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Invisible Orthodontic Treatment

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Do your crooked teeth make you feel self-conscious every day? Do you find yourself not smiling in pictures or covering your mouth with your hand whenever you laugh? Have you wanted to straighten them for years, but you can’t imagine going to work or seeing your friends while wearing metal braces? This is a predicament countless adults find themselves in, but now, there is an orthodontic solution designed just for them. With Invisalign in Powell, you can finally fix your crowded and gapped teeth without anyone noticing until the treatment is finished, ensuring the only thing they’ll notice will be your beautiful and confident smile.

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that is actually very similar to traditional braces in a lot of ways. It works by applying a small amount of pressure to the teeth in order to bring them into their ideal positions. However, instead of using metal brackets and wires to do this, a patient just has to wear a progressive series of clear plastic aligner trays. Each set is worn for about 20-22 hours a day for two weeks each, and once a patient has gone through their entire series, their treatment is over, and their new smile will be ready for the world.

Why Powell Loves Invisalign

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So why choose Invisalign over traditional braces? When you look at the unique benefits provided by Invisalign, it becomes an easy decision:

  • Discreet Appearance:The aligner trays are thin, lightweight, and made of a see-through material that practically disappears when placed on the teeth. The only people who will know you’re using Invisalign will be you and your orthodontist in Powell!
  • Unmatched Comfort:Invisalign is made of smooth plastic that is custom-shaped to fit each patient’s unique mouth, meaning many are actually able to forget they are wearing their trays.
  • Easily Removable:Instead of having to alter your diet and brushing/flossing routine like you would with regular braces, with Invisalign, you can just slip your trays off whenever you need. This means you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods throughout treatment in addition to better oral hygiene.
  • Speed:The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12-18 months, which is much shorter compared to braces that usually take about 24-36 months to straighten the teeth.
  • Cost:Unlike at other practices, at Shirck Orthodontics, Invisalign costs the exact same as traditional braces. With us, you won’t pay a premium to get the treatment you need!

Getting Invisalign at Shirck Orthodontics

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If you’re interested in Invisalign, the team at Shirck Orthodontics makes it nice and simple to get started. You can schedule a FREE initial consultation at our Powell office, and at this appointment, we’ll give you a quick exam and let you know if you’re a good fit for the treatment. Invisalign is ideally suited for patients who are 18 and older who don’t have major alignment problems with their bite and jaw. If you have more complex orthodontic issues, they may be better addressed with traditional braces.

If everything looks good, your orthodontist will quickly scan your mouth to create a 3D digital impression of your teeth. They can then use this to create your Invisalign treatment plan. You’ll actually get to see what your smile will look like after Invisalign, giving you something to look forward to. From there, this plan will be sent to an Invisalign lab to make your trays, which you’ll pick up a week or so later from our office. At that point, you can begin your journey to a straighter smile.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Whenever someone is considering orthodontic treatment for either themselves or their child, one of the first questions that always comes to mind is, “How much will it cost?” The price of Invisalign varies from patient to patient based on their needs and the specific details of their treatment plan. Below, you can learn more about the cost of Invisalign in Powell as well as the multiple ways Shirck Orthodontics offers to make it as affordable as possible.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

The primary factor that influences the cost of Invisalign is the number of trays needed to make the necessary adjustments to the teeth and bite. Smaller adjustments call for fewer trays, while more complicated ones may require several. The starting position of the teeth directly affects this, as does the type of adjustments that are required. Also, patient compliance is very important, because the better someone follows their orthodontist’s directions, the faster the treatment will go, which can prevent potentially costly delays.

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

Over the past few years, several mail-order clear aligner treatments have come to market, with one of the most popular being Smile Direct Club™. While these services might offer a cheaper option on paper, often, they end up costing a patient a lot more time and money compared to Invisalign. This is because, without the supervision of a trained orthodontist, many of these mail-in aligners end up shifting the teeth incorrectly, leading to damage that has to be fixed. The expense of these corrections, coupled with the need to undergo orthodontic treatment again, means these services frequently end up being much more expensive compared to Invisalign.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Most dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic care, and this can include Invisalign. However, many policies restrict their coverage to metal braces for patients 18 and under only. This is why we recommend taking a look at your plan before committing to Invisalign, and if you have any questions, you can either talk to your provider or give our team a call. We’ll be happy to go over your benefits so you know exactly how everything works.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

If dental insurance isn’t an option, or you need help paying for Invisalign in Powell in addition to your coverage, Shirk Orthodontics has numerous ways to make the treatment more affordable compared to other practices:

  • Your initial consultation, exam, and treatment planning appointment is 100% FREE
  • You can get Invisalign for as little as $129 a month
  • Invisalign costs the same as metal braces (no upcharge)
  • 0% in-house financing is available
  • If you pay for the treatment in full upfront, you can get an additional 3-4% discount depending on the method of payment

Invisalign FAQs

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Is Invisalign better than braces?

It really depends on the patient! Adults and teens tend to gravitate towards Invisalign because of its subtle appearance, but for certain orthodontic issues, like a pronounced overbite or underbite, a patient might absolutely need metal braces. We can help you decide if Invisalign is right for you or your child at your FREE consultation.

Can my young child get Invisalign?

With young children (early teens and under), their teeth are likely still coming in and their mouth and jaws are rapidly developing and changing, both of which would inhibit Invisalign from working its magic. That’s a big reason why we typically only recommend Invisalign for adults and older teens. For our younger patients, it’s usually necessary for them to get traditional or clear braces in order to achieve the best results.

How much does Invisalign cost?

This answer is always different from patient to patient depending on how many trays they need to achieve a perfectly straight smile. For simpler cases, someone might just need a handful of trays, but for more complicated ones, a patient may require dozens. This is the biggest factor when it comes to cost, and we can give you a better idea of what you’ll be expected to pay for treatment at your free consultation.

How long will my Invisalign treatment take?

The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12-18 months, but we can give you a much better estimate once we see you in person for a free consultation! Some patients with minor crowding are able to complete treatment in less than a year, while others with more complicated issues may be in treatment for closer to 2 years. It’s always different from person to person.

Does using Invisalign hurt at all?

After starting Invisalign or switching to a new tray, a patient may feel a little pressure and soreness in their teeth and gums, but this is perfectly normal—it just means the treatment is working! Fortunately, this usually goes away after just a few days, and this adjustment period tends to shorten as treatment goes on.

Can I use my dental insurance to help pay for Invisalign?

Many dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment, but some are restricted to metal braces for patients 18 years old and under. However, it is becoming more common for policies to offer benefits for clear aligner treatments like Invisalign. The best thing you can do is go over your plan and talk to your provider if you have any questions. If you DON’T receive any coverage for Invisalign, our practice is happy to make your treatment more affordable by offering flexible in-house financing.

Have any other questions about Invisalign that we haven’t answered here? If so, be sure to give us a call and ask!

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