Invisalign Clear Aligners – Denton, TX

Straightening Your Smile Without Brackets and Wires

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At Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a wide range of dentistry solutions to meet any dental patient's need. From regular preventive dental checkups to advanced tooth replacement, we offer the dentistry services Denton dental patients need to achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles. In recent years, more and more dentistry patients have expressed interest in Invisalign clear aligners from our Denton, TX dentist. This alignment tray orthodontic system makes it possible for dental patients to achieve straighter, healthier smiles without needing to mar their appearance with traditional metal brackets and wires. Our skilled cosmetic dentist, Ted Dunson, has years of experience working with dental patients to achieve their desired orthodontic results without the hassle of traditional braces. If you’re interested in learning more about your orthodontic options at Southridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, contact our Denton dental office to schedule your Invisalign consultation today.

Why Choose Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Invisalign Clear Aligners?

  • Experienced, Caring Dental Experts
  • State-of-the-Art Digital Impressions
  • Comfortable, Modern Dental Office

Who Should Consider Invisalign?

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Invisalign is a popular orthodontic solution for teens and adults who want to straighten their smiles as well as those who suffer from more advanced alignment concerns like over, under, and crossbite. Some of the situations where we may recommend Invisalign include:

  • Adults and teens with busy schedules who can’t maintain frequent orthodontist visits
  • Adults who want to maintain a professional image throughout their dental treatment
  • Patients who have allergies or metal sensitivities that may lead to irritation or discomfort caused by metal brackets and wires

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to shift teeth into their ideal alignment over about 12 months of treatment. Each set of aligners is made of clear plastic, and they are formed to represent the position of the teeth one step closer to the desired result. Patients will wear each set of alignment trays for about two weeks at a time. Then, they will exchange the current aligners for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, patients will need to visit our Denton dental office for a dental checkup to ensure their treatment is progressing according to plan. The entire treatment typically takes between ten and eighteen months. Throughout your entire Invisalign treatment plan, all anyone else will see is your beautiful smile.

Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontics

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No treatment is right for every patient, so before we recommend Invisalign, we’ll evaluate your smile and explain all of your treatment options. If you and Dr. Dunson determine that Invisalign is the right orthodontic option for your smile, you can expect to experience numerous benefits, including:

  • Completely cosmetic treatment so you’ll look and feel your best throughout treatment
  • Faster treatment time and fewer, shorter dental appointments make Invisalign a great option for busy patients
  • Removable aligners mean you’ll be able to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine and eat all of your favorite foods
  • Patients experience significantly less discomfort and soft tissue irritation with Invisalign trays than with traditional bracket and wire braces, even those who experience allergies or sensitivities to metal

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Nearly anyone can get dentures if they’re missing some or all of their teeth. That said, you’ll need to visit our team for a consultation so that we can determine if this treatment is best for you. Even if you aren’t currently eligible, we might be able to help improve your oral health with preliminary dental services so that your gums and jawbone are sufficiently healthy. Here’s what makes a good dentures candidate as well as other tooth replacement solutions to consider.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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A portion of your Invisalign consultation is dedicated to taking X-rays and conducting an oral exam. In addition to checking for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease, our Denton dentist is also assessing the severity of your misalignment, if you need to straighten both arches of teeth, and if rubber bands and other orthodontic accessories need to be added to your treatment plan. Only then we will have a better idea of how many trays you’ll need and the price of your teeth-straightening journey.

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

Patient holding Invisalign aligner

Mail-order aligner companies typically charge much less than Invisalign. However, they also bypass the initial exam, rely on DIY impressions, and have lawsuits from previous patients who have experienced worsened misalignment. It’s also worth mentioning that professional organizations, like the American Dental Association, have warned the public against using these orthodontic alternatives for that very reason. Simply put, even if the upfront price is lower, it isn’t worth your valuable time and money.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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There are some cases where the answer is “yes!” For example, if your dental insurance provider deems Invisalign “medically necessary,” then they may cover upwards of 50% of the cost. So, if you haven’t already, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with your benefits. If you need any help with this process, you’re more than welcome to reach out to us since we are in-network with several dental insurance companies, we can answer any questions you have, and we can file the paperwork on your behalf.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Of course, dental insurance doesn’t always cover Invisalign. Plus, roughly 50% of Americans don’t have dental insurance at all. What then? Fortunately, that’s where CareCredit financing comes in. With their flexible payment plans, you don’t have to worry about paying for the entire cost of your treatment upfront. Instead, you can space-out your payments into smaller chunks that fit neatly into your monthly budget. If you have any questions about this financial solution, don’t hesitate to let us know so we can help!

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign in Denton allows you to achieve a straighter, healthier smile without metal braces. During your initial consultation, we’ll be more than happy to give you all the information you want to know about this unique orthodontic treatment. In the meantime, we invite you to review the following common questions about Invisalign aligners to help you learn more about them. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, feel free to give us a call today!

How Long Do I Need to Wear My Invisalign Aligners Every Day?

Invisalign’s removable aligners are one of its most popular features. However, this benefit is also one of its greatest responsibilities. It’s up to you to wear your aligners for enough time each day to keep your treatment on track. Every day, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 20-22 hours. This should give you plenty of time to remove them before brushing, flossing, eating, drinking, or playing sports. If you don’t wear your aligners often enough, your teeth could begin to shift back out of place. Not only will this make wearing your aligners more uncomfortable, but it may also increase the length and cost of your treatment!

Do I Have to Avoid Certain Foods During My Invisalign Treatment?

Metal braces require you to temporarily give up some foods during your treatment. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Invisalign! You can continue to eat all the chewy, sticky, and hard foods you like throughout your Invisalign treatment. All you need to do is remove your aligners before eating your meal or snack. Once you’re done, give your teeth a quick brush to clear away any lingering particles. Then, simply pop your aligners back into place! Remember, your aligners can break and stain easily, so take them out before eating or drinking anything that isn’t plain water.

How Do I Care for My Invisalign Aligners?

Since you can take your Invisalign aligners out, it’s easy to keep them clean! To keep your smile sparkling and healthy while your teeth are straightened, keep these tips in mind:

  • Don’t use your normal toothbrush or toothpaste to clean your aligners.
  • Soak your aligners in water or cleaning solution and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out before putting your aligners back in.

Can I Get Invisalign If I’ve Had Metal Braces Before?

Did you complete your treatment with metal braces a few years ago but have found that your teeth are crooked again? This is a common problem, especially for those who neglected to wear their retainer after completing their treatment. Thankfully, Invisalign may be able to help you regain your results without getting metal braces again! However, every case is different. We’ll carefully inspect your teeth, jaw, and bite alignment to ensure that Invisalign is the most effective option for achieving the straighter, healthier smile you deserve.

It’s time to improve your health, confidence, and quality of life by straightening your teeth! Give us a call and schedule your consultation to see if this unique orthodontic treatment is right for you!