Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign Clear Braces

Does my insurance help cover Invisalign clear braces like regular braces?

Does my insurance help cover Invisalign clear braces like regular braces?

Yes, you will be pleased to know that if you are eligible and your plan has an orthodontic benefit, you can apply it to the total cost of Invisalign clear braces just like traditional braces. Our La Mesa dentist office team has experts in this area and will be sure you get the maximum insurance benefit you are allowed from your plan. Each plan is different, but our special computer programs can help let you know how much benefit you can expect. We also have special financing, some even with 0% interest, and payment plans to help cover the difference.

My teeth are fairly crowded. Will Invisalign help me have straight teeth?

My teeth are fairly crowded. Will Invisalign help me have straight teeth?

Obviously not all situations of crowding can be handled with Invisalign clear braces, but you will be excited to learn that Dr. Gray has tremendous experience in this area, and has found that 80% or more of adult patients are candidates. “The more cases we treat the more amazed I am at just how versatile the aligners can be for even the most complex situations.” You will learn for sure at your initial consultation if you are a candidate to receive straight teeth through the Invisalign clear braces system. If Dr. Gray determines that Invisalign may not be your best option, he also works closely with highly skilled traditional orthodontists that may be able to help you with a combination of traditional braces and Invisalign.

How long does Invisalign generally take?

How long does Invisalign generally take?

The cases with Invisalign clear braces we have been seeing in the office here in La Mesa on average have been finishing in the 9-12 month range for moderately complex situations. Less complex cases often finish in 6-9 months and conversely, severely complicated cases may take longer. The great thing is that most traditional braces tend to take between 18-24 months. So Invisalign not only allows you the comfort and flexibility to take them out when you eat and clean your teeth, but Invisalign is generally 30-40% faster than traditional braces. The best thing is that with the clear aligners, most of your friends won’t even notice you are wearing them until they see that beautiful new smile with straight teeth and wonder what happened.

I had braces as a kid, but now my teeth are shifting. Can Invisalign clear braces help me?

I had braces as a kid, but now my teeth are shifting. Can Invisalign clear braces help me?

That is a great question because by far, the majority of the patients we see are in this category. Most adults had braces as kids, and now see that their once beautifully straight teeth are shifting or overlapping because they didn’t wear or they lost their retainer. It is natural for our teeth to shift over time if things aren’t perfectly balanced. This situation is almost what Invisalign clear braces were designed for. People tend to remember how goofy they looked or what a hassle the metal braces were as kids, and although they want straight teeth now, they don’t want to go through traditional braces again. Instead, they suffer with a smile that while it’s not bad, it nags their self confidence or makes it harder to brush and floss them. Crowded or overlapped teeth also tend to get more stain and discoloration. So not only will Invisalign clear braces help your smile look better, it could help your mouth to be cleaner and healthier.

What is the minimum age that can be treated with Invisalign?

What is the minimum age that can be treated with Invisalign?

Generally the minimum age for Invisalign clear braces is about 14 years old. You need to have your second or 12 year molars fully erupted for Invisalign to work best. Dr. Gray can determine if Invisalign is right for your child at the initial consultation.

Does this work with overbites?

Does this work with overbites?

In 80% or more of the situations, Invisalign clear braces can be an excellent choice for this problem. Dr. Gray has treated a large number of patients with “deep bites” or over bites with wonderful results. Invisalign often uses small tooth colored composite buttons, that are placed on specific teeth, to allow the aligners to reposition the bite to a more natural and pleasing position throughout the treatment time.

I have a few crowns and one bridge. Am I still a candidate for clear braces?

I have a few crowns and one bridge. Am I still a candidate for clear braces?

Most adults have had a dental crown or two by the time they decide to try Invisalign clear braces. So generally it is not a major issue. Depending on where the bridge is and what your goals are, a bridge may have some effect on the treatment. Luckily, Invisalign offers Dr. Gray the flexibility to move some teeth while not moving others. With the experience he has, we can often work around or incorporate the bridge into the needed movements resulting in straight teeth for the entire mouth. You can find out for sure at your complimentary consultation.

Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?

Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?

TMJ actually is the jaw joint itself, so everyone actually has TMJ. But I think what you are referring to is pain or discomfort in the joint. Some people with severe joint pain or dysfunction may be more affected by the Invisalign clear braces process, but in many cases, having the bite aligned and balanced properly may actually significantly relieve your symptoms. Dr. Gray is very experienced in this area, and in fact is a Clinical Instructor at the Kois Center in Seattle, where he teaches other dentists from around the U.S. how to work with and rebuild patients mouths, to insure a solid balanced bite that is comfortable.

I heard Invisalign was just for minor problems. Is that true?

I heard Invisalign was just for minor problems. Is that true?

Perhaps when it was first introduced, we tried to limit our use of Invisalign clear braces to simpler issues. But now after nearly a decade of use and hundreds of thousands of patients undergoing treatment, we have found that Invisalign can handle nearly any situation. This includes more complex situations from crossbites to crowding and even big gaps between teeth. Invisalign clear braces are a great alternative to traditional braces to achieve straight teeth, even for very complex cases.

Learn More About Clear Braces for Adults Near San Diego and El Cajon

If you still have questions regarding Invisalign, give us a call today! We work with everyone in the San Diego area, including La Mesa and El Cajon. For more information about all of our dental services, please visit our San Diego dentist website.