Orthodontic appliances

What Makes Invisalign Unique among Others? 

Once upon a time, those who dreamed of having their teeth straightened by an orthodontist had no choice but to undergo a straightening process using metal braces. Although metal braces straighten teeth properly, they aren't exactly known for being visually discreet. Many adult patients especially do not want to spend up to three years wearing metal braces in order to achieve the straight teeth that they desire.

Thankfully, today's orthodontists offer an alternative to traditional metal braces that is becoming increasingly popular among orthodontic patients. Invisalign treatment is an extremely innovative method for straightening teeth that use advanced computer technology to deliver results without the obvious appearance of metal braces.

Unique Invisalign

Over the last twenty years, Invisalign treatment has become more and more popular thanks to its many advantages over traditional metal braces. While traditional braces are composed of metal wires and brackets that push teeth into alignment, Invisalign uses no metal whatsoever to deliver flawless results.

Instead, this system uses clear plastic aligner trays that gently shift teeth into alignment over time, making Invisalign unique. The aligner trays are custom-made by a trained orthodontic specialist to fit over your teeth comfortably.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Virtually Invisible

Perhaps the most common reason for choosing treatment with Invisalign is its invisible nature. The plastic aligner trays are completely clear. This feature means that you can straighten your teeth without anyone else noticing.

Easily Removable

Another exciting feature of Invisalign is the removable nature of the aligner trays. With other straightening methods, the mechanisms are semi-permanently attached to the teeth with a cement-like bonding material. However, Invisalign trays simply slip over the teeth and snap into place, allowing them to be taken out at any time during the day.

The fact that Invisalign trays are removable means that you can take them out when it's time to eat and drink. With braces, orthodontists tell patients that they must avoid certain foods that can get stuck in the metal or break the bracket. As a result, patients who wear braces have to give up several of their favorite treats. With Invisalign, however, you can continue to enjoy foods that you love by simply taking your trays out and putting them back in when you are done eating.

Because Invisalign trays are painlessly and easily removable, you can take them out when it's time to practice your oral hygiene routine. With metal braces, it's challenging to keep teeth clean with all of the metal that's in the way. However, with Invisalign, you can just take your trays out in order to floss and brush effectively.

FAQ: How Often Must I Wear My Invisalign Aligners? Orthodontist in Fredericksburg, VA

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Extremely Comfortable

Invisalign's plastic aligner trays are custom-designed by your orthodontist using highly advanced 3-D computer technology, making Invisalign unique. This means that your trays will fit comfortably over your teeth without being too tight.

Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth over the course of your treatment. This means that discomfort and pain will be minimal as there will be no sudden movements of your teeth.

Traditional metal braces are known to cause irritation to the tongue and inside of the patient's mouth because of the metal edges. Invisalign trays, however, have very smooth plastic edges. Therefore, you won't experience mouth irritation.

How Invisalign Treatment Works

Thousands of people visit orthodontists each year for straightening treatments like Invisalign among others. When you first visit your orthodontist for a consultation, he or she will fully examine your teeth and jaw to determine the severity of your misalignment. The orthodontist may take X-rays of your mouth in order to thoroughly evaluate your unique orthodontic needs.

Your orthodontist will then tell you about the different straightening treatments that are available so that you can make an informed decision based on your needs and priorities.

If you choose Invisalign, you will have a mold made of the inside of your mouth. This mold allows your orthodontist to create your series of aligner trays. It will take about two weeks for your trays to be ready.

Once your unique Invisalign trays are ready, you can pick them up at your orthodontist's office and take them all home at once. Each pair of Invisalign trays is numbered chronologically. You will be instructed to wear each pair of trays for two weeks at a time before switching them out for the next pair in the series. Your Invisalign trays must be worn for 22 hours each day in order for them to effectively shift your teeth into proper alignment.

About once every two months, you will visit your orthodontist so that he or she can make sure that your teeth are shifting properly. These visits usually take less than 30 minutes.

Once you have completed your treatment with Invisalign, you will wear a retainer to ensure that your results last.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

To properly determine if Invisalign is the best treatment for your unique needs, you must visit an orthodontist for a consultation. Typically, patients who have mild to moderate issues with crowding or crookedness are ideal candidates for Invisalign among others.

Is Invisalign More Expensive Than Traditional Metal Braces?

The cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of treatment with traditional braces. As is the case with any straightening treatment, the final cost will depend on the severity of your misalignment.

Payment plans and financing options are available for Invisalign patients so that this treatment can be more affordable.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

The total length of treatment will depend on how severely misaligned your teeth are. Many patients are able to achieve the straight teeth of their dreams in less than fifteen months.

Is Invisalign as Effective as Braces?

Invisalign is a completely effective way to straighten teeth without the use of metal braces. With Invisalign, you will be able to achieve perfectly straight teeth.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about Invisalign and determine if this treatment option is right for you, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist today. Thanks to the amazing technology behind Invisalign, you can finally achieve gorgeous teeth without the appearance of braces.

BEECROFT ORTHODONTICS

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign? 

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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign? 

When thinking of braces for yourself or your child, the cost is certainly one of the main considerations. The actual cost varies with some factors like the length of the treatment and the orthodontic problems that must be corrected. Different systems can also affect the cost. Here's some information that would probably help you decide between traditional braces, which are cheaper, or with Invisalign.

Comparing Braces and Invisalign

Traditional braces are made from ceramic or metal brackets that are connected by wires. They remain in place throughout the treatment. "Real" braces require careful attention to oral hygiene. Some foods are also off limit as it could break a wire or bracket. The Invisalign system, on the other hand, is consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. The aligners are removable for oral hygiene, meals, and special occasions like the senior prom or wedding. Standard metal braces are advantageous when used to correct pretty much any orthodontic problem, while Invisalign won’t be effective severe malocclusion or if your teeth are shorter than the average.

Visit Differences

The number of visits you need may vary will depend on whether you choose braces or Invisalign. With braces, most people are scheduled to come back and be checked at least once a month to have the wires tightened. This allows the orthodontist to check how much the teeth have moved and in what direction. Any minor changes will also be checked like examining the mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of problems. With Invisalign, if the retainer is made at one time, you may need fewer visits. However, some orthodontists recommend making new aligners individually, which requires frequent visits to get each new aligners fitted. Making a new aligner involves making a new mold from your teeth which consume time and supplies and can drive up the cost.

Dental Health Issues

Brackets of metal or ceramic braces are fixed to the teeth with cement. However, it is still possible for bacteria to affect the enamel under the bracket. Using braces also calls for attention to the oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are vitally important, as brackets and wires can affect your ability to clean the tooth surfaces. Sometimes cavities can be found and treated while the braces are still on. In other cases, it is not until the braces are removed where cavities show up. While cavity treatment isn't – strictly speaking – a cost of orthodontia, it can affect the total cost. This is one area where Invisalign offers an advantage, as the removable aligner allows you to perform a very thorough cleaning.

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces? Beecroft Orthodontics

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Another Consideration

One of the factors many people may not consider when it comes to the cost is how the removable Invisalign aligner can affect the treatment time and results. The typical recommendation is to wear the aligner at least 22 hours a day. This would mean self-discipline for the patient. As teeth shift into their new position, it could be uncomfortable. It can be tempting, especially for children, to remove the aligner to decrease any discomfort. Sometimes a self-conscious teen may be reluctant to wear the aligner in public. However, wearing the aligner less than the prescribed time increases the chance that the treatment will take longer. Another issue of having a removable aligner is misplacing it. A lost aligner would mean additional expense to create a replacement.

Other Cost Factors

Some primary factors that determine whether braces are cheaper than Invisalign are: ~ The complexity of the case ~ How long your treatment would take ~ Where you live ~ Your insurance coverage. It goes without saying that complex cases take more of the orthodontist’s time and effort. Remember, what you're really paying for is the expertise and experience of your orthodontist. Treatment length affects cost, as longer treatments typically take more visits, more supplies, and more of the orthodontist's time. Geographical considerations can also affect costs – costs are generally high in large metropolitan areas. Although insurance coverage doesn't affect the actual cost of braces and Invisalign, it does affect your out-of-pocket costs.

Examples of Costs

In the US, standard metal braces cost between $3,500 and $7,000 for the total treatment, according to Cost Helper. Treatment times range from one to three years. Obviously, more complex problems take more time and visits, which affects cost. Lingual braces, which are placed behind the teeth and less visible, are another form of traditional braces. These take more time and effort and it is more challenging to place them on the teeth, but in other aspects, they are similar to the usual metal braces worn on the front of the teeth. The average cost of lingual braces is $5,000 to $13,000. Invisalign costs typically range from $5,000 to $8,000. However, simpler orthodontic problems may require fewer aligners and can bring the cost down to around $2,000.

Ways to Reduce Costs

The best way to reduce your out-of-pocket costs for braces and Invisalign is to have good dental insurance. The average insurance plan covers around $3,500 of the cost or orthodontic treatment, whether the treatment is for standard braces or Invisalign. Many employers offer flexible spending accounts for healthcare that will allow you to put up to $2,550 each year of pre-tax dollars into an account which you can then use for healthcare expenses, including orthodontia. You can also lower your monthly costs by saving up a down payment. Many orthodontists offer zero-percent financing or payment plans.

The bottom line? The cost of orthodontic treatment varies significantly. It really depends on how severe the orthodontic problems are, how long the treatment takes, patient cooperation and compliance with prescribed treatment, and your insurance coverage. In the long run, it's not the system you're paying for, it's the expertise and experience of your orthodontist. His or her recommendations of the dental system you need can affect your costs, and a high level of expertise can also make a difference. Discuss all of these issues carefully prior to initiating orthodontic treatment. If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

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BEECROFT ORTHODONTICS

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign? 

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Share Your Smile with the World: It Is a Symbol of Friendship and Peace

share your smile

Orthodontic dentistry is a specialized field that works to align smiles and improve facial features. Braces and other orthodontic appliances allow you to share your smile with confidence. After all, giving someone a smile is a symbol of friendship and peace. You can smile with the world when you have teeth you can be proud to show off.

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment eliminates problems associated with tooth misalignment. Braces don't just create a pretty smile, they can be advantageous when the patient is dealing with speech impediments and chewing issues that are a result of how their teeth are aligned. After going through an orthodontic treatment and with proper maintenance, your teeth will be beautiful for life.

Benefits of Getting Braces

Here is a list of the benefits that come when you choose to visit your local ortho office and begin work:

  • Gain confidence and self-esteem because of your smile.
  • Correct chewing and speech problems with proper appliances.
  • Straighten facial features that are crooked due to misaligned teeth.
  • Experience better oral health care.

Beginning the Work

To begin orthodontic work, you'll want to make an appointment with your local office and go in for a consultation. The consultation will outline different procedures specific to your oral needs. The orthodontist will do an examination and take x-rays to see the extent of misalignment issues. Office experts will go over costs, fees and insurance coverage with you to determine the best payment plan for your budget.

Visit Your Local Office

At Beecroft Orthodontics, you'll be surrounded by a professional staff of experts who work with patients of all ages. They have the latest technologies in orthodontic treatment, enabling them to provide superior care to individuals who come to their offices.

You can contact Beecroft Orthodontics by calling any one of their three branches:

Fredericksburg Leavells: 540-898-2200 North Stafford: 540-659-6300 King George: 540-775-2022

Beecroft Orthodontics

1300 Thornton St. Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Phone: 540-898-1400

Share Your Smile with the World:It Is a Symbol of Friendship and Peace

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