Invisalign Clear Braces - Torrance, CA
Subtle Teeth Correction
If you have misaligned teeth, it can be easy to feel stuck. On one hand, you’re tired of hiding your teeth in pictures and worrying about them whenever you meet somebody new, but on the other hand, you don’t want to deal with the annoyances and inconveniences of braces to get them straightened. What do you do then? Fortunately, you can now get a viable alternative that has all the benefits of braces with none of the drawbacks: Invisalign clear braces in Torrance, CA.
What Is Invisalign? How Does It Work?
Invisalign is a new kind orthodontic treatment that can help patients with an overbite, underbite, or generally misaligned teeth bring them into a straighter and more comfortable orientation.
It accomplishes this by using a series of clear plastic aligner trays that fit over your teeth. The trays are meant to be worn in a specific order, and each one is a different shape that gradually applies a gentle pressure to straighten your teeth. The individual trays are meant to be worn up to 22 hours a day for about 2 weeks before progressing to the next one. Treatment can take anywhere from 8-18 months depending on your degree of misalignment, which is still only a fraction of the time required by metal braces.
Invisalign has advanced over the years to be able to address more and more complicated orthodontic issues, so if you’re looking to fix your crooked teeth, you are probably a good candidate for Invisalign.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign has a number of advantages when compared to metal braces, such as:
- The clear plastic makes it practically invisible on the teeth.
- The trays are removable, which allows a patient to eat and care for their teeth as they would normally.
- The smooth plastic fits comfortably with your lips and gums and doesn’t cause irritation like metal braces.
- The trays often work faster to correct issues than traditional braces.
- Invisalign requires less frequent visits to the dentist’s office and never has to be adjusted like braces.
Invisalign helps patients undergo orthodontic treatment discreetly and easily. Its subtle appearance allows people to keep their treatment private, and many actually forget they are wearing their trays throughout the day.
Invisalign for Crowded Teeth
Invisalign is a great treatment option for those who have teeth that are too close together. This issue causes much more than just cosmetic problems. Treating your crowded teeth with Invisalign can progressively guide your teeth into the most ideal alignment, making daily brushing and flossing much more efficient and effective and helping your smile stay healthier for the long term.
How Can I Get Invisalign?
The first step is to visit your dentist in Torrance, Dr. Hamzehpour, so she can give your teeth a thorough examination. This will allow her to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
Should you both decide to move forward, the process will start with her team taking a series of X-rays and photos of your mouth. These will be used to make your trays and assure that they are perfectly fitted to your particular teeth. Once you have started wearing your trays, you will need to visit the dental office about every 4-6 weeks so your progress can be monitored.
Start Getting Straighter Teeth Today
You can finally get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted without having to get braces, all thanks to Invisalign. It’s the most modern approach to orthodontics available today, and it gives you the best when it comes to speed, comfort, and effectiveness.
If you’re interested in getting Invisalign, or if you have any questions, give us a call today.
Can Invisalign Help with Bite Alignment Issues?
The quick answer is yes! Invisalign can address much more than just the alignment of your teeth within the separate top and bottom arches. This system can also correct a misaligned bite between the lower and upper teeth for improved function and appearance and a healthier, happier smile that lasts for many years to come.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
Invisalign is known for its safety, effectiveness, and popularity, but it is the price tag you will need to know before moving forward with treatment. When it comes to determining the cost of Invisalign in Torrance, you can expect your dentist to consider various factors before providing a definitive cost estimate. Because each patient is different, you can expect your experience and financial responsibility to differ from another patient. Fortunately, our team is here to help you navigate insurance and other available payment options.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
During your initial consultation, a member of our dental team will fully examine your smile and deliver an approximate estimate for the cost of treatment. Many factors are considered, including:
- The number of clear aligners you will need throughout your treatment
- The severity of your orthodontic problem
- Any dental work that must be completed beforehand (i.e., tooth extraction, periodontal therapy)
- The timeline for your treatment
- The number of teeth that need to be straightened
As such, it’s nearly impossible for us to provide you with a cost estimate without consulting an Invisalign dentist in Torrance.
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: A Cost Comparison
If you’re looking for a “quick fix” for a few slightly crooked teeth, you may have looked into Smile Direct Club or other mail-order clear aligner kits. While Invisalign treatment tends to cost between $3,000 and $8,000, these DIY aligner systems very rarely cost more than $2,000. Keep in mind, though, that when it comes to your smile, cheaper is NOT always better.
Although Smile Direct Club has a lower price tag, it also comes with very little, if any, supervision from a dental professional. Instead, you alone are responsible for taking accurate impressions of your teeth and carefully following the treatment instructions. It’s all too easy for something to go wrong and cause a dental issue that would have to get treated by a dentist anyway.
By investing in Invisalign in Torrance from the start, you can save yourself a great deal of time and money. Our dentists will be with you every step of the way to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned. You can expect high-quality impressions, precise aligners, and a smoother treatment process overall.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
At Blue Coast Dental, we are pleased to be in-network with Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and Delta PPOs, as well as many others. Most dental insurance plans will cover your Invisalign treatment much in the same way they will cover traditional orthodontics (up to 50%), but it is best if you contact a representative you’re your insurance company to find out how much your out-of-pocket expenses will be.
If you have a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), you may be able to apply these funds toward your Invisalign treatment as well.
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
Even if you are uninsured or need help paying the remaining balance after filing your insurance, you can apply for CareCredit, which is a third-party financier that offers low-to-no interest payment plans. Right now, you can pay as little as $169 per month for Invisalign when applying (and being approved) for 24-month financing with 0% APR through CareCredit!
Invisalign® Frequently Asked Questions
Many people have questions about Invisalign clear braces and the treatment process because it is a newer orthodontic service than traditional braces. That’s why we’ve included some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign in Torrance as well as their answers for your convenience. Now you can get the information that you need without even stepping into our dental office. Read on to learn more about Invisalign treatment and contact us today if you have any further questions or want to schedule an appointment.
Why Should I Feel Confident About Invisalign Treatment?
Over 6 million people and counting have used Invisalign clear braces to receive the smile of their dreams. Unlike mail-order aligners, Invisalign treatment will be conducted under the supervision of one of our expert dentists to make sure that you enjoy an easy and beneficial process. You will visit our dental office every 6 to 8 weeks to ensure the success of your treatment.
What if I’ve Had Braces or Other Types of Dental Work?
Invisalign treatment can be done even if you’ve already had other orthodontic work. It is common for patients to use braces as a way to correct more serious bite issues and then switch to Invisalign to shift their teeth into alignment. Many times, teeth can shift after orthodontic treatment, which makes Invisalign clear braces a comfortable and discreet option for correcting your smile.
How Will Invisalign Treatment Affect My Life?
The best part of Invisalign treatment is that it doesn’t dramatically affect your life. Unlike traditional braces that make you self-conscious to smile and alter your diet, Invisalign offers discreet and removeable aligning trays. You can eat all of your favorite foods and navigate through your professional and personal lives with confidence. While they’re removeable, you should still wear them 20 to 22 hours a day to keep your treatment on track.
How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?
You can clean your aligners with the Invisalign Cleaning System, but you can also brush them with a non-abrasive brush and lukewarm water. It’s important to avoid using hot water because it can warp the plastic. You should also brush your teeth after eating and before putting your aligners back in. Foods like pasta sauce, blueberries, and wine can permanently stain your aligners, making them not so discreet after all.
What Happens When I’m Done with Invisalign Treatment?
Once you’re done with Invisalign treatment, we will give you a retainer to wear, which prevents your teeth from gradually shifting back into place. This ensures the success of your treatment to give you a beautifully straight smile for the future.