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If you are looking for a convenient, discreet way to correct the alignment of your teeth, Invisalign® may be the answer. Our dentists are proud to offer this innovative orthodontic treatment to patients in Virginia Beach.
What Makes Invisalign Different from Other Orthodontic Treatments?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of customized aligner trays that are worn over the teeth instead of brackets and wires like traditional braces. The aligners work like invisible braces by exerting gentle pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into the correct position. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. The aligners are made from a clear plastic, so they are virtually invisible.
How Expensive is Invisalign in Virginia Beach?
In most cases, braces and Invisalign cost about the same. The final cost of your Invisalign treatment is based on the severity and complexity of your orthodontic issues. We will be able to calculate your exact Invisalign cost following your initial consultation. Some dental plans cover all or part of the cost of Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments. Your insurance provider can tell you if your dental plan includes Invisalign insurance. We also offer payment plans and financing options to make your Invisalign cost as affordable as possible.
Does Treatment with Orthodontic Aligners Take a Long Time?
Following your initial consultation, the dentist will devise a treatment plan to move your teeth into position over a period of months. Treatment can take anywhere from 10 months to two years. Most adults wear their aligners for one year. The treatment time for younger patients is more variable. To ensure that your teeth remain in the proper position, the dentist may have you wear Invisalign retainers following your treatment.
Who is Qualified to Perform Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment?
As a general rule, Invisalign dentists are orthodontists or general dentists who have completed specialized training regarding the use of aligners to treat orthodontic problems. Invisalign dentists have the experience necessary to help you achieve your desired smile in as little time as possible. Contact our Invisalign dentists in Virginia Beach today to see if aligners are the right orthodontic treatment for you.
Invisalign vs Braces: Which is Most Effective?
- Aligners and traditional traces are equally effective in treating mild to moderate orthodontic problems, including
- Spacing issues
- Crooked or crowded teeth
Extensive orthodontic issues typically respond more effectively to braces. Aligners may also not be the right choice for young children since their mouths are still developing resulting in more complex orthodontic issues. Our dentists have the experience necessary to help you make the Invisalign vs braces decision.
Do the Benefits of Invisalign in Virginia Beach Outweigh the Benefits of Braces?
One of the primary benefits of Invisalign is that there are no brackets or wires to irritate your mouth or get in the way of a beautiful smile. Since you can remove the aligners, it is easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. You only follow up with the dentist every four to six weeks, so you spend less time in the dentist chair.
What Lifestyle Changes Will I Have to Make with Invisalign?
Unlike braces where you have to avoid certain foods, you remove the aligners to eat, which means no dietary restrictions. You should not chew gum or use tobacco products while wearing your aligners. You can clean your aligners using a brush and warm water or the cleaning system available at our office. To ensure that the aligner can do its job properly, you should contact us if your aligner becomes warped or damaged.
Call today to find out if orthodontic aligners are right for you.