Invisalign – Katy, TX
The Clear Solution for Straight Teeth
Correcting your misaligned teeth is about much more than just aesthetics. True, a straighter smile is generally considered more appealing, but it is also much easier to keep clean and healthy. However, if the thought of metal brackets and wires fills you with dread, your teeth can remain in their crooked, gapped, or overcrowded state. Orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to entail a blow to your looks and self-esteem with traditional braces. The good news is that our team at The Dental People can provide a more subtle way to improve your smile—Invisalign. This system uses a series of clear plastic trays that progressively and gently move your teeth into their ideal alignment.
Why Choose The Dental People for Invisalign?
- Financing options available
- Highly trained orthodontist on staff
- All dental insurance welcome
Benefits of Invisalign
Although traditional braces are effective, especially for more severe misalignment, they have some obvious downsides. For mild to moderate teeth or bite alignment problems, choosing Invisalign treatment has many advantages, including:
- Better aesthetics. Invisalign is barely visible when worn.
- No food restrictions. You remove the trays when you eat, allowing you to enjoy all your favorite foods. Just make sure to brush and floss before putting your trays back in!
- Faster results. Whereas traditional braces can take 24 to 36 months, Invisalign treatment can be completed in as little as 6 months up to 18 months.
- Easier oral care. Cleaning around the brackets and wires can be cumbersome. While using Invisalign, you simply maintain your normal daily oral routine.
How Invisalign Works
At your consultation with Dr. Hoang, we’ll go over your options and explain the entire treatment process in greater detail. However, here are the general steps for Invisalign:
- We’ll take impressions of your teeth, create a customized treatment plan, and send the data to an Invisalign lab.
- When your custom aligners are ready, you’ll put them on your teeth, leaving them in place for 20 to 22 hours every day with breaks only for eating and oral maintenance.
- Every two weeks, you’ll switch to the next set of alignment trays.
- Every once in a while, you’ll come to our Katy office so that Dr. Hoang can check on your progress and make any adjustments to your treatment plan as necessary.
- When you’ve completed treatment, you’ll receive an alignment tray to continue wearing at night to help you keep your beautifully straight results.
It really is that simple and straightforward!
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Many of the most common orthodontic issues can be corrected by Invisalign. If you have any of the following, you might be a good candidate for this treatment:
Teeth that are too close together can be more difficult to effectively brush and floss, making it more likely for bacteria to build up and cause cavities and gum disease.
Spaces Between Teeth
Food particles can get trapped in large gaps between teeth, attracting harmful bacteria that result in bad breath and tooth decay.
Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint, can increase your risk of teeth grinding, which can quickly wear down your enamel.
Fortunately, Invisalign can fix most of these issues!
Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners
To prevent discoloration, odor, and bacterial growth in your aligners, keep these tips in mind:
- First thing in the morning, remove your aligners and thoroughly clean them as well as your teeth. Bacteria could have accumulated on the aligners while sleeping, so it’s important to start the day off right by cleaning them.
- Always rinse your aligners when you remove them. Use lukewarm or cold water. Hot water could make the trays change their shape, compromising your treatment.
- At least once a day, gently brush the aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Instead of toothpaste (which can be abrasive to the plastic), use a clear antibacterial hand soap.
- While you’re eating, it’s a good idea to let your aligners soak in room-temperature water, denture cleanser, or an Invisalign cleaning solution. Afterward, scrub them clean with a toothbrush before placing them back in your mouth.
- Brush and floss your teeth after eating and before putting the aligners back in. otherwise, you could be trapping food particles against your teeth that attract bacteria.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
The price of straightening your smile with Invisalign will depend on several factors, including the severity of your alignment issues, the duration of treatment, and your ability to follow instructions. During your consultation, we can give you a more accurate timeframe for your treatment, helping us provide you with a clearer idea of the cost. In some cases, your dental insurance can cover part of the treatment cost, and our team will do whatever we can to help you get the most out of your benefits. So, how much does Invisalign cost? Let’s learn more.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign
When scheduling a consultation to sit down with one of our skilled dental professionals, we will go over the process for your Invisalign treatment as well as which factors will ultimately determine the overall cost of your treatment. Remember, no two patients are alike, so your time spent wearing Invisalign may look drastically different than a friend or neighbor who opts for clear aligners.
Once our team examines your smile and formulates a treatment plan, you can expect the following factors to play a role in the total expenses:
- The duration of your treatment. Your teeth will not magically shift into their new position overnight, so although you can expect somewhat quicker results, it doesn’t take time. This will dictate how many aligners you will need, which will add to the overall cost.
- The severity of your case. Depending on how difficult it will be to shift your teeth, you can expect the cost to be higher or lower. Naturally, closing a few small gaps will be less time-consuming than realigning an underbite or crossbite.
- The number of aligners you will need. Do you need them for only your top teeth, bottom teeth, or both?
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
You’ve probably seen the many commercials advertising Smile Club Direct. We know it’s tempting to try a solution that appears quick, easy, and far more affordable, but before you go the do-it-yourself (DIY) route, consider the following:
- You will not receive guidance or oversight from a licensed orthodontist or dental professional
- Should a problem occur, you will not have a place to go or a specific individual to reach out to for help
- You could do more damage to your teeth that will require the help of a licensed dentist or orthodontist to fix
Yes, Smile Club Direct typically only costs around $2,000. When compared to Invisalign, which can have you spending between $3,000 and $8,000, it’s a much more enticing option for your wallet. However, if you want to ensure your smile is properly cared for, moves correctly, and leads to life-changing results, it’s best to make the more costly investment and choose Invisalign.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Invisalign is not the same as traditional orthodontics, so it’s unlikely that most dental insurance companies will agree to provide coverage. However, this is not always the case. You’ll need to speak with a member of your insurance team to find out if you have any available orthodontic coverage and whether Invisalign is included. Should your insurer state they will cover a portion of your treatment, you may be eligible to receive 50% of the total cost paid for by your insurance company. Since you will be responsible for paying the remaining balance, you can choose to use your FSA if you have one, or you can ask about alternative options.
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
At The Dental People, we never want you to forgo treatment because you feel you cannot afford it. This is why we are pleased to offer those without dental insurance an in-office dental savings plan. This provides you access to various benefits as well as discounts for multiple services for one low fee each year.
You can also inquire about flexible financing through CareCredit, which is a third-party financier that offers low and no interest payment plans to help you break up the cost of your treatment and stay within your budget.
The team at The Dental People is ready to help you take the next step toward a straighter smile. Not only will we be by your side throughout the process, but we will help you to better understand the cost of your treatment and offer reliable ways to pay for treatment that doesn’t require emptying your wallet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
From the benefits to the cost, the above information is a great place to start if you are trying to decide if Invisalign is the right cosmetic dentistry solution for you. With that being said, it’s completely natural to still have a few questions on your mind. To make finding the answers as seamless as possible, we’ve responded to some of the most frequently asked questions below. Of course, if you would prefer to speak directly with our team, don’t hesitate to contact our office!
Will Invisalign Affect My Speech?
Possibly. To enunciate clearly, your tongue makes a series of distinct movements against the back of your teeth. Therefore, as your mouth adjusts to your aligners, you may experience a slight lisp. Fortunately, this is typically short-lived, and many patients report their trays don’t affect their speech at all. If you do experience a bit of a learning curve, you can read aloud and practice the most difficult words repeatedly to speed up the process.
What’s the Difference Between Invisalign and Mail-Order Alternatives?
The marketing behind mail-order braces wants you to believe that the only difference between their trays and Invisalign is the cost. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. To start, “do-it-yourself” orthodontics leaves a lot of room for error, resulting in unintended consequences like newly gapped teeth and unwanted movement. On the other hand, Invisalign is monitored by a licensed professional. Additionally, patients who opt for mail-order braces have no where to turn when something goes wrong, resulting in additional restorative and cosmetic treatment in the long run. Simply put, there is no room for error when it comes to your smile, so stick with the pros from the start. It’ll benefit your smile and your wallet!
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Whether you are struggling with minor misalignment or a severe overbite, any orthodontic treatment you choose comes with some soreness. After all, that means your braces are effectively guiding your teeth into their new position! With that being said, many patients find that Invisalign is much more pain-free since there are no metal brackets or pesky wires involved. Plus, if you do experience some discomfort in the days following your new set of aligners, using a cold compress or taking OTC medication can help keep you comfortable.
What Do I Do If I Lose My Invisalign Aligners?
Don’t panic. Instead, carefully retrace your steps, paying special attention to the small spaces they could’ve fallen into. Once you confirm that they are missing, get in touch with our team. From there, we can determine the next best steps to ensure your treatment timeline is as unaffected as possible. Under no circumstance should you attempt to remedy the situation on your own by moving onto the next set of trays. This can result in complications that necessitate more time and money spent on your braces.
What Happens After I Complete My Invisalign Treatment?
Once you’ve worked your way through your aligners, it’s time to show off your new and improved smile! To preserve your hard-earned, beautiful results, you’ll be given a retainer. Neglecting to wear it can cause your teeth to shift back into their previous position, leaving you at square one again. So, make sure to wear them consistently and get in touch with our team if it is accidentally lost or misplaced.
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