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Invisalign – North Central San Antonio, TX

An Orthodontic Solution You Can See Right Through

Straightening your smile isn’t just for children! Today, a fifth of orthodontic patients are adults. However, many are still reluctant to seek orthodontic care because they don’t want to have to wear braces to work for two to three years. With Invisalign clear braces in North Central San Antonio, Legacy Dental SA can provide an image-friendly and more convenient alternative to traditional braces. Contact our office today to ask if Invisalign is right for you.

How Invisalign Works

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You’ll receive a series of clear plastic alignment trays that have been customized for you using impressions of your teeth. Each tray will move the teeth slightly closer to the correct alignment. You will wear each tray for about two weeks, then move on to the next one. As the treatment proceeds, you’ll return to our office every six to eight weeks so that we can make any necessary adjustments.

You do not have to worry about Invisalign interrupting your normal diet or your daily hygiene routine; the aligners can be removed so that you can brush, floss and eat without restriction.

Benefits of Invisalign

Teeth wearing Invisalign

One of the most obvious advantages of Invisalign is, of course, cosmetic superiority. You won’t have to worry about people staring at brackets and wires in your mouth whenever your speak or smile; most won’t even notice the trays unless they already know what to look for.

Compared to traditional orthodontics – which may require 24 to 36 months – you can complete an Invisalign treatment in as little as one year; you will also spend much less time at our office, as Invisalign visits are much less frequent. As a whole, the treatment also causes much less discomfort, avoiding the soft tissue irritation that’s usually caused by brackets and wires.

Who Does Invisalign Help?

Woman holding Invisalign

Teenagers and adults can all benefit from Invisalign if they want to avoid the various inconveniences associated with braces. Invisalign can address the most common orthodontic issues, including:

 

 

 

Crowded Teeth

If there’s not enough space between your teeth, you might not be able to brush or floss correctly. To avoid cavities, you can use Invisalign to create the room your teeth need to line up properly.

Spaces Between Teeth

Teeth that are too far apart create a space for food particles to become trapped, increasing the risk of tooth decay and bad breath. With Invisalign, we can close these unsightly, unhealthy gaps.

Bite Alignment

If your bite doesn’t line up correctly, the uneven pressure and the possible teeth grinding that follows could wear down your teeth faster than normal. There are a few different kinds of bite alignment problems (such as overbite) that Invisalign can help with.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

A woman holding an Invisalign clear aligner.

The price of Invisalign is different for everyone, since the number of aligners needed to correct certain issues will vary from patient to patient; we can help form a more precise estimate during your consultation for the treatment. With that said, Invisalign can be used to treat a wide variety of issues, including crooked and rotated teeth, uneven bites, and gaps. Get in touch with our office directly to find out if treatment is right for you!

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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Every person will have their own specific oral health concerns, which can directly influence the final cost of your Invisalign treatment. For example, the most notable factors include the following:

  • If you need to address problems within both of your arches or just one (both is far more common, but there are some exceptions).
  • How complex your needs are and how influenced the teeth need to be (i.e. a single gap between the two front teeth vs. a series of severely crooked teeth in both arches).
  • The length of treatment, which can vary based on how complex your needs are. This will result in not only more aligners, but more follow-up visits to review progress.

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which is Cheaper?

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If you only want the fastest solution for straightening teeth (and not much else), then Smile Direct Club is generally the winner. This is why the treatment is usually much cheaper, averaging about $2,000. In comparison, Invisalign generally costs between $3,000 and $8,000.

Keep in mind that Smile Direct Club expects its customers to take a “do-it-yourself” approach to their orthodontic treatment, which means they don’t get oversight from an orthodontist. It also means things can go wrong, especially considering impressions are taken by the patient themselves.

In contrast, Invisalign is always performed by trusted dentists like Dr. Eck and Dr. Smith. The aligners are professionally made and designed to fit as accurately as possible, creating a smooth treatment experience. When you want to have true peace-of-mind when it comes to your orthodontic treatment and your future smile, it’s difficult to recommend anything other than Invisalign.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

A young man holding a clear aligner.

There are not that many dental insurance plans that offer coverage for orthodontic treatment. Even when they do, Invisalign is typically left out anyway, but that’s not always the case. That’s why it’s so important to confirm what coverage your dental insurance company provides ahead of time. Our team is happy to help you do this directly. Alternatively, using funds from your flexible savings account (or FSA) can also prove helpful.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Person holding a pair of clear aligners.

If you don’t have insurance, feel free to ask about the discounts provided by our Premium Dental Wellness plans. These options make it easier to pay for your most important dental treatments as well as save big on services like Invisalign.

Alternatively, you can see if you qualify for CareCredit financing, an option that works similar to a credit card. When you sign up for one of their dedicated payment plans, you can cover the cost of Invisalign over the span of several months if necessary. These installments tend to carry little-to-zero interest on them as well!

We encourage you to give us a call and explore your options to find the best way to make your new smile affordable!

Invisalign FAQs

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Prior to moving forward with any type of dental work, it’s important that you have all the information you need to feel confident in your decision. At Legacy Dental SA, Dr. Eck wants to help you feel good about the step you’re preparing to take, which is why he has compiled some Invisalign FAQs in North Central San Antonio. After reviewing, if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or bring them with you to your initial consultation.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

There are a few ways Dr. Eck will be able to determine if you are a qualified candidate for Invisalign. Some of the factors include:

  • Your age (teens and adults are best suited for this type of treatment)
  • The severity of your orthodontic problem
  • How fast you want to see results
  • If you are committed to the process of wearing your aligners 20-22 hours a day
  • Want a solution that doesn’t hinder your day-to-day appearance

How can I keep my aligners clean?

The first important step to remember is that when you’re not wearing your trays, keep them in a protective case. This will keep germs away as well as prevent breakage. When taking them out at night to clean them, all you really need is a toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water. Hot water can warp the plastic, so be mindful of the temperature before washing them.

You can opt for the Invisalign Cleaning System if you prefer, but if you’re looking to save some money, you can effectively remove dried saliva and harmful bacteria with the same tools you use to clean your teeth, gums, and tongue.

Will I be expected to wear a retainer?

In most cases, yes, you will need to wear a retainer once you are finished with Invisalign treatment. This will keep your teeth straight and in proper alignment. Should you go without your retainer for an extended period of time, your teeth will begin to shift back into their original position.

Can I expect any surprises during treatment?

The great thing about Invisalign is that prior to the creation of your aligners, Dr. Eck can create a step-by-step smile transformation, so he is aware of exactly how your teeth should move throughout treatment. This will lessen the likelihood of any surprises to occur during the duration of your time wearing your aligners. But it is important that you wear your trays according to his instructions. If you do not, this will cause a delay in treatment.