Invisalign – West Brookfield, MA
Get a Straight Smile with Clear Aligners
Your smile is influential in your self-esteem. Unfortunately, few people are born with one that’s naturally attractive. Besides discoloration, chips, or cracks, the positioning of your teeth can also impact the appearance of your smile. Not to mention, alignment and bite issues can harm your dental health and your quality of life. If you’re embarrassed by rotated, crooked, or gapped teeth, you can get the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve without brackets and wires. Invisalign in West Brookfield is a patient-preferred solution because it moves your teeth using nearly invisible clear aligners.
How Invisalign Works
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to pull your teeth into position. Although this is effective for even the most complex cases, they are noticeable and there are several disadvantages. Invisalign resolves many of the common complaints about metal braces.
Our in-office orthodontist takes digital impressions of your mouth to map the movement of your teeth using state-of-the-art software. The information is transferred to a series of clear aligners that are worn over your teeth for at least 22 hours per day. Each aligner applies continual pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into position. Although every treatment differs, most patients are finished with their series in about 12 months.
Indications for Invisalign
Crowded teeth increase your risk of cavities and gum disease because it can be difficult to effectively remove bacteria and plaque. Invisalign creates more space to improve your smile and your oral health.
Gaps Between Teeth
Your bite can lead to uneven wear on your enamel and jaw pain. Invisalign can correct several bite issues, like an overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign provides several benefits that aren’t possible using traditional metal brackets and wires, including:
- Improved confidence because no one will know you’re wearing the aligners.
- Comfortable because there aren’t any brackets or wires irritating the inside of the lips and cheeks.
- Effective for correcting a variety of bite and alignment issues.
- Enjoy your favorite foods because the aligners are removable.
- Easy oral hygiene routine and aligner maintenance.
- Less time in the dental chair because you don’t need appointments.
- Results in as few as 12 months.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
Depending on your individual needs, your Invisalign treatment might be around the same cost as metal braces. Of course, the price ultimately depends on your specific dental needs, including how complex your case is. Don’t worry – we’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, like using your dental insurance or flexible financing.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
As we touched on above, there isn’t a set price for the aligners because the cost is based on your specific treatment plan. At your consultation with our West Brookfield dental team, we will conduct a thorough oral exam to determine if we need to straighten both arches of teeth, if rubber bands or any other orthodontic accessories need to be added to your treatment plan, and how many aligners are needed to achieve the results you desire.
Important note: It is possible for there to be additional costs down the line. For example, if you consistently don’t wear your aligners, causing you to fall off-track with your treatment plan, then we’ll need to create a new one.
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
Mail-order aligner companies focus most of their marketing around the lower price. What they don’t mention, however, is WHY. Although a cheaper orthodontic treatment may initially seem tempting, they actually completely bypass important steps of the teeth-straightening process, like conducting a thorough exam upfront. Plus, they rely on DIY impressions, have been sued by several patients who have experienced worsened misalignment, and don’t have support from professional organizations, like the ADA. In other words, mail-order aligner companies may be cheaper, but they certainly aren’t better.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
There are some cases where dental insurance will cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign, like when it’s deemed “medically necessary.” As always, we recommend looking through your dental plan to see what benefits are available to you. If you’re having a hard time because of the unfamiliar jargon, then don’t hesitate to give our West Brookfield dental team a call! We’re proud to welcome all major insurances and PPOs, and we’ll file the paperwork on your behalf to help make the entire process stress-free.
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
If you don’t currently have dental insurance, you might be looking for another way to make the cost of Invisalign more affordable. Fortunately, there is! At West Brookfield Dental, we welcome LendingPoint, which is a trusted third-party financier. With this financial solution, you won’t have to stress about trying to pay for the entire cost of your orthodontic treatment at once. Instead, you can find a payment plan that breaks down the price into smaller, more budget-friendly chunks.
Will I Have to Be Referred to an Outside Specialist for Invisalign?
Nope! Many general dentists don’t possess the required training to administer Invisalign. At West Brookfield Dental, however, we have our very own in-house orthodontist. Dr. Sam Alkhoury is an orthodontist in West Brookfield you can trust. In addition to his more than 25 years of experience in the dental field so far, he has been awarded by the American Association of Orthodontists for the quality of service he provides to his patients. Rest assured that you can achieve the straight smile you deserve without having to be referred to an outside specialist.
Does Invisalign Treatment Hurt?
When you first begin treatment, you may experience some soreness or sensitivity, but this is actually a sign that the aligners are working. Invisalign straightens your smile by exerting a gentle pressure on your teeth, which may be slightly uncomfortable at first. This discomfort should subside after a few days. In the meantime, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed on the label. It might also help to switch to a new set of aligners right before bed so that you sleep through the first few hours of the adjustment process.
Will Invisalign Restrict My Diet?
Not at all! Traditional braces come with a litany of foods you can’t consume because they might break a bracket. Invisalign in West Brookfield, on the other hand, doesn’t restrict the foods you can eat. All you have to do is remove your aligners before eating. Keep in mind, though, that you should always brush your teeth before placing them back in your mouth. Failure to do could result in food particles getting trapped between your teeth and your aligners, resulting in bad breath, discolored aligners, and an increased risk of cavities and gum disease.
Will I Need to Wear a Retainer After I’m Done with Invisalign?
Most likely, yes. Just because your orthodontic treatment is over doesn’t necessarily mean your results will be permanent. If you don’t wear a retainer after you’re finished with Invisalign, your teeth are at risk of shifting back to their original crooked state. Generally, the more severe your alignment issues were, the more likely you’ll have to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment. However, you may not have to wear it almost 24/7 like you did with your aligners. Many retainers can still keep your smile straight even if you only wear them at night.
Schedule an Appointment Today
You can invest in a healthy, beautiful smile using the clear choice in orthodontics. Your dentist in West Brookfield will create the customized plan you need to align your teeth and bite with Invisalign. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.