Invisalign® Clear Braces – Dayton, OH
Custom-Made, Crystal-Clear Orthodontics
Maybe you’ve wanted straight teeth for a long time, but you aren’t keen on the idea of having a metal mouth for a couple of years. We completely understand. That’s why we offer a clearly better solution for correcting crooked or misaligned teeth—Invisalign® clear braces in Dayton. Invisalign is a fantastic option for patients who are searching for an alternative to traditional metal brackets and wires. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign works to straighten your teeth using a series of custom-made plastic aligners. Many adults and teenagers select Invisalign because it is a virtually invisible cosmetic treatment.
How Does Invisalign Work?
When you visit our practice, one of our dentists will carefully evaluate your teeth and ask you some questions to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If together we decide to move forward, the process goes as follows:
- Your dentist will design a customized treatment plan, with each set of aligners exerting a gentle pressure to straighten teeth in Dayton.
- When your first set of trays arrive, you will wear them for 20 to 22 hours every day, taking them out only for eating and cleaning.
- About two weeks later, you will throw away that set of trays and start the next.
- Every few weeks, you will need to come into our office so that your dentist can ensure that your teeth are progressing properly. If needed, we can adjust the treatment plan.
- At the end of 12 to 18 months, you should have your final results. It’s that simple!
What Are the Indications for Invisalign?
Invisalign clear braces in Dayton can be used to treat a variety of issues you might have with your smile, such as:
If your teeth are too close together, it can be hard to clean them properly. This puts you at a higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Invisalign can more evenly space out the teeth and make them easier to brush and floss.
Gaps Between Teeth
Large spaces between your pearly whites are prime real estate for bits of food to get stuck. This causes not only bad breath, but tooth decay as well. Invisalign can help push your teeth back to where they should be.
Problems with your bite as a whole can put unnecessary pressure on your jaw joint. This may leave you susceptible to teeth clenching or grinding, which can wear down your tooth enamel and cause sensitivity and even chipped or cracked teeth! Whether you have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, Invisalign can solve these problems.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
In addition to being barely noticed when worn, the Invisalign trays have many other advantages, including the following:
- Invisalign gives you results fast. While traditional braces can take between 24 and 36 months to complete treatment, Invisalign typically takes between 12 and 18 months.
- You can enjoy better oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean, and better dental hygiene leads to better oral health.
- You don’t have food restrictions. Traditional braces involve a list of foods you need to avoid. Not Invisalign. Just take out the trays to eat, brush your teeth, and put them back in.
- You have fewer adjustment appointments, which saves you precious time.
- It’s easier to keep your teeth healthy with Invisalign than with traditional braces. Just remove the trays to brush and floss as you normally do and put them back in.
- Invisalign aligners are very comfortable, because they are made to fit your mouth specifically.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
Can a straighter, healthier smile fit into your budget? It’s important to fully consider the costs of Invisalign before beginning the treatment. Not all plans are the same, and everyone has different circumstances to consider. Drs. Quinttus, Budde, and Sullivan will create an estimate for you and discuss your options for keeping costs as low as possible.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
To figure out the overall cost of Invisalign treatment, we’ll have to consider the following factors:
- Do you need Invisalign to correct a single arch or both at once? Most people will need to straighten their upper and lower teeth, but this is not always the case. Naturally, treatments to realign one row of teeth will have a very different cost compared to treatments that address both rows.
- How complex is the orthodontic issue in question? Relatively simple problems like a single small gap are less costly to deal compared to more complex tooth and bite alignment problems.
- How long will the treatment last? Most Invisalign treatments last between 12 to 18 months. Lengthier treatments involve more aligners, which naturally have a direct impact on how much you’ll end up paying.
Does Invisalign Cost More Than Smile Direct Club™?
The Smile Direct Club is a do-it-yourself approach to straightening teeth where the aligners are mailed to you. On paper, Smile Direct Club generally costs less than Invisalign. With that said, though, it’s important to remember that the tradeoff for using a do-it-yourself kit is that you don’t enjoy the direct oversight of a dental professional. As such, there’s an increased risk for complications. For example, if one of your aligners doesn’t make the required correction before it’s time to switch to the next one, it could throw off the entire process and lead to serious oral health issues. By choosing Invisalign, you’ll have Drs. Quinttus, Budde, and Sullivan to help you through every step of the treatment process to ensure that the impressions are taken accurately and that the teeth are where they need to be at every step. If you’re looking for reliable, high quality results, Invisalign is worth the cost.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
It varies from plan to plan. Some dental insurance carriers won’t pay for orthodontic treatment at all. Others do provide orthodontic coverage, but this might not include Invisalign. And in still other cases, your provider may indeed be willing to pay a percentage of your Invisalign costs. Check with your insurance company ahead of time to confirm your benefits. Our team can also go over your plan with you to help you understand your coverage and plan your treatment accordingly.
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
In addition to being in-network with several major dental insurance carriers, we offer CareCredit as a solution for patients that would have trouble paying the entire cost of care all at once. CareCredit simplifies the overall cost into more easily manageable monthly installments tailored to your budget. Also, our Smile Membership Program provides significant discounts on many of our services in exchange for a low annual fee.
We’re ready to help you take the first steps towards a straighter smile. Call us today to learn more about Invisalign as well as your financial options.
Invisalign is truly a great innovation when it comes to helping you achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted. However, it’s likely that you still have some questions about some of the details of the treatment. Not to worry; we’ve gathered some of the Invisalign questions that we get asked the most often. Below are our Invisalign FAQs in Dayton.
How Is Invisalign Different from Mail-Order Clear Aligners?
If you’ve been on social media lately, odds are you’ve seen ads and posts about clear aligners that offer you a straighter smile for a fraction of the cost of Invisalign. While both treatments use impressions of your teeth to develop custom aligners, the knockoff products don’t provide any additional assessments, like x-rays to identify bite problems. Also, the trays they make stay the same throughout your entire treatment, unlike Invisalign’s progression of aligners. Ultimately, you’d be better off investing in actual Invisalign treatment from a dental professional. It’s much safer and more effective overall.
Do I Have to Give Up Certain Foods?
Not at all! One of the best qualities of Invisalign is that you can simply take the trays out before eating and place them back in once mealtime is over. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to brush your teeth between eating and putting your aligners back in. If you don’t, then bits of food can get trapped against your teeth, staining your aligners and attracting harmful bacteria that may cause gum disease or cavities.
How Do I Care for My Aligners?
Every morning, you should take your aligners out and brush them with an ultra-soft toothbrush to remove any bacteria that may have accumulated during the night. Do not use toothpaste, as that could actually be abrasive. Whenever you remove your aligners, you should at least rinse them out. Ideally, you should soak them in warm (not hot) water or with an Invisalign cleaning kit.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Invisalign works by applying a gentle pressure on your teeth to shift them into the desired position. While many patients report that they don’t feel this, it’s entirely possible that you may feel some soreness, especially when starting a new pair of aligners in the series. However, this discomfort should dissipate in a few days as your mouth gets adjusted to the new appliance. In the meantime, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to help alleviate your soreness.