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Invisalign® – Belmont, MA

The Discreet Way To Straighten Smiles

Having misaligned teeth can really detract from a sophisticated, attractive smile. However, many adults don’t consider braces because they simply do not want to wear metal brackets and wires for two or more years. Dr. David Salibian understands this concern, which is why he is pleased to offer Invisalign in our Belmont, MA office. This treatment is just one of many options in cosmetic dentistry that can be found at EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont.

Why Choose EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care
of Belmont for Invisalign®?

How Does Invisalign Work?

The Invisalign system consists of a set of clear, removable aligners that fit comfortably in the mouth and place gentle pressure on different areas of the bite to gradually reposition teeth. Because the trays are made out of high-quality clear plastic, most people won’t notice you’re wearing clear braces. You are able to remove the aligners for limited special occasions, to clean your teeth, and when you eat. Most patients complete the Invisalign treatment in 12 to 18 months – usually less time than traditional orthodontic treatment.

Because the treatment can usually correct the same issues that are treatable with conventional braces, many patients are eligible candidates for Invisalign. The most common orthodontic issues are treatable with clear braces, but more significant misalignments may still require treatment with conventional braces.

Indications for Invisalign

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Invisalign can successfully treat overcrowding, spaces between teeth, and bite alignment issues. You should be in good oral health, free from tooth decay and gum disease, before beginning any elective treatment. We will schedule a checkup and hygiene appointment first to ensure you start Invisalign with clean, healthy teeth and gums.

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Crowded Teeth

Teeth that sit too close together make you susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. By using Invisalign, you can expect to see greater space between your teeth and a more uniform smile.

Animated smile with unevenly spaced teeth

Spaces Between Teeth

When too much space exists between your teeth, the same problems of decay and disease can become a possibility. Invisalign clear aligners work to bring your teeth closer together, eliminating gaps and improving the health and aesthetics of your smile.

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Bite Alignment

Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or an open bite, Invisalign can shift your smile and realign your top and bottom bite to reduce pain and excessive wear and tear on your teeth and jaw.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

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Invisalign is a preferred orthodontic treatment among teens and adults because it has a variety of unique benefits to offer, like a shorter average treatment time and more comfortable orthodontic appliances. Here are some additional advantages that you can experience while undergoing the process:

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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One of the questions we’ll need to answer during your initial Invisalign consultation is, “How much is the treatment expected to cost?” The amount you pay depends on quite a few factors, which is why we’ll need to examine your mouth first. Rest assured that our team will always take the time to fully explain the costs involved, and they’ll work with you to make the treatment as affordable as possible. 

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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No two patients have the same dental needs. As such, the final cost of Invisalign will vary based on various factors such as:

  • The number of aligners needed. More complex orthodontic issues require a greater number of aligners, which naturally carries a higher cost.
  • Whether both arches need to be straightened. Treatments that only involve one arch usually have a lower cost.
  • Patient compliance. You need to be careful not to break or lose an aligner. Otherwise, you’ll likely need to pay to have it replaced.
  • Additional accessories. Sometimes Invisalign treatment involves elastics to make specific changes to the teeth; this adds to the overall cost of care.

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

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The cost for Invisalign is usually between $3,000 and $8,000. Meanwhile, Smile Direct Club™, a DIY option for clear aligners, typically costs around $2,000. However, this is balanced out by a few important factors:

  • The materials used to make DIY aligners tend to be of lower quality. This makes them less comfortable to wear, and they’re more likely to break.
  • A DIY treatment means you don’t have a professional keeping an eye on your progress. By choosing Invisalign, you can benefit from working directly with a professional to keep your treatment on track.
  • DIY aligners promise shorter treatment times, but attempting to move the teeth too quickly can potentially lead to dental damage. Invisalign is much safer by comparison.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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The answer depends on what insurance plan you have. Some policies offer a once-in-a-lifetime provision for orthodontic treatment that includes Invisalign. You should confirm your benefits before you begin any kind of orthodontic treatment. Our team has experience working with various dental plans, so we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about your coverage and whether Invisalign is included.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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We accept many popular insurance plans like Delta Dental and MetLife. But if you don’t have insurance, don’t worry! You still have other options for fitting Invisalign into your budget:

  • You can apply for a CareCredit financing plan that allows you to pay for treatment in monthly installments instead of all at once. CareCredit plans have little to no interest, and you can choose a plan that’s suited for your unique situation.
  • You can sign up for our Wellness Dental Access plan, which offers discounts on a variety of services. Enrollment is easy; simply reach out to our office to learn more.

Invisalign FAQs

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Many older teens and adults are hesitant to undergo orthodontic treatment because they want to avoid dealing with metal wires and brackets. Fortunately, Invisalign allows you to discreetly and comfortably achieve a straighter smile in record time. Since the process is unique, it’s normal to have a few concerns before committing to it. To help you out, our team at EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont has decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see your specific question, feel free to reach out!

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

It depends! Generally, it takes about 12 to 18 months to complete Invisalign treatment. Of course, factors like the severity of your dental misalignment and your commitment to the treatment plan will affect the exact amount of time it takes. You can speed up the process by staying on track with your Invisalign treatment plan and visiting our team regularly to ensure everything is moving accordingly.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

The smooth plastic design of Invisalign’s clear aligners makes it one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment options available today. Although treatment is not painful, there is an adjustment period you have to go through. When you first get your aligners, you’ll likely experience mild soreness and discomfort that some may characterize as pain. However, it should go away once you get used to your treatment. The plastic trays apply gentle pressure to move a portion of your smile at a time until the entire thing is aligned. Because of that, you might also experience pressure every time you advance to the next set of aligners. You can manage your discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication as needed, using cold compresses, or drinking ice cold water.

What Happens After Invisalign?

At your last orthodontist appointment, we’ll examine your teeth to ensure they’re in their final desired, straight position. Once we’re satisfied with your results, we’ll explain how to maintain your newly aligned smile. You’ll need to wear a retainer post-treatment to preserve your hard-earned results. After examining your case, we’ll recommend how often you’ll need to wear your oral appliance. Typically, patients start wearing it full-time before gradually decreasing to only wearing it at night.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

Since Invisalign is removable, there are no dietary restrictions while you undergo treatment. However, you need to make sure you remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything that’s not water. If you fail to do so, you can damage your plastic trays by causing cracks or stains. Eating with your aligners also puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth. That’s why you should take them out before every meal and snack. Don’t forget to store them in a safe place when they’re not in your mouth!

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