Invisalign® is a clear orthodontic system designed to straighten teeth and resolve mild to moderate bite alignment issues without conspicuous brackets and wires. Virtually invisible in appearance and easily removable for eating and oral hygiene care, this alternative to metal braces can often be an excellent option for individuals seeking a discreet and convenient solution to crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps and spaces between teeth, overbites, underbites, or crossbites.
At Hamburg Expressions, cosmetic dentist Jenny Miller, DMD is highly talented and experienced in developing personalized Invisalign® plans that result in optimal bite alignment and beautiful smile aesthetics. As an added benefit, all Invisalign® aligners are custom-fabricated right here in our state-of-the-art in-house dental lab run by Dr. Miller’s husband, Certified Master Technician Neil Miller, CDT, CMT. This unique—and award-winning!—husband-wife collaboration allows for unmatched quality, precision, and efficiency from start to finish of the Invisalign® treatment.
To learn more about Invisalign®, we invite you to read the informative sections provided below, or simply reach out to us online or by telephone to book an appointment with Dr. Miller. We are more than happy to help you achieve your smile goals!
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign® works by gradually shifting teeth into an optimal position via a series of custom aligners. Designed by Dr. Miller and created by Neil in our on-site lab, each aligner is crafted to apply gentle pressure to particular teeth at specific times during treatment, allowing for controlled movement as you progress from one slightly modified tray to another throughout the Invisalign® process. Once you have finished with your final tray, you can expect a beautifully straight smile and improved bite alignment.
What Advantages Does Invisalign® Have Over Braces?
Along with being practically undetectable to others, Invisalign® offers a variety of benefits when compared to metal braces and traditional orthodontics. These may include:
- Improved comfort—tooth movement is usually gentler, and there are no brackets or wires that can nick or irritate soft tissues in the mouth
- Enhanced convenience—the trays can be removed when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing
- Reduced office visits—fewer mid-treatment checkups are typically needed for monitoring and adjustments
- Faster treatment—final results can often be attained in less time
All in all, Invisalign® can help many people achieve a straighter smile and improved bite more discreetly, comfortably, and with fewer restrictions than is generally possible via metal braces and other traditional orthodontic systems.
What Does the Invisalign® Treatment Process Entail?
Dr. Miller will begin the Invisalign® treatment process by thoroughly evaluating your teeth and bite with the aid of x-ray and advanced digital imaging technologies. Next, she will formulate a plan and custom-design your set(s) of aligners based on optimal tooth movement for your specific case. Using innovative digital software, Dr. Miller can then generate a before-and-after video simulation that shows the movement of your teeth from start to finish of Invisalign® treatment, allowing you to see the proposed end result and approve the plan before moving forward. When you are happy to proceed, she will send the exact specifications of each aligner to Neil at our in-house dental lab for precise and efficient fabrication.
Once your aligners are made, Dr. Miller will instruct you to wear each tray approximately 20–22 hours per day for a particular number of days before moving to the next in the set. Ideally, the only time you should remove your aligners is when you are eating, drinking anything other than water, brushing your teeth, or flossing.
Throughout the Invisalign® process, Dr. Miller will request that you return to our office periodically for her to assess your progress and/or provide you with your next set of aligners. On average, total treatment time takes about nine months to a year to complete, but this timeframe may be shorter or longer depending on your unique needs.
What Does Invisalign® Cost?
At our Lexington practice, the average cost of Invisalign® typically ranges from $1,400–$2,900, though exact pricing can fall outside of this range depending on the specifics of your case. Like many things in life, you often “get what you pay for” in regard to cosmetic dentistry—so it is important to keep in mind that pricing is generally a reflection of the level of care and quality of results you can expect from a particular dental practice. At Hamburg Expressions, we aim to provide exceptional, completely personalized dental services and optimal results that exceed all expectations.
If the expense of Invisalign® is a concern for you, we do accept dental financing through CareCredit®—a reputable healthcare lender that offers numerous payment plan options with little to no interest. For more information, or if you would like assistance with getting started on the application process, our patient finance coordinator is happy to help.
Contact Hamburg Expressions
If you have additional questions about Invisalign®, or if you are interested in this treatment and wish to find out if it is right for you, please contact Hamburg Expressions today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!