Invisalign™ Clear Braces – Ocala, FL
Seamlessly Straighten Your Smile
Not everyone is born with a movie star smile. Some people’s teeth are simply crooked, rotated, too short, too long, or spaced too far apart. There are many ways to fix these problems, but often, we find that Dr. Weldon can correct them most effectively and efficiently with the help of Invisalign clear braces. To find out how Invisalign in Ocala can help you seamlessly straighten your smile, contact our practice today!
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses custom-made aligners that are worn over your teeth. These trays are made of thin, smooth, comfortable, and nearly invisible plastic. The design methodically and gently shifts teeth into proper alignment which is based on the specified movements that Dr. Weldon has determined will correct the teeth. Each set of aligners, which is designed to shift a small portion of your smile, is worn day and night for about two weeks at a time. As your teeth change, you will change to the next pair of Invisalign aligners until your entire smile is perfectly straight.
Problems That Invisalign Can Fix
While extreme cases of crooked teeth are often best treated with traditional braces, Invisalign can solve several of the most common orthodontic problems, including:
It can be difficult to effectively brush and floss crowded teeth, increasing your risk of developing cavities and other dental health problems. Invisalign can fix this issue by strategically shifting your pearly whites into their ideal positions.
Gaps Between Teeth
Maybe you aren’t a fan of the noticeable spaces between your teeth, but it’s more than just an aesthetic problem. Food particles can get trapped in significant gaps between teeth, causing bad breath, plaque buildup, and more. Luckily, Invisalign can often close these gaps to promote better oral health and a more attractive, confident grin!
Whether you have a mild overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite, Invisalign may be able to help. In many cases, the aligners can bring your upper and lower jaws into proper alignment, preventing the dental problems that often occur as a result of bite misalignment (such as chronic teeth grinding).
The Benefits of Invisalign
There are other options available to straighten your teeth, but none of those methods offer the level of comfort and esthetics that you can expect with Invisalign. Aside from the obvious visible benefits, here are some advantages of Invisalign over traditional metal braces:
- With Invisalign, you can eat whatever foods you like to enjoy and do not have to be concerned with food becoming stuck in braces. You simply remove the trays before eating.
- Because you can remove the aligners, you’re able to brush and floss as you normally do. This is important because teeth covered in metal braces are more prone to decay and discoloration, much of which is undetectable until the braces come off.
- The sharp edges of traditional braces also can irritate the gums, tongue, and cheeks. Invisalign is smooth and avoids these problems.
- There are no painful adjustment appointments. You simply visit us every few weeks so that we can evaluate your progress and give you the next few pairs of aligners.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Because every person’s smile is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all cost for Invisalign clear braces. Each patient’s Invisalign trays are custom designed to fit their teeth and apply the exact amount of pressure needed to slowly straighten their smile. The final cost of your Invisalign will be influenced by a number of factors, including:
- The overall complexity of the case
- The number of aligner sets needed to complete your treatment
- Your commitment to wearing your aligners as directed by your dentist in Ocala
Do you want to know more about Invisalign clear braces? Keep on reading! Our knowledgeable staff at Weldon Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala has collected some of the most common questions and answers about Invisalign treatment in the handy FAQ section below. Once you have all the facts about this modern alternative to traditional metal braces, you will be ready to schedule an initial consultation with your dentist in Ocala, Dr. Daniel Weldon. Don’t see your specific concern addressed here? Ask Dr. Weldon directly!
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
The length of Invisalign treatment for your unique smile will depend on a number of factors, including whether you are seeking to address a bite issue or fix a more cosmetic concern like a gap in between your front teeth. In general, most individuals who wear Invisalign clear braces achieve their goal of a straighter smile in just 12 to 18 months! Traditional orthodontic treatment, on the other hand, can often take up to two years or longer. This is just one reason why so many patients are opting for Invisalign in Ocala over metal braces.
How Often Do I Have to Wear My Invisalign Trays?
In order to complete your personalized Invisalign treatment plan on time, it is very important that you wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. Basically, anytime you are not eating a meal or brushing your teeth, you should have your aligners in place. If you do not wear your Invisalign trays as directed by Dr. Weldon, your teeth will try to shift back to their original positions and your treatment will be delayed.
How Do I Clean My Invisalign Aligners?
Cleaning your Invisalign aligners on a daily basis is critical to preventing plaque and bacteria from building up and potentially harming your teeth. As a best practice, try to clean your aligners every time you brush your teeth – which should be at least twice a day. Here are some Invisalign care tips:
- Hold the aligners in your hand and brush them gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Toothpaste can sometimes scratch the plastic, so stick to soap and lukewarm water.
- Avoid placing your aligners under hot water, as this can permanently warp the plastic.
- Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water before putting them back into your mouth.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Your dental insurance coverage will also have a big influence on the out-of-pocket costs of Invisalign treatment. Many dental insurance plans that cover traditional metal braces also provide coverage for Invisalign. However, every plan is different, so it is important that you double check before committing to Invisalign treatment. If you would like help understanding the particulars of your dental insurance plan, do not hesitate to ask us for assistance! Our experienced staff will be glad to review your insurance coverage and help you maximize your benefits.