Invisalign – Mount Pleasant, SC
Straighten Teeth Without Brackets or Braces
A straighter smile looks good and feels great, and itis also healthier. However, many patients shy away from getting the beautiful, perfectly functioning smiles they deserve because they do not want to spend months or years with metal brackets and wire braces. At Smile Carolina Dental Group, we offer a more cosmetically pleasing alternative – Invisalign® Clear Braces in Mount Pleasant, SC. These clear alignment tray orthodontic systems deliver perfectly aligned smiles, but they are so subtle you will be the only one who knows you are completing orthodontic treatment. If you want to find out more, contact our team to schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Virginia Gregory, our experienced cosmetic dentist. We look forward to helping you achieve all of your smile alignment goals!
Why Choose Smile Carolina Dental Group for Invisalign?
- Fully Digital iTero Dental Impressions
- See Your Future Smile with Digital Imaging Software
- Cosmetic Dentist with 30+ Years of Experience
What Are Invisalign® Clear Braces?
Invisalign® Clear Braces is an orthodontic system that uses clear alignment trays to shift teeth into their ideal position. Because the trays are see-through, your treatment plan will be subtle, and the removable aligners allow you to continue your regular diet and oral hygiene routine. Invisalign® Clear Braces is truly a no-hassle, cosmetic orthodontic system.
How Do Invisalign® Clear Braces Work?
Traditional braces use wires that place pressure on brackets attached to teeth to move smiles into their ideal position. Invisalign® Clear Braces accomplishes the same results using a series of clear, plastic alignment trays. Each set of aligners is crafted to represent your smile that is one step closer to the desired result. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. Then, exchange your current aligners for the next set in the series. Throughout treatment, you will need to visit us for short checkup visits every six to eight weeks. This allows our team to adjust your treatment plan to ensure you achieve your desired result.
How Long Will Invisalign® Treatment Take?
Every patient is different, and you will receive a treatment plan that is unique to your smile. In most cases, patients can complete Invisalign® treatment in eight to eighteen months. The length of treatment time depends on your smile alignment goals. Patients who simply need to make minor changes to tooth position or spacing can typically finish treatment within eight months. Those who need to address more complex alignment issues like an over, under, and crossbite will likely need longer treatment plans. The vast majority of patients fall between the two, and the average patient completes treatment in about a year.
Do I Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?
Yes, you will still need to use a retainer. These oral appliances are necessary because they hold teeth in their new positions while the tooth roots fuse with the underlying bone and gum tissue. Luckily, we are often able to use clear plastic retainers rather than the bulky metal appliances you may be imagining.
Dr. Virginia Gregory and our team love seeing how Invisalign changes our patients’ lives. While we have seen the many benefits of this outstanding alternative to metal braces, we also know that it is still a big decision! Keep reading below for answers to several frequently asked questions, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions about Invisalign in Mount Pleasant, or if you simply want to schedule a consultation.
How Will Invisalign Affect My Everyday Life?
Invisalign will affect your everyday life much less than traditional braces would. Since the trays are removable, you will not have to change your diet, and brushing and flossing will be just as easy as before.
However, you will have to maintain your trays by keeping them clean and storing them in their protective case during meals to minimize the chance of losing them. Snacking is also discouraged because you will want to maximize the time your trays are in your mouth to get your results on schedule. And while many people do not have any issues with speaking clearly, others will have a mild lisp for a few days to a week after starting treatment until they have adjusted.
Can I Be Sure That Invisalign Will Work?
Absolutely. Invisalign was first developed more than 20 years ago, and since then, it has helped over eight million adults and teens achieve outstanding results. In fact, it was given a 96% satisfaction rating in a large survey, with 90% of patients saying they would recommend it to others.
If you would like to know if Invisalign will work for you specifically, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory. Fortunately, it is a great option for many patients and works on most of the same issues as traditional braces (although she may recommend that type of orthodontic treatment for severe cases).
What If I Lose My Invisalign Trays?
It is not uncommon to lose your trays once or twice during treatment but, as mentioned above, it is helpful to put them in their case instead of a napkin during meals to avoid accidentally throwing them away. But if you lose them for any reason, call us immediately so we can get in touch with the Invisalign lab and have them start making new trays. This process typically takes two to three weeks.
We also recommend hanging onto your previous set of trays so that, if necessary, you can wear them as “retainers” until your replacement set is made. While your final results will be slightly delayed, you can maintain the progress you have made so far without your teeth moving back toward their initial positions.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Invisalign is an outstanding investment that will pay off for a lifetime, and the good news is that many plans that already cover orthodontic treatment cover both Invisalign and traditional braces. With that said, it is important to remember that each plan is different. Give us a call and we will be happy to look at your coverage and explain your benefits. We also accept CareCredit which is a great way to finance your treatment and make monthly payments with little to no interest.