Today’s technological advancements in dentistry are changing the way we improve our patients’ smiles. In the past, aligning teeth was typically a lengthy process requiring a high investment in terms of money, time, and lifestyle. Fortunately, patients now have options to fit their needs and lifestyles. We at Augustine Dental are proud to be an Austin family dentist offering Invisalign to our patients!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system for aligning teeth, and can be part of, or entirely replace, treatments like braces. It works to straighten teeth through a series of custom-made, lightweight, and virtually invisible plastic aligners. Patients wear these comfortable aligners nearly around the clock, and progress through a succession of trays to gradually shift their teeth to the ideal spacing and alignment. Typically, each aligner is worn for two weeks before moving on to the next.
An Invisalign-trained doctor will determine the number of aligner trays required for each patient, based on individual case, severity, and needs. Benefits include minimal lifestyle interference when compared with standard braces, and no more painful or irritating, tightening rubber bands, or adjustments. For the best results, Invisalign should be worn approximately 22 hours per day. The trays are comfortable to wear and simple to clean, making them ideal for busy patients on-the-go.
My family has been going here for over 10 years. Dr. Augustine, Charlotte, Carlene and the rest of the staff are fantastic. They are very knowledgeable about all forms of dentistry (we even had our Invisalign here). Charlotte really understands all the insurance stuff and has always been able to answer all my questions. We drive a little further to get here, but definitely worth it! – Rhonda A., Cedar Park, TX
Who Can Benefit from Invisalign?
Today, doctors use Invisalign to treat many cases of crooked or misaligned teeth, even the most serious or extreme. From cross bites to gapped teeth, this treatment method is effective for most individuals with alignment issues. Invisalign works well for both teens and adults, serving as a great option to complement or replace metal braces. Particularly for teens, sports activities are an important part of daily life, and Invisalign does not carry the same risks as metal wires for both the patient and their braces.
It is a great option for those looking to avoid common issues with braces, like dietary restrictions, getting food caught in the wires, and cleaning. The aligner trays are removed during meals, which enables patients to continue to enjoy their favorite foods, like apples or popcorn, and caring for the trays is as easy as removing them for brushing and flossing, and nightly cleaning.
Can I get Invisalign from My Austin Dentist?
Yes! At Augustine Dental, we’re proud to offer Invisalign to our patients as part of our orthodontic services. Only Invisalign-trained doctors can prescribe this treatment plan, and we are proud to be an Austin family dentist providing this great service to our teen and adult patients. To start the process, we first walk our patients through a thorough consultation to decide if Invisalign is right for them or a member of their family.
An initial consultation will involve a discussion of your goals, the process, cost, and any questions you may have. Next, we generate 3D images from a series of tooth impressions, x-rays, and imaging to create the alignment trays for your treatment. We can even show you a 3D-generated model of what the final results will look like! Treatment begins as soon as the trays are ready. As stated above, patients typically cycle through each tray for approximately two weeks. We generally see Invisalign patients for checkups every six weeks. Many treatment plans last approximately one year, although every individual case is different.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
As with all orthodontic treatments, a lot of the cost depends on a patient individual needs and treatment plan. However, Invisalign commonly costs about the same as standard braces. Typically, the total cost of standard braces falls within the range of $3,000-$8,000. At Augustine Dental, we know that this can be quite an investment for you and your family, which is why we’re proud to offer flexible payment plans to help you access the dental care you and your family need – when you need it.
We understand that the best dentist in Austin should be ready and able to care for the entire oral health of you and your family. We provide comprehensive dental services to patients of all ages and are proud to be an Invisalign-trained provider who can meet nearly any dental need you and your family may have. To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule a consultation, contact us today and take the first step towards your new smile!