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A Clear Path Towards a Straighter Smile

As teenagers, donning metal wires and brackets, as well as colorful rubber bands, was the “cool thing.” But as an adult, the thought makes you cringe. You’re a working professional, and the idea of walking into work and your new metal smile being the first thing people see isn’t exactly what you envision. You want straighter teeth, but you’re apprehensive as to how effective clear braces really are. We understand. But the great part about it is that you don’t have to be! Dr. Josh Branco at Sage Dental Care provides the answers to common questions about Invisalign in Reno. Invisalign offers a clear path towards a straighter smile, so don’t wait! Give us a call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Branco.

How Invisalign Works

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You’re probably familiar with standard orthodontics made of metal brackets and wires that are adhesively bonded to teeth. Invisalign is quite different. This system uses clear plastic mouth trays made of BPA-free plastic to move your teeth into alignment. The trays are delivered to our office from the Invisalign lab in a sequential order so each pair builds on the progress of the previous. All you have to do is wear your Invisalign braces for at least 22 hours each day and your treatment should be completed with two years.

Am I A Candidate for Invisalign?

Smiling young man holding Invisalign in Reno

If you have crooked teeth or a minor bite issue, Invisalign braces are a great solution for you. Designed for adults and more mature teenagers, these clear aligners can not only give you a more beautiful, straighter smile, but they can also provide a more discreet solution. If you’re committed to straightening your teeth and are responsible enough to wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day, you can achieve success with Invisalign. Read on to learn more about what issues Invisalign can address.

Indications for Invisalign

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At Sage Dental Care, we work very closely with the skilled technicians at the Invisalign lab in order to give your aligners designed for only one smile—yours! The process begins with a complete set of digital x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth that are used to develop a treatment plan. This plan is essentially like the road map we’ll follow in order to give you a straight smile. The three most common categories Invisalign is used to address include the following.

Crowded Teeth

 Closeup of crowded teeth in Reno before Invisalign

When your teeth are too close together or overlapping, they can be incredibly difficult to keep clean. Plus, they’re far more likely to chip or crack because of the extra pressure! Invisalign can straighten your teeth out so you can enjoy a uniform smile that is just as healthy as it is beautiful.

Gaps Between Teeth

 Closeup of gap between front teeth in Reno before Invisalign

A gap between the front two teeth or spaces between other teeth can be embarrassing. These gaps between your teeth are also bad for your oral health, since they put you at a higher risk of problems like cavities and gum disease. With an Invisalign treatment plan, we can eliminate those spaces and help your pearly whites look their best.

Bite Alignment

Digital illustration of overbite in Reno before Invisalign

Bite problems like overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite are quite common, and they can lead to far more serious issues like bruxism and TMJ disorder if left untreated. Fortunately, we can design a custom Invisalign treatment plan to bring your bite back into alignment so that it’s healthy, strong, and comfortable.

The Benefits of Invisalign

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In addition to being clear and practically invisible, Invisalign offers another advantage that distinguishes the system from ordinary braces. Invisalign aligners are removable. Therefore, whenever you want to eat or brush and floss your teeth, all you have to do is take out the aligners and carry on as usual. People wearing metal brackets and wires must be extra careful about what they eat because certain foods can dislodge or even break a bracket. Then, another trip to the orthodontist must be scheduled and there may be an extra charge. That will never happen with Invisalign, because you don’t wear them when you eat.

Similarly, by removing the aligners to brush and floss you can do a much better job of cleaning your teeth, which goes a long way toward preventing decay and gum disease during the time that you’re in braces.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Patient and dentist discuss the cost of Invisalign in Reno

There are many rumors surrounding the cost of Invisalign in Reno, but it’s not as expensive as you might believe. Although there’s not a set fee for clear aligners, our office offers many solutions to keep a straight smile within your budget. After examining your bite and alignment concerns, we’ll create a customized plan to invest in the healthy, straight smile you deserve.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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No two smiles are the same, so we don’t use a cookie-cutter treatment plan. Since every patient’s needs are unique, various factors affect the amount you’ll pay, such as:

  • Preparatory Procedures: It’s not uncommon to need additional procedures before beginning your treatment for Invisalign in Reno, like a cleaning or filling.
  • Number of Arches: Naturally, you can expect to pay less when treating a single arch.
  • Complexity: If you need to make major adjustments, you’ll require more aligners, so you can expect your treatment to have a higher fee.

Invisalign VS. SMILE DIRECT CLUB™: Which Costs More?

Smiling woman holding Invisalign in Reno in front of her

If you’re like many people who want to improve their smiles, you might be tempted by do-it-yourself kits you see online. Smile Direct Club and similar companies offer clear aligners for far less than what you might pay an Invisalign dentist in Reno. While you might save money upfront, it can cost you much more down the road.

The problem with mail-order aligners is the lack of supervision. You’re not under the care of a dentist who will monitor your treatment to make necessary corrections to ensure the best results. There are several cases of patients who have had serious dental complications after using the kits, including tooth loss.

It’s better to skip the risk by choosing a cosmetic dentist for your treatment. Although you’ll pay more, you are investing in qualifications you can trust to ensure you’re making the best decision for your smile. You can’t put a price tag on peace of mind.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Many dental insurances can offset the cost of clear aligners. Every policy differs; however, many plans have a lifetime orthodontic limit, which typically ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. We’ll work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits to lower your out-of-pocket expense. We’ll explain how your coverage is being used and if there’s any remaining balance.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Dental insurance paperwork for the cost of Invisalign in Reno

If you don’t have insurance or your policy won’t cover the entire amount, don’t worry. We offer several solutions to keep Invisalign within your budget, including:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept all forms of traditional payment methods, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • Healthy Smile Program: Enjoy discounted rates for specific services after paying a low annual fee.
  • Third-Party Financing: We work with third-party financing, so you can pay for your new smile through low monthly installments.

You’ll know exactly what you’ll need to pay before committing to any treatment plan, so you can relax and look forward to the road ahead.

How Do I Take Care of Invisalign Aligners?

Patient and receptionist discussing how to pay for Invisalign in Reno

If you’re worried that cleaning your aligners will be a difficult or strenuous task, you’ll be happy to know that caring for your aligners is quick and easy. If you choose, you can opt for the Invisalign Cleaning System to clean your aligners, but until you receive it, using lukewarm water, a toothbrush and toothpaste will remove any bacteria or dried saliva from your trays. It’s important to remember never to use hot water with your aligners, as it can warp the plastic.

Before you reinsert your trays after eating, make sure to either brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth. This will prevent food particles from transferring onto your aligners.

Should you accidentally drop your Invisalign trays, clean and sanitize them before reinserting them into your mouth. Invest in a small, protective case to keep them safe while eating and/or drinking.

What Happens When I’m Done with Invisalign Treatment?

Closeup of patient wearing Invisalign in Reno

At the end of your treatment, your dentist in Reno will most likely recommend that you wear a retainer to prevent your newly straightened teeth from returning to their original position. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Branco may suggest that you wear it full time in the beginning, but over time, you’ll transition to wearing your retainer only at night.

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