have all their permanent teeth. It’s a popular solution for teenagers who play sports, play musical instruments, or for those who simply prefer the look of clear aligners over metal braces.
Invisalign Teen is like Invisalign in how it is made and how it works, but includes a few key differences. One key difference is that Invisalign Teen aligners include a small, color-changing element that is visible to your dentist. This allows our Invisalign dentist to determine at a glance whether the teenager has been wearing the aligners for the recommend amount of time.
The other difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen is that more replacement aligners are usually provided to your teen just in case a set gets broken or lost.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Only your Invisalign-trained dentist can provide you with a good cost estimate, which is based on your individual needs. Generally, however, the cost is consistent with that of braces.
Factors that can influence the cost of Invisalign may include the length of treatment, your treatment goals, the number of aligners you need and the complexity of the case.
Insurance coverage for Invisalign differs from one policy to another, so we suggest you review your policy or call your insurance carrier to see if it’s covered. Typically, if a policy covers orthodontics, it will also cover Invisalign.
A flexible savings account (FSA) can help cut your costs by allowing you to deposit $2,550 of pretax dollars toward the cost of your Invisalign treatment.
For those who have no insurance coverage or the means to pay the entire amount up front, ask our team about a plan for flexible and affordable monthly payments.
Call us today to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Northern Virginia.