4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist about Invisalign
Invisalign is a comfortable, fast, and easy solution for misaligned teeth and Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders is proud to offer it to help our customers get back their precious smile. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Peoria/Dunlap IL, and surrounding areas.
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Invisalign has become one of the most popular options when it comes to orthodontic procedures to fix the alignment of teeth providing a beautifully straight smile, and rightfully so! Offering inconspicuous treatments, Invisalign allows for the wearers to remove the retainers to ensure proper dental hygiene can be done with ease, and provides incredible results within one year. If you think Invisalign might just be the answer you’ve been looking for, call our office today to learn more!
The total cost of Invisalign can be influenced by a number of factors, including the severity of the treatment required, whether the dentist is located in urban, suburban, or rural areas, and what the specific dentist chooses to charge. Typically, the total cost will range somewhere between $3,000 and $8,000, with dentists in the urban areas often charging closer to the higher end, and those in the rural and suburban areas charging a bit less. Since Invisalign involves the making of many aligners that will be changed out every couple of weeks in order to gradually move the teeth, the total cost will also depend on how many aligners are needed to achieve the desired results. Many insurance providers will also offer at least partial coverage for orthodontic procedures, so make sure to check your coverage when figuring out what the total cost of Invisalign may be for you.
Even though Invisalign is known as an orthodontic procedure, since it is not intended for severe cases of misalignment, it is very common for dentists to be qualified to offer Invisalign for their patients. Any dentist can become trained at Invisalign if they so wish, making it much easier to receive the procedure if it is offered under the same roof as all of your other dental needs. However, not all dentists will have this training or expertise, so if Invisalign is something in which you are interested, it is worth making sure that this option is taken into account when choosing a dentist.
The amount of time that you spend wearing the Invisalign retainers will directly correlate with how quickly you achieve desired results. To meet the standard timeline of 9 to 12 months for the entire Invisalign procedure, it is recommended that you wear the retainers for at least 20 to 22 hours per day, and only really take them out to eat or drink (anything other than water). They only work while they are being worn, so while it is ok if they are out for a couple of hours for a special occasion or night out, it is recommended that those occasions are avoided as much as possible to ensure that your treatment is kept on track. Additionally, the longer you go without wearing the retainers, the more uncomfortable it may be when you put the retainers back in, as your teeth may have started to regress back into their previous position without the gentle pressure being applied by the retainers. Simply put, wear your retainers as much as you can while still ensuring that you are taking them out while eating and drinking and for proper cleaning and hygiene to make sure that you are able to achieve the desired results as quickly and painlessly as possible.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth due to any misalignment, gapping, bite problems, or overcrowding, it could be worth mentioning to your dentist to see if they are able to offer Invisalign as a solution. Not every dentist is qualified to offer Invisalign, so it may be a notable thing to mention when trying to find a dentist. When asking your dentist if they are able to offer Invisalign to their patients, if they say yes, then there are other questions that may be relevant to ask so that you can be aware of any other information that could be important such as how much they might cost, how long the treatment may take if it is safe for your personal dental circumstances, and what could be expected regarding possible final results.
For more information about Invisalign, feel free to call us. Our clinic is conveniently located at 11825 N. State Route 40, Suite 100, Dunlap, IL 61525. We serve patients from Dunlap IL, Bellevue IL, Pottstown IL, West Peoria IL, East Peoria IL, and surrounding areas.