Invisalign® – Corpus Christi, TX
The Discreet, Image-Friendly Way to Straighten Teeth
When most people hear the word “orthodontics,” they picture a mouthful of cumbersome metal brackets and wires that they might have worn in their middle school days. Thankfully, traditional braces are no longer your only option for achieving a straight set of teeth. Dr. Rob Madry is proud to offer Invisalign clear aligners to help adults and teens fix crooked teeth without drawing attention to their orthodontic appliances. To find out whether Invisalign from our Corpus Christi, TX dentist, Rob Madry, DDS, is just what your smile needs, call us today and set up your appointment!
Why Choose Rob Madry, DDS for Invisalign®?
- Mess-Free Digital Dental Impression System
- Preview Your Results with Virtual Smile Design Software
- Dentist Has More Than Two Decades of Experience
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Rather than using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten your smile. Each set of trays is designed to make small changes to the alignment of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners about every two weeks, your teeth will be gradually guided into their proper positions. You will also visit our dental office on a regular basis during treatment to make certain that your smile is progressing as planned.
Benefits of Invisalign®
The most obvious benefit of Invisalign is right there in the name; the aligners are practically unnoticeable when you’re wearing them. Other advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces include:
- Shorter average treatment time (12-18 months compared to 24-36 months)
- Smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal wires and brackets
- No dietary changes necessary – just remove the aligners before eating
- Easy oral hygiene, as you can take the trays out before brushing and flossing
- Quicker checkups throughout treatment than braces
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
Without a consultation, pinpointing the exact cost of Invisalign in Corpus Christi is near impossible. Although this may be frustrating at first, there’s a good reason for it: every treatment plan is unique! Since yours will be tailored to your unique dental needs and smile goals, a dentist needs to examine your teeth and learn more about your concerns first. If you want to learn more about the price before your appointment, then don’t hesitate to read on!
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
Before providing you with an estimate, our Corpus Christi dentist will determine:
- How severe your misalignment is
- If you need to straighten one arch of teeth or both
- How many trays are needed
- If rubber bands and other orthodontic tools are required
Once you begin treatment, other cost-related factors will come into play, like how often you wear your aligners. If you don’t meet the 22-hour-a-day wear time, then there is a good chance you’re going to fall off-track, requiring you to invest more time and money. To prevent that from happening, do your best to follow all of your dentist’s instructions.
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
When comparing the upfront cost, Smile Direct Club™ is cheaper. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s better. In fact, there are several concerns to consider with DIY orthodontic brands, like no comprehensive exam and no oversight from a licensed professional. These two factors alone can result in serious complications, and it’s not worth risking your smile to save a few bucks. Although Invisalign in Corpus Christi has a higher upfront cost, its 20+ year track record, state-of-the-art aligners, and dentist-approved system are well worth the investment.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Sometimes! That’s why it’s always worth double-checking the details of your dental plan. If you are having trouble understanding your benefits, don’t hesitate to let our team know. We have years of experience working with dental insurance providers and would be happy to help you maximize your coverage.
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
If you don’t have dental insurance or your plan doesn’t cover Invisalign, that’s okay. With CareCredit, you don’t have to pay for your entire treatment upfront. Instead, you can choose a payment plan that spaces out your payments into manageable chunks. If you want to learn more about how this financial solution works, then get in touch with us!
Want to know more about Invisalign? Below are answers to some of the most common questions we hear from patients about this orthodontic treatment. We hope you find this information helpful! To learn more about Invisalign and determine if you are a good candidate, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Rob Madry, a cosmetic dentist in Corpus Christi with over two decades of experience.
Can You Eat with Invisalign?
Unlike with traditional braces, you can eat whatever your heart desires during Invisalign treatment. However, you must always remove your aligners and store them in a safe place while eating. Never try to enjoy a meal while wearing your aligners. Doing so may not only damage your aligners, causing cracks and stains, but will also put unnecessary pressure on your teeth. In addition, drinking water with Invisalign is safe but all other liquids should be avoided while wearing your aligners.
Who Is Not Eligible for Invisalign?
Invisalign in Corpus Christi can be an effective orthodontic treatment for any patient who has their full, permanent teeth. This means teenagers as young as 13 years old may be able to benefit from Invisalign treatment. However, while most healthy teens and adults can receive Invisalign, there are some important exceptions. In some cases, bite misalignment is too severe to be corrected with clear aligners, making braces or other orthodontics necessary. In addition, Invisalign may not be right for patients with extra small, misshapen, or eroded teeth. In these cases, additional dental work must be performed. Finally, patients who smoke and are unable to or unwilling to stop may not be good candidates for Invisalign. Smoking tobacco stains the aligners and puts oral health at risk.
How Do I Clean My Invisalign?
While Invisalign sells specialty cleaning products, you can also just use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your aligners. In general, you should rinse your aligners throughout the day – especially after meals – in order to prevent debris from sticking to the smooth plastic. Never rinse your aligners with hot water because it can permanently warp the plastic. Instead, use room temperature water. In addition to keeping your aligners clean, make sure to diligently brush and floss your teeth as well. Otherwise, you may end up trapping plaque, bacteria, and food debris in between your teeth and Invisalign.
Who Invented Invisalign?
Invisalign was first created in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in San Jose, California. It might surprise you to know that Zia Chishti is not an orthodontist or a dentist. In fact, he majored in Computer Science and Economics at Columbia University before going on to get his MBA at Stanford. During his time in as a student at Stanford, Chishti underwent traditional orthodontic treatment and grew convinced that there must be a better way to straighten teeth. He worked on the concept of clear aligners in his dorm room before graduating and founding Align Technologies with other students. Today, Chishti is no longer with the company but over 10 million people have enjoyed the benefits of his invention.