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Invisalign® Clear Braces – Wethersfield, CT

Straightening Teeth with Beauty and Speed

We’re all familiar with the traditional braces system that features metal wires, dark brackets, and brightly colored rubber bands. While this treatment may be the right choice for children in middle school, older patients are likely to shy away from it because of the aesthetic sacrifices involved. After all, the last thing you need when you’re trying to maintain a polished, professional appearance is a mouthful of metal! Thankfully, Dr. Brendan Dolan and Dr. Riley Gionfriddo offer a much more attractive alternative that can help you achieve the mild to moderate orthodontic improvements you’ve always wanted: Invisalign. If you’d like to schedule an Invisalign consultation here in Wethersfield, please give Dolan Dental a call today.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment eliminates the conventional braces model entirely, replacing it with clear, custom-made aligners. These aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic, and they are created from special images and impressions that we take of your smile. Using a series of these trays, we can gradually shift your teeth into place for the smile that you have always dreamed of. The best part is that these aligners are discreet and completely removeable.

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How Does Invisalign Work?

Patients will receive their aligners, where each one will represent a different stage of their smile’s ongoing improvement. The patient’s job is to wear their aligners at all times (except when eating, brushing, or flossing). This will typically mean that you’re wearing your aligners for about 22 hours a day. You will also switch your trays out for the next in the series as directed by your dentist in Wethersfield (typically every couple of weeks). This process will last until the treatment is finished. You will also need to attend regular checkups with our team so that we can gauge your progress—no uncomfortable tightening needed! Treatment will typically take 8 to 18 months, depending on the severity of your misalignment, and we’ll provide you with a retainer to wear after to ensure lasting results.

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Benefits of Invisalign

Have you ever wondered why so many patients pick Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments? You might think it’s because the aligners are clear, making them blend in well with your natural smile when worn. Turns out, that’s just one of the many reasons! Read on to learn a few more.

Improved Comfort

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Simply put, there are no irritating wires to worry about with Invisalign! Instead of applying gentle pressure to your teeth with brackets and wires, clear aligners are used, which are smooth and custom-made to suit your unique mouth. Of course, it is possible for one of the trays to feel a bit rough. In that case, you can use some dental wax or come into our office so we can carefully file it down.

Better Dental Hygiene

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Since traditional braces can only be removed by a dental professional, patients have no choice but to adjust their oral hygiene regimen as needed to clean both their teeth and their brackets. That’s not the case with Invisalign! Since the trays are removable, you can simply take them out and complete your dental care routine as usual – no special products needed.

Quick Follow-Ups

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Instead of having you come in every four weeks for adjustment appointments, we will give you several sets of aligners at once. That way, you can move through your treatment plan at home. Around every six or eight weeks, you’ll come back in so we can monitor your progress. This involves taking new scans of your teeth so we can see how they are moving in comparison to your treatment plan. Usually, it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish!

Enjoy All Your Favorite Foods

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Having removable aligners doesn’t just make it easy to brush and floss; it makes it easy to eat! Since there are no dietary restrictions, you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite meals without restraint during your teeth-straightening journey with Invisalign. All we ask is that you do your best to stick to a well-balanced diet that isn’t heavy in sugary and starchy foods.

Shorter Average Treatment Times

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Most patients complete Invisalign treatment in just 12-18 months, which is a big improvement over the multiple years that traditional braces can often require. The key is making an active effort to stay on track with your treatment plan, like wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours a day and moving to each new set of trays on the correct days.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

The only way to know with certainty whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign is to visit our office for a consultation. After examining your mouth, we will be able to develop a personalized treatment plan for your smile. Certain problems like severe issues with bite can only be corrected by traditional braces, but patients with mild to moderate misalignment in their later teen or adult years are typically good candidates. Invisalign usually works better for more mature patients because they have the responsibility and organization to follow the treatment plan properly. We routinely use Invisalign clear braces to correct problems like:

If it sounds like Invisalign in Wethersfield is right for you, contact our office today to set up a consultation. We can’t wait to help you smile with beauty and confidence.

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Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

If you’re looking to get on a path towards a straighter smile, Invisalign may seem like the perfect solution. It has so many benefits you can’t find anywhere else! However, it’s essential that you understand the cost of the treatment. No one wants unnecessary surprises on their bill. To learn more about how much Invisalign will cost for you, schedule an initial consultation with us where we will go over the specifics.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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The cost of Invisalign will vary from person to person. After all, every case is different. Here are some of the factors that are taken into consideration when determining the cost:

  • Number of Arches: Most people who undergo Invisalign treatment will straighten both their upper and lower teeth simultaneously. However, in some cases, only one arch needs to be corrected. If you only need one of your arches addressed, the cost will be lower.
  • Complexity: There are all sorts of misalignment issues out there, and some are more complex than others. If you have more severe bite problems, your treatment will likely cost more.
  • Treatment Length: A longer treatment time means more aligners and a higher overall cost.

Invisalign VS Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

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When a patient is looking for a “quick fix” for their misalignment issues, lower budget options, like Smile Direct Club™, can be tempting. However, a lower cost does not mean that it is a better option. Even though the cost of treatments like these are typically lower than Invisalign, they have a “do it yourself” approach with little oversight from a professional. This means more room for errors to be made. You could even end up with serious issues that would need to be treated by a professional anyways, meaning that you would be paying more in the long run.

With Invisalign, you have the trusted oversight of our dentists for every step along the way. Invisalign is professionally made, uses highly accurate impressions, and results in a more successful treatment process overall. The cost difference is worth it for a smooth-sailing, worry-free orthodontic experience.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Some dental insurance plans will include coverage for orthodontic treatment, so it’s a good idea to check with your provider so you know exactly what’s included. Our team is happy to file claims on your behalf to help you maximize the benefits available to you. If you have any questions about your plan, we’d be happy to help!  

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Just because you don’t have dental insurance doesn’t mean that you are left completely on your own. We have financial solutions that can help. We offer complimentary financial consultations, split-payment options, and third-party financing with our east-coast partners. If you are interested in a monthly payment plan, we can help by researching multiple companies to find you the best rate. Getting a straighter smile shouldn’t mean stressing over costs.

We’re eager to help you achieve your dream smile, so schedule your initial consultation with us today. This way, we can examine your unique smile and discuss the financial details of Invisalign in Wethersfield.

Invisalign FAQ’s

While you should now be better acquainted with the Invisalign process, it’s understandable if you still have some questions that need to be answered. Because it’s our goal for you to be as informed as possible about any dental procedure you undergo with us, Drs. Brendan Dolan and Riley Gionfriddo have listed five of the most commonly asked questions, along with the answers. Therefore, you can feel more comfortable about reaching out to our office to have minor gaps, crowding, misalignment or crookedness addressed with the aid of Invisalign in Wethersfield.

#1 – I used to wear braces. Do I qualify for Invisalign treatment?

It’s not uncommon for patients who’ve worn braces in the past to have some regression. Thankfully, with Invisalign, you have a solution. We’ll start by examining your teeth and then formulating a custom plan to meet your current smile needs.

#2 - I have veneers or crowns. Will Invisalign clear aligners work with them?

Many of our patients who have had previous restorative treatment are great candidates for Invislign.

#3 – How do I clean my aligners?

The maintenance of your Invisalign aligners is an important aspect of the process to take into consideration for two reasons: so the trays remain in proper condition and to prevent the growth of bacteria. Therefore, be sure when you remove them to always rinse, gently brush and soak them, and to store them in the case that is provided in a moderate-temperature environment to avoid any warping.

#4 – What happens after your last aligner is worn?

After you wear your last aligner, we’ll evaluate your teeth to make sure your smile is up to par with the pre-designed treatment plan. Then, we’ll capture bite impressions and design a custom retainer to be worn while bone new mass forms around the position of your tooth roots.

#5 – How much does Invisalign cost?

Because every aspect of the Invisalign process is customized to meet your specific smile needs, the only way to generate an accurate estimate for care is for you to visit our office for a consultation. After your dentist in Wethersfield examines the current condition of your teeth and develops a smile plan, we’ll inform you of what the cost will be for treatment so you can plan accordingly.