Invisalign – Chesapeake, VA
Discreetly Straightening Chesapeake Smiles
You don’t have to wear traditional metal braces to achieve a straighter smile. At our dental office, we provide discreet orthodontic care with Invisalign in Chesapeake, VA. Instead of using metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible custom-made plastic alignment trays to move the teeth into their ideal positions. Do you want to learn more about Invisalign? The Troisi Dentistry team would be happy to talk to you about your cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatment options. Call our dental office to schedule your consultation to discuss options for orthodontics in Chesapeake, VA, including Invisalign clear braces from our cosmetic dentist. We’ll review your smile, discuss your goals, and partner with you to achieve the flawless, functional smile you deserve.
Why Choose Troisi Dentistry for Invisalign?
- Partnered with Skilled, Experienced Orthodontist
- Friendly Dental Team Fluent in Multiple Languages
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology in a Homey Dental Office
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment plan that allows us to help patients straighten their teeth without the use of uncomfortable brackets and wires. Instead, clear aligners are used to gently shift teeth into the best position, ensuring a healthy, functional smile for life. While no treatment is right for every patient, Invisalign can be used to straighten crooked teeth, make spacing more even, and create a properly functioning bite.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Rather than brackets and wires, Invisalign used a series of plastic aligners to shift teeth into alignment. Each tray represents your smile one stage closer to the desired end results. These plastic trays will be exchanged for new ones as you go through your treatment. What’s more, you can easily remove them to eat, drink, and brush. With this kind of flexibility, you can enjoy the same diet you had before starting treatment. You can also brush and floss just as thoroughly as you could before. With traditional braces, brushing and flossing can be difficult as food can easily become trapped in the brackets and wires. The entire treatment plan is usually completed in just eight to eighteen months, and you don’t need to visit our dental office as frequently as you would have to go to the orthodontist for bracket and wire adjustments. You’ll save time on treatment overall and throughout the course of your Invisalign plan.
Dr. Troisi will outline your treatment plan in detail once you visit her for a consultation, but in the meantime, here are the basic steps of the Invisalign process.
Your first step to a straight smile involves an initial consultation to see if Invisalign is an option for you. Besides a visual examination, your dentist in Chesapeake also takes digital x-rays of your teeth and discusses your lifestyle habits to ensure the clear aligners fit your needs and expectations.
Afterward, you are scheduled for your records appointment. We take digital impressions and images of your teeth to map their movement through the Invisalign lab. This is necessary to create your aligners.
The Invisalign lab uses the information we sent to design your series of custom-made aligners. After approving their mock-up, your aligners are manufactured and shipped to our dental office. This usually takes about three weeks.
After our dental office has received your aligners, you return to pick up your first set. Before you leave, we may apply attachments to your teeth, which act as little buttons to hold the trays tightly on them to eliminate slipping. They are painless, invisible, and temporary, so there is no need to worry.
Enjoy Your Treatment
During your treatment, you must be committed to wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You should only take them out when eating, drinking, or caring for your smile. Since the aligners are removable, you can still eat your favorite foods and oral hygiene is a breeze.
You wear each aligner in the series for a few weeks before switching to the next. It is normal to experience some soreness when switching to a new aligner. As you progress through the series, you will see your smile becoming straighter. The number of aligners you need varies depending on your individual treatment plan, but it takes most patients about 12 months to finish their series. You will not need appointments for adjustments during your treatment because no wires are used to move your teeth, but you will need a checkup visit every few weeks.
Your New Smile
After you have finished your series, we remove the attachments from your teeth. You will need to wear a retainer for 22 hours per day to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions. In a few weeks, your teeth will re-stabilize, and you should only need to wear the retainer at night.
Indications For Invisalign
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues that range in severity. Whether you’re attempting to straighten your teeth or fix bite problems that can cause discomfort and additional issues down the road, Invisalign can do it all.
Teeth that are too close together can create tight nooks and crannies where plaque and tartar can become trapped, causing oral health problems such as cavities and gum disease. Invisalign can gently shift the teeth in these areas of the mouth to stand neatly side-by-side, making them easier to clean.
Gaps Between Teeth
Some people have gaps between teeth that they find unattractive. These can also create hard-to-reach areas for food debris to hide in, increasing your risk of developing bad breath and tooth decay. Invisalign can close the gaps and create a symmetrical and even smile.
Whether you have overbite, underbite, or crossbite, Invisalign aligners can help. These issues can make it uncomfortable and difficult to chew food and speak. They also leave your teeth vulnerable to grinding and jaw clenching, which can cause excessive wear-and-tear and enamel erosion. Clear aligners can correct these issues to reduce additional damage and problems in the future.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
One of the questions you’ll probably ask at your initial Invisalign consultation is “How much will it cost?” We’ll need to thoroughly examine your mouth and consider your overall situation before we can answer this question; after all, the cost of Invisalign can vary significantly from patient to patient. In addition to providing an estimate, our team will also review your financial options with you so that you can figure out the easiest way to fit Invisalign into your treatment.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
The amount you pay for Invisalign depends on a few different factors:
- Are you having both arches treated or just one? Most patients wear Invisalign on both rows of teeth, but if you only need to correct one, there will be fewer aligners to pay for.
- How complex is your case? Some patients complete the Invisalign process in just six months, but more complicated issues require lengthier treatments and thus carry a higher cost.
- Will the treatment go as planned? If an aligner is broken or lost before you’re done wearing it, you may need to pay for a replacement (although this might not be the case if you were about to switch to the next aligner in the series).
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
DIY clear aligners such as the Smile Direct Club™ do generally cost less than Invisalign. However, choosing a DIY treatment means you won’t have an expert to oversee the process, so if a problem occurs, it might not be caught until it’s too late. If you choose Invisalign, our dental team will be able to keep a close eye on your progress and take the proper steps to address any issues that develop.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
In some cases, your dental insurance plan may provide coverage for Invisalign treatment. It’s usually included under whatever orthodontic benefits are available. However, every plan is different; some might not pay for orthodontic care, and others might put limitations on what coverage is available. It’s best to call your insurance company so that you can directly confirm whether they can help pay for Invisalign.
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
At Troisi Dentistry, we accept many different insurance plans, and we’ll always file the necessary claims on your behalf to help you maximize your benefits. But if you don’t have dental insurance, we can offer you a couple of other options to manage the cost of Invisalign:
- We have an in-house membership plan that provides discounts for many of our services. It’s somewhat similar to dental insurance, but you won’t have to worry about an annual maximum limiting your coverage.
- We can also help you apply for a CareCredit plan that breaks up the cost of your care into smaller installments. You’ll be able to choose a low-to-no-interest plan that fits your budget.
Do You Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?
Many patients think that choosing Invisalign orthodontic treatment means they won’t need to use a retainer, but this isn’t the case. Retainers ensure your newly aligned smile stays in its new position. In many cases, we can now use clear retainers just like your alignment trays. That means you can continue to smile with confidence while wearing your oral appliance.
How to Get the Most Out of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment can literally change your life, but it requires some commitment on your part. We want to make sure that you know how to get the most out of your treatment, which is why we’ve compiled some easy yet helpful tips to ensure success. Read on to learn some of the best ways you can improve your day-to-day life with Invisalign as well as how to care for and clean your aligners.
Commit to Wearing Your Aligners for 22 Hours a Day
One of the most important ways that you can remain on schedule with your treatment is to commit to wearing your aligners at least 22 hours a day. This will ensure that you’re keeping up with your treatment, gradually straightening your teeth for the results that you desire. This may sound like a lengthy time period, but you’ll get used to wearing your aligners before no time. Then, you’ll just have to take them out for eating, drinking (anything other than plain water), and performing oral hygiene.
Change Your Aligners on Time and in Order
It’s important that you follow our instructions on exactly when to switch out your aligners. Preemptively switching to the next tray in your series can negatively impact your results. That’s why it’s incredibly important to stick to your treatment schedule. You will typically move on to the next tray in the series after about two to three weeks.
Know How to Care for Your Aligners
Keeping your aligners clean is not only imperative to the success of your treatment, but it also keeps your trays clear and discreet. You should wash your aligners with a nonabrasive toothbrush, toothpaste, and room-temperature water. Avoid using hot water because it could permanently warp the plastic. Additionally, it’s important to brush your teeth after eating. Lingering food debris, especially from foods rich in color, can stain your aligners. This can cause oral health issues, but it also makes your aligning treatment noticeable.
Properly Use Your Retainer
After you invest your time and money into Invisalign treatment, it’s vital to the permanence of your newly positioned teeth that you wear your retainer after your treatment is complete. Typically, we will ask you to wear it for 24 hours during the first couple of months, and then back off to nightly use, following by nightly use only about three times a week. However, this will depend on your specific smile and alignment.
If you have any additional questions or want to schedule a consultation, request an appointment with our dental office today!
Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions
Is there anything you want to know about Invisalign before you start the process of straightening your teeth? Clear aligners are very different from traditional braces, so you’ll probably have a few questions at the start of the treatment. Our team has listed some of the most common questions we’ve received about the Invisalign process down below. If the answers you’re looking for aren’t listed here, give our dental office a call; one of our team members will be happy to help.
Does Wearing Invisalign Aligners Hurt?
You may experience some soreness when you first start wearing your aligners. This is a sign that the treatment is working; the aligner is putting pressure on the teeth to gradually move them to their new positions. The discomfort will usually fade on its own over time, and you can manage it in the meantime with over-the-counter pain relievers like Invisalign. When you switch to a new set of aligners, the soreness might return, but it won’t last for long.
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is much more comfortable in general. Unlike metal brackets and wires, the smooth plastic used to make your aligner won’t irritate the inside of your mouth.
What Foods Can I Eat During My Treatment?
Simply put, you can eat whatever you like! Invisalign aligners can be removed during mealtime, so you won’t risk damaging them while you eat. That means you can enjoy all of your favorite foods during your treatment. That said, be sure to always brush before you put your aligners back in. You don’t want any lingering food particles and harmful bacteria to be trapped against your teeth. Also, you should always carry a protective case for your aligners; that way you’ll have a safe place to put them during meals.
Will Wearing Invisalign Aligners Change How I Talk?
Some people do develop a slight lisp when they first start wearing Invisalign due to the aligner covering certain parts of the mouth. However, any changes to your speech will be very slight, and they should go away on their own once your tongue gets used to the presence of the aligners in your mouth. Normally a lisp caused by Invisalign only lasts a few weeks, but you can help your mouth adjust faster with practice; try reading aloud or repeating troublesome words like “sixty”.
Can I Get Invisalign if I’ve Had Metal Braces Before?
Sometimes the results of orthodontic treatment don’t last, especially if you don’t wear your retainer. If you’ve previously worn braces but have since had your teeth move out of position, you may be eligible for Invisalign treatment. Of course, before we can decide what’s best for your smile, we’ll need to perform a thorough inspection of your teeth, bite, and jaw. If we find any alignment issues that could potentially be corrected with Invisalign, we can put together a potential plan for you.
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