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Discreet Orthodontic Care with Invisalign Clear Braces

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You don’t have to wear traditional metal braces to achieve a straighter smile. At our Chesapeake, VA dental office, we can provide discreet orthodontic care with Invisalign. Instead of using metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible custom-made plastic alignment trays to move the teeth into their ideal positions. Do you want to learn more about Invisalign? The Estrada Dentistry team would be happy to talk to you about your cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatment options. Call our office to schedule your orthodontic consultation appointment. We’ll review your smile, discuss your goals, and partner with you to achieve the flawless, functional smile you deserve.

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment plan that allows us to help patients straighten their teeth without the use of uncomfortable brackets and wires. Instead, clear aligners are used to gently shift teeth into the best position, ensuring a healthy, functional smile for life. While no treatment is right for every patient, Invisalign can be used to straighten crooked teeth, make spacing more even, and create a properly functioning bite.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Man placing Invisalign tray

Rather than brackets and wires, Invisalign used a series of plastic aligners to shift teeth into alignment. Each tray represents your smile one stage closer to the desired end results. These plastic trays will be exchanged for new ones as you go through your treatment. What’s more, you can easily remove them to eat, drink, and brush. With this kind of flexibility, you can enjoy the same diet you had before starting treatment. You can also brush and floss just as thoroughly as you could before. With traditional braces, brushing and flossing can be difficult as food can easily become trapped in the brackets and wires. The entire treatment plan is usually completed in just eight to eighteen months, and you don’t need to visit our office as frequently as you would have to go to the orthodontist for bracket and wire adjustments. You’ll save time on treatment overall and throughout the course of your Invisalign plan.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Smiling woman holding Invisalign tray

The cost of Invisalign varies based on the number of alignment trays you need and whether or not you need to utilize advanced orthodontic services like rubber bands for bite alignment. In most cases, the cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to the pricing of traditional orthodontics. Patients will typically not pay more than an additional $500 to $1000 for the increased comfort, convenience, and cosmetic appearance of Invisalign treatment. Best of all, most dental insurance plans now offer the same coverage for clear braces that they do for bracket and wire orthodontics.

Will I Need to Wear a Retainer?

Many patients think that choosing Invisalign orthodontic treatment means they won’t need to use a retainer, but this isn’t the case. Retainers ensure your newly aligned smile stays in its new position. In many cases, we can now use clear retainers just like your alignment trays. That means you can continue to smile with confidence while wearing your oral appliance.