Are you suffering from self-confidence issues because of your crooked, gapped, or generally misaligned teeth? Perhaps you wish they were straighter, but you don’t want to spend years with a mouthful of metal. Fortunately, we at Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry offer a solution – Invisalign. This series of clear braces can straighten teeth with the discomfort typical of traditional metal braces. Whether you’re a working adult who doesn’t want to compromise their professional appearance or you’re heading off to college and want to make a great first impression, Invisalign clear braces from our Mt. Pleasant, WI cosmetic dentist can help you achieve your dream smile. Keep reading below to learn how.
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays to gradually shift your teeth into a straighter position. The aligners are custom-made according to digital impressions that we take at your initial consultation. Every set focuses on straightening a tiny portion of your smile until your whole grin is in the desired position.
No two smiles were created equal, so the length of Invisalign treatment can vary greatly from patient to patient. Generally, though, the vast majority of patients complete their treatment in just 12 to 18 months – considerably less time than with traditional braces!
To ensure you attain a straight smile on schedule, be sure to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. Essentially, you should only remove them to eat, drink (anything besides water), brush, and floss.
Additionally, oral health issues like cavities and gum disease can prolong your treatment, so be sure to attend your regular checkups and cleanings as well as practice diligent at-home oral hygiene.
Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign offers several advantages, including:
Invisalign is a great solution for adults who want to achieve a straighter smile without broadcasting their treatment to the world. Although some serious orthodontic issues – such as severely rotated teeth – are best treated with traditional braces, Invisalign can address a wide variety of dental flaws, such as:
If you’re interested in finding out whether Invisalign clear braces are the right choice for you, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today to determine your candidacy. We will be more than happy to talk about your smile goals and create a plan to help you achieve them. Give us a call today!
No two patients have the same exact smile, and each one deserves individualized care at Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry. As a result, we are not able to provide a quote for Invisalign treatment until we’ve had the opportunity to examine your teeth. During your consultation with Dr. Muddana or Chanana, we will discuss the financial details of treatment with you transparently so you can make an informed decision and know what to expect in terms of cost.
The most important factor that influences the price of Invisalign treatment is how severe your teeth’s misalignment is. Clearly, for more advanced cases, it will take more time to treat, which involves more aligners and incurs a higher cost. Also, your ability to follow directions can impact how long it takes to achieve the final results, also affecting the overall cost. After we’ve seen your teeth, we consider these factors and can give you a clearer idea of how much you’ll owe.
You might have seen ads for mail-in aligners that claim to give you the same results as Invisalign for only a portion of the cost. However, they don’t tell you that you could end up spending even more overall because you perform the impressions yourself and your progress isn’t supervised.
In contrast, Invisalign is supervised from beginning to end by one of our licensed dentists. This means that if you lose an aligner, get off course with treatment, or run into any other problems, we can adjust your treatment plan so that you still end up with the correct results.
Sometimes. Coverage ultimately depends on your benefits. While some plans do pay for a portion of the cost of Invisalign treatment as part of their orthodontics coverage, others do not. When you meet with our team to see whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, we will also take a closer look at your insurance plan and try to find ways to save you as much as possible.
If you do not have dental insurance, you can ask us about our in-office discount plan and see if this service is included in it. Regardless of whether insurance covers Invisalign treatment or not, you may not be able or wish to pay for treatment in a one-time, lump-sum payment. We can help you get low-interest financing with CareCredit, which separates the cost into easier monthly payments, making this treatment fit more comfortably into your budget.
Now you know all about the process of getting Invisalign, the benefits of choosing this discreet orthodontic treatment, and who is a good candidate – you’re on your way to a new and improved smile! The next step? Scheduling an initial consultation. If you would prefer to do a bit more research before then, keep reading for the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions we get from patients. If you would prefer to speak directly with our team about any questions you have or you are simply ready to schedule your appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team!
To properly enunciate your words, your tongue makes a series of diverse movements against the back of your teeth. Therefore, some patients do experience a slight lisp as they adjust to the presence of the aligners. With that being said, many patients can articulate clearly from the beginning! Those that do experience a bit of a learning curve can speed up the process by reading aloud and practicing the more difficult words repeatedly.
Caring for your aligners is a crucial part of maintaining their clear appearance and correct shape. So, make sure to implement the below best practices throughout your treatment:
If you lose your Invisalign trays, do your best not to panic. Calmly retrace your steps, paying special attention to the small spaces they could’ve fallen into. Once you’ve confirmed they are missing, get in touch with our team. Neglecting to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day can significantly derail your treatment timeline, which is why we need to work quickly. (Under no circumstance should you attempt to keep it a secret and fix the situation on your own by reverting to a previous aligner or moving onto the next set).
Invisalign was introduced in the late 1990s, and in the last two decades has helped millions of patients around the world discreetly achieve their smile goals. Plus, the clear aligners can address everything from minor misalignment to complex crowding and have a whopping 96% satisfaction rating!
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