Invisalign® Clear Braces – Scarborough, Ontario
Straight Teeth. No Braces.
Many adults with misaligned and crooked teeth find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. They’d love to get their teeth straightened, but they just can’t imagine going to work every day and facing the world with a mouthful of metal braces. So, most simply go without treatment for years at a time. Now, dentistry is able to offer an orthodontic option that is perfect for today’s professional adult: Invisalign. This sleek and modern system will allow you to have it all. With it, you can straighten your smile and maintain your normal daily appearance at the same time. If you’d like to learn more about how it works, read on below, or you can contact us today and start getting a straighter smile right now.
Invisalign vs. Metal Braces
- Appearance: Invisalign trays are practically invisible, meaning the only thing people will notice are your stunning results.
- Comfort: Each tray will be specially-designed to fit your unique smile out of smooth plastic.
- Convenience: The trays can easily be taken out whenever you need to eat or brush your teeth, enabling you to maintain your daily habits throughout treatment.
- Speed: In many cases, Invisalign is actually able to work faster than traditional orthodontics.
If you’re ready to straighten your teeth and feel confident while doing it, then Invisalign is the treatment for you. To get started, contact us today for an appointment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign completely does away with the traditional wire and bracket system. Instead, it uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligner trays to gradually straighten the teeth in the most subtle way possible. A patient simply has to wear a set of trays (one for the top and bottom teeth) for about 22 hours a day for 2 weeks each, and after they have gone through the entire series, their smile will be perfectly straight. It’s just that simple, and it has worked for millions of patients in Canada and around the world.
What is the Cost of Invisalign?
Are you ready to make an investment in your smile with Invisalign? Contrary to common belief, they are not unaffordable. There are several factors that will determine how much you can expect to pay for the aligners. To help lower the cost, you may be able to use your dental coverage. We will help you straighten your smile while staying within your budget to make a long-term investment in your oral health.
Often, it is believed Invisalign costs more than traditional options, but this is not true. Both treatments range from $3,000 to $7,000. There is no set amount you can expect to pay for your new smile because it is based on your individual treatment plan.
There are several factors that influence how much you will pay, such as the number of aligners needed, if you need treatments prior to starting the system, and if your insurance coverage. Your dental benefits can help to lower the cost of the aligners. While many policies did not cover them in the past, more insurers are now including a portion of their cost in their benefits.
You will also need to pay for a retainer after you have finished your series of aligners. This is necessary to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions. On average, you can expect to pay $100 to $500.
How Can I Pay for Invisalign?
As your cosmetic dentist in Scarborough, we want to help you get the smile you have always wanted while staying within your budget. We will work with your insurance company to maximize your policy to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. To cover any remaining balance, we accept major credit cards and third-party financing.
Invest in Your Smile!
Do not let the cost of Invisalign deter you from aligning your teeth and bite. You will invest in your confidence and your oral health. A straight smile is easier to clean, reducing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. As a result, you will lower your dental costs in the future by keeping your teeth healthy. You will also have a decreased risk of suffering a dental emergency by correcting rotated or protruding teeth.
If you are ready to invest in your confidence with clear aligners, it is time to call your Scarborough dentist. During your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate and discuss your payment options.
Contact our office today to start your journey to a straight smile.
Invisalign Treatment Time
Invisalign provides a quick and convenient treatment to move your teeth into their ideal positions. On average, you can expect to finish your series of aligners in about 12 months; however, there are several factors that influence how long your treatment will take. The duration is determined by your individual treatment plan and if you wear your aligners correctly. During your initial consultation, we discuss the expected time of completion and what you can do to ensure nothing lengthens the process.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
On average, it takes about 12 months to finish your series of aligners; however, the length of time can vary considerably depending on your individual treatment plan, such as the number of aligners needed.
Generally, teenagers are finished with their treatment in about 1 year while adults can take up to 2 years. If you have complex bite and alignment issues, you can expect your treatment to take longer than someone who only needs minor adjustments.
Can I Speed Up the Results?
Your treatment plan is carefully crafted to allow you to reach the smile of your dreams as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are several things that can lengthen your treatment process, such as not wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. This can significantly prolong the treatment.
To ensure your teeth are moved as quickly as possible, it is best to follow the advice of your dentist in Scarborough, Dr. Bal. Despite any soreness or discomfort, you may feel at first or after switching to a new aligner, it is important to wear them for at least 22 hours per day. They should only be removed with eating, drinking, or maintaining your oral hygiene.
If an aligner cracks or breaks, it is vital you tell Dr. Bal about it right away so there is not a delay added to your treatment. He will tell you if the aligner needs replaced or if you should switch to the next one in your series.
Among the biggest struggles you may face with Invisalign is wearing your aligners for the correct length of time each day. The aligners are removable, which makes it easy to eat your favorite foods and brush your teeth, but you must also resist any temptation to take them out throughout the day or while you are sleeping.
Scarborough Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alignment tray orthodontic treatment that shifts teeth into their ideal position over the course of about twelve weeks. This alignment tray braces system allows patients to comfortably achieve their desired smile alignment results.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear alignment trays to place pressure on teeth gently shifting them into their proper position. Traditional braces achieve the same results by using wires to put pressure on brackets affixed to the fronts of teeth turning, moving, and realigning each individual tooth. Each set of Invisalign trays represents the smile one step closer to the desired end result. When worn for about two weeks at a time, the consistent pressure on your teeth will move them into this new position. Then, you exchange the current set of aligners for the next set in the series. You’ll need to visit our dental office every six to eight weeks to make sure your smile is moving according to plan.
Should I Consider Invisalign?
Any patient who wants to straighten their smile may want to consider Invisalign clear braces, but some of those patients who make the ideal candidates for these treatments include:
- Patients with allergies or sensitivities to metal
- Those who want to maintain a healthy natural appearance during treatment
- Patients who don’t have time for frequent, lengthy orthodontist visits
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
In most cases, Invisalign takes between eight and eighteen months. This is significantly less time than traditional braces. Additionally, you’ll save time throughout your treatment with fewer, shorter checkup visits.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
If your insurance plan provides benefits for orthodontic treatment, you can usually receive the same coverage for traditional braces or clear braces. Before we begin treatment, we’ll review your insurance policy and help you maximize any insurance coverage and minimize your out of pocket treatment costs.
Will I Need to Wear a Retainer?
Even if you use Invisalign clear braces to straighten teeth, you’ll still need to wear a retainer. Following smile alignment, your supportive bone and soft tissue will need time to reset to hold your smile in its new alignment. In order to ensure this happens and prevent your smile from shifting back out of position, you will need to wear a retainer. Luckily, we can usually offer clear retainers that will look just like the Invisalign trays you are already used to.
Get a Straight Smile Today!
Invisalign is the ideal solution for teens and adults who want to feel confident while aligning their teeth and bite. You can get the smile of your dreams in about a year by following the recommendations of Dr. Bal. Contact our dental office today to learn more about the clear aligners.