There are plenty of teenagers and adults out there who are unhappy with the alignment of their teeth, but they don’t want to spend months (or years!) with a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. If you are struggling with bite problems, your teeth are overcrowded, or you don’t like the appearance of your smile due to crookedness, Invisalign could be what you’re looking for. To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule an appointment with us, give us a call to schedule your consultation!
Instead of using metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gradually move your teeth into alignment. On average, patients wear each set for two weeks before moving to the next one. Over time, your teeth will slowly shift to their new locations. You don’t need to get anything tightened during the treatment process, but you will still need to attend regular visits so we can make sure that everything is going according to plan.
Invisalign can help to correct a variety of different issues. Here are some of the most common ones that this treatment can fix.
Crowded teeth can negatively impact the appearance, function, and health of your smile. Invisalign clear aligners are able to gently guide your teeth and address crookedness and overlapping in the process. This can help to prevent cavities and gum disease later on.
When teeth are spaced too far apart, you will notice gaps in your smile. This can increase your probability of developing oral health issues and tooth damage. This is because food becomes more easily trapped and difficult to remove. Invisalign can shift your teeth to become the perfect distance apart.
If your bite is misaligned, you can experience issues, like temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding). The good news is that Invisalign can correct underbites, overbites, crossbites, and more!
Invisalign can provide all sorts of different benefits. Here are some of the ones that you can enjoy:
Every smile is different, and so is the cost of Invisalign. Factors like the complexity of your misalignment, age, and how often you wear your aligners will play a role. To determine exactly how much you can expect your aligners to cost, schedule a consultation with us. This way, we can examine your smile and discuss your financial options so we can put together a plan that is right for you.
The cost of Invisalign is different for everyone depending on a variety of different factors. Here are the most prominent:
Orthodontic treatment can add up, so many people are tempted by mail-order aligners as a “quick fix” at a lower cost. However, a lower cost doesn’t mean that it is a better option. While the price is generally lower than Invisalign, mail-order aligners, like Smile Direct Club™, have a “do-it-yourself” approach with little oversight from a dental professional. This means that there is much more room for error, and you could end up with serious problems that will need to be addressed by a dentist anyway.
By choosing Invisalign, you have the trusted oversight of your dentist for every step along the way. Invisalign is professionally made, uses highly accurate impressions, and results in a more successful treatment. The cost difference is worth it for a smooth, stress-free treatment!
Some dental insurance plans offer partial coverage for orthodontic treatment, so you should check with your provider to see if this applies to you. At NU Dental Brick, we are proud to be in-network with numerous popular dental insurance providers. If you need help understanding your benefits, reach out to one of our friendly team members.
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t mean that you are completely out of luck. You can get NU Smile Aligners for as low as $80/Month. By joining one of our Dental Membership Plans, you can save on treatments completed at our practice. We also work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little-to-no interest. To learn more about your financial options, don’t hesitate to contact us.
To find out exactly how much you can expect your Invisalign treatment to cost, schedule a consultation with us. We are eager to help you achieve a straighter smile!
Ready to say goodbye to clunky metal braces and embrace the benefits of clear aligners? Invisalign offers a truly unique orthodontic process, and it's normal to have a few questions before embarking on your journey toward a straighter smile. To make things easier for you, we've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about this treatment below. And if you can't find the answers you're seeking, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly dental team at NU Dental Brick – we're here to assist you every step of the way!
The time needed to complete your Invisalign treatment depends on several factors, such as the severity of your misalignment and your dedication to the treatment plan. Generally, the process takes between 12 to 18 months. In cases where misalignment is mild, some patients have completed their treatment in as little as 6 months!
While 18 months may appear lengthy, it's important to note that even the longest Invisalign treatment duration is still 4 months shorter on average compared to traditional braces. To ensure an efficient journey, you must visit our office regularly and remain committed to following the instructions provided throughout the process.
Not at all! Invisalign stands out as one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment options, with its smooth plastic design ensuring a painless experience for most individuals. During the initial phase, there might be a brief adjustment period. Some people may feel slight soreness or discomfort, which could be described as mild pain. However, as you become used to the treatment, it will gradually subside.
To ease any discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication or use a cold compress/ice pack to manage any soreness. Alternatively, drinking ice-cold water can also provide a similar soothing effect. These simple measures can help you through the initial stages of Invisalign treatment with greater ease.
After completing the last aligners in your Invisalign treatment, we will verify the results to ensure your teeth are beautifully straight. We’ll then guide you on post-treatment maintenance, which begins with wearing a comfortable retainer. You can choose between wire retainers and clear plastic ones, similar to Invisalign.
Retainers play a crucial role as they maintain the results you've invested time and money in, allowing you to enjoy a straight smile for years to come. We will recommend how often to wear the retainer, typically starting full-time and gradually reducing to nights only, based on your specific needs.
Invisalign offers a significant advantage with its complete removability, allowing you to take out the aligners when it's time to eat. Eating with your trays in can lead to damage like cracks and stains, and it puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth. The only exception is water, which is completely fine to drink while wearing the aligners. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign allows you the freedom to enjoy any food you like, but always remember to remove and safely store your aligners during meals.