Invisalign® – Tulsa, OK
Creating a Straighter Smile More Discreetly
It can be tough going through life with crooked or gapped teeth. You may struggle with a misaligned bite that is wreaking havoc on your jaw, causing much pain. When teeth do not properly align or function as they should, you may wonder if you’ll ever be able to enjoy a healthy, aesthetically pleasing smile. The good news is that you can with Invisalign in Tulsa! At My Dentist Midtown, our team offers a safe and effective alternative to traditional braces that produces the same great results in less time. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, call our office to schedule an appointment.
Why Choose My Dentist Midtown for Invisalign®?
- Dentist Who is Certified in Invisalign
- Digital Impression System for Less Mess
- We Welcome Your Dental Insurance
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to be worn for 20-22 hours each day. These customized trays are created using digital impressions of your mouth, which will we capture in-house before sending them off to lab technicians to create. Discreet and subtle because of their transparency, many patients are pleased with their ability to undergo treatment without bringing attention to it.
The materials used to create your aligners encourages teeth to shift by applying just enough continuous pressure on them. Over time, as you swap out your trays every 1-2 weeks, your teeth will move closer to their desired location. Depending on the severity of your dental problems when you start treatment, the average timeframe for completion is between 12-18 months.
Indications for Invisalign®
Knowing whether you require Invisalign should start with a scheduled consultation with a member of our team. We will work to identify if the problems you’re experiencing can be fixed using clear aligners. Some of the most common problems Invisalign is known to treat include:
When a lack of space exists between teeth, you will discover the difficulties that come with attempting to clean your smile. Not only does the floss snag when trying to thread it through, but brushing is unable to reach these crevices that are continuing to harbor bad oral bacteria. With Invisalign, though, we can design a plan to move teeth so that ample space is created without resulting in a gap.
Gaps Between Teeth
While Invisalign can work to create more space, it can also close them if too much of a gap exists. Bad bacteria and food debris can become trapped in these areas if left untreated, and gum disease and cavities are often the results. With Invisalign, these trays will bring teeth closer together to help you to feel more confident in your appearance as well as enjoy a healthier smile.
You may notice that your jaw is sore or experiences much pain throughout the day. You may also notice that your teeth appear to be more worn down. This is often caused by a misaligned bite – overbite, underbite, crossbite, or an open bite. To fix the problem, we can use Invisalign to realign smiles so that they function with ease, alleviating any pain and worn tooth enamel for the future.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
If you compare traditional braces to Invisalign, you’ll quickly discover the only thing that these two treatment options have in common is their ability to straighten smiles. Otherwise, the benefits that come from Invisalign are why so many patients are turning to a more discreet and quicker option.
- Invisalign is made of smooth plastic, so you don’t have to worry about irritation to your soft oral tissues
- Invisalign makes it easy to eat, drink, and clean your teeth because they’re removable
- Invisalign requires no special products (if you don’t want to) to keep clean
- Invisalign is more discreet so that others will not remark on your orthodontic treatment
- Invisalign helps to boost confidence and improve appearances
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
When meeting with a member of our My Dentist Midtown dental team, you can expect that not only will we go over your treatment plan, but we’ll also discuss the cost. You might think it’s simply not affordable, but it is! Whether you file with your dental insurance company for partial coverage or enroll in flexible financing through CareCredit, you can easily straighten your teeth without the worries or fears that come with the financial side of dentistry. To learn more on the topic – from the factors that impact the cost to how to make Invisalign more affordable – read on.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
Since each treatment plan is 100% unique, the cost of Invisalign in Tulsa naturally varies. During your initial consultation, we will conduct an oral exam and ask you a few questions to determine:
- How severe your misalignment is
- How many trays are needed to achieve your smile goals
- If additional accessories, like rubber bands, are needed
It’s important to note that there is another factor that comes into play after you begin treatment: your compliance with the Invisalign guidelines. Bad habits like wearing your aligners for less than 20 hours a day can cause you to fall off-track with your treatment plan. Ultimately, this can result in you investing more time and money into your teeth-straightening journey.
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
Mail-order aligner companies focus their marketing on the lower upfront cost. While this may initially sound like a perk, the question you should ask yourself is, “How?” To provide patients with a low price, they cut out crucial steps of the orthodontic process, including the initial exam to determine if you’re a candidate. Plus, they rely on DIY impressions, which are usually inaccurate and can result in numerous complications. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, there are countless cases of patients who have experienced worsened misalignment, which is stressful to deal with and costly to correct. In short, mail-order options often end up being significantly more costly than patients first expect.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Dental insurance typically only covers treatments that are medically necessary. With that said, some plans do include a once-in-a-lifetime benefit for orthodontic treatment. So, it’s worth double-checking the fine print on your plan to see if your provider will cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign! We’re proud to be in-network with Delta Dental, Aetna, Humana, MetLife, and several others. So, if you have a question about your coverage, don’t hesitate to ask!
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
Fortunately, dental insurance isn’t the only option. For patients who are interested in Invisalign, but don’t want to pay for their entire treatment upfront, flexible financing may be the solution you’ve been looking for! CareCredit is a trusted third-party financier that’s helped millions of patients get the dental care they need without breaking the bank. There are several payment plans to choose from, and it only takes a few clicks to sign up!
Invisalign requires an investment of both your time and money, so it’s only natural to have questions about the treatment process before you begin. Although our Tulsa dentist would be more than happy to provide you with the answers you’re looking for at your consultation, you can also read on to learn the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions we get about Invisalign right here!
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Although the average Invisalign treatment is between 12 and 18 months, there are several factors that impact the answer. One of them is the severity of your misalignment since this impacts how many trays you need, if additional accessories (like rubber bands) are required, and more. Another factor is your compliance with your treatment plan. If you don’t wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, you don’t clean your trays properly, or you skip your check-in appointments, then there is a good chance you’ll fall off-track with your treatment, adding more time to the back end of it.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Good news: Invisalign is significantly more comfortable than traditional braces! Instead of metal brackets and wires, the trays are crafted from smooth, high-quality plastic. Plus, each aligner is custom-made just for you, which helps prevent irritation to your tongue, lips, and the soft tissue in your mouth. Of course, if you do experience some discomfort from your teeth moving, there are a few effective solutions, including taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, placing a cold compress against the outside of your cheek, and avoiding hard and crunchy foods.
How Do I Clean My Invisalign?
As previously mentioned, cleaning your aligners incorrectly can cause you to fall off-track with your treatment plan. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance that you avoid mistakes like using hot water or harsh cleaners, like bleach. Instead, keep it simple; rinse your aligners with room temperature water, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean each surface, and give them one final rinse.
Note: if your aligners are beginning to discolor there are a few things you can do. First, don’t eat or drink anything other than water with your trays in. Second, brush your teeth (and your aligners!) after each meal. Third, use a packet of cleaning crystals and some lukewarm water to soak your trays for 15 minutes or so.
Does Invisalign Give You a Lisp?
There is a common misconception that Invisalign will give you a lisp. However, the large majority of patients don’t experience any changes to their speaking patterns. Furthermore, the patients that do experience a slight learning curve can have peace of mind knowing it’s temporary. If you do have a slight change to your speech, then the best thing to do is practice, practice, practice. Try reading a book or magazine out loud and repeating any difficult words you come across until they sound natural.