Crooked teeth can be more than a cosmetic concern, they can also be the underlying cause of a variety of dental problems. Crooked teeth are often difficult to effectively clean, increasing the risk of developing tooth cavities and gum disease. They can also create an imbalance in the bite, leading to more complex problems such as TMJ. Dr. Jason Petkevis is an Exton, PA Invisalign® dentist, giving patients the option to discreetly reposition their teeth and straighten their smiles. Invisalign® is the leading clear braces system because it’s easy, affordable and corrects not only crooked teeth, but also crowded teeth, overbites and crossbites. These clear aligners are made of a ultra-thin, ultra-clear, hard-soft plastic.
Invisalign® vs Braces
Straightening your teeth will support your long term dental health by avoiding certain dental diseases in addition to providing the smile you have always wanted. Also, studies indicate clear braces can lead to improved dental hygiene during treatment compared to traditional braces. Because Invisalign® aligners are removable, brushing and flossing can continue as normal, unlike traditional metal braces which can be difficult to care for and often trap food particles between the braces and teeth. Metal braces are the conventional treatment but there are many disadvantages to using them when compared to Invisalign®. Invisible braces alleviate many of the hassles associated with traditional metal braces including:
- Shorter treatment times
- There are no dietary restrictions
- They are more comfortable and removable
- With clear braces, the treatment is unnoticeable
- There are no risks of tooth enamel staining from permanently attached brackets
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
The cost of Invisalign® invisible braces depends on the individual treatment plan. Factors that determine pricing include the extent of the alignment needed and the number of aligners needed to achieve the desired straightening results. Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that is only slightly more expensive than braces. Most dental insurance plans will partially cover the cost just as they would braces. Dental insurance is a prepaid benefit and is an agreement between the employer or individual and the dental insurance provider. Ultimately, it is up to you to know how much coverage will be provided.
How Does it Work?
The process will begin with utilizing Align Technology and taking digital impressions to create high resolution, 3-D images of your teeth at our Exton, PA dentist office. With these images, Dr. Petkevis will create a customized treatment plan. The 3-D images along with impressions of your teeth will be used to fabricate your invisible braces in a local Invisalign® lab from high quality hard-soft clear plastic.
The number of aligners and length of your Invisalign® treatment will depend on the problem(s) being addressed and desired result. You will change your clear braces according to your personal treatment plan, but generally every two weeks. The aligners are to be worn about 22 hours per day, leaving plenty of time remove them so you can enjoy the foods you love and maintain good oral hygiene with thorough brushing and flossing. Cleaning your teeth properly is imperative to avoiding gum disease that may lead to missing teeth or bone loss. Generally speaking, treatment takes 6 to 9 months, but some patients may achieve the results they want in as few as 3 or 4 months.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are looking for a dentist that offers Invisalign® in the Exton, PA, Main Line, PA, Downingtown, PA and Chester Springs, PA area, contact Dental Distinction to schedule a consultation. Dr. Petkevis will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if clear aligners are right for you.