Cedar Walk Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has expanded its cosmetic dental services to include Invisalign teeth straightening aligners. Preferred by many for their cosmetic appeal over traditional braces, Invisalign’s clear design has become increasing popular amongst those who are searching for a teeth straightening option without the use of braces, metal wires or brackets.
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of aligners that are switched out twice a month on average. The aligners are custom-made from precise digital impressions, and therapy plans differ from patient to patient, depending on individual needs. They are nearly invisible and can be removed during treatment, allowing patients to eat, drink, brush and floss normally during treatment. Clear aligners are also less abrasive than metal braces, due to their smooth thermoplastic construction, so teeth and gum irritation is minimal. The Invisalign system is an effective was of treating a variety of orthodontic issues, including: crowding, spacing, over bite, under bite, deep bite and open bite. Designed by leading orthodontists, the FDA approved aligners are being used by over 1,000,000 patients worldwide, with a 96% satisfaction rate.*
A comprehensive screening is arranged for every patient who is considering Invisalign therapy. During the visit, the dentist maps out a treatment plan and takes impressions and pictures of the patient’s teeth for digitation purposes. Once digitized, doctors can work with a computerized 3-D image of the teeth and plan tooth movements throughout the entire treatment timeline. The patient is shown a virtual representation of before, during and after corrections in order to see how the process will work and what the teeth should look like once therapy is completed. The number of aligners used during a full course of treatment varies for each individual situation, but a full set of treatment aligners typically includes 20-30 aligners per arch.
Clear aligners are appropriate for those who have never had their teeth straightened, as well many patients who are currently wearing braces and want to make a change. They are also used to correct shifts in teeth for patients who have undergone a previous treatment involving metal braces. There are very few side effects associated with the treatment. Speech may be affected until the tongue gets used to having aligners in the mouth. Smoking is discouraged while wearing the aligners, as it is possible for them to become discolored. Chewing gum is also prohibited because it sticks to the aligners. Temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning stage of each new treatment is common, but usually disappears within a couple of days.
Many insurance carriers do cover orthodontic procedures, so patients are encouraged to check with carriers to confirm coverage. Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces. Without insurance coverage, treatment cost can range from $3500 to $8000, with the national average being about $5000.
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