Insights on Invisalign®
Invisalign® at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry
Invisalign® is an ideal choice for those who want to achieve a straight smile without having to wear a highly visible device for months. With Invisalign®, it is possible to show off your pearly whites and enjoy the results of realignment more quickly than with traditional braces. Additionally, Invisalign® makes daily tasks like brushing and eating more manageable than wearing traditional braces.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
Invisalign® clear aligners are designed to help straighten your teeth without being noticeable to others. These nearly invisible plastic devices are much less visible than traditional braces, allowing you to get closer to that perfect smile without anyone noticing. Additionally, they can be taken out when needed, so you can brush, floss, and eat without any hassle.
The Invisalign® Fitting Process
For most Invisalign® cases, Dr. Wilkinson will take an impression of your teeth and send it to orthodontic experts. They will assess the gap between where your teeth are and where you want them to be, and design multiple aligners to move your teeth into the desired position. It is important to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day in order to achieve the best results. As your teeth gradually shift, you will switch to the next aligner until your teeth reach the desired position.
How to Pay for Invisalign®
Depending on the degree of work your teeth need, a clear aligner treatment can cost between $3,000 and $7,000. Your insurance may be able to cover some of the cost. For the amount your insurance doesn’t cover, you have some options.
Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry offers a dental savings plan as well as external payment plans, which allows you to split a large bill into smaller payments over time. This makes payment much more manageable for some people and can be useful in emergency situations when you don’t have time to save money for the treatment before you begin.
Of course, if you can save the money ahead of time, that’s probably the better option. If you’re planning to save up for clear aligner treatment or something similar, you may want to consider opening a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA). Accounts such as these allow you to take a certain amount of money out of your paycheck, pretax, to pay for some expenses—including, in some cases, clear aligners. The types of accounts you’re allowed to open and the amount of money you can put into them will vary depending on your situation, so talk to your bank or another financial professional about your options.
For those who can use them, clear aligner systems can be the least intrusive solution for straightening teeth. It’s nice not to have to worry about the looks and inconveniences of traditional braces! The initial cost of clear aligners may seem daunting, but options are available to help pay for them. If you have any questions about clear aligners or other methods of straightening your teeth, please contact us. Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry in Omaha, NE will be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best possible solution for your smile.