Invisalign® in Marion, IN
Marion, Indiana is a friendly place—just think of all the smiles you see day-to-day at work, school, the supermarket and the mall. At Bruner Dental we know that you want to return a smile that is attractive and well aligned. Traditional braces, however, are not for everyone—especially adults who have careers to consider. That’s why we offer Invisalign, a clearly superior orthodontic treatment system that straightens teeth discretely.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a sequential series of clear mouth trays made of BPA-free plastic to move your teeth into proper alignment. The trays fit snuggly over your teeth and are barely noticeable. Patients report feeling more confident wearing Invisalign, and they appreciate the fact that Invisalign requires fewer visits to our office during treatment than standard orthodontics.
In addition to being discrete, Invisalign clear braces are also removable. This means that you can have all the foods you normally enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. With metal braces, there are necessary restrictions because some foods such as raw carrots, nuts and corn on the cob can break or dislodge brackets and wires. Not with Invisalign. Simply remove the trays and eat whatever you like.
Similarly, you’ll be able to maintain oral hygiene with your regular brushing and flossing routine. This is a distinct advantage that helps you avoid cavities or gum disease during orthodontic treatment.
Receiving Invisalign in Marion
Once you and your dentist at Bruner Dental determine that Invisalign is right for you, we’ll work closely with the Invisalign lab to create aligners designed specifically for your orthodontic needs. We begin with a series of x-rays and photographs of your teeth as well as measurements of your mouth. With information gathered from these, a treatment plan is developed. This plan acts as the roadmap that guides the gradual realignment of your teeth.
Once Invisalign fabricates your customized braces, they are shipped to our Marion dental practice. We’ll dispense them to you in sets. All you have to do is wear each pair of Invisalign aligners for two weeks and then move on to the next pair in the set. In order to complete your orthodontic treatment on time—usually within 12 to 24 months—you’ll need to wear your clear braces for at least 22 hours every day. That should leave plenty of time for meals and oral hygiene.
After eating, be sure to brush your teeth, so food and bacteria do not stay trapped underneath your Invisalign aligners. You’ll also want to clean your aligners daily with the special solution we provide so they stay clear and smooth.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, or to schedule a consultation, contact Bruner Dental today. Our Marion, IN practice welcomes patients from Wabash, Fairmount, and beyond.
If you’re ready to get the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted without brackets and wires, Invisalign in Marion may be the answer for you. Although you’re excited to get started, it’s normal to have several questions before you’re ready to commit to it. We’ll take the time to explain your treatment plan and address your concerns during your initial consultation. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to make the best decision for your smile.
How many aligners will I need?
The number of aligners needed varies depending on the complexity of your case. On average, you can expect severe alignment issues to require more aligners. The more aligners you need, the longer your treatment will take to complete. Although everyone wants to achieve their perfect smile quicker, it’s important to wear your aligners for the correct length of time. Switching to a new one too soon can cause unexpected delays in your treatment plan.
Can I still eat or drink anything I want?
One of Invisalign’s biggest appeals is the fact there aren’t any dietary restrictions like those associated with metal braces. Since the aligners are removable, you can still eat and drink anything you like; however, you should only have water while wearing them. Be sure to brush your teeth after eating and rinse your aligners with water before placing them back into your mouth.
What happens if I break an aligner?
The aligners are durable, but they can crack or break. If an aligner is damaged, it’s best to contact our office right away. If it’s almost time to switch to the next aligner in the series, we may not need to replace it. If it was damaged only a couple of days after wearing, we will need to replace it.
Will I need a retainer?
After finishing your series of aligners, you’ll need a retainer. This prevents your teeth from moving from their new positions. At first, you’ll need to wear it continuously; however, eventually, you’ll only need to use it at night. Don’t worry, there are many options to make your retainer less noticeable, so no one will notice it is there.
Can I use my dental insurance?
Although every policy differs, many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claims and forms to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We will explain how your benefits are being used and discuss your payment options for any remaining balance, like third-party financing with CareCredit. We will help you find the solutions you need to keep your new smile affordable.
How can I get started?
Take your first step toward a straight, healthy smile by contacting our office for a consultation. We will access your alignment concerns to create the customized treatment plan you need using the clear choice in orthodontics.