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Invisalign – Ann Arbor, MI

Clearly Better Than Braces

Nothing makes for a more confident smile like straight teeth. Unfortunately, crooked teeth are a fairly common problem, and even the slightest misalignment can keep you from wanting to express yourself with a big happy smile. Dr. Olsen has good news for those who want a straighter smile, though. Invisalign in Ann Arbor, MI allow those with moderate/severe alignment issues to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional orthodontics.

In the past, traditional metal braces were the only option for people dealing with misaligned teeth. Anyone who wanted a straighter smile would have to endure a long process and a mouth full of metal wires. Because of modern technology and dental care evolution, we now have invisible braces to help correct crooked and misaligned smiles.

How Invisalign Works

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Invisalign braces are the ideal solution if you’re looking to straighten your smile without the hassle and embarrassment of metal brackets and wires. Using clear, plastic aligners, Invisalign braces offer a faster, more flexible way to achieve beautiful, natural results.

Each aligner set works to gently shift your teeth in the desired direction. Depending on your dental needs and severity, you can expect treatment to last anywhere between 6 to 18 months.

The Invisalign Process

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In order to move forward with Invisalign treatment, you’ll first need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Olsen. Once he evaluates your mouth, he will discuss how you can achieve your dental goals with Invisalign, how long he expects it to take, and how much you can expect to spend on your treatment.

First, he’ll take 3D Scans of your teeth before sending them off to the lab. No more gooey impressions. There, they will create your customized aligner trays that you will use throughout your treatment. Each set of aligners will represent your smile at that particular stage of treatment. Once you receive your aligners, your dentist in Ann Arbor will instruct you on how long to wear them before switching to the next set. The typical daily wear is 20-22 hours, and the average length of wear for each set is one two weeks. You can expect the pressure of each new set to gently move your teeth into the desired position.

Indications for Invisalign

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Invisalign is a versatile treatment method. Not only can it fix crooked teeth, but it can also adjust your bite and fix various orthodontic issues.

Get the Bite Right!

Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite – All of these are serious issues that, if left untreated, can be problematic in your ability to eat, chew, or even speak. Invisalign can correct all of these, lessening your chances of developing TMJ or bruxism.

Crowded Teeth

Invisalign braces are a great way to create more space between your teeth. While you don’t want too much space, they can reposition your teeth so that it is easier to clean between them, effectively lowering your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Spaces Between Teeth

While a gap in the smile of a child is cute, it loses its adorability when you’re an adult, especially because you are at a higher risk of oral health problems. Food can become trapped between the spaces, causing bacteria to grow. Invisalign can shift your teeth, eliminating the extra space.

Benefits of Invisalign

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If you’re looking for a reason to choose Invisalign, here are a few reasons that’ll have you opting for this clear solution:

  • Faster results – Expect your treatment with Invisalign to be quicker than traditional braces. (6 to 18 months compared to 2 to 3 years)
  • No irritability – Invisalign aligners are smooth and won’t irritate your soft tissues like metal brackets or wires.
  • Gentler treatment: Forget the multiple visits to the orthodontist to have a painful wire tightened. With Invisalign, you swap your aligners and begin to feel your teeth gently shift.
  • Clear: Your aligners are made of clear plastic, so if you don’t want anyone to know you’re receiving treatment, you don’t have to!

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Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Many patients are eager to straighten their teeth in Ann Arbor, but they hesitate to contact us to schedule an Invisalign consultation because they are concerned about cost. That is totally understandable, but you should not automatically assume that this treatment is out of your financial reach. The cost of Invisalign varies from patient to patient, but most are surprised to find out how easy it is to fit into their budget. With a little planning and help from our friendly team, you may soon be on your way to a new smile.

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Factors that Influence Cost

In our office, the price of Invisalign starts at $3,990. However, there are factors that could make your out of pocket cost higher or lower, including:

  • Many insurance plans have a once-in-a-lifetime provision for orthodontic treatment. If that is true of your policy, it could save you hundreds of dollars (perhaps even a thousand dollars or more).
  • The extent of your dental misalignment. The more severe your misalignment is, the more aligners you will need to achieve your desired results. The more aligners you need, the higher the total cost of your treatment will be. You may also have to pay for special appliances or attachments.
  • Replacement aligners. If you accidentally lose or damage an aligner, you may have to pay a fee for a replacement.

Payment Options

Our team is ready to help you afford Invisalign in Ann Arbor. That is why we go above and beyond to help patients maximize their insurance benefits. We will verify your coverage, file your claims for you, and do our best to answer any questions you have about how your policy applies to Invisalign.

If you would like to pay for your treatment over time, ask us about CareCredit financing. CareCredit offers a number of different payment plans, including ones that come with little or no interest. Plans with a longer term may require a monthly payment that easily fits into most patients’ budgets.

Keeping Your Costs to a Minimum

There are a few steps you can take to ensure that you do not pay more for Invisalign than necessary:

  • Shop around. We think you will find that our prices for Invisalign are highly competitive, and Olsen’s extensive training with Invisalign makes our services a great value.
  • Take great care of your aligners. When you purchase the right equipment to care for your aligners, such as a sturdy storage case and an effective cleaning solution, you can minimize the risk of damage to them.
  • Wear your retainer. After you finish your Invisalign course, we will provide you with a retainer. It is important that you wear it as instructed. Otherwise, your teeth might drift out of place, and you might need to purchase more Invisalign aligners to get them back where they belong.

Is Invisalign Worth It?

Invisalign is the top name in the clear braces industry for good reason. The company has a decades-long track record of providing great results for patients. The treatment utilizes the latest technology, and they devoted years to developing a special material, called Smart Track, to ensure that their aligners are as effective as possible. The vast majority of patients who invest in Invisalign agree that it is worth the price!

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

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Understandably, you may still have some questions about Invisalign in Ann Arbor. Below, we answer some of the most common inquiries we receive about Invisalign. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, please give us a call at (734) 996-0200 so we can personally satisfy your curiosity.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

The cost of Invisalign starts at $3,990. We invite you to come in for a smile evaluation and then shop around if needed! We'll give you a written estimate for the cost of Invisalign when you visit us for your consultation. We’ll also help you explore ways to fit your new smile into your budget. We have several financing options, some as low as $99/month!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

While Invisalign can correct a range of orthodontic problems, it is not ideal for everyone. For example, if you feel it might be difficult to wear your aligners for 20 – 22 hours each day, you may want to opt for traditional braces.

Is Invisalign Painful?

You might experience some discomfort during your treatment, especially when you switch to a new aligner. You can cope with the discomfort by taking Tylenol or ibuprofen, and sipping on cool water. You may also find it beneficial to switch to your new aligner at night so you can sleep through part of the adjustment period. If you ever experience significant pain during your treatment, it’s possible that there is a problem with one of your aligners. In such a case, give our team a call, and we’ll be happy to help you remedy the situation.

What Happens After Invisalign?

After you work your way through all of your aligners, your dentist in Ann Arbor will provide you with a retainer. It is important that you wear the retainer in order to prevent your teeth from drifting back out of place. At first, you’ll need to wear the retainer full-time. As time goes on, however, you may be able to graduate to wearing the retainer at night time.

What Should I Do if I Break or Lose an Aligner?

Give our dental office a call, and we’ll help you figure out your next steps. In some cases, we might recommend that you go back to wearing a previous aligner until we can order a replacement for you. Or, we might suggest that you move on to the next aligner slightly early. Don’t try to force a damaged aligner onto your teeth; you might end up inadvertently damaging your teeth or gums.