Do you find yourself hiding your smile in photographs?
Do you feel self-conscious about talking or smiling when you meet new people?
When your teeth are crooked or misaligned, it can feel embarrassing to share your smile with other people, and this can affect your job and your relationships. For some people, though, the idea of wearing metal braces is as unappealing as their crooked teeth.
At Gateway Dental, we have good news for you. Invisalign allows us to align your teeth with clear plastic aligners instead of traditional braces.
How Does It Work?
Invisalign utilizes 3-D technology to create plastic aligners that fit snugly against your teeth.
These aligners are designed to be worn at least 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. They apply gentle pressure and align your teeth based on a treatment plan created by Dr. White. Most cases can be completed in 12 to 18 months because the aligners work so efficiently. Typically, treatment with Invisalign requires fewer visits with your dentist than traditional braces.
How Does Invisalign Benefit Me?
Since the aligners are clear and fit snugly, they are far less noticeable than braces. They are also comfortable to wear throughout the day, and they don’t interfere with your normal activities. There is no discomfort or pokes from metal brackets or wires.
Another benefit Invisalign offers is that the aligners are removable. Since they can be taken out for eating and brushing, there are no changes required to your diet or your home care routine. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy all the foods you love during your Invisalign treatment, and you can brush and floss your teeth with ease each day.
How Can I Get Started with Invisalign?
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign and whether it might be right for your needs, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. White. He will perform a thorough examination and take x-rays and photos of your teeth.
While Invisalign is effective for many patients, it can’t correct certain issues with your bite. If it’s not the right treatment for your situation, Dr. White will recommend other options for you.
If you do choose treatment with Invisalign, Dr. White is able to create your treatment plan and can even use special software that will predict what your finished smile will look like.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
If Invisalign treatment is of interest to you but you have concerns about the cost, please know that Dr. White is here to help! Many dental insurance plans have an orthodontic benefit that includes Invisalign.
At Gateway Dental, we also work with CareCredit, which can help break the cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments. Patients who qualify may even enjoy interest-free plans through CareCredit.
Call Gateway Dental today to learn more!