Invisalign – Danville, CA

Straighten Your Teeth Without the Metal

Whether you’re struggling to smile confidently because your teeth overlap or because there are noticeable gaps between your teeth, don’t worry – metal braces aren’t your only option. In fact, our board-certified orthodontist can straighten your teeth without any metal at all thanks to Invisalign’s innovative clear aligners! If you’re interested in learning more about this popular orthodontic treatment , you can schedule an appointment with us or read on.

Why Choose Main Street Family Dental of Danville for Invisalign?

  • Board-Certified Orthodontist In-House
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
  • Flexible Financing Available with CareCredit

How Invisalign Works

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Since there aren’t any brackets and wires, you might be wondering, “How does Invisalign work?” Basically, our board-certified orthodontist will create a series of clear aligners that are designed to incrementally move your teeth closer and closer to their ideal positions. You’ll wear each tray for 22 hours a day, only taking them out to eat, drink anything other than water, and complete your oral hygiene regimen. At the end of your treatment (which on average takes 12-18 months), you’ll have the straight smile you’ve always wanted!

Indications for Invisalign

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Invisalign is quite versatile. In fact, it can help patients who are struggling with crowded teeth, gapped teeth, and uneven bites! Here’s a little more information about each of these orthodontic problems:

Crowded Teeth

Overlapped teeth can result in numerous problems, including cavities between your teeth. Don’t worry – we can gently guide your teeth out of their misaligned positions with a custom-made series of clear aligners, reducing your risk of serious oral health issues in the process.

Gaps Between Teeth

Similar to overcrowded teeth, spaced-out teeth can negatively impact the look, health, and function of your smile. Fortunately, we can use Invisalign to gradually close the gaps. In fact, since the trays are see-through, you’ll be able to watch it happen before your eyes!

Bite Alignment

Overbites and underbites are just two examples of bite problems that can make it difficult to chew and increase your risk of premature wear. With the help of orthodontic accessories, like rubber bands, we can use Invisalign to improve the position of your teeth as well as the alignment of your bite!

The Benefits of Invisalign

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The most obvious benefit of Invisalign is that there aren’t any metal brackets and wires – the aligners are virtually invisible. However, we want to use this section to cover some of the perks that aren’t talked about as much. For example, the average treatment timeline is only 12-18 months! Plus, you can remove the trays to eat and brush your teeth, so you won’t have to alter your diet or your oral hygiene regimen during your teeth-straightening journey.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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There isn’t a flat fee, which is why you’ll have trouble pinpointing an accurate price online. If you are interested in getting an estimate, then we recommend scheduling an appointment with our Danville dental team. That way, we can assess the severity of your misalignment and determine how many trays you need. From there, we can customize your treatment plan, provide you with a price estimate, and review the financial solutions available to make the cost more affordable!

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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We touched on two factors that will impact the cost of Invisalign above: the severity of your misalignment and how many trays you’ll need. Of course, those aren’t the only ones. We also need to consider if we need to straighten one or both arches of your teeth as well as if any orthodontic accessories need to be added to your treatment plan, like rubber bands. It’s also possible for you to fall off-track, which may require additional costs down the line.

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

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Almost always, mail-order aligner companies like Smile Direct Club™ are cheaper. That’s because they rely on DIY impressions and don’t conduct thorough evaluations. It’s also worth mentioning that they have been sued by previous patients due to worsened misalignment, and they don’t have support from professional organizations like the American Dental Association. Invisalign, on the other hand, has helped more than 12 million patients over the last two decades safely and effectively straighten their teeth!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Sometimes! It’s best to take a look at the fine print on your dental plan to see if you’re a candidate. If you have a once-in-a-lifetime orthodontic benefit and Invisalign is deemed “medically necessary,” then your provider may cover a portion of the cost. As always, we’re here to help! We’re happy to welcome several of the nation’s leading providers, including Delta Dental, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna. That means that we can answer any questions you have about your coverage and even handle the paperwork on your behalf, making the entire process much smoother.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Currently uninsured? The good news is that there is another way to make the cost of Invisalign more affordable: flexible financing. At Main Street Family Dental of Danville, we’re proud to welcome CareCredit, which is a trusted third-party financier that has helped millions of patients over the years with their payment plans. Essentially, you just pick the one that fits best with your monthly budget – it’s that simple! As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so we can help.

Invisalign FAQs

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If you have questions about Invisalign, then you want answers before signing on the dotted line. Don’t worry – we’re here to help! In addition to answering any questions you have at your consultation or over the phone, you can read on to learn the answers to FAQs about clear aligner treatment in this next section.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

To be honest, every orthodontic treatment – including Invisalign – comes with some soreness as your teeth are being moved into their properly aligned positions. The good news is that the trays are smooth and comfortable, with no metal brackets or wires in sight. Plus, things like sipping on cool water, sticking to soft foods, and taking OTC pain medication (as directed) can help prevent any discomfort from arising during your teeth-straightening journey.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Invisalign?

Although there aren’t any foods that are completely off-limits, there are a few we recommend avoiding. Sour gummy candies are one example because they simultaneously increase your risk of tooth decay and an attachment coming loose. We can provide more information at your appointment, but the short answer is that it’s best to stick to smile-friendly, nutrient-dense foods as much as possible (i.e., plain yogurt, cooked green beans, whole apples).

Can I Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

Yes, you can drink coffee throughout your entire Invisalign journey! Since this dark-colored beverage can stain your teeth and result in cavities, we do recommend using a straw and keeping additives like sugar to a minimum.

Important note: You need to take out your aligners before drinking coffee – no exceptions. If you don’t, then your trays can develop stubborn stains that are hard to remove.

What Happens If I Lose an Aligner?

It’s common for the first reaction to be panic. However, it’s even harder to find what you’re looking for when your mind is frazzled. That’s why we recommend taking a few deep breaths before carefully retracing your steps. In the process, look in “random” places, like the center console of your car or your laundry basket. If you can’t find them, then give us a call.

What Happens After Invisalign?

Once you’ve completed your entire series of trays, we will take your final photos and scans. Once your retainer arrives, we’ll also remove any attachments you have and make sure it fits properly. Then, we will give you instructions on when to wear it and how to take care of it.

Important note: If a few of your teeth were particularly stubborn, we may recommend wearing it around the clock for the first two or three months. After that, you should wear them each evening to prevent orthodontic relapse (the phenomenon where your teeth begin to move back to their previous, misaligned positions).