Invisalign® Clear Braces – Westminster, CO
Straighten Teeth Without Metal Braces
For many adults, the prospect of spending months or even years wearing metal brackets and wires just isn’t in the cards. Thankfully, there are alternative ways to achieve straight, gap-free teeth that you can show off proudly. At J.B. Dental, our team is proud to offer Invisalign Clear Braces, which features the use of clear, customized aligners that slide right over teeth comfortably and are barely noticeable when worn. Dr. Joanne Bancroft would love to welcome you in for a consultation here in Westminster, CO and help you determine whether or not you’re the right candidate for this modern service – contact us today!
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?
After performing an initial consultation and capturing detailed impression of the patient’s teeth, the Invisalign Laboratory will design a series of high-quality aligners that are sent back to our practice. Each unique aligner represents a different stage of the patient’s gradual tooth movement, and their job is to wear them as directed (typically for a few weeks at a time) before switching to the next aligner in the set. It’s crucial to keep the aligners in the mouth for 22 hours or more a day, only removing them to eat, brush, and floss.
Additionally, Dr. Bancroft will want to see patients for a brief progress appointment around every six weeks. During this time, she will also provide the next few aligners needed for treatment. While every case is unique, most patients can expect to be finished with Invisalign after 9-18 months of wear.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces?
Like the name clearly implies, Invisalign aligners are pleasingly subtle and very hard to notice in everyday life. Patients can focus on living life to the fullest instead of constantly worrying whether or not people are staring at their braces!
- Because the Invisalign aligners are removable, no changes to your diet or oral hygiene routine are required.
- The aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic, with no poking orthodontic wires or uncomfortable tightening to worry about.
- While traditional braces may require upwards of 2-3 years to be fully effective, most patients will be finished with Invisalign treatment long before that.
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, Invisalign has been a real game-changer. But although it provides countless benefits, it’s still natural to have a few questions about the process beforehand. To make sure you have the information you need to make the best decision for your smile, we’ve put together answers to several Invisalign FAQs below. But feel free to contact us if there’s anything else you’d like to know or if you’d simply like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bancroft!
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Typically Take?
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that it’s often faster than brackets and wires. The average time to finish treatment with traditional braces is 12-24 months, while most Invisalign patients get their results in just 9-18 months.
What Happens After I’m Done Wearing My Invisalign Aligners?
After completing orthodontic treatment, whether it’s traditional braces or Invisalign, you must wear retainers to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their initial positions. This couldn’t be easier with Invisalign because you’ll simply use another set of clear plastic trays that are very similar to your aligners.
After your treatment is complete, we’ll discuss how long you’ll need to wear your retainers. Typically, it’s 22 hours per day at first and eventually you’ll only wear them at night.
Am I a Good Candidate For Invisalign?
Fortunately, Invisalign works for most patients with mild to moderate crowding, gaps, open bites, overbites, underbites, and more. However, we always have your best interests at heart and may recommend an alternative for more severe bite or alignment issues.
In addition, we want you to have reasonably good oral health so we’ll make sure you don’t have untreated cavities or gum problems before making a recommendation. Also, Invisalign works best for patients who can commit to wearing their trays at least 22 hours per day. Teenage patients often struggle with compliance more than adults.
To know for sure if Invisalign is right for you, give us a call to schedule a consultation. After Dr. Bancroft has evaluated your needs, she’ll create the best treatment plan for your needs.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Fortunately, many insurance plans that already cover orthodontic treatment will cover Invisalign at the same rate as traditional braces. Since every plan is different and it can be hard to understand your benefits, don’t hesitate to ask us for help – we’re happy to take a look at your plan. If you’re uninsured, we also offer CareCredit, a third-party financing option that allows you to make monthly payments with little to no interest.
One thing we can say with certainty is that many of our patients report that Invisalign was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. While treatment is usually completed in just 9-18 months, you’ll reap the benefits of a straight, beautiful smile for life!