If you want a straighter smile but you want to avoid wearing bulky, uncomfortable, and unsightly metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you. This treatment method uses a set of clear, plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth into proper position. At Altamar Dental Studio, we offer Invisalign for patients looking to improve the appearance of their smiles with revolutionary orthodontic treatment. Start your Invisalign journey with us at our Naples office today.
While Invisalign is a powerful method of orthodontic correction, treatment works best for patients with mild-to-moderate issues, such as:
-A minor overbite or underbite
-Slightly crooked teeth
-An open bite
If you have severe bite problems or teeth alignment issues, traditional braces may be required. The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marquez. During your appointment, she will assess your smile to determine if this is the best option for your specific needs.
Once Dr. Marquez determines that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, she will take impressions of your teeth to develop your individualized, comprehensive Invisalign treatment plan. Using these impressions and information from your assessment, your clear aligners will be built at a third party lab and then sent to our office. When they arrive, Dr. Marquez will make sure that your aligners fit properly.
You’ll wear your aligners for 22+ hours per day, and switch to a new set of aligners about every two weeks. Every six weeks, Dr. Marquez will perform a brief oral exam to track your progress. Throughout your treatment, it is important to wear your aligners as much as possible. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Treatment usually takes about 20-24 sets of aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, so average treatment time is just under a year for most patients. However, this may vary somewhat, depending on your case.
The cost of Invisalign can vary quite a bit based on the length of your treatment, the severity of your orthodontic issues, and other such factors. Because of this, it’s difficult to give an accurate cost estimate for Invisalign without a consultation.
If you are interested in getting Invisalign from Dr. Marquez and you want more details about the cost of your treatment, come visit Altamar Dental Studio for an Invisalign consultation. Dr. Marquez will determine if Invisalign is right for your orthodontic needs and provide you with a cost estimate as well as an estimate for your expected treatment time.
Concerned about the cost of Invisalign? We understand that dental treatments can be an investment in your dental health. That’s why we offer a number of different patient resources to help you afford your treatment and get the care you need. We accept financing from CareCredit and Lending Club. We do our best to keep the cost of your treatment within your budget and provide you with the resources you need to get the smile that you deserve.
Primarily, this depends on the extent of your orthodontic issues. For minor-to-moderate issues like gapped teeth, slightly-crooked and crowded teeth, minor jaw alignment problems and other small cosmetic issues, Invisalign is usually a better choice, particularly for older patients.
This is because Invisalign has a number of great benefits compared to braces. Your aligners are completely invisible when worn and do not affect your speech. They are also removable, so you will have no dietary restrictions during treatments and it’s easier to brush and floss your teeth.
Invisalign is also more comfortable because it exerts more gentle, even pressure compared to braces and there are no metal parts that can poke or irritate your oral tissue. Beyond this, Invisalign often offers a faster treatment time for most minor orthodontic issues.
However, metal braces are more versatile when it comes to orthodontic treatment, particularly if you suffer from more serious issues like major underbite or overbite, or you have extremely crooked teeth. Metal braces also are not removable. They are fixed in place and worn for 24 hours per day. This means that you won’t have to worry about remembering to swap to a new set of Invisalign trays and you can’t accidentally damage or misplace them.
Generally, Dr. Marquez will recommend Invisalign for most patients who have relatively minor orthodontic issues. For those with more serious dental problems, traditional metal braces are often more suitable. To see which treatment is recommended for you, contacting us for a consultation at Altamar Dental Studio today!