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How would you like to straighten your teeth without needing to wear braces?
For teenagers or adults struggling with teeth that are crooked, crowded, or gapped, Invisalign® treatment may be the clear solution. Invisalign is often referred to as “invisible braces” or “removable braces” because it uses clear aligners that slip over the teeth without the need for any brackets or wires.
Our orthodontist at Dental One Associates of Springfield is a Certified Invisalign Provider with the training and experience to give you or your teen a beautiful, straight smile. Call us today at (571) 364-7212 to set up an Invisalign consultation. You’ll leave the consultation knowing how quickly Invisalign will work, how Invisalign can help you get a great smile, and how you can fit the cost into your monthly budget.
How Does Invisalign® Treatment Work?
Invisalign moves your teeth into place using a progressive series of clear aligners – each aligner is shaped slightly different to move the teeth slowly, gently and comfortably toward their final, straight position.
Once you’ve completed your Invisalign consultation, our orthodentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab. Using the information shared by the dentist, the lab will produce the necessary number of progressive Invisalign aligners (retainers) using the latest advances in 3D computer technology and manufacturing methods. How many aligners you need and how long you’ll have to wear them depends on the complexity of your case and how much your teeth need to move to achieve the perfect alignment.
Invisalign clients typically switch to a new aligner every other week, following a routine set by your Invisalign dentist. Because there are no wires that need to be tightened, you’ll only need to return to our dental office in Springfield for check-ups and to pick up more aligners about every six weeks.
For the best results, we recommend you wear your Invisalign aligners 20-to-22 hours each day. They should only be removed when you eat, drink, brush or floss. Smokers should also remove their aligners before lighting up.
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, it is generally recommended that you wear a retainer, just like you would if you had worn traditional braces. The retainer will to help keep your teeth in alignment. Be sure to discuss this with our orthodontist.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
The most obvious benefit of using Invisalign is that the product is virtually clear; people may not even notice you’re wearing Invisalign. Other advantages include:
- Removing your aligners gives you the advantage of being able to more thoroughly brush and floss your teeth in ways that can’t be done when wearing metal braces.
- With no brackets or wires to be adjusted, you’ll make fewer visits to our Invisalign dentist in Springfield.
- There are no metal brackets or wires like those that come with braces that can irritate your mouth, and no rubber bands are required.
- You can remove your aligners when you eat or drink, which allows you to enjoy foods like corn on the cob, popcorn, nuts, hard fruit, chips and hard, chewy candy. People who wear traditional braces can’t eat any of those foods.
What is Invisalign Teen®?
Invisalign Teen is designed for teenagers who have their permanent teeth. They are especially useful to teens who are involved in sports or play a musical instrument. And some teens simply prefer the look of clear aligners over metal braces.
Invisalign Teen is nearly identical to Invisalign in how the system is made and how it works, but includes a few key differences. One difference is that Invisalign Teen aligners include a small, color-changing element. That element allows our Invisalign dentist to tell 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 typically provided with Invisalign Teen in case a set gets broken or lost.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Only your Invisalign-trained dentist can provide you with the cost for using this system. It is based on your individual needs. In general, however, the cost is consistent with that of traditional braces.
Factors that may influence the cost include your treatment goals, the length of treatment, the number of aligners you need, and the complexity of the case.
Insurance coverage for Invisalign varies 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 spending account (FSA) can help you minimize the costs associated with Invisalign by allowing you to put $2,550 of pretax dollars toward the cost of your treatment.
For those who don’t have insurance coverage or the means to pay the entire amount up front, ask our team about a flexible, affordable monthly payment option.