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Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth but don’t want traditional metal braces? With Invisalign®, you can achieve a beautiful, straight smile without noticeable metal wires and brackets. Our dentists can help you determine if Invisalign in South Bend is the right choice for you.
What Is Invisalign?
As an alternative to metal braces, Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear, invisible aligner trays that are worn over your teeth. The aligner trays are custom-made to fit your mouth and look similar to teeth whitening trays. Just like traditional braces, Invisalign works by gradually shifting the position of your teeth into the proper place within your mouth. The trays are removable, and you can expect to replace them every two weeks as your teeth continue to shift into position.
What Is the Cost of Invisalign?
Compared to traditional metal braces, many of our patients have found that Invisalign aligners are within a similar price range that’s affordable. The total Invisalign cost will vary for each patient and depends on the complexity of your orthodontic problems and how long you require treatment. Our dentists can help you determine your final Invisalign cost, but we encourage you to contact our office about low-interest financing options and flexible payment options that may be available.
How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?
Treatment time is based on the level of teeth straightening you require, and the total length of your treatment can only be determined by our experienced dentists. For most adult patients, the average treatment time is eight to twelve months. Total treatment time varies for teens.
A licensed orthodontist or general dentist who has completed specialized training can provide treatment with Invisalign. Our Invisalign dentists have the experience needed to help you obtain high-quality results and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Invisalign vs Braces: Which Should I Choose?
There’s a lot to consider when making a decision between Invisalign vs braces. While the benefits of having a beautiful, metal-free smile are important, what really matters is effective treatment. If you have an orthodontic issue that only requires a mild-to-moderate correction, such as crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, or minor spacing/crowding problems, Invisalign can be just as effective for you as regular braces. However, if you have an advanced orthodontic problem, traditional braces will likely be more effective. When you come in for your initial consultation, our dentists will help you decide on an option that works best for you.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Many of our patients have discovered the benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces. Here’s just a few advantages of Invisalign for you to consider:
- The aligner trays can be removed at any time
- There are no metal wires or brackets to irritate your mouth and gums
- Easier brushing and flossing compared to braces
- Works with your busy schedule so you have fewer dental visits (one visit every four to six weeks)
- Invisible aligners fit over your teeth seamlessly, so no one knows you’re wearing them
- The ability to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks with no restrictions
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign in South Bend isn’t an option for everyone. We don’t recommend Invisalign for children since their mouths and jaws are still developing. If you have an advanced orthodontic problem, such as severe spacing, crowding, or a badly aligned bite, you may not be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. Contact our office to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced Invisalign dentists to find out if you’re a candidate.
Is Invisalign Covered by Insurance?
If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover a large portion of your total Invisalign cost. To determine if you have Invisalign insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider or call our office for more information.
What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Complete?
Just like traditional braces, our dentists recommend wearing Invisalign retainers to maintain your results. Your retainer works by preventing your teeth from shifting back to the position they were in before you started treatment.