Invisalign – Ann Arbor, MI
Clearly Better Than Braces
Nothing makes for a more confident smile than 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 to 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
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gradually and gently shift your teeth in the desired direction. 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. Depending on your dental needs and severity, you can expect treatment to last anywhere between 6 to 18 months.
Indications for Invisalign
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.
Invisalign braces are a great way to create more space between your teeth. Invisalign can carefully push your teeth into better positions so that it is easier to clean between them, effectively lowering your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Gaps Between Teeth
While a gap in the smile of a child is cute, it loses its charm when you’re an adult, especially because it puts you at a higher risk of oral health problems. Food can become trapped between the spaces, causing bacteria to grow. Thankfully, Invisalign can shift your teeth closer together in just the right places, eliminating the extra space.
Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite – All of these are serious issues that, if left untreated, can interfere with your ability to eat, chew, or even speak. Invisalign can correct all of these, lessening your chances of developing TMJ disorder or bruxism.
The Benefits of Invisalign
While traditional metal braces might be more effective at addressing severe orthodontic issues, they also come with their fair share of drawbacks. For instance, they are extremely visible in your smile, broadcasting the fact that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. 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. Read on to learn more about just some of the benefits our patients love about Invisalign!
On average, it takes 24 to 36 months for metal braces to fully straighten misaligned teeth. Invisalign, on the other hand, typically only takes between 12 and 18 months. If your teeth are only slightly misaligned, your treatment might even take as little as 6 months! Invisalign allows you to enjoy the benefits of having a straight smile much more quickly.
More Comfortable Treatment
The metal brackets and wires of traditional braces are notorious for irritating the tongue, gums, lips, and the insides of the cheeks. They can create uncomfortable sores that last for several days. Invisalign’s clear aligners, however, were designed with your comfort in mind. Their plastic edges are as smooth as can be, so you can straighten teeth in Ann Arbor without experiencing any soft tissue irritation.
More Convenient Check-Ins
If you’ve known anyone who had metal braces at one point, then chances are you’ve heard them complain about having to get their braces adjusted. Every few weeks, patients with braces must see their orthodontist to have their wire tightened, a process which can make your mouth sore for the next few days.
With Invisalign, you still have to visit us every few weeks, but these appointments are much more comfortable and briefer. In most cases, all we’ll have to do is evaluate your progress, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with the next few sets of aligners in your treatment.
Every Invisalign aligner is designed to be completely transparent. Unless someone knows exactly what they’re looking for, they shouldn’t be able to discern that you’re even wearing the trays. If you’re an adult in the workforce, this can greatly help you maintain a professional appearance. After all, the last thing you want when you’re trying to get a promotion is to look like an awkward teenager. Plus, you’ll feel much more confident with the knowledge that no one can detect your aligners. That confidence will naturally transfer to your work performance and help you achieve more career success than you would have if you had chosen to wear metal braces.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
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.
Factors That Influence Cost of Invisalign
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:
- Insurance coverage: 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.
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.
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!
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) 526-4762 so we can personally satisfy your curiosity.
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 Treatment?
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 will likely 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.