Your Invisalign Specialist Dr. Jessica Cohen, DMD, MS
Invisalign is such a game changer, especially when performed by a Preferred Invisalign Provider like Dr. Cohen. As an active member of prestigious organizations like the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois Society of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontics, she has years of experience and advanced training in orthodontics. She has completed numerous personalized Invisalign treatments to help a wide variety of patients achieve the happy, healthy smiles they deserve. When you visit a seasoned professional like Dr. Cohen, you can rest assured that your smile is in good hands!
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses virtually invisible aligners or trays to gradually move your teeth into place for a beautiful smile. The series of clear trays made for your specific treatment are unique to you, so you can get exactly the results you’re looking for. Each tray represents one step closer to your newly aligned smile, and you’ll wear each one for about two weeks. Every few weeks, you’ll visit Dr. Cohen for a quick checkup. She’ll monitor your progress to ensure your treatment is staying on track and will make any minor adjustments as needed. This is also when you’ll pick up your next several sets of aligners. You will continue this process until your smile is transformed into the desired smile you want. Simple as that!
Indications for Invisalign
Each Invisalign treatment is different for each of our patients. That being said, most of our patients have an Invisalign treatment time of 12 to 18 months. To be clear, this is an estimated average timeframe, and your exact timeline of treatment may vary. Your timeframe will depend on how long it takes for your teeth to become properly aligned with the help of the aligners. After all, this is influenced by many different factors, including what type of issue Invisalign is being used to address, which could include problems like:
Crowded teeth are unsightly and they create small spaces that trap food debris. To help minimize your risk of oral health issues and help you achieve a beautiful smile, Dr. Cohen can use Invisalign to realign your teeth into the proper positions.
Gaps Between Teeth
The opposite of crowded teeth are gapped teeth, which pose just as much of a problem for your appearance and oral health. Thankfully, Invisalign can carefully close these gaps without pushing your teeth too close together, allowing you to enjoy a uniform set of pearly whites.
Bite issues like overbite, underbite, and crossbite can cause serious jaw problems in the future. Dr. Cohen can craft a carefully planned Invisalign treatment plan to bring your teeth and jaws into the right positions, giving you a prettier smile and a healthier bite.
The Benefits of Invisalign
If Invisalign is right for you, you can expect to enjoy a lot of benefits that you can’t get with metal braces, like:
- Discreet: Since Invisalign is nearly invisible, no one will notice the treatment. They’ll only see the results and your beautiful smile.
- Comfortable:The smooth, closely fitted trays don’t irritate the gums, cheeks, or tongue like wires or brackets can.
- Removable:You can take out your aligners to eat, drink, play sports, brush, and floss. That’s right, you have full eating privileges because there is nowhere for food to get caught and nothing to break.
- Convenient:Play a sport or an instrument? Don’t give up on activities that you love.
- Easy:Fewer in office appointments are needed, since you just switch to the next tray instead of having a braces adjustment. And the appointments you do have take less time.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
Since Invisalign is customized to meet the unique needs and preferences of each patient, there is no set price for Invisalign. However, once we evaluate you during your consultation, we’ll be able to provide an estimated price for your treatment. Additionally, we’ll be able to review your dental insurance coverage to ensure that your benefits are being maximized. Read on or reach out to our team today if you want to learn more about the cost of Invisalign in Highland Park!
Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign
The overall price of Invisalign treatment will vary from patient to patient due to several important factors, including:
- Bite alignment complexity: Having more severe misalignment issues—such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite—can drive up the cost of your treatment.
- The number of aligners: Many patients straighten both their lower and upper arches with Invisalign. However, if you only need to correct one arch, then you won’t require as many aligners, lowering the overall cost.
- Length of treatment: The longer your treatment is, the more aligners you may need to wear. This means you’ll have to pay more as well.
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
While Invisalign is a popular and effective orthodontic method, there are other treatments like Smile Direct Club™ that might be more affordable. The problem with these do-it-yourself options is the lack of supervision from a dental professional. Though they cost less than Invisalign, this also means they won’t have the same quality results and are more prone to errors during the process. Without professional oversight, you can end up with more serious issues that’ll need to be treated by an orthodontist anyway.
During your Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist will oversee your progress from start to finish. We’ll also use highly accurate impressions to ensure your process is successful. Although the initial cost is higher than the alternative options, you can expect to undergo a safer and more comprehensive treatment overall.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Many dental insurance policies offer coverage for orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign. For this reason, it’s important to check with your provider about the details of your plan. This way you know what to expect when considering the cost of Invisalign. Our practice is also in-network with most dental insurance plans. Feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable team members if you’d like help with this process, and we’ll be happy to help you make the most of your benefits!
Options for Making Invisalign Affordable
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, we might be able to offer alternative financing options to help make orthodontic treatments more affordable. Many of our plans can help break up your payments for more convenience, and we even offer a free consultation exam to get you started. Once we’ve assessed your situation, we’ll do everything we can to help make the cost of Invisalign as stress-free as possible. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about your financial options and the estimated prices for a straighter smile!