As an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign® can be a discreet option to gradually straighten your teeth. This technique is popular with many adult and teenage patients requiring orthodontic care, as older patients often dislike the idea of wearing noticeable metal braces. Utilizing a series of customized aligners, Dr. Robbi Wilson, our licensed Invisalign® dentist, can provide you with a comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing solution to correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, or other tooth alignment issues.
If you would like more information about Invisalign®, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at our office, please contact Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry today.
- Invisalign® vs. Braces
- How Invisalign® Works
- Invisalign® Treatment
- Invisalign® Results
- Invisalign® Cost
- Invisalign® Teen
- Invisalign® Alternatives
- Choosing an Invisalign® Dentist
Invisalign® vs. Braces
Invisalign® aligners are custom-designed to fit comfortably and securely over your teeth. In addition to their virtually undetectable appearance, Invisalign® trays offer several advantages when compared to traditional metal braces. Some key benefits of Invisalign® include:
- Convenience: Tooth aligners can be removed for meals, teeth cleaning, or even important social environments
- Comfort: No use of the metal brackets and wiring associated with traditional braces
- Efficiency: Desired results can often be achieved in 12 months or less
- Cost-Effectiveness: Invisalign® aligners can be less expensive than metal braces
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign® utilizes a series of customized, removable trays to improve teeth alignment. The trays are made of a clear plastic material, helping to provide a more comfortable and discreet treatment process. The design of each tray is slightly different from the one that comes before it, allowing for a gradual repositioning of the teeth over time.
What Is Involved In the Invisalign® Treatment Process
At Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Wilson will begin the Invisalign® process by designing and creating your clear aligners from a computer-generated, 3D image of your teeth. The number of trays needed to complete the straightening process will vary depending on your specific needs. Once the series of aligners has been created, you will be instructed on how long each tray should be worn in order to gradually shift your teeth into the desired positioning.
Throughout the Invisalign® process, you will need to return to our office approximately every four to six weeks so Dr. Wilson can check your progress and replace your aligners with a new set. These appointments are typically fairly brief and should not take much time out of your day. The aligners should continue to bring the teeth into better alignment over the next several months. Once optimal results have been achieved, the aligners will no longer need to be worn.
How Long Does Invisalign® Take?
While most patients complete the entire Invisalign® process in about 9-12 months, you could potentially achieve your desired results in as little as six months, depending on your individual situation. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that the length of time for optimal results is dependent on each patient’s unique needs and the extent of the orthodontic concerns being treated. Individuals with less severe alignment or bite issues can often complete the treatment faster than those with more complex orthodontic problems. Even so, one of the major benefits of Invisalign® is its ability to correct common concerns in a shorter amount of time when compared to other orthodontic procedures.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
Invisalign® clear aligners are quickly becoming one of the most popular options available to straighten the teeth, improve bite issues, and correct a range of common orthodontic issues. Ultimately, Invisalign® is an investment in the function and appearance of your teeth that can continue to pay off for decades to come. In addition, the cost of Invisalign® is often comparable to braces, while offering a more discreet alternative to more traditional orthodontic treatments.
Since Invisalign® is a procedure that is customized for each individual patient, the overall cost of the treatment varies depending on one’s unique needs and goals. Contributing factors include the extent of treatment necessary to address your concerns, the number of aligners required, and the projected length of time it will take to achieve optimal results. When you come in for your initial consultation here at Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry, one of our experienced cosmetic dentists will perform a comprehensive oral examination and determine whether Invisalign® is the best option for you. If you are a candidate for Invisalign®, we will create a treatment plan designed to meet your needs with the best possible results. A member of our team can then come up with an estimate of the overall costs of Invisalign® and talk with you about your payment options before you decide to have the treatment.
Many dental insurance providers offer at least partial coverage for orthodontic treatment. Our practice accepts all PPO dental plans. For those who would like to offset the costs of treatment in other ways, we work with CareCredit® Financing, a respected healthcare financing company that offers a range of low- and no-interest monthly payment plans for qualified applicants. Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry also accepts a wide array of payment methods to make the process as financially convenient as possible. We will work with you to find the best solution for your needs.
As beneficial as Invisalign® can be for adults who want to address their orthodontic concerns in the most discreet way possible, the treatment’s use of virtually invisible aligners makes it a particularly desirable option for adolescents. Invisalign® Teen is a version of Invisalign® treatment that is specifically designed for younger patients and their unique needs. It uses the same methodology as the standard Invisalign® treatment and is customized to help teens and adolescents improve teeth misalignment and bite irregularities without reliance on braces or other noticeable appliances on the teeth. Invisalign® Teen allows patients to navigate their way through school and social activities without having to worry about how their smile will look to others as they undergo the orthodontic treatment process!
For patients who may not be candidates for Invisalign®, as well as for those who would simply like to explore other options for orthodontic treatment, our practice offers a number of alternatives that can also correct the appearance of teeth misalignment. Individuals who are affected by gaps and spaces between their teeth and other alignment issues can often benefit from porcelain veneer treatment. Porcelain veneers are custom tooth restorations designed to fit naturally and comfortably over the affected teeth. This treatment can be very effective at creating a healthier, more even appearance to the teeth. Removable orthodontic retainers offer another option for correcting teeth misalignment. A retainer can address spaces between the teeth as well as areas of crowding, helping to bring the teeth into a straighter, more uniform position.
During your initial consultation, our dentist can talk with you about the many effective orthodontic options we offer that may be ideal for your needs.
How to Choose an Invisalign® Dentist
To choose the best Invisalign® dentist for your needs or the needs of your child, it’s important to look for doctors who are properly trained and experienced in performing the treatment. Viewing a potential Invisalign® dentist’s website and familiarizing yourself with the doctor’s background is often a good start. You should also feel free to contact the practice directly to find out if the dentist is certified to perform Invisalign® treatment. Inquiring about the dentist’s experience with orthodontic treatments, how often they perform Invisalign® procedures, and whether they can show you before-and-after photos that feature some of their Invisalign® patients can also give you a general idea of the dentist’s history with Invisalign®. Finally, once you have narrowed down your options, an in-person consultation with your prospective Invisalign® dentist can help you determine your level of confidence and comfort with the particular doctor you are considering.
Dr. Robbi Wilson is our certified Invisalign® provider here at Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry. He has been successfully performing Invisalign® procedures for many years and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about his experience with Invisalign® and whether this treatment is the best option for your goals.
Are you considering Invisalign®? If you have questions regarding this advanced orthodontic treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry today.