Are poorly aligned or overcrowded teeth keeping you from showing off your smile and leaving a great first impression on everyone you meet? Would you love to have straighter teeth without the need for unsightly, uncomfortable, metal braces? If the answer is yes, then Invisalign may be just the dental treatment for you. Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to be a licensed Invisalign provider. Our well-trained team has helped many patients achieve a straighter, more confident smile with Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a new type of orthodontics that uses clear, BPA-free clear plastic aligners to correct bite issues and straighten your teeth without the need for metal brackets and wires. These computer-generated clear aligners are custom made to fit your teeth and bite, gradually moving your smile into the proper position over the course of around 12 months. Available for both teens and adults, this new form of orthodontics has already helped thousands of patients achieve the smile that they’ve always wanted.
How does Invisalign Differ from Traditional Braces?
Invisalign clear braces offer a number of benefits over traditional braces. Most notably, these aligners are clear, making them virtually unnoticeable from a distance. This helps both teenagers and adults keep their sense of self-confidence even as their teeth are being straightened. Additionally, because there are no metal brackets or wires, the aligners tend to be far more comfortable than metal braces. There is no need to worry about cuts or abrasions on the inside of your mouth, even when you’re participating in sports activities.
Another notable difference is that unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. This means that you don’t have to worry about giving up foods that you love; simply take the aligners out and eat as you normally would. This also means that you’ll be able to continue with your good oral hygiene practices because the aligners can be removed while you brush, floss, and rinse your teeth. It also makes the aligners themselves far easier to clean than traditional braces.
How do Invisalign Aligners Straighten Teeth?
Before beginning your treatment, one of our dentists will create a 3D image of your teeth using digital x-rays, dental impressions, and even pictures. This model will be used to create a treatment plan that has been customized to your specific bite issues. Your aligners will be created in a professional dental laboratory and will gradually move your teeth over the course of 12 months. In most cases, you will be given a series of aligners, and each aligner will be worn for two weeks. The best part about this is that you will be able to move to the next stage without a visit to our office for painful adjustments. We’ll only need to check your progress and give you your next series of aligners every six weeks or so.
Are you a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic treatment for many adults and teenagers. If you have overcrowded or poorly spaced teeth, or if you suffer from bite issues such as overbite, crossbite, or underbite, you may be an excellent candidate for treatment with Invisalign aligners.
Is Invisalign Advanced Technology Affordable?
Having a straight, confident smile can contribute immeasurably to your overall self-confidence and well-being. Invisalign is an excellent solution for anyone who has issues with their bite or with improper tooth alignment. Using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology, these clear plastic aligners can move your teen’s teeth into the proper alignment without the need for embarrassing metal brackets and wires. Although this technology is advanced, the cost of this cosmetic dentistry treatment may surprise you.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Because this is a great advancement in dental technology, you may be surprised to learn that Invisalign usually costs around the same as traditional braces do. The typical cost usually ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the average patient paying around $5,000. If you require very little alignment work, you may have costs of $2,000 or less. Your dentist will be able to assess your bite and alignment issues and estimate the length and cost of treatment when you attend your consultation.
Is Invisalign Covered by Dental Insurance or Flex Spending Accounts?
While many insurance plans and flexible spending accounts will at least partially cover the costs of Invisalign treatment as necessary orthodontic treatment, it is important that you contact your provider directly to be sure. In the event that neither of these options is available to you, we have a number of very affordable payment plans available to help you distribute the cost over time.
Is Invisalign a Worthwhile Investment?
An investment in Invisalign is an investment in your appearance, self-confidence, and future happiness. Improperly aligned teeth can have a serious effect on your self-esteem, which has the potential to affect every single aspect of your life, and your future as well. The costs of Invisalign treatment is minimal when you compare this to the many benefits of having a straight, beautiful, confident smile.
If your teenager has been told that they may need braces, you’re probably already aware of the fact that most teens aren’t particularly happy about the idea of wearing traditional braces. Although they are applied with the best of intentions, the experience of having to wear unsightly, metal braces can often have a more negative effect than the straightened smile will have once treatment is completed. Today, Invisalign Teen offers parents and teenagers a different option for achieving a straighter, more confident smile.
Is Invisalign Teen Really Better Than Traditional Braces?
Invisalign Teen has a number of advantages over traditional braces. Because Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your child’s teeth, they will not have to deal with the embarrassment that often accompanies wearing traditional metal braces. Not only that, but there will be no need to worry about metal brackets and wires leaving cuts or abrasions on the inside of your child’s mouth. Another advantage to Invisalign Teen is that you will not have to bring your child in for any tightening treatments. Every two weeks (or so) your child will simply switch to the next stage in aligners. This means that your child can avoid the pain and discomfort that is commonly associated with traditional metal braces. Finally, treatment with Invisalign Teen is often more hygienic and convenient than traditional orthodontic treatment. Because the metal brackets of traditional braces are attached to the teeth, many teenagers find that their teeth are stained following their treatment. The traditional braces make brushing and flossing properly difficult. These aligners are removable, so your teenager can take them off to eat and brush their teeth. This may reduce or completely eliminate the need for additional dental treatments such as teeth whitening or dental bonding once treatment has been completed.
How do I get Invisalign Teen for my Child?
If you think that treatment with Invisalign Teen is the best option for your child, make an appointment with one of our licensed Invisalign dentists today. They will carefully assess your child’s dental health and determine whether or not your teenager is a good candidate for this treatment. Once approved, your dentist will take a number of digital x-rays and impressions that will be used to create a model of your child’s bite. This will allow you to see how the alignment of your child’s teeth will change over time. It will also be used to create your child’s custom Invisalign clear aligners. If you have more questions about Invisalign Teen or feel that your teenager would benefit from this cosmetic dentistry treatment, please call us today at 805-983-0245 or use the convenient contact form below to schedule your consultation appointment. We look forward to helping your child achieve the straight and confident smile they deserve.
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For more information on how these aligners can help correct your dental issues, call us today at 805-983-0245, or use our convenient contact form below to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping each of our patients achieve the confident, healthy, and straight smile that everyone wants and deserves.