Invisalign: A Discreet Alternative to Braces
You may change most of your accessories every day—a different shirt or tie, a new pair of shoes or a change of earrings. However, there is one accessory that remains the same day after day: your smile. And make no mistake; people do notice your smile and the condition of your teeth. If you’re teeth aren’t straight, then you may want to consider wearing braces. But we’re not talking about the obvious metal kind of braces. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Anderson offers Invisalign, a much more discreet orthodontic treatment for adults.
Tell Me About Invisalign
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that uses clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into proper alignment. Each pair of aligners—one for the teeth along you top arch and one for the bottom arch—is arranged in sequential order. All you have to do is wear a new pair for about two weeks, toss them away and move on to the next two. Of course, Tramonto cosmetic dentist Dr. Anderson will need to see you periodically to check your progress and dispense the next set of aligners. However, these visits don’t require tightening or adjusting your braces, as is regularly the case with traditional orthodontic braces.
The Invisalign Difference
Aside from being clear and far less noticeable than metal braces, Invisalign aligners are also removable. This characteristic offers two distinct advantages. First, you’ll be able to enjoy all the foods that you typically eat. With metal brackets and wires, you’d have to be careful and even eliminate certain foods such as popcorn, carrot sticks, hard pretzels and chew candy. These can break a bracket or dislodge a wire.
In addition, having removable braces means that you’ll be able to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing and flossing without braces getting in the way means that you’ll be able to clean your teeth and gums better, thus reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease during your orthodontic treatment. Of course, you’ll still need to see Anderson Dental for six-month checkups, but these can be scheduled to coincide with your orthodontic visit to save you time.
The path to your new, straight smile begins with a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Dr. Anderson will want to make sure your mouth is healthy before you begin to wear your clear braces. Then, your treatment plan is developed based on information gathered from x-rays and photographs of your mouth as well as impressions of your bite. The Invisalign lab fabricates your customized aligners and sends them to our office.
Although your Invisalign braces are removable, you’ll need to be diligent about wearing them. Completing your orthodontic treatment on schedule requires having the aligners in place for at least 22 hours every day. Worn properly, you can look forward to a straight smile in about 12 to 24 months.
Cost of Invisalign
You’ve probably heard Invisalign is expensive, but you might be surprised to learn it’s more affordable than ever. In fact, some dental insurances may even cover a portion of the cost depending on your policy. Unfortunately, we cannot tell you how much you’ll pay for the clear aligners without first having a consultation. The cost is determined by your individual treatment plan, like the severity of your alignment issues. We’ll provide a customized estimate and discuss your payment options to keep your dream smile within your budget.
When people picture teeth with braces, they most often think of traditional orthodontics with metal brackets and wires. Invisalign, however, is another choice that can solve the same orthodontic problems, but without the obvious mouthful of metal. That’s why Invisalign appeals to so many people. Nevertheless, you may still have questions. Here, Dr. Anderson answers some frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
Dr. Anderson likes to see Invisalign patients about every four to six weeks during treatment. The visits are quick, but are necessary to ensure that your teeth are moving as planned. These visits are also when you will receive your next series of aligners.
If you have any more questions about Invisalign, please call Anderson Dental. We’ll be glad to talk to you over the phone or we can schedule a consultation.
Invest in a Straight Smile with Invisalign
Let’s face it, there’s a lot of misconception surrounding the cost of Invisalign in Anthem. Despite what you may have heard, clear aligners are quite affordable. The amount you’ll pay for your treatment is specific to your individual needs. As a result, what a friend or neighbor paid for their treatment will not be the same for you. We will provide you with a personalized estimate and discuss your payment options during your consultation to help you achieve a straight smile without breaking the bank.
What Influences the Cost of Invisalign?
There’s no set cost for clear braces in Anthem because the price is determined by several things, like the severity of your alignment concerns. Typically, people who have more advanced orthodontic needs will require more aligners; thus, increasing the cost.
Your dental insurance is also a leading contributor to the amount you will need to pay out-of-pocket. Now, many insurance companies offer orthodontia coverage, but you’ll need to review your individual policy.
Is Invisalign Worth the Investment?
A confident smile is an investment in your self-esteem and your outlook on life. Invisalign can help you achieve it; however, there are more than just aesthetic benefits to straight teeth.
When your teeth are in their proper positions, they are easier to clean. This significantly reduces your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Not to mention, you’ll have a decreased likeliness for dental emergencies, jaw pain, uneven wear on your enamel, and several other oral health issues. As a result, you’ll reduce the need for a costly treatment down the road, lowering your overall dental costs.
What are My Payment Options?
We strive to provide the solutions you need to keep your new smile within your budget. We’ll give you an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the specific costs. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claims and paperwork for reimbursement.
If there’s a remaining balance, we offer several payment options. Besides traditional forms, like cash, check, or credit card, we also accept third-party financing with CareCredit. Based on your credit’s approval, you’re given the funds you need to pay any remaining cost. You then repay the balance using a payment plan that fits your budget.
Invest in Your Smile Today!
If you’re ready to get a straight smile using a nearly invisible solution, your dentist in Anthem can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for Invisalign.
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