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Invisalign – Forest, VA

The Comfortable Alternative to Metal Braces

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Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, if you’d like to straighten your teeth or correct a bite problem without the mess of brackets and wires, Invisalign in Forest can help. Instead of having to adjust to a cumbersome and uncomfortable orthodontic appliance that you may need for years, this modern treatment utilizes a more comfortable method. Not to mention, the average Invisalign treatment is shorter than traditional braces! At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we don’t want our patients to have to choose between their professional image and improved oral health, which is why we offer the most advanced treatments in dentistry that are discreet and effective. Schedule a consultation by contacting us today so we can answer any questions you may have about Invisalign!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign has helped millions of patients align their smiles and turn them into a feature that they’re proud to show off. Using series of custom-fitted oral appliances that are crafted from an FDA-approved, smooth plastic, your teeth will gently and strategically be shifted into their ideal positions. These trays can correct a variety of issues including crowding, misalignment, gaps, and even bite problems.

How Does The Process Work?

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The first step of the process involves an initial consultation. During this visit, we’ll ask you some questions to learn more about the desires you have for your smile. It’s also a great time to ask any questions you may have. We’ll then develop your custom treatment timeline, take images of your mouth, and impressions of your teeth. We will send all of the images and information we’ve collected to a special Invisalign lab where they will craft each set of your aligners to our specifications.

In a few weeks, we’ll call you back in to pick up your first set of trays once they’ve arrived. You’ll wear each aligner for two weeks and slowly begin noticing your teeth getting straighter. Every six weeks, you’ll visit your cosmetic dentist in Forest for a quick evaluation and to receive the next set of trays in your treatment.

Once your treatment starts coming to an end, we may fit you for a retainer to wear in order to keep your teeth from drifting back into their original positions. We’ll let you know how long you’ll need to wear it, and any additional aftercare recommendations we may have.

What Problems Can Invisalign Fix?

Invisalign in Forest is an incredibly versatile treatment that can solve a variety of orthodontic problems. During your consultation, our team will assess the severity of your case and develop a treatment plan to help improve your oral health as well as the alignment of your pearly whites.

Crowded Teeth

Having teeth that are bunched-up can create hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that are perfect for bacteria, plaque, and food debris to hideout in. This can increase your risk of developing common oral health problems such as decay. Invisalign trays will gradually adjust your teeth so they’re side-by-side, making them easier to clean.

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Gaps Between Teeth

While some people don’t mind having gaps between their teeth, others suffer from declining self-confidence because of this orthodontic issue. Invisalign aligners can close these uneven spaces and prevent the collection of plaque and bacteria between teeth.

Bite Misalignment

Invisalign trays can address overbite, underbite, and cross bite issues that can cause other conditions such as TMJ disorder. By aligning your bite, you’ll be able to reduce your risk of excessive enamel erosion caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

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Invisalign is so popular because it offers a laundry list of benefits that traditional braces don’t. The most obvious advantage is that your aligners will be practically unnoticeable. You won’t have to deal with the cumbersome look and feel of brackets and wires. Some additional benefits that are common reasons patients choose Invisalign include:

If you have any questions or would like to learn if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, don’t hesitate to contact us today! Our team of professionals would be more than happy to walk you through the process and schedule a consultation.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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You likely want to know Invisalign’s cost before committing to it. After all, how else can you ensure that treatment is cost-effective? In truth, though, aligners’ price varies from patient to patient. You’ll thus need a consultation to get an accurate estimate. Fortunately, we at Crossroads Family Dentistry can see you in person to discuss your Invisalign needs and possible payment options. To learn more about this process, keep reading or call us today!

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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There are several factors that impact the cost of Invisalign in Forest. In general, they include the following:

  • The Number of Aligners Needed: You’ll pay more for treatment if you’re straightening both arches instead of just one.
  • The Tooth Movements Involved: Invisalign costs less for those with gapped front teeth than it does for someone with a very crooked smile.
  • Treatment Time & Compliance: The longer your Invisalign journey, the greater the cost as you get more aligners. Not wearing the trays properly or misplacing them will thus add to your expense.
  • Whether You Need Extra Accessories: Aside from the aligners themselves, some patients need accessories like elastics as well. Naturally, these extra tools add to the treatment price.

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which is Pricier?

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Technically, Smile Direct Club™ has a smaller upfront cost than Invisalign. It promises a “quick-fix” for roughly $2,000 or so. In contrast, Invisalign’s price can range from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on the situation.

That said, however, keep in mind that Smile Direct Club™ has little-to-no professional oversight. Since it’s essentially DIY orthodontics, it leaves room for errors like bad dental impressions and poor compliance. Should such things happen, your smile could suffer serious issues that need dental care anyway.

On the other hand, Invisalign has treatment guided by our dental team every step of the way. Thanks to this feedback, you can trust you’ll get great aligners based on highly accurate impressions. The straightening process would therefore be smoother and more successful.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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While many dental plans cover orthodontics in general, Invisalign usually isn’t part of this coverage.

Still, there are exceptions. For that reason, then, check with your insurance provider to see if they might cover Invisalign. You can also use your FSA account (if you have one) to help meet the cost.

During your consultation with us at Crossroads Family Dentistry, we’ll ensure your benefits work to your greatest advantage.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Of course, there are ways to make Invisalign affordable besides insurance.

For instance, consider our office’s in-house membership plan.  By paying a small monthly fee, you’ll get discounts on a number of treatments. As for how much it’d save you on Invisalign, feel free to ask us at your next visit.

On the other hand, you might prefer flexible financing. In that case, our team accepts CareCredit and allows for no-interest monthly treatment payments. This service would split up the cost of your Invisalign care into budget-friendly installments. 

As you can see, Crossroads Family Dentistry is ready to give you a straighter smile at a cost you can afford. That being the case, book a consultation with us to learn more financial details!

Invisalign FAQs

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You’ll probably have some questions when thinking about getting Invisalign in Forest, and Crossroads Family Dentistry is here to answer them! During your consultation, feel free to voice any concerns you might have about your treatment; we’ll make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision that will lead to a beautiful, straighter smile. To get you started, here are just some of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign.

What Kind of Orthodontic Problems Can Invisalign Correct?

While certain severe cases require the use of traditional metal braces, Invisalign can be used for a wide variety of orthodontic issues. Obviously, the treatment can help straighten crooked teeth. It can also correct bite problems, whether it’s an overbite (upper teeth too far forward), underbite (upper teeth too far back), crossbite (some upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth) or open bite (upper and lower teeth don’t meet). Sometimes Invisalign can also fix some spacing problems if your teeth are too close together or too far apart.

Can I Get Invisalign If I’ve Already Had Braces or Other Dental Work?

If you got braces when you were young, your teeth might have eventually shifted over the years. Luckily, Invisalign can still work even if you’ve already had orthodontic work done; in fact, some patients might be able to switch from braces to Invisalign in the middle of treatment!

If there are porcelain veneers, crowns, or bridgework in your mouth, you might still be able to get Invisalign. It all depends on whether your restoration will still allow the trays to adjust your teeth on an individual basis. We’ll examine the state of your mouth thoroughly before deciding whether Invisalign is right for you.

How Long Will I Need to Wear Invisalign?

The Invisalign trays need to be worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day, and each tray is used for about two weeks before moving on to the next one. The length of Invisalign treatment will depend largely on the complexity of your case and whether you wear the trays as often as you should. On average, Invisalign usually takes about 12 to 18 months. Compared to traditional metal braces that might need to be worn for two or even three years, you can see how Invisalign is often the faster option.

How Can I Take Care of Invisalign Trays?

You can clean your trays using the Invisalign Cleaning System or a denture cleanser; otherwise, you can brush them with a toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. (Be sure to rinse them in lukewarm water; if they get too hot, the plastic could be warped.) Make sure your aligners are sterilized before you put them in your mouth.

Be careful around blueberries, tomato sauce, coffee and other dark-colored foods and beverages. If any residue remains after your meal, it could permanently stain your Invisalign trays. For this reason, you should brush your teeth thoroughly whenever you’re done eating; you might consider carrying a travel toothbrush to use after lunch.

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