Like the results of braces but don’t want to go through the whole process of wearing those metal brackets and wires? Then Invisalign could be your perfect solution. Invisalign is a type of aligner therapy or aligner system that uses a series of clear trays to move your teeth. You just change out your aligners every couple weeks and move on to the next set, and you’ll see your teeth shifting into place right before your eyes.

Invisalign is used to treat gapped and crowded teeth as well as overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites. If you’re ready to finally have the straight smile you’ve always wanted, contact Helotes Family Dentistry today to set up an orthodontic consultation with one of our experienced dentists.

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Clear Alternative to Braces

Many people find that Invisalign is the clear choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment because of the many benefits that set it apart from conventional braces. Here are some of the main reasons people pick Invisalign:

By far the biggest advantage Invisalign has over braces is the fact that it’s hardly noticeable. The trays are made of clear plastic, so many people won’t even be able to tell you’re wearing them.

Since you can take Invisalign aligners in and out, you won’t be restricted to the types of food you can eat and you won’t have to change the way you brush and floss. It also means you can pop them out for short periods of time like photo ops at special events!

The smooth plastic of the Invisalign aligners is gentle on your gums and cheeks. Aligner technology also pushes your teeth into place, rather than pulling them like braces, which many patients find makes it a more comfortable procedure.

You only have to come see us every few weeks so we can make sure your treatment is progressing smoothly and to hand you your next few sets of aligners. These appointments don’t last very long at all!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between traditional braces and Invisalign®

Traditional braces are what most people imagine when they think of braces: metal brackets that are glued onto the teeth and connected by wires. Invisalign aligners are clear braces that are removable and barely noticeable, which make them an excellent alternative for patients who want a convenient, subtle way to straighten their teeth.

What are the benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners?

Aside from its nearly invisible appearance, there are a few other benefits that Invisalign offers. The aligners are made of a durable, yet comfortable material with smooth edges that shouldn’t irritate your mouth like traditional braces can. They are also removable, which means you are free to eat anything you would normally eat and they won’t get in the way of your regular oral hygiene routine. Invisalign can also have a shorter treatment time, assuming the patient wears their aligners around the recommended 22 hours per day.

Is Invisalign® covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans offer full or partial coverage for Invisalign just like traditional metal braces. You can also use a flexible savings account (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA), or utilize a monthly payment plan to cover the cost of Invisalign as well.


Price of Invisalign®

Multiple factors play a role in the price of Invisalign — two of the main being how complex your case is and whether your insurance covers any portion of the procedure. For the most part, Invisalign costs either around the same or a little bit more than traditional braces, but remember, you’re getting a number of unique advantages along with that. If you’re at all concerned with fitting Invisalign into your budget, contact our office so we can go over our flexible financial options with you.

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