Invisalign – Dublin, OH

A Clear Path Toward Straight Teeth

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the development of alternative braces systems like lingual braces, tooth-colored braces, and clear alignment tray systems has dramatically increased the number of adult dental patients seeking orthodontic care. Invisalign from the Dublin, OH cosmetic dentist and dental team at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin is one of the most popular, effective orthodontic treatment options for adults and teens. If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, call to schedule your consultation today.

Why Choose Distinctive Smiles of Dublin for Invisalign?

  • 100% Customized Treatment Plans
  • Great Choice for Teens & Adults
  • No Diet Restrictions

How Invisalign Works

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A straighter smile without the hassle or embarrassment of traditional braces is available. For patients who decide Invisalign is the right treatment option for their smile, the process is simple:

  • X-rays, impressions, and digital images are taken of your current smile.
  • Using the information about your alignment, we develop a plan to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment.
  • You’ll be able to view digital mock ups of your potential smile, and make changes in real time so you feel confident about the outcome of treatment.
  • Once we have accurate plans for shifting your current bite to a transformed smile, we send the images, impressions, and plans to our Invisalign lab. There, your alignment trays will be crafted to fit your unique plan. Each set of aligners represents a stage in your smile slightly closer to the finished product.
  • Once your trays are ready, you return to Distinctive Smiles of Dublin. We make sure your first set of alignment trays fit comfortably, and discuss the treatment plan moving forward.
  • By wearing the aligners for at least 20 hours a day, a consistent pressure is placed on teeth slowly shifting them into place
  • Once teeth have moved into alignment with one set of trays, you’ll switch to a new set. Typically, this occurs every two weeks.
  • Every treatment plan is unique, but most patients complete the Invisalign system within a year.

Benefits of Invisalign

Clear aligner treatment can do much more than simply straighten your pearly whites. In addition to making smiles look great, Invisalign clear braces provide numerous health, comfort, and convenience benefits that you just won’t find with other traditional orthodontic methods. Here are some of the advantages you can expect to appreciate when opting to undergo this service.

Improved Comfort

Compared with standard, metal braces, patients report experiencing much less discomfort while using Invisalign alignment trays. Not only will you not have to get metal brackets and wires to gradually shift your teeth, but the clear aligners will also be made out of smooth dental plastic material. This will make them comfortable for your gums and soft oral tissues that can sometimes experience issues with traditional braces.

Discreet Trays

Unlike metal braces which are obvious and noticeable, Invisalign trays are virtually invisible. In many cases, people won’t even know you’re wearing your aligners unless you tell them! With this discreet process, you’ll be free to show off your smile without worrying about your appearance—especially when taking photos.

Better Dental Hygiene

Crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth make consistent brushing and flossing more difficult. Without the ability to thoroughly clean every surface of your smile, you could end up at a higher risk of problems like gum disease or decay. Invisalign can help you straighten your teeth, which will be easier to care for and can significantly lessen your chances of experiencing oral health complications later on.

Quick Follow-Ups

On top of there being fewer follow-up appointments with Invisalign, your visits with your dentist will also be much shorter. You’ll simply check in and then we’ll discuss your progress with your clear aligners before taking scans of your smile to update your treatment plan and ensure you’re on the right track. If all is well, then you might be able to leave our office in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.

Boosted Confidence

While you straighten your teeth, the clear plastic aligners ensure your smile looks great from start to finish. No need to hide your smile, cover your mouth while talking, or feel that others are perceiving you differently because of your braces. All anyone will see is beautiful results and a confident smile!

No Dietary Restrictions

Because alignment trays are removable, there’s no need to make changes to your diet or oral hygiene routine. Simply remove aligners before meals or while brushing and flossing. Since you won’t have metal brackets and wires stuck to your teeth, you’ll also be free to munch on all of your favorite meals and treats without worrying about causing interruptions to your treatment plan.

Living with Invisalign Aligners

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While Invisalign treatment can effectively straighten your teeth while allowing you to still show off your smile, you might wonder what your life will be like undergoing the process. That’s why our team has included a brief look at what you can expect throughout the process of improving your bite alignment. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, but otherwise, here’s what you should know about living with Invisalign aligners.

Wearing Your Trays

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To progress through the treatment plan, you’ll need to wear your Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours every day. You might assume that two hours can allow plenty of “free time,” but the minutes will add up, especially when you account for eating your meals and cleaning your aligners and teeth afterward. For this reason, we’ll encourage you to use the Invisalign app, which has a built-in timer to help you track your time most efficiently.

Cleaning Your Aligners

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One of the best things about Invisalign aligners is that they’re practically invisible, so long as you keep them clean. At first glance, others may not even notice you’re undergoing treatment. However, they may start to see some yellow in the aligners if you forget to clean them. Remember to rinse your trays with clean water after removing them and before putting them back on. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub every surface of the aligners after every meal. You can also place your trays in a glass of water with cleaning crystals for whenever you’re eating, that way they remain clean and bacteria-free.

Eating & Drinking

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Perhaps the major rule of Invisalign is to never eat or drink anything (except for pure water) while wearing your Invisalign. This can end up staining or damaging your trays, which can then delay your progress and cost more money. So, after removing them before enjoying your meal, store them in a protective case instead of wrapping them with a napkin. This will ensure that they’re safe while you fill up on nutritious foods.

Losing or Damaging a Tray

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Remembering to store your Invisalign aligners in a protective and visible case will help you avoid potentially damaging or losing them. Still, accidents aren’t always avoidable. Should you end up losing or damaging your clear trays, it isn’t the end of the world. Simply give our office a call so that we can help determine your next best steps.

Routine Check-Ins

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During your treatment, you’ll need to visit our team every six weeks or so for check-in appointments. This will allow us to monitor your orthodontic process as well as make any necessary adjustments to your plan to ensure you’re on the right track to a straighter smile. We’ll also provide you with your next set of aligners as well as answer any questions or concerns you might have before sending you on your way to keep up the good work.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Knowing the overall cost of Invisalign before undergoing the process is important for both your time and your wallet. Every smile is unique, so you won’t be able to determine the exact price of the treatment until you’ve seen us for an initial consultation. At that time, we’ll evaluate your oral situation and give you a more accurate estimate of how much you’ll pay to straighten your smile. Until then, here are several things to consider for the cost of Invisalign in Dublin.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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The price for Invisalign treatment will depend on each patient and various factors, such as:

  • If you’re straightening one or both arches – Having to address both upper and lower teeth will cost more than treating only one of them.
  • The number of aligners necessary – This can be influenced by the type and severity of your dental misalignment.
  • If you require additional accessories – Needing elastics or other accessories for your process can raise the price.
  • Your treatment compliance – Neglecting to keep track of your treatment plan and taking care of your aligners can cost you more.

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

a person in Dublin holding clear aligners

Those who are on a budget might be tempted to opt for do-it-yourself clear aligners like Smile Direct Club™. In many cases, this orthodontic treatment can go for around $2,000 whereas Invisalign can go between $3,000 and $8,000. Still, while the former seems more affordable, you’ll want to keep the quality in mind before jumping on board.

DIY clear aligners are typically made of cheaper plastic material, which can easily break and become warped, making them ineffective or even leading to complications. In some instances, people have experienced worsened dental misalignment by using these products and required professional help anyway. On the other hand, your dentist will work with you every step of the way with Invisalign. These clear trays are also custom-designed, durable, and comfortable for your smile. With this option, you won’t have to worry about a lack of quality or unnecessary issues while straightening your pearly whites.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Certain dental insurance companies can provide coverage for orthodontic processes, including Invisalign. If your policy covers clear aligner treatment, you might be able to lower your out-of-pocket fees by $1,000 or more. Since every plan is different, you should consult your provider before committing to anything. Our team will also be happy to help you navigate your benefits and make this process easier for you.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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If you’re without dental insurance, you can always explore alternative financing options. Our practice has an in-house membership plan that can give you significant discounts on multiple services with a low monthly fee, such as Invisalign. We’re also partnered with CareCredit—a third-party financier that can cut the overall cost of your treatment into low-to-no-interest monthly installments. This means you can work within your budget while achieving the straight smile you’ve always wanted!

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

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Everyone has seen those awkward high school pictures of teenagers wearing metal braces that protrude from their mouths screaming, “Look at me!” With this image floating in your mind, the last thing you want to think about is wearing traditional braces. Thankfully, there is now an alternative that provides the same amazing benefits – just in a more desirable manner. The Invisalign process of fixing crooked, gapped, misaligned, or crowded teeth has revolutionized orthodontic care, but what are the important details you need to know about the procedure? As you continue reading, you’ll discover the answers to five of the leading questions about Invisalign. Therefore, you can feel comfortable about contacting us at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin to achieve a more aesthetic and functional set of teeth with the expert care of Dr. Buck!

What is Invisalign?

To replace the metal brackets, elastic bands, and wires that traditional braces are known for, the Invisalign process utilizes a series of clear, plastic trays to precisely and carefully adjust your teeth until they are properly aligned. To continue to see progress, you’ll wear each set of trays for two-week increments and then exchange them for the next set in the series until your teeth are straightened sufficiently.

Will I have to wear a retainer?

No matter what type of orthodontic treatment you undergo, you’ll need to wear a retainer after it’s completed. This is because the bone that lies beneath the gum line has to form around the new position of the tooth roots. Until this is accomplished, your teeth can easily regress. So to prevent this from happening, it’s a requirement to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment concludes. By complying, you won’t have to worry about losing your results.

How long is Invisalign treatment?

For an accurate forecast of how long it will take to complete treatment with Invisalign, you’ll need to visit Dr. Buck for a consultation. At that time, he’ll determine the severity and type of malocclusion (poor bite) you have, so he can map out the perfect plan to meet your needs.

On average, though, Invisalign is a faster method of bite correction than the traditional braces route. In some cases, treatment can be completed in 12-18 months.

How do I clean my Invisalign trays?

Once you’re on the path to having your bite corrected with Invisalign, the last thing you want to do is compromise your efforts. Thus, it’s important to keep your trays clean to prevent the growth of bacteria.

When you remove the trays, always be sure to rinse, gently brush and soak them, and store them in the case that is provided in a moderate-temperature environment. This will help to prevent any warping or cracks.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The first thing to take into account when considering the cost of Invisalign is that it’s a highly customized procedure. Thus, the number of trays needed, the amount of treatment time, and any other tweaks that need to be made will factor into the final cost.

When you visit for a consultation, we’ll provide a detailed cost estimate for your orthodontic care. Therefore, you can plan accordingly.

Does Invisalign hurt?

One of the biggest advantages of undergoing Invisalign is that you won’t have to worry about discomfort during the process. Your custom trays will be constructed out of smooth dental plastic that will be designed to fit perfectly in your smile at every stage of your treatment. This means you shouldn’t experience irritation in your soft oral tissues while wearing them. Of course, it’s normal to feel some soreness while straightening your smile, but some painkillers and time can help alleviate it. Consider drinking ice-cold water whenever you feel mild discomfort from the pressure of gradually shifting your teeth into their perfect positions.

What happens after Invisalign?

After you’ve undergone Invisalign and achieved your dream smile, you’ll need to wear retainers to maintain your results. The good news is that these trays will only be meant to keep your teeth where they are, not to move them any further. In many cases, you’ll be able to choose between wire retainers or clear plastic ones—both of which will feel comfortable. Depending on your situation, your dentist will recommend that you wear them all day every day for a while before decreasing it to only needing to wear them overnight.

What if my Invisalign broke?

Although Invisalign aligners are durable, they can still become damaged or compromised. Even if you notice a hairline crack in one of your trays, you’ll want to notify our team for help. The last thing we’d want is for you to try fixing it on your own with household items, such as glue, which is highly NOT recommended. Instead of accidentally ingesting hazardous materials to fix your Invisalign, call your dentist so they can determine the proper approach. To avoid damaging your trays in the future, be sure to take them out before meals or drinks, keep them safe in a protective case, and be gentle when putting them back on.

Is Invisalign cheaper than braces?

Since every patient’s smile is unique, the price of either Invisalign or traditional braces will depend on various factors, including the severity of misalignment issues. In some cases, Invisalign trays will cost virtually the same as braces, the higher values being around $5,000. This can be affected by aspects such as your oral health, your misalignment situation, and your commitment to your treatment plan. Some dental insurance companies won’t offer coverage for Invisalign, which can make this option appear more costly compared to traditional braces. Still, be sure to consult your provider to see if you can receive at least some assistance to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. You can also consult our team to explore alternative financing solutions to further reduce the upfront cost!

Now that you’ve learned more about Invisalign in Dublin, the next step is to give us a call at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin to schedule an initial visit with Dr. Buck. The smile of your dreams awaits you!