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Invisalign — Winfield, KS

Work Towards a
Straighter Smile

There are many teens and adults out there that are unhappy with the alignment of their teeth, but not everyone is committed to spending a year or two of their life with a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. The good news is that Dr. David C. Parsons has another option available – Invisalign! This way, you can work towards a straighter smile without the world needing to know. To learn more about getting Invisalign in Winfield, or to schedule your initial consultation, don’t hesitate to give our office a call!

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign in Winfield

Instead of using metal brackets and wires in order to move your teeth, Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear aligners to slowly shift your teeth into their new places. You will wear each set for about two weeks before moving on to the next one. Over time, your teeth will move gradually to their aligned locations. Unlike traditional braces, you don’t need to have anything tightened throughout your treatment, but you will still need to come to the office to ensure that the treatment is going as planned.

Indications for Invisalign

Man at dentist in Winfield getting Invisalign

Invisalign can correct a variety of different alignment issues. Here are some of the most common ones:

Crowded Teeth

For teeth that have become crowded and are overlapping, Invisalign is an excellent solution. Clear aligners apply gentle pressure to different parts of the teeth to shift them to a more aligned position. This helps to prevent problems, like cavities and periodontal disease, that are common in people who have overcrowded teeth.

Gaps Between Teeth

When teeth are too far apart, gaps become apparent. They also put you at a much higher risk for oral health problems and tooth damage because food debris and plaque become easily trapped and more difficult to remove. Invisalign can move your teeth to be the perfect distance apart.

Bite Alignment

If your bite isn’t aligned quite right, you could develop problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding). Invisalign is effective when it comes to correcting overbites, underbites, crossbites, and much more.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Woman with Invisalign in Winfield

If your dentist in Winfield determines that you make a good candidate for the procedure, here are some of the awesome benefits that you can expect to experience:

  • Comfort: No brackets and wires means no soft tissue irritation. Occasional discomfort is normal, but it’s short-lived and easily manageable. You can even start a new set of aligners before bed so you can sleep through initial discomfort.
  • Zero Eating Restrictions: As long as you remove your aligners beforehand and take the time to brush and floss before putting them back in, you can eat pretty much whatever you want.
  • Discreet: Clear aligners are virtually undetectable. No one will even be able to tell that you are wearing your Invisalign trays.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Patient discussing cost of Invisalign with dentist in Winfield

There are many factors that contribute to the cost of your Invisalign treatment, such as the complexity of your orthodontic issues, your age, and how often you wear your aligners. To find out how much your treatment will cost for sure, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Parsons. He will give you a cost estimate and take the time to discuss your financial options with you. Our practice accepts numerous different dental insurance plans and also offers CareCredit to help make your treatment more affordable. This way, you don’t need to stress about investing in your smile!

Invisalign FAQs

patient holding Invisalign in Winfield

Are you ready to walk through the door to a straighter smile? Now that you know more about Invisalign in Winfield, you’re probably excited to move forward with treatment. However, since clear aligners depend on a process different from traditional braces, it’s completely normal to have a few questions before getting started. To help you out, we’ve decided to answer some of the most common inquiries we receive from patients on this subject. If you don’t see your specific question below, feel free to contact us and speak to a member of our team!

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Orthodontic treatment gradually moves teeth by applying constant pressure to them. Some tenderness and soreness are to be expected, especially when you first start wearing an aligner. Drinking cool water and taking over-the-counter pain medications can minimize your discomfort. It is also helpful to start wearing a new aligner at night so you can sleep through part of the adjustment period. Many patients find that treatment with Invisalign is easier than they expected, and the aligners are made of a smooth plastic material that is designed for comfort.

Is Invisalign Less Expensive Than Braces?

Every smile is unique, meaning the total cost of orthodontic treatment whether it’s Invisalign or braces will vary based on multiple factors. However, the price of Invisalign is usually about the same as traditional braces. The average range of both solutions is $3,000-8,000. There are some cases where Invisalign is more expensive because it’s usually not covered by dental insurance, but many patients say it’s well worth the investment because of the incredible benefits. Since some plans do offer partial coverage for clear aligners, you should check with your insurance provider before making any final decisions.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The treatment timeline for Invisalign varies from patient to patient. Factors like the degree of your dental misalignment, how well you comply with instructions from your cosmetic dentist in Winfield, and your age can all affect how long it takes for you to achieve your final results. When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll be able to estimate the time investment you’ll need to make. On average, Invisalign takes about 12 months. However, it can require 18 months or longer depending on the situation.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

The best part about Invisalign is that there are no dietary restrictions while you undergo treatment. Since the clear aligners are removable, all you must do is take them out before you eat. Otherwise, you risk damaging the aligners, causing cracks and stains. It also places unnecessary pressure on your teeth. That said, you should always take out your plastic trays and store them in a safe place before eating or drinking anything that’s not water.