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Invisalign® clear braces - Mount Pleasant, sc

straighten teeth without brackets or braces

Woman pointing to beautiful smile after Invisalign treatmentA straighter smile looks good and feels great, and it’s also healthier. However, many patients shy away from getting the beautiful, perfectly functioning smiles they deserve because they don’t want to spend months or years with metal bracket and wire braces. At Smile Carolina Dental Group, we offer a cosmetic alternative – Invisalign® Clear Braces in our Mt. Pleasant, SC dental office. These clear alignment tray orthodontic systems deliver perfectly aligned smiles, but they are so subtle you will be the only one who knows you’re completing orthodontic treatment. If you want to find out more, contact Dr. Gregory and her team to schedule an orthodontic consultation in our state-of-the-art Mount Pleasant dental office. We look forward to helping you achieve all of your smile alignment goals.

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 clear, 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?

Man in dental chair giving thumbs up during Invisalign treatmentTraditional 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 one step closer to the desired end result. You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. Then, exchange your current aligners for the next set in the series. Throughout the course of treatment, you’ll need to visit us for short checkup visits every six to eight weeks. This allows our team to make adjustments to your treatment plan to ensure you achieve your desired end result.

How Long Will Invisalign® Treatment Take?

Man looking at smile in mirror during Invisalign treatmentEvery patient is different, and you will receive a treatment plan that is unique to your smile. In most cases, patients are able to complete Invisalign® treatment in eight to eighteen months. The length of treatment time depends on your individual 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 over, under, and crossbite will likely need longer treatment plans. The vast majority of patients fall between the two, and they complete treatment in about a year.

Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?

Invisalign logoYou 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.

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions – Mount Pleasant, SC

A woman using Invisalign in Mount Pleasant is putting in a clear tray

Dr. Virginia Gregory and our team love seeing how Invisalign changes our patients’ lives. And while we’ve seen the many benefits to this outstanding alternative to metal braces, we also know that it’s still a big decision! Keep reading below for answers to several FAQs, and don’t 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 won’t 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 want to maximize the time your trays are in your mouth to get your results on schedule. And while many people don’t have any issues with speaking clearly, others will have a mild lisp for a few days to a week after starting treatment until they’ve made the adjustment.

Can I Be Sure That Invisalign Will Work?

Absolutely. Invisalign was first developed around 20 years ago, and since then it’s helped over 8 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’d like to know if Invisalign will work for you specifically, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory. Fortunately, it’s 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’s not uncommon to lose your trays once or twice during treatment but, as mentioned above, it’s 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. It typically takes 2 to 3 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’ll maintain the progress you’ve made so far without your teeth moving back to their initial positions.

Does 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’s important to remember that each plan is different. Give us a call and we’ll 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.

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