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Lakeway Invisalign Clear Braces

Smiling woman holding Invisalign trayA straight smile makes you look great, but did you know that properly aligned teeth are actually healthier? It’s true, when teeth are properly positioned, they are easier to clean and maintain, and teeth receive even pressure across the bite avoiding chips and cracks that can occur when one tooth receives more of the bite force than surrounding teeth. Uneven bite pressure can also place excess strain on the jaw joints leading to painful or impeded jaw movement. Unfortunately, orthodontic treatment has been thought of as purely cosmetic for decades, but truly, correcting your bite alignment is essential to achieve and maintain the optimal level of oral health. Another false belief many patients have about smile alignment is that their only treatment option is traditional bracket and wire braces. At Eaddy Dentistry, we offer a simpler and more cosmetic alternative to traditional braces – Invisalign. This clear alignment tray orthodontic solution allows us to straighten smiles without noticeable brackets and wires or the hassles of frequent trips to the orthodontist. If you’re interested in finding out more, call our Austin dental team to schedule your Invisalign consultation today.

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is a clear braces system. Rather than brackets and wires, the Invisalign system uses a series of plastic aligners. Over the course of an average of twelve months, patients can achieve a perfectly aligned smile without the hassle of traditional braces.

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Over the course of treatment with Invisalign, patients will wear sets of alignment trays for about two weeks at a time. Each set of aligners is molded to help the smile get one step closer to the desired end result. As you wear the aligners each day, they place pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into their ideal alignment. It’s vital to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day in order to remain on track with your treatment. Once this is complete, we will give you retainers to wear to ensure that your results last.

Indications for Invisalign

We use Invisalign to correct mild to moderate orthodontic issues. This treatment may be right for you if you’re affected by any of the following:

Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth may affect your smile’s appearance, but it can also impact your oral health. When your teeth are too close together, bacteria and plaque build more easily, putting you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease. However, Invisalign can fix these issues by aligning your smile.

Spaces Between Teeth

As with crowded teeth, spaces in your smile often attract plaque and bacteria in addition to impacting your appearance. Food debris can get caught in these spaces, and your alignment also makes it harder to brush and floss properly. Thankfully, Invisalign can even out your smile to remedy these problems.

Bite Alignment

Do you have an underbite, overbite, or crossbite? In some moderate or mild cases, Invisalign can help! These issues can lead to uneven wear and tear, jaw pain/dysfunction, and other problems affecting the function of your mouth.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces?

Woman placing Invisalign tray

We know that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dentistry solution, but for those patients who do choose to straighten their smiles using the Invisalign system, there are a number of benefits, including:

  • Cosmetic – the clear aligners allow patients to maintain a natural looking smile throughout treatment
  • Quick – the entire process takes just eight to eighteen months, and you will only need to visit us every six to eight weeks for checkups
  • Convenient – because Invisalign trays are removable, there’s no need to change your diet and oral hygiene routine
  • Comfortable – without the brackets and wires, patients will not experience the soft tissue irritation that so often accompanies traditional braces treatment

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Because no two smiles are the same, the cost of your Invisalign can vary. The best way to get a precise estimate is to visit our office for a consultation. One of our experts will examine your smile and alignment before developing a personalized treatment plan. Your cost can also differ based on how well you keep up with your treatment, which is another reason why you should always wear your aligners as directed. While we will be more than happy to review all the costs associated with your personalized treatment, here are some important things to keep in mind when considering the cost of Invisalign in Austin.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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There are many different factors that influence the cost of Invisalign, most notably including:

  • Treatment complexity: Naturally, the more severe your orthodontic issue or complex your case, the more your treatment will cost. For example, closing a small gap between the front teeth will be less expensive than correcting major overcrowding.
  • Treatment length: Invisalign utilizes a series of aligners. You’ll need more aligners depending on how long your treatment will be, which will influence the final cost.
  • Patient compliance: It will be up to you to keep your treatment on track by taking care of your aligners and wearing them for 20-22 hours a day. If you don’t, you could increase the time and cost of your treatment.

Invisalign VS Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

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The Smile Direct Club™ and other mail-in aligner services offer a temptingly lower price tag than a professional Invisalign treatment. However, these cheaper orthodontic alternatives could easily end up costing you more time, money, and hassle! These DIY aligners have little to no oversight from a trained dentist. As a result, small, unseen problems could potentially shift your teeth into the wrong positions, or worse, damage them permanently!

When you choose Invisalign at Eaddy Dentistry, you can rest assured that your smile is in the best of hands. We’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure your treatment is going as planned and answer any questions or concerns you may have along the way. In the end, the slightly higher cost of Invisalign is well-worth the peace-of-mind you’ll have during treatment!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Not all dental insurance policies cover orthodontic treatment. Even among those who do, Invisalign is not always included in coverage. You’ll need to review the details of your insurance plan to know for sure if Invisalign is covered. Our experienced team would be happy to go over your benefits with you to make sure they’re being maximized.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Don’t have dental insurance? Unhappy with your insurance provider’s coverage? Invisalign can still be an affordable treatment option! We are happy to accept financing through CareCredit. This third-party company offers payment plans with low to no interest rates that can break up the cost of your treatment into smaller chunks. Most patients qualify for these payment plans, so apply for CareCredit financing today!