Invisalign – West Palm Beach, FL
Your Clear Path to a Straighter Smile
Invisalign from our West Palm Beach, FL cosmetic dentist is one example of the amazing technology that is currently available in dentistry. It is an orthodontic system that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move the teeth into the positions that we want them to be in.
How does Invisalign work?
We will take impressions of your teeth and create a virtual model that will be used to plan your tooth movement. I can actually show you what your teeth look like before we start and what they will look like once your treatment has been completed!
Every two weeks you will wear a new set of aligners until the treatment is complete and the teeth are in the positions we had planned for them to be in.
For most patients, I will need to see you every 6 weeks to make sure the teeth are moving as planned.
Invisalign Clear Braces vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign is a much more comfortable alternative to braces because it does not use wires to straighten the teeth. Traditional braces have metal brackets and wires which need to be tightened (ouch), which can also poke through and hurt your gums and lips (ouch again).
Invisalign patients also don’t have to worry about all the food that typically gets stuck in traditional braces, as well as the constant cleaning braces require to maintain healthy teeth and gums. With Invisalign, you can eat whatever you want. Simply remove the aligner, eat and drink what you desire, and pop in the aligner and away you go (after brushing your teeth, of course!).
How long does Invisalign treatment last?
The answer is…it depends! A minor case can take as little as 10 weeks and more complex cases can span over a year. I would say the majority of my patients using Invisalign are done after approximately 5-9 months of treatment time.
Why should I consider Invisalign?
If you are thinking of straightening your teeth, it is most likely because you are not happy with the way they look. They are either too crowded or there are spaces that you wish were not there. While correcting these issues will no doubt result in a nice smile, there are other reasons to consider Invisalign.
- Crowded teeth make it really hard to practice good home hygiene. These areas trap plaque and increase the incidence of tooth decay and/or periodontal disease (gum and bone loss). Eliminating crowding by straightening your teeth will allow you to take better care of yourself at home.
- Crowding and spacing will get worse with time. If you are not happy with the way your teeth look now, I can bet that you will not be happy with the way they look in the future. This is because crowding and spacing issues progress and will worsen with time. The sooner you intervene, the shorter the treatment time will be as compared to waiting until it is “really, really bad.”
Am I too old for Invisalign?
Invisalign is perfectly suited for adults as the aligners are near invisible and will minimally interfere with your everyday life. Invisalign will enhance your smile and self-confidence, and you will have teeth that are in ideal positions for home care that will help you keep them for a lifetime. So the answer is… you are just the right age for Invisalign!
Are you ready to straighten your smile without the hassle and appearance of metal braces? If so, Invisalign is just what you’re looking for! To get started, simply contact our dental office today for an appointment.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
Even if you’ve had your heart set on Invisalign for a while now, chances are you have some concerns about the price tag attached to the treatment. Our team wants you to have all the facts before you make any major decisions regarding your smile. That’s why you can find some information below that can help when you’re budgeting for Invisalign.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
Because each patient’s smile is so unique and each treatment so intricate, there is no fixed cost of Invisalign in West Palm Beach. We can’t even give you an accurate cost estimate until Dr. Asinmaz has had the opportunity to review your specific case and plan out your treatment. The most influential factor that affects how much Invisalign costs is the number of aligners you’ll need to wear, which varies based on:
- The complexity of your case – Naturally, it takes more time (and more aligners) to straighten extensively crooked teeth than it does to fix minor orthodontic flaws.
- Whether you’re straightening one or both arches – Most patients need to wear aligners on both their upper and lower teeth throughout the course of their treatment, but that’s not always the case. If you only need to align one arch, your overall costs will be lower.
- Your compliance with our treatment instructions – Your treatment could end up taking longer (and being more expansive) if you don’t wear the aligners as directed, lose an aligner, or don’t attend regular progress visits.
Invisalign or Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
If you’ve been interested in straightening your teeth, then you may have heard about Smile Direct Club™ and other mail-order clear aligner kits that let you handle most of the treatment at home. Although they tend to cost much less than Invisalign does, there are risks that come with aligning your smile without the supervision of a trained dental professional. For example, making a tiny error when capturing impressions for the aligners could result in your teeth shifting in ways other than you’d planned. In that case, you might end up needing to have the issue corrected by an Invisalign dentist in West Palm Beach. As you can expect, this would be much more expensive than simply seeing us in the first place! With the oversight of Dr. Asinmaz, you can rest easy knowing your treatment will be safe and effective every step of the way.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Dental insurance will provide partial coverage for Invisalign in some cases, but not always. For instance, even if your plan includes orthodontic coverage, it may only apply to traditional braces or to patients under the age of 18. Our team understands that dental insurance can be difficult to navigate, which is why we’ll help you maximize your benefits. We accept all PPO dental plans, so no matter your plan, you can look forward to saving at our practice!
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
We believe that a straight, healthy smile should be within everyone’s reach, which is why we’re happy to offer affordable financing through CareCredit for patients who need it. Once you’ve been approved, you can break up your Invisalign costs into monthly payments. Depending on the specific payment plan you choose, you might have extremely low or even zero interest rates!
Want to straighten your teeth with Invisalign in West Palm Beach? Millions of Americans are enjoying healthier, more perfectly aligned smiles thanks to these clear aligners, but do you know whether it is the right orthodontic treatment for you? Do you know what to expect while wearing Invisalign? There are often many questions that patients still have before they ever begin treatment, which is why we are here to provide the answers. Review the frequently asked questions below and call us to schedule an appointment.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
You want to avoid metal braces, but you are unsure whether you are eligible to receive clear aligner treatment. Capable of addressing minor forms of overcrowding, gapped teeth, and bite misalignment (i.e., overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite), your Invisalign dentist will need to evaluate the status of your smile to determine whether these clear aligners will be enough to generate the results you desire.
The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. From there, we can prepare a treatment plan that indicates which type of orthodontics your smile needs to achieve better alignment.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
While there is an average timeframe of 12-18 months with Invisalign, the ultimate amount of time you can expect to wear these trays depends on a few unique factors:
- The severity of your overcrowding, gaps, or bite misalignment
- The number of trays you will need to complete treatment
- How committed you are to the process of wearing your trays 20-22 hours each day
- Whether you lose one of your aligners or accidentally damage one
No two patient cases are the same, so while you might only need to wear Invisalign for 14 months, your friend might need to wear them for a few additional months. One thing is certain, though. You must commit to the Invisalign process if you want to see finalized results in a shorter amount of time than you would with traditional braces.
Do I Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?
Wearing a retainer after completing Invisalign is necessary. Your teeth are not yet integrated into their new location, which means that without some form of retention, they can move back into their original spot. This can undo countless hours of hard work and mean thousands of dollars were spent for nothing. Once finished with Invisalign aligners, you must commit to wearing your customized retainer according to the timeframe provided by our team.
Initially, you can expect to wear your retainer all of the time. But after several months, you may be able to switch and wear it only at night while you sleep.
Can I Be Treated with Invisalign If I’ve Worn Braces in the Past?
This is a question that many patients have, especially those who wore traditional braces as a teenager. Time passes, retainers are worn less and less, and teeth begin to slowly shift out of alignment. Knowing whether you can pursue Invisalign requires meeting with your dentist to discuss your options. In most cases, if the problem is only minor, you will likely be able to move forward with Invisalign. However, if your bite is too far off, the only viable solution might be traditional braces once again.