As one of the most popular orthodontic methods available in cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign treatment has been creating beautiful smiles in children, teens, and adults for nearly two decades. With its convenience, ease of use, and virtual invisibility, Invisalign has become a leading alternative to braces for 12 million people. At Ashland Dental, we treat patients using Invisalign orthodontic treatment every day. We see the transformative benefits of this powerful system and many happy patients are thrilled with their results.
Have you been considering cosmetic dentistry like Invisalign to correct imperfections in your bite or smile? Ashland Dental is here to help you learn more about treatment by sharing the top five reasons patients should consider Invisalign for their smile.
1. No More Impression Trays with Invisalign Treatment
The days of trying to look dignified as you bite into a tray of bubble gum flavored impression material are over. No more ooze, no more ick and no more trying desperately not to gag. Ashland Dental utilizes the state-of-the-art iTero Element® scanner to take a digital 3D scan of your teeth. It’s not just a matter of comfort. The scanner maps your mouth with incredible accuracy, taking 6,000 digital photos per second that create a true representation of the placement of your teeth. Our scanners can map out:
- Open bite
- Gap teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Cross bite
- Crooked teeth
- Issues with baby teeth
- Mild imperfections
The resulting data allows our team to create a customized plan designed to achieve your goals for your smile.
2. Smile Simulations
We understand the fear about investing in cosmetic dentistry. While Invisalign is often more affordable than traditional braces, it’s still an investment that can feel risky without a clear understanding of the end results. That is why Ashland Dental provides patients with smile simulations to show projected results. As Invisalign puts it, “Seeing is believing.” Your dentist can help you get an idea of how your smile will transform with Invisalign treatment. The simulation is particularly beneficial for children and teens, who may need a little inspiration and motivation to use their trays consistently. You see the end results before you even get started. This is an excellent way to boost confidence and stick to the plan.
3. Insurance and HSA Coverage
Discussing Invisalign and insurance coverage can be a bit tricky because every insurance company and every individual policy is different. However, we still list insurance and HSA coverage as a benefit because many insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost — some as much as 50%.
With Invisalign’s already affordable options, the potential for coverage is very exciting. Invisalign is also allowable under most health savings accounts (HSAs) and is eligible for flex spending. If you have been stowing away health care funds for a rainy day (or a beautiful smile), Invisalign may be the right solution for you. Note: Please check with your insurance provider to determine if Invisalign treatment is covered. We cannot guarantee that treatment will be covered without confirmation from your insurance company. You can also reach out to our office staff to learn about potential payment options.
4. Virtually Invisible Cosmetic Dental Treatment
There’s no question that traditional orthodontic technology has advanced. However, many of our patients, adults, in particular, are concerned about the appearance of traditional braces. Braces are typically associated with children and teens. Many adults would rather struggle with bite issues or crooked teeth than with traditional braces. That’s where Invisalign aligners can save the day. Invisalign aligners use SmartTrack material to create a snug finish. Scans create a perfect mold of your teeth. These translate into your aligners. The result is a cosmetic treatment that is virtually undetectable to other people.
Remove Invisalign for easy cleaning and use the specialized cleaning system. Because they are removable, it makes it easier for patients to maintain their dental hygiene. There is no need to thread floss through a plastic needle and navigate brackets, nor are there opportunities for issues like calcification or bracket-related cavities. Removable trays also help prevent the discoloration and build-up that can occur with brackets and wires. Ashland Dental does offer whitening treatment for patients who wish to freshen up their newly straightened smile.
5. Comfortable Treatment
Comfort is a key reason that many patients seek out Invisalign treatment as an alternative to braces. After all, if you have to wear a device for several months, shouldn’t it be comfortable? Invisalign takes the traditional wires and brackets associated with braces out of the picture. Instead of sharp metal creating pain points in your soft tissue, you are provided with a perfectly fitted set of aligners designed to move your teeth in the same incremental fashion as traditional braces. Your scans and the map of your progress through your customized plan allow the dentist to move your teeth with extreme precision, resulting in less soreness too.
Children and teens in sports or other high-energy activities also benefit from the lack of brackets and wires. Contact sports like wrestling or football can cause jarring impacts to the face and cut soft tissue in the mouth. Even sports like baseball can be precarious with traditional braces, as anyone who has ever taken a baseball to the head would understand. Invisalign aligners stay in place throughout most activities. Remove them for a game or workout, if necessary. No more unexpected dental visits to repair snapped wires or loose brackets, no more worries about cut gums and cheeks.
Is Invisalign Treatment Right for You?
Are you interested in learning more about how Invisalign can transform your smile? Contact Ashland Dental today. We’ll determine if you’re a good fit for Invisalign treatment and lay out the next steps. At Ashland Dental, we don’t just want to help you create a beautiful smile, we also want you to have a reason to use it.