Straightening Your Teeth With Invisalign
WHAT IS INVISALIGN AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A popular and innovative orthodontic treatment, Invisalign gently moves teeth into their correct position through a series of custom removable aligners. Invisalign is a great choice for both older teenagers and adults in Forest Park, IL who want to improve the health and appearance of their smile without the visibility and inconvenience of traditional metal braces. Our team of dental professionals at DentalWorks - Forest Park has years of experience in helping our Forest Park, IL patients get straighter, healthier smiles with custom Invisalign treatment plans. In today's blog, our team at DentalWorks - Forest Park answers some of the most common questions our patients have about Invisalign, including what does Invisalign fix, why is Invisalign better than braces or other clear aligners, how much does an Invisalign treatment cost, do I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign, and more. Once you've read through our answers, schedule a consultation if you have more questions or if you're ready to find out if you're a good candidate for teeth straightening with Invisalign.
WHAT DOES INVISALIGN FIX?
Invisalign can fix a wide range of issues from adults who just want generally straighter teeth to people who need to correct significant alignment issues. During your initial consultation, your dentist will perform a bite analysis and determine if you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or an open bite. Invisalign can also address concerns with gaps between teeth or crowded teeth. No matter what issue you have with your bite, your dentist can create a custom Invisalign treatment plan to improve your dental alignment and make your smile more attractive.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE INVISALIGN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES?
One of the main advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces is that almost no one will be able to tell that you're getting an orthodontic treatment. The comfortable aligners are transparent so they are barely visible while metal braces are bulky and obvious. Invisalign can also be removed to make eating, brushing, and flossing easier. Each Invisalign clear aligner is custom-made for your teeth to comfortably move your teeth closer to their correct position. There are no wires or brackets to poke and cut the delicate soft tissue inside your mouth.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE INVISALIGN OVER OTHER CLEAR ALIGNERS?
These days there are many different brands of clear aligners on the market that are trying to compete with Invisalign. Some of these even allow you to buy clear aligners from your home without going to the dentist. While this may be convenient, the experience and skill of a board-certified dental professional along with the high-quality materials and advanced Invisalign system can have a huge impact on your results. Compared to other clear aligner options, Invisalign typically fits better and delivers faster results. While other brands may be cheaper, you are probably going to sacrifice quality and comfort for results that may not last as long.
HOW MUCH DOES AN INVISALIGN TREATMENT COST?
The cost for your Invisalign treatment will vary based on how many sets of aligners you need to achieve your goals. During your initial consultation, your dentist will assess your bite and then create your custom treatment plan based on your needs. They will estimate the number of aligners you will need during the course of your Invisalign treatment, which will help them calculate your cost. If you have dental insurance, our team at DentalWorks - Forest Park will contact your carrier to confirm your benefits and create a better estimate of your out-of-pocket cost.
HOW MUCH ARE INVISALIGN RETAINERS?
The cost of your Vivera retainer should be included in the total cost of your Invisalign treatment. Your dentist will break down your treatment plan and cost during your initial Invisalign consultation. If you have dental insurance, some of the cost of your Invisalign treatment and retainer may be covered. If you don't have dental insurance or your treatment is not covered, you may be able to use your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HAS) through your regular health insurance. Many dental practices in Forest Park, IL offer flexible payment plans for Invisalign or they can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your treatment easier to afford.
DO I HAVE TO GET AN INVISALIGN RETAINER?
After your initial Invisalign treatment is finished, your teeth are in the correct position, but your gums and jawbone still need to adjust to the changes in your teeth. This is why it is so important to get and wear your Invisalign retainer. Made of the same material as the aligners, Vivera retainers help make sure the results of your Invisalign treatment last for a long time. A lot of adults who get Invisalign had metal braces as a child but didn't wear their retainers so their teeth moved back out of position and they need a second orthodontic treatment. This is why it is very important to get an Invisalign retainer and wear it as often as recommended by your dentist.
WHAT IF I LOSE AN ALIGNER OR MY RETAINER?
If you lose or damage an Invisalign retainer or aligner, let your dentist know right away. It's important to get it replaced to avoid any delay in your treatment with a lost aligner or letting your teeth move out of place after your treatment if you don't have your retainer. A new aligner or retainer can be easily made for you at the Invisalign dental laboratory based on your latest digital impressions. Do not try to skip to your next aligner or give up wearing your retainer since this could have repercussions on your results.
INVISALIGN HELPS PUT YOUR SMILE BACK IN LINE
Whether you have crowded teeth, gaps between your teeth, an underbite, overbite, or another type of misalignment, the dental professionals at DentalWorks - Forest Park will review your treatment options so we can help you get a straighter, healthier smile. During your initial appointment at our office in Forest Park, IL we can answer all of your questions and address any concerns about Invisalign before we develop your custom treatment plan.
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.