Summit Orthodontics is the Preferred Invisalign Provider.
Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth. It is a series of clear, removable aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. And since your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, with a plan devised by our orthodontist, you know you'll end up with a smile that truly fits. Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.
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What is Invisalign®? The Invisalign® system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you've always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by our Board Certified Orthodontist, based on your specific needs.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign? Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you're wearing these virtually invisible "braces," making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign system that could cause irritation to your mouth. Plus since your office visits during treatment don't involve metal or wire adjustments, you'll likely spend less time in the doctor's chair.
How do I get started with Invisalign? It's simple, just call our office to make an appointment for a FREE consultation with our Board Certified Orthodontist.
What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by our Board Certified Orthodontist.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
Will Invisalign treatment be painful?
While Invisalign moves your teeth without the pain and anxiety of metal braces, some people will experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It's also a sign that Invisalign is working, as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
How often must I wear my aligners?
We find aligners are most effective if worn 20 to 22 hours per day – and removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing.
How often must I see the orthodontist?
We will schedule regular appointments – usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits are to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
What is the minimum age of a patient can be treated with Invisalign®?
Invisalign Teen is appropriate for patients who have shed all of their baby teeth and have second molars at least partially erupted – this includes most teens. Ask our orthodontist if you qualify to start treatment now.
How often will treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by the orthodontist; however the average case takes about 12 months.*
How much does Invisalign cost?
We know cost is a big question for anyone considering orthodontic work. Similar to other medical treatments, the cost is based on your specific needs. Other factors could include what you want corrected or the difficulty of your case, how long you are in treatment, your orthodontic insurance coverage. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. The cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,500 to $5,000.
Will my insurance cover Invisalign?
Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan. However, in general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
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