Invisalign – Huntington Beach, CA
Get on a Path Towards a Straighter Smile
Are you ready to invest in a beautiful, straight smile? Invisalign in Huntington Beach gives you a discreet and convenient solution to accommodate your lifestyle. These are clear braces, so you don’t have to rely on metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. If you want to get on a path towards a straighter smile, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexandria Arditti. This way, you can find out if Invisalign is right for you!
How Invisalign Works
Unlike standard orthodontics that use visible and cumbersome metal parts to move your teeth into alignment, Invisalign uses clear plastic mouth trays made of BPA-free plastic. Each tray fits tightly over your teeth in order to apply firm but gentle pressure. You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next one. Patients of all ages report that they get used to the feeling of their Invisalign aligners in just a few days. Over time, your teeth will gradually more to their new, aligned locations. As opposed to traditional braces, you won’t need to have anything tightened, but you will still need to come to the office to make sure your treatment is going as planned.
Indications for Invisalign
Invisalign is able to correct a variety of different alignment issues. Here are some of the more common ones that we see:
As for teeth that have become crowded and are overlapping, Invisalign is often the ideal solution. Clear aligners apply gentle pressure on different parts of the teeth to shift them to their aligned positions. This helps to lower your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other problems that are common in people who have overcrowded teeth.
Gaps Between Teeth
When the teeth are too far apart, gaps can become apparent. They also put you at a much higher risk for oral health problems and tooth damage because food debris and plaque become easily trapped and more difficult to remove. Invisalign can move your teeth to be the perfect distance apart.
If your bite isn’t aligned correctly, you are more likely to develop problems, like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding). Invisalign is effective when it comes to correcting overbites, underbites, crossbites, and more!
The Benefits of Invisalign
In addition to being practically invisible and very comfortable, there are a few other advantages to Invisalign. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you’ll be able to eat whatever you like for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. People wearing traditional braces need to watch what they eat; certain foods such as raw carrots, popcorn and sticky candy could break or dislodge one of the metal components. All you have to do is remove your aligners and enjoy your food!
Wearing removable braces also means that you’ll be able to brush and floss more effectively. With bonded braces, oral hygiene can be a bit of a challenge, but not with Invisalign. The aligners come out, and you can maintain your regular oral hygiene routine.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
It is often thought that Invisalign in Huntington Beach is too expensive for the average person. However, that is far from true. In fact, the overall treatment usually costs around the same amount as traditional braces. Since the total price is determined by your unique case, it’s impossible to provide you with an accurate estimate until you come in for an exam. During your consultation, our team at Pacific View Dental Group will explain which factors influence the cost of Invisalign and how our financing options can help you manage your dental bills with ease.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign
Several factors influence the total cost of Invisalign in Huntington Beach, such as:
- The number of aligners you need. This depends on the extent and type of dental misalignment you have.
- Whether you’re straightening one arch or both. Logically speaking, straightening both the upper and lower teeth will cost more than straightening just one or the other.
- Your treatment compliance. Losing an aligner means you’ll have to pay for a replacement.
- Whether you need additional accessories. Some patients need elastics or other accessories to ensure successful treatment.
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
Patients on a budget may be tempted to opt for do-it-yourself clear aligner treatments like SmileDirectClub™. They usually cost around $2,000, while Invisalign can run anywhere between $3,000 and $8,000. Even though DIY methods are certainly more affordable, it’s crucial to remember that you get what you pay for.
With that in mind, here are some distinct differences between Invisalign and SmileDirectClub™:
- DIY aligners are often made out of cheap plastic, meaning they’re more likely to get damaged and need a replacement much sooner than anticipated. Meanwhile, Invisalign uses a patented material designed for comfort and efficient tooth movements.
- Some users claim that the DIY aligners have been ineffective or worsened their dental misalignment. Invisalign has consistently proven to be successful.
- One of the biggest disadvantages of DIY aligners is that they come with little to no oversight from a dental professional. On the other hand, you can enjoy the trusted oversight of Dr. Arditti every step of the way on your Invisalign journey.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Most dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign if you have orthodontia included in your policy. Our office works on your behalf with the insurance company to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. To cover the remaining balance, we accept a variety of payment options. You can also use your FSA or HSA to pay for your treatment instead.
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
Don’t have dental insurance? No problem! We offer additional financing options to make your dental bills easier to manage. Some of those include:
- In-House Health and Wellness Plan – For an affordable price, you can enjoy all the benefits of dental insurance without the annual maximums or waiting periods. Not only will you have access to regular preventive dental care, but you can get a discount on other services like Invisalign.
- CareCredit Financing – This option allows you to break up the total cost of your care into smaller monthly payments. Plus, there are no upfront costs, annual fees, or prepayment penalties.
Are you ready to start your Invisalign journey? Give our office a call and schedule your consultation today! We’ll create a treatment plan that’ll help you achieve the smile of your dreams in record time while keeping your total expenses as low as possible.
It pays to be well-informed when it comes to making decisions on the future of your smile. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions that Dr. Arditti hears. If your question isn’t listed, feel free to contact the office directly. We’d be happy to provide you with the information that you’re looking for and get you started with an initial consultation!
How Do I Know if Invisalign Is Right for Me?
Thanks to continued innovation and advancements with clear aligner technology, Invisalign has been becoming increasingly accessible to a wider variety of patients. Both teenagers and adults can benefit from a clear aligner system as long as they have good overall oral health and healthy gums. Both simple and complex misalignment and bite issues can be treated using aligners.
A bigger issue is patient compliance. If you struggle to wear the aligners for the minimum of 22 hours a day, then more traditional braces may be better for you. Invisalign Teen includes discreet blue dot indicators that help patients confirm if they’re wearing them for long enough.
Does Invisalign Actually Work?
Invisalign has helped more than 5 million people transform their smiles with aligners. One million of these people are teens. The system has been around for more than two decades, making it the most experienced and advanced clear aligner system in the world. They also utilize SmartTrack material to help you shift teeth more predictably, ensuring a more successful treatment. Overall, Invisalign has a great track record for helping people straighten their smile and fix uneven bites.
How Do I Care for My Aligners?
The most effective way to keep your aligners clear and smelling fresh is to use Invisalign’s cleaning crystals. While these can be bought from Dr. Arditti directly, they can also be found online. After soaking them for at least 15 minutes, use a toothbrush to remove loose food debris and excess plaque. This will keep them smelling fresh and prevent staining.
Keep in mind that richly pigmented foods can stain aligners if they remain on your teeth, so either rinse your mouth out or brush and floss before wearing them. Keep them in their dedicated case when not in use. Do not use hot water to clean your aligners as this can permanently warp them, making them unusable.
What Happens After Treatment?
In order to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their crooked position, you’ll need to wear a retainer after completing treatment. You’ll wear the retainer at all times at first, similar to how you wore your aligners. Once Dr. Arditti confirms your teeth are secure, you can switch to only wearing your retainer at night. This step is crucial to making sure you don’t lose any of the progress you worked so hard to obtain.