Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment in which teeth are gently corrected by using a series of custom clear aligners. Unlike other clear aligners, Invisalign is made of SmartTrack material, engineered specifically for comfort and effectiveness.
The most common misconception is that straightening your teeth is more about cosmetics than oral health. The reality is that when teeth are in proper alignment, they are less prone to problems like decay, cavities, and other more serious, long-term dental health issues. Not only can Invisalign help you achieve your best smile, the treatment can also lead to optimal dental health.
There are also some misconceptions about the impact aligners will have on a patient’s lifestyle. You might be pleasantly surprised by the cost, length, and ease of treatment.
At Smile Center, we look forward to designing the treatment that works best for you and guiding you every step along the way.
You might be surprised by how affordable your new smile can be. Our patients typically find that the cost of Invisalign treatment is actually similar to the cost of traditional braces. Depending on your plan, insurance may cover costs up to $3,500. Since patients also may use pre-tax dollars through a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), there are actually three ways to pay. As an Invisalign provider, Smile Center can walk you through a monthly payment plan process that works best for you. Ultimately, an investment in your smile could save you thousands of dollars by helping you avoid the negative side effects of having misaligned teeth.
When comparing the difference between Invisalign vs. braces vs. other clear aligners, it is clear why over 5 million people have chosen Invisalign for the advantages it provides in lifestyle, appearance, hygiene, material, comfort, tracking, and cost. Most patients have treatable cases and find that they can easily address with Invisalign what they had planned to correct with braces. Typically, the cost is similar and the treatment times may be up to 2x faster, as well.
In a traditional metal braces system, metal brackets are glued to each individual tooth and connected with wires and rubber bands. Wax is used as a preventative for abrasions inside the mouth caused by exposed metal. When a wire pops or bracket brakes, patients must make time for repairs with an emergency orthodontic appointment. The smooth BPA-free plastic aligners are a durable, convenient, comfortable solution for most patients to incorporate into their busy lives.
What are the benefits of using Invisalign rather than braces? For treatable cases, clear aligners are a more convenient option in general; but here are some specific reasons why over five million patients have decided that Invisalign is the right treatment for them:
In three simple steps, we will create a digital plan together. At your consultation appointment, you will have the opportunity to see the science behind your new smile and discover what it is like to have Invisalign treatment.
Smile Center’s iTero Element Scanner generates a 3D image of your teeth with ease and precision. There are no molds and no mess. Best of all, the images are created instantly and ready for review. Each tooth movement is calculated based on the 3D x-rays images for ultimate accuracy and efficiency. With technology this advanced, you might be closer to your new smile than you think!
Scanned images are instantly loaded into the ClinCheck Software. Dr. Joel Butterworth will then work with Invisalign technology to expertly design every shift of each tooth. These series of steps essentially become the roadmap leading to your new smile. With this roadmap, each of your custom clear aligners will be created. Your individualized system includes clearly labeled packages containing the aligners that you will use throughout your course of treatment.
Before and after 3D images will give you a sneak peek at your new smile. Before ordering your aligners, you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse at how effectively Invisalign aligners can cause your teeth to move. We give you the opportunity to look over reviews and before and after photos of our current and past patients so that you can feel confident about the personalized care and level of service Smile Center provides.
The 3D scans taken during your Smile Assessment are then used to create your own custom aligners. Invisalign clear aligners are made of SmartTrack material. The trimmed and contoured gum line ensures the highest possible level of comfort. Like traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners actively move teeth and are typically followed up with a clear retainer to keep the teeth in the same position. Unlike most other competitors, Invisalign aligners have a much lower profile. Invisalign feels more like a covering around each tooth rather than a tray. Patients report having much less discomfort and adjustment to the treatment system than they expected.
Invisalign can be used to successfully correct every type of malocclusion: overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite. It is also a successful treatment plan for crowded teeth, gap teeth, or generally straighter teeth. And straight teeth is not simply about cosmetics. Proper alignment of teeth plays a significant role in your oral health. When your teeth are optimally aligned, you will experience fewer cavities and fewer extractions, implants, and crowns.
Interested in learning more about getting started with Invisalign treatment? Take our quick, 5-step smile assessment! If you would like to discuss treatment options and get started with clear aligner therapy, your next step is to booik an appointment at one of our Smile Center locations.
We look forward to customizing your plan – including before and after images – so that you can catch of glimpse of your new smile even before making a decision. During your consultation, we will discuss how the treatment works, how long you will need to wear aligners, the pros and cons of aligners vs braces, the cost, and whether clear align technology is the most suitable treatment option for you.
To learn more about Smile Center treatments and procedures visit our dental services page, or read more on Invisalign topics at the Smile Center blog. Have questions, or want to book an appointment? Contact us at our Fredericksburg or Ashland, VA location by using the link below.
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