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Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces

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Would you like a beautiful, straight smile but don’t want to get braces? Invisalign® clear aligners may be the right choice for you. These clear, removable aligners gently move your teeth into a new position. They work best for mild cases; your Coast Dental orthodontist will let you know whether Invisalign would work for you.

Why People Choose Invisalign

More than 1.3 million people have chosen Invisalign instead of braces for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason is aesthetics. Invisalign aligners are clear, so most people won’t even know you are wearing them. That helps many people feel less self-conscious about their orthodontic treatment, especially people who do a lot of public speaking, such as teachers, sales representatives, and politicians.

Invisalign aligners are also removable, so you take them out to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. That means you can eat anything you like. With braces, you have to avoid certain foods like bubble gum and popcorn that can damage the brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth.

There’s one other reason people choose Invisalign over braces: they are very comfortable. Invisalign aligners are thin, plastic trays similar to the ones you may use for at-home whitening. The trays are custom-made for you and only you, so they fit perfectly.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign works by using a series of thin, clear, plastic trays that slip over your teeth. There are no brackets and no wires. Each set of aligners is shaped a little differently in order to shift the teeth from their original starting position into their final, perfect position, and you wear each set for about two weeks. You’ll have regular check-ups with your orthodontist to monitor your progress. Those check-up are usually about six weeks apart.

Our Coast Dental orthodontists are certified Invisalign providers. That means they’ve had additional training to ensure they are experienced in Invisalign treatment planning and execution. During your complimentary orthodontic consultation, your Coast Dental orthodontist will evaluate your dental needs and determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you.

Then, your orthodontist will take x-rays, pictures and impressions (molds) of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a 3-D image of your smile. The orthodontist will design a customized treatment plan for you that details the shape of each set of aligners and how long each set should be worn. While every orthodontic case is different, Invisalign treatment typically takes about a year for adults. Your Coast Dental orthodontist can tell you how long your particular treatment should take.

There’s one important item to point out: for Invisalign to work properly, you must wear them exactly as prescribed. That means you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day – basically all the time, except when you’re eating. The aligners need to physically touch your teeth for them to work.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost

The cost of Invisalign is slightly more expensive than the cost of braces. Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment just as they would cover other orthodontic treatments. Your Coast Dental dental office team can contact your dental insurance company to confirm your orthodontic benefits.

If you don’t have orthodontic dental insurance, ask your Coast Dental office if it has any special offers on Invisalign. We often do.

Do have a Flexible Spending Account? You can also use those savings toward Invisalign treatment!

Our Coast Dental team will work with you to see how you can have the smile you desire at a price that fits your family budget. The first step is to call us today at 1-800-32-SMILE to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation.

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