What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a set of custom-made removable clear aligners worn on the upper and lower jaws to straighten the teeth. Compared to traditional metal or ceramic braces, these orthodontic appliances are not attached to your teeth, are virtually invisible, and can easily be removed when you eat, drink, or speak. We will provide a set of discreet, clear aligners that you’ll wear for about two weeks. The aligners are designed in such a way that it exerts a force on your teeth so that it can adjust to the desired movement of the correction of the teeth. It can correct problems of Underbite, crossbite, overbite, open bite malocclusion, and deep bites. After two weeks, the aligners have already served its purpose, and you’ll be wearing a new set. You’ll be wearing a new set every two weeks until the desired results have been achieved. After the treatment, you’ll be wearing retainers to keep the teeth from shifting back.
See How Invisalign works.
Read more About the advantages of this treatment and check out our Before and After pictures.
How long does Invisalign take?
The length of the treatment for Invisalign will depend on the severity of the case. On average, the procedure can take from 12 to 18 months. Complex cases can take up to two years, while simple cases can take six months. For more complex problems, patients are required to wear Attachments to guide with the alignment.
Although most of us feel that children are excellent candidates for having straighter teeth, we should not neglect our own teeth. Because Invisalign is made from translucent plastic, it is more comfortable and is less noticeable. There won’t be any visible signs of brackets or wires that can oftentimes be a distraction when you speak or eat. This invisible braces treatment is excellent for adults who want to look and feel good, regardless of age. For alternatives to Invisalign, see Clear braces.
Adults were originally the only ones who could benefit from this. This was a result of the concept of the original design. Every aligner is a plastic shell which fits snugly on each tooth in a single jaw. The aligners left no space for teeth to emerge. This prevented the use of it for youngsters who still had teeth emerging. Its popularity along with the numerous benefits it offered over traditional braces especially when aesthetics were considered made the manufacturers decide that younger persons could also enjoy the benefits. With the teen version, the tabs are left in places where a tooth is expected to erupt and grow. Therefore the advantages were retained without compromising on the eruption of new teeth. Orthodontic treatment with this for very young patients is still not indicated at this time.
Invisalign First – for Kids!
What is Invisalign First
Creating a great smile involves fixing oral health issues during their early childhood and even before the teeth have erupted. Invisalign First is the next generation of Invisalign that is specially developed for children. The treatment allows children who still have growing teeth to use aligners in treating their orthodontic problems. It is the latest orthodontic solution which lets the patient use an alternative treatment to metal braces for their child. About Child orthodontics.
Invisalign First is designed to correct a broad range of teeth straightening issues such as crowding, tooth protusion, narrow dental arches, spacing, and arch development in order to improve the appearance of your child’s smile. The trays are specially designed to expand the jawline of the child gradually. As the arch develops throughout the treatment, skilled orthodontists such as Shiney George can correct a more serious problem.
Why Invisalign First?
Invisalign First is a Phase One treatment made to correct the position of the child’s jaw. It offers unique features like dental arch expansion and creating room for the developing teeth. Invisalign First can correct a variety of issues like:
- Guide and correct the growth of the child’s jaw.
- Create space when the tooth is crowded.
- Adjust the width of the upper and lower arch.
- Fix thumb-sucking problems and improve speech issues.
- Correct interferances and tooth protrusions.
What is Phase One?
As your child grows, their teeth grows with them as well. Even when they still have baby teeth, the best time for an orhtodontic treatment is when they turn 6 to 10 years old. This treatment is commonly known as Phase One treatment.
The aim of this treatment is to develop young arches and make room for the permanent teeth to grow.
How Invisalign First Works
Invisalign First works by expanding and contouring the child’s jawline to what is commonly known as dental arch expansion. Through this process, your child’s teeth are moved until it is in the proper arch width.
The treatment starts with a consultation to determine if Invisalign First is the right treatment for your child. If they are qualified, the dentist will then take x-rays, pictures, and make impressions of your child’s teeth. These data are sent to the lab for them to make custom-made aligners for your child.
Depending on your child’s condition, he or she may need more than one aligners. There are certain conditions where during the treatment process they may need to use aligners to direct the pressure from the clear aligner to the teeth.
Invisalign express / Lite
Invisalign Express is a faster treatment compared to the original Invisalign treatment. Express is excellent for treating less complicated orthodontic issues as it only consists of a few sets of aligners that will be swapped out every other week. Original Invisalign aligners can take up to 25 or more sets.
Check out some Do’s and Don’ts for this treatment.
Invisalign for Crossbite
Crossbite is a type of malocclusion where the upper teeth and bottom teeth do not bite or come together in the correct position. This can occur only on the front sides of the mouth. We recommend having it corrected as soon as possible.
Crossbites can cause the following:
- The teeth causes premature wear
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Bone loss
- Weak chewing patterns
- Unattractive smile
- Asymmetrical jaw development
Invisalign for Open Bite Malocclusion
Open bite is a type of malocclusion (misalignment) that occurs when the upper front teeth and outwards and do not touch when the mouth is closed. It normally develops in the front of the mouth or at the back of the mouth. The timing of the treatment is important to the success of the Invisalign treatment.
If this condition is not treated, it can cause the following
Uneven and premature wear of the molars
A less attractive smile.
Jaw joint dysfunction
Invisalign for Overbite
Overbite is a type of malocclusion where the upper teeth stick out too far beyond the lower teeth. In an extreme case of an overbite, it can cause a non-symmetrical eruption of the front and lower teeth. It can also affect the development of the bone in which the teeth are supported.
An overbite can cause the following:
Lower front part biting onto the gum tissue, which could lead to periodontal problems.
Unusual wear of the lower part of the mouth.
Invisalign for Underbite
Underbite is a type of malocclusion where the lower teeth extend outward farther than the upper teeth. This condition is also called a Class III malocclusion or prognathism. Some of the extreme cases of underbite can be severe causing the lower teeth to extend far too forward creating a bulldog-like appearance. Other cases are milder and nearly noticeable. This condition is caused by the flared lower incisors, tipped back incisors, missing upper portion, or a combination of each.
Underbite needs to be corrected as soon as possible as it can cause the following condition:
- Less attractive smile
- Prevents the correct function of the mouth.
- Can cause jaw-joint dysfunction.
Invisalign for Gaps in teeth, Diastema
Tooth gap or diastema is a dental condition where there is a visible space that exists between two or more teeth, most often at the two front incisors. Diastema is a common and minor type of misalignment and Invisalign will be able to treat it.
If the tooth gap affects only a few teeth and it is not affected by bite misalignment or other complications, it is considered a minor dental issue, and Invisalign Express can be used to treat it.
When the condition of the teeth involves the movement of the teeth or jaw, dentists will supplement Invisalign with attachment or elastics. The attachments are discreet, tooth-colored devices that allow for intricate tooth movement.
How much Invisalign Cost?
Cost for Invisalign is estimated to range from $3,500 to $8,000; however, Insurance may pay up to $1500 for Invisalign costs. The price includes retainers. On average, Invisalign clear aligners cost less than traditional braces. Payment plans usually start at $89 per month.
The cost of Invisalign treatment will depend on your oral health. One of the main contributors is the level of misalignment that needs to be corrected. Also, the cost depends on where you are getting the treatment. There are certain parts in the US that are more expensive, particularly in terms of services and fees. Within Frisco and nearby, some professionals may charge more than others, depending on their reputation and expertise.
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Invisalign aligners: Frisco, TX – Highland Oak Dental
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FAQ for Invisalign
Is Invisalign treatment more expensive than braces?
Invisalign treatment costs similarly to braces. Do note that like braces, the cost of Invisalign can go higher or lower depending on the complexity of the case. Visit Highland Oak Dental to learn more about Invisalign.
Will my insurance cover Invisalign treatment?
There are specific insurance plans which can cover the cost of the Invisalign treatment the same as they can cover the cost of metal braces. Your insurance may be able to pay for a fixed cost or a percentage of the procedure. Dr. Shiney George, DDS
How much does Invisalign cost with insurance?
The cost of Invisalign without insurance can vary from $3,500 up to $7,000. The cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of the case. Visit our Highland Oak Dental office to know if you can qualify for Invisalign treatment.
How much does Invisalign cost without insurance?
Invisalign cost without insurance will cost from $3,500 up to $7,000. The cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of the case.
How much is Invisalign a month?
The cost of Invisalign monthly will rely on the total cost of your treatment and how many months do you want to pay for it. A minimum payment for this treatment monthly is $50 per month for 36 months or $200 for 24 months with or without down payment. Please ask your dentist about the available financing options at their dental office.
How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?
Wear aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day and take it out only when you are eating, or cleaning your teeth.
Do Invisalign clear aligners contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?
Invisalign aligners are made of medical-grade thermoplastic polymers. These materials have a long history of FDA approvals and are deemed safe to use inside your mouth for long periods. There are tests conducted that determine the biocompatibility of the aligners, and it has passed all the regulatory requirements.
I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign treatment?
Yes. It is possible to switch to Invisalign treatment. Doctors are often combining braces with Invisalign aligners in their treatment. Ask your doctor if this method works for you.
I have veneers or crowns. Will Invisalign clear aligners work with them?
Yes. But it can also depend on your current condition. Talk to your orthodontist about any dental work you've had done and they will evaluate your concerns.
Can I take my aligners off whenever I need to?
Yes. You can remove your aligners when you eat, drink, brush, or floss your teeth. You can also take them out during job interviews, special occasions, or when playing a musical instrument but remember to wear it for at 20 to 22 hours per day.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Invisalign moves the teeth by applying a gentle, yet constant force. Because of this, some people may experience temporary discomfort, especially during the first few days of wearing it. People often describe the feeling as "pressure", and it is a sign that the aligners are working.
Will wearing Invisalign clear aligners affect my speech?
Yes, but only for a while. It will take some time for the tongue to get used to the invisible aligners in your mouth. This should disappear in a few days.
Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
No. The gums will stick to your aligners. Even when you're eating snacks or chewing on gums, you'll need to take out your aligners and bring it back once you're done eating.
How can I straighten my teeth without braces?
If you have minor oral health problems such as underdeveloped palate, narrow upper jaw, overcrowding, malocclusion or overcrowding, it is possible to get your teeth straightened without braces. Your orthodontist will advise the best solution for your case without the need to use braces.
Invisalign Near Me
Choosing a dentist that is convenient to where you work, go to school, or live is essential and is particularly helpful for saving money from this treatment. Expect to have several dental appointments and treatment follow-ups in addition to your routine visits. Having a dental office nearby can make things easier for you. Additionally, dental specialists with great reviews for Invisalign and the one you feel comfortable working with can work wonders with your treatment.
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