Redding Dentist: What is Invisalign?

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Most people love to have a beautiful smile. Most adults know that it can make a great difference not only in their personal but also their professional lives.

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A beautiful smile will make a great difference in your personal life.

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A beautiful smile will make a great difference in your professional life.

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Confident smiles, after all, pave the way to a happy world.

In addition,  crooked teeth can cause  adverse effects on your health:

Health damages of crooked teeth:

  1. Crooked teeth Interfere with proper chewing.
  2. Crooked teeth make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decaycavities, gingivitis, and bad breath.
  3. Crooked teeth  strain on the muscles and joints of the jaw, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth .
  4. Crooked teeth could eventually cause TMJ headaches, neck and shoulder pain.
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Crooked teeth could eventually cause TMJ headaches, neck and shoulder pain.
TMJ headaches can be very excruciating.

These effects were reviewed in my previous communication.

Straightening crooked teeth is of course a requirement for a beautiful smile. This is usually achieved by seeing a dentist who would do one the following orthodontic treatments:

Treatments for teeth straightening:

traditional braces

I reviewed the advantages and or disadvantages of these three techniques previously. In this blog I would like to explain my experiences with Invisalign.

Invisalign

Invisalign Braces:

Invisalign braces are virtually invisible. Invisalign is a proprietary method of orthodontic treatment which uses a series of clear, removable teeth aligners used as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces.

Invisalign braces

As of April 2008, more than 730,000 patients have completed or are currently in treatment. These alignment trays are created from molds and can be removed for brushing and flossing. They’re the Cadillac of braces; they are even more affordable than traditional braces with shorter straightening time

I used traditional metal braces for 15 years. When Invisalign came to market, 2008,  I started testing it on my patients. The patients found it easier to wear and I found it better and faster teeth straightening technique. I have now done over 400 cases of Invisalign. As I get more experienced I feel my patients are getting much faster results. Also, using Invisalign,  I am able,  to correct the most complex cases with least amount of discomfort and restrictions to my patients.

I have been able to correct all kind of bite problems using Invisalign.The following video is showing all sort of the bad bite problems:

I would like to show you and describe one of my cases below: The following video shows application of Invisalign to Sarah Johnston who is my office manager. She has given me the permission to use this video:

Most popular questions about Invisalign

I get a lot of questions from patients regarding Invisalign. Below I am going to respond to the most commons:

Does my Insurance covers the charge of Invisalign?

Medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy. Call  your dentist office, they will call your insurance company and figure out how much your insurance will pay. . In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

What if I do not have dental Insurance to cover my Invisalign?

Most doctors will help you find options to make your treatment affordable. Many offices offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans. Many doctors also offer financing through CareCredit. Specifically designed for health-care expenses, CareCredit is a third-party patient financing program that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need.

Is there a Payment plan for Invisalign?

Your dentist most likely, offer financing through CareCredit. Specifically designed for health-care expenses, CareCredit is a third-party patient financing program that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need.

What is the cost of Invisalign?

The cost of Invisalign is generally between $3500-5000, depending on the case of patients.

most of my patients pay an average of $100/month. Below I am going to show you the best and worst case scenario:

1) Monthly payments for patients with coverage and down payment:

Average Cost of Invisalign                                $5000
Insurance coverage

$1000

Down Payments

$2500

Monthly Payment(24 month)

$68

2) Monthly Payments of Patients, no coverage and $500 dentist’s special offer:

Average Cost of Invisalign                                $5000
Insurance coverage

$0

Down Payments

$500

Monthly Payment(24 month)

$148

Invisalign has a calculator which would allow you to calculate your payments based on your own numbers. Please check here to figure out your own exact monthly payments.

In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 380 patients with Invisalign.

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