Invisalign – Lake Nona, FL

A Discreet & Comfortable Solution for Crooked Teeth

Dental misalignment is a common problem experienced by many children, teens, and adults. However, a lot of people are hesitant to undergo orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to deal with metal wires and brackets. Fortunately, we offer a discreet and comfortable alternative at Lake Nona Dental Group – Invisalign. This modern orthodontic solution allows you to straighten your teeth in a way that’s virtually unnoticeable! If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign in Lake Nona, continue reading or call our office to schedule a consultation today.

Why Choose Lake Nona Dental Group for Invisalign?

  • Invisalign-Certified Dentist
  • State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Fully Customized Treatment Plan for Successful Results

How Invisalign Works

dentist putting Invisalign aligner on patient

Instead of using metal wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to move teeth into their correct position. You’ll wear each set of plastic trays for a predetermined amount of time, which is usually about two weeks. A portion of your smile will gradually shift each time until the whole thing is perfectly aligned. Throughout this process, you’ll need to see one of our dentists every few weeks to ensure everything is going smoothly and according to plan.  

Indications for Invisalign

dentist talking to patient about Invisalign

Invisalign can address a variety of orthodontic problems, including:

Crowded Teeth

Do you feel like you have too many teeth in your mouth? If so, you may benefit from Invisalign. The clear aligners apply gentle pressure on many different parts of your smile, shifting teeth until they’re in proper alignment. Crowded teeth can increase your risk of decay and gum disease, which is why you’ll need to get them treated as soon as possible.

Gaps Between Teeth

Spaces in your smile can not only affect your appearance but your oral health as well. These gaps can increase your risk of cavities, decay, and gum disease. That’s mainly because food particles can easily get trapped in the spaces between your teeth, causing decay and even bad breath. Luckily, Invisalign clear aligners can gently move your teeth into a healthier position.

Bite Alignment

A misaligned bite can place pressure on your temporomandibular joint and cause problems like TMJ disorder as well as teeth grinding and clenching. If that sounds like a concern you have, it may be time to consider orthodontic treatment. Whether you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or open bite, Invisalign can fix the problem and provide you with prompt relief.

The Benefits of Invisalign

patient holding Invisalign aligner and pointing to smile

Are you ready to start your Invisalign journey? Here are a few incredible benefits you can look forward to:

  • Safety and Comfort – Since the clear aligners have a smooth plastic design, they won’t irritate the gum tissue like traditional metal braces can.
  • Efficiency – While metal braces can take two to three years to straighten your teeth, Invisalign can take about 12 to 18 months.
  • Discreetness – Because the clear aligners are virtually invisible, hardly anyone will know that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment!

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

dentist forming heart with Invisalign aligners

Are you thinking about getting Invisalign in Lake Nona? Before moving forward with the process, you likely want to know how much your overall treatment will cost. However, it’s hard to give a specific answer as it truly varies from person to person. At Lake Nona Dental Group, we’ll go over these variables in detail during your consultation. Once we provide you with an accurate cost estimate, we’ll explain which financing options can help you manage the total cost of your orthodontic treatment.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

dentist putting clear aligner on patient

Many factors can affect the cost of Invisalign in Lake Nona, including:

  • The number of aligners you need to straighten your teeth. The extent and type of your dental misalignment will determine the number of aligners you need.
  • Whether you’re straightening one arch or both. As you can imagine, straightening both the lower and upper teeth will cost more than straightening just one or another.
  • Treatment compliance. If you lose an Invisalign aligner, you might have to pay for a replacement.
  • Whether you need any additional accessories. You may need elastics or other accessories for successful treatment, which can hike up your total cost.

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

person holding two Invisalign aligners

Do-it-yourself orthodontic treatments like SmileDirectClub™ have become increasingly popular in recent years, promising to be a convenient and affordable way to fix misaligned teeth. It usually costs around $2,000, while Invisalign can range between $3,000 and $8,000. Although it’s tempting to opt for the cheaper option (especially if you’re on a budget), you have to remember that you get what you pay for.

SmileDirectClub™ provides little to no supervision from a licensed dental professional. Because of that, many things can go wrong throughout the process, leading to issues that will need professional attention and cost you thousands of dollars. In fact, there are multiple cases where DIY clear aligners worsened dental misalignment.

On the other hand, you can enjoy personalized support and guidance from our team at Lake Nona Dental Group throughout your Invisalign journey. We’ll routinely monitor your progress to ensure your teeth are moving according to your treatment plan. Additionally, Invisalign clear aligners are made from patented materials designed for comfort and efficient tooth movements. Many patients find this option worth the cost as they’re guaranteed a smoother and more successful treatment overall.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

dental insurance form on table

The good news is that some dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment. However, Invisalign is often left out of those policies. Of course, every plan is unique, which is why you should confirm the details of your coverage with your insurance provider before committing to anything. During your consultation, we’ll go over your benefits and explain how you can use them to your greatest advantage.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

dental professional explaining financing options

We understand that not everyone has dental insurance. That’s why we offer additional financing options to make it easier for you to manage the total cost of Invisalign in Lake Nona. Here’s what’s available at our practice:

  • Third-Party Financing – CareCredit and LendingClub allow you to split the total cost of your treatment into smaller, budget-friendly monthly installments.
  • In-House Membership Plan – This option allows you to receive the preventive care you need as well as discounts on several treatments, including Invisalign.

Do you want to learn more about Invisalign in Lake Nona? Contact us and schedule a consultation today to find out how it can fit into your budget!

Invisalign FAQs

Woman being fitted for Invisalign in Lake Nona

Invisalign has been around for over 20 years, but it’s understandable if you’re only learning about it for the first time. No matter what questions you have, Lake Nona Dental Group is happy to inform you on how Invisalign works, what to expect from treatment, and much more. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear for your convenience, but don’t let that stop you from visiting our office for a consultation as well!

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign is not a painful treatment thanks to its smooth plastic design, making it one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment solutions. When first receiving Invisalign, you may notice a slight adjustment period where mild soreness is present, but this goes away quickly after you wear it over the next day or so. Since Invisalign literally shifts teeth into straighter positions using multiple aligners, you’ll need to move on to the next pair every two weeks or so. The slight pressure you are experiencing is a sign that the treatment is working exactly as intended. Over-the-counter medications can provide relief during your adjustment period as well as cold compresses or having a glass of iced water while wearing your aligner.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

One of the biggest advantages of using Invisalign is you don’t have to avoid certain foods just to realign your smile. When it’s time to eat, simply take your aligners out beforehand. If you don’t, you can easily chip, crack, and stain them. The only thing we recommend consuming while wearing your aligners is plain water. Keep in mind that traditional braces are fixed, which means you are far more limited on what you’re allowed to eat when choosing this option. Invisalign offers additional flexibility to eat tough, hard, bready, and crunchy foods (plus you can still chew gum).

How Do I Clean My Invisalign?

The makers of Invisalign do have their own cleaning system specifically designed to keep aligners clean, transparent, and smelling pleasant. These cleaning crystals are particularly effective at loosening food debris from your aligners. However, this isn’t the only option you have for cleaning them. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleanser, you can gently remove plaque and food debris from your appliance during your regular at-home oral care routine. Be sure to rinse it throughout the day as well to prevent food from sticking to the plastic material. When cleaning, avoid using hot water as this can cause the aligner to change shape and no longer fit properly.

What Happens After Invisalign?

After you’ve completed wearing the last pair of aligners in your series, we’ll go over your results and confirm your teeth are in their finalized positions. If they are, we can begin explaining the aftercare process to ensure your teeth stay that way going forward. As part of your post-treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer. This is also done following treatment with traditional braces. Not only are these more comfortable than retainers you may be aware of, but they can also be transparent if you’d prefer. It’s crucial for you to wear the retainer as much as possible so you can maintain your smile’s new appearance.