Discreet Orthodontic Care with Chesapeake Invisalign Clear Braces
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?
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?
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.
Indications For Invisalign
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues that range in severity. Whether you’re attempting to straighten your teeth or fix bite problems that can cause discomfort and additional issues down the road, Invisalign can do it all.
Teeth that are too close together can create tight nooks and crannies where plaque and tartar can become trapped, causing oral health problems such as cavities and gum disease. Invisalign can gently shift the teeth in these areas of the mouth to stand neatly side-by-side, making them easier to clean.
Gaps Between Teeth
Some people have gaps between teeth that they find unattractive. These can also create hard-to-reach areas for food debris to hide in, increasing your risk of developing bad breath and tooth decay. Invisalign can close the gaps and create a symmetrical and even smile.
Whether you have overbite, underbite, or crossbite, Invisalign aligners can help. These issues can make it uncomfortable and difficult to chew food and speak. They also leave your teeth vulnerable to grinding and jaw clenching, which can cause excessive wear-and-tear and enamel erosion. Clear aligners can correct these issues to reduce additional damage and problems in the future.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
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.
Do You Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?
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.
Get The Most Out of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment can literally change your life, but it requires a little care on your part. We want to make sure that you know how to get the most out of your treatment, which is why we’ve compiled some easy yet helpful tips to ensure success. Our experienced team of dentists are ready to provide you with a straighter smile. Read on to learn some of the best ways you can improve your day-to-day with Invisalign as well as how to care for and clean your aligners.