Clear Braces with Invisalign® in Los Gatos
More adults than ever before are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment these days. Are you interested in joining them? Invisalign in Los Gatos is a wonderful option for patients who wish to improve the alignment of their teeth without wearing metal brackets and wires for two or more years. The clear braces solution works using subtle plastic aligners you can remove to eat and brush and floss your teeth. It’s a convenient, beautiful alternative to metal orthodontia -- and Invisalign is available from the team at Los Gatos Dental Group!
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works using the traditional orthodontic methods of placing pressure on different areas of the bite throughout treatment. If it is the right option for your smile, your orthodontist will take photos, scans, and digital molds of your teeth which will be sent to the Invisalign lab, where the aligners will be created from clear, polyurethane plastic. You will be instructed to wear each aligner 20-22 hours each day for two weeks before advancing to the next in the series, gradually working your way to straighter, more attractive teeth. The average Invisalign treatment is just one year.
Invisalign vs. Metal Braces
Many patients find that clear, removable Invisalign braces fit their needs better than conventional orthodontics. That’s especially true for busy adults and image-conscious teens. Some of the most significant differences between Invisalign and metal braces include…
- Appearance: Invisalign is extremely subtle. While people close to you may know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment because you tell them, casual acquaintances may never notice you are wearing clear braces.
- Convenience: Fewer visits to the dentist are needed with Invisalign compared to metal braces.
- Dental hygiene: Because you can remove Invisalign trays, you do not have to worry about maneuvering around metal brackets and wires. You won’t be at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease when you’re wearing Invisalign trays.
- Diet: Continue to eat what you like without fear of a popped off bracket or wire while wearing Invisalign. Simply slip out your trays before meals and snacks.
Are You an Invisalign Candidate?
Patients who need orthodontic treatment will have a full consultation with their orthodontist at Los Gatos Dental Group. To determine which treatment is best for your smile, we will examine your bite and consider your age, lifestyle, and any particular concerns you may have regarding orthodontics. Many patients are eligible for the Invisalign treatment. It can correct the most common alignment issues, including gapped teeth, crowded teeth, as well as overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
Invisalign in Los Gatos can be the ideal solution to resolve your bite and alignment concerns; however, we understand you have plenty of questions before you are ready to get started. There is no need to worry. We have the answers to your top questions about Invisalign.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Often, it is thought Invisalign costs considerably more than metal braces, making it unattainable for the average person, but this is not true. In fact, it costs about the same amount. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer as to how much you can expect to pay because the cost is determined by your individual treatment plan. There are several factors that influence the price, such as the complexity of your case and the number of aligners that are needed.
Does insurance cover Invisalign?
In the past, it was rare for insurance companies to pay for Invisalign. Although it is still uncommon, more insurance carriers offer coverage for it than before. The amount your insurance may pay varies depending on your specific policy. We help you maximize the value of your benefits to reduce any out-of-pocket expense. We accept a variety of payment options for any remaining balance, including third-party financing with CareCredit.
How often do I need to see my dentist?
One of the advantages of Invisalign is the fact you do not need to see your dentist in Los Gatos as often as you would using metal braces. Since there are no wires, you do not need appointments for adjustments; however, you will still need to come into our office every few weeks to allow us to monitor the movement of your teeth.
What happens if I break an aligner?
Take the aligner out and contact our office. If it is toward the end of the week, we may suggest switching to the next aligner in the series early. If it has only been a couple of days since you started wearing the aligner, you may need to have it replaced. Do not continue using damaged aligners.
What foods can I eat when using Invisalign?
Another leading benefit of Invisalign is the fact there are no dietary restrictions. You can still eat and drink whatever you like, but you should not have anything except water while wearing them. Eating or drinking with the aligners in your mouth can cause them to break or lose their translucent appearance, so it is best to remove them. You should also brush your teeth and rinse the aligners with water before placing them back into your mouth. Do not forget to put your aligners in a safe place while you are eating to prevent losing or breaking them.
Still Have Questions?
If you still have questions about Invisalign, we take the time to answer them during your appointment. We want you to feel confident in your decision to aligner your teeth using the clear solution in orthodontics. We look forward to helping you make the best choice for a straight smile.
Let’s Discuss Invisalign Today
If you would like to find out whether or not you can benefit from Invisalign clear braces, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Los Gatos Dental Group. We’ll talk you through your options and help you decide which is best for your smile. Go ahead and contact your orthodontist in Los Gatos to schedule an appointment today!