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Invisalign – Daniel Island, SC

A Clear Path Towards a Straighter Smile

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Your smile can tell someone a lot about you, but is yours saying the right things? In a national survey conducted by the American Academy of Orthodontics, 78% of participants perceived adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful, and 77% believed that misaligned teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. Unfortunately, many adults forgo the orthodontic treatment that could improve their lives because they don’t want a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. At Daniel Island Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a clear path towards a straighter smile with Invisalign! Read on to learn more about this revolutionary treatment and give us a call today to schedule your consultation.

Why Choose Daniel Island Dentistry For Invisalign?

  • #1 Comfortable, No-Mess Digital Impression System
  • #2 Dr. Church Has Been a Certified Invisalign Provider Since 2015
  • #3 Plenty of Flexible Payment Options to Make Invisalign Affordable

How Invisalign Works

Smiling woman getting Invisalign in Daniel Island

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made plastic aligners. You’ll wear a set of aligners for about 20-22 hours a day, during which your teeth will be gently pushed into the correct positions. After about two weeks, you’ll move onto the next set. With each completed set of aligners, your teeth will move one step closer to your ideal smile! Every six weeks or so, you’ll visit us for a quick checkup so we can make sure your treatment is on track and to give you your next several sets of aligners. While every treatment timeline will vary slightly, many patients can achieve the results they want in about 12 months!

The Issues Invisalign Can Fix

Dentist holding Invisalign in Daniel Island in heart shape

While severe orthodontic issues are still best addressed with traditional braces, Invisalign can treat a variety of mild to moderate alignment problems. The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to come visit us for a consultation. Here are a few of the most common orthodontic issues Invisalign can fix:

Crowded Teeth

Diagram of crooked teeth in Daniel Island before Invisalign

Crowded and crooked teeth can make your smile look messy and increase your risk of oral health problems like cavities and gum disease. The gentle pressure asserted by Invisalign can help realign your smile and give your pearly whites the space they need.

Gaps Between Teeth

Diagram of gapped teeth in Daniel Island before Invisalign

A gap or two between your teeth may have been cute as a kid, but as a teen or adult, they can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and put your teeth at risk of damage. Invisalign is an excellent choice for closing these gaps and giving you a uniform smile.

Bite Alignment

Diagram of overbite in Daniel Island before Invisalign

Bite problems like underbite, overbite, and crossbite not only make it more difficult to eat, but put extra stress on your jaw joints, which can lead to serious jaw issues like TMD in the future. Thankfully, Dr. Church can use a custom Invisalign plan to bring your bite back into alignment.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Smiling teen boy holding Invisalign in Daniel Island

Invisalign offers many important advantages over traditional metal braces. Here are a few that our patients enjoy the most:

  • Completely removable
  • Nearly invisible appearance
  • Comfortable with no sharp metal wires or brackets
  • No dietary restrictions
  • Fast treatment time

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Since no two smiles are exactly the same, no two Invisalign treatments will be the same price. Factors like your insurance coverage, the severity of your orthodontic issues, how many aligners you need, and how well you follow your treatment plan will all influence the final price of your Invisalign treatment. During your consultation, we’ll evaluate your teeth and jaws in order to give you a personalized estimate. We’ll also go over all the ways to make your treatment as affordable as possible, including dental insurance, our in-office membership plan, and low-interest financing through CareCredit.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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We can’t provide you with an accurate cost estimate for your Invisalign treatment until Dr. Church has had the chance to evaluate your specific circumstances. Based on her findings, our team can determine a price you can expect to pay for your treatment. This amount can vary based on factors like:

  • The number of arches you’re straightening – Usually, you’ll need to wear aligners for both your upper and lower arches, but not always. Fewer aligners naturally translates to lower costs.
  • The complexity of the tooth movements required – The more misaligned your teeth are, the longer it will take to shift them into their ideal positions.
  • The expected timeline of your treatment – The longer your treatment takes, the more aligners you’ll need to pay for.

Keep in mind that your dedication to wearing your aligners as planned will also affect the cost of Invisalign. Failure to wear your trays often enough will cause your teeth to move more slowly and extend your treatment timeline, leading to higher costs.

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

person putting Invisalign in their mouth

If you’re just looking for a “quick fix” for slightly crooked teeth, you might be tempted to try “do-it-yourself” clear aligners like Smile Direct Club. After all, these systems tend to cost only a fraction of what Invisalign costs, and there’s also the convenience factor of straightening your teeth at home.

However, DIY clear aligners may end up costing you more money in the long run. How? Without the oversight of a dental professional, it’s all too easy for things to go wrong. You might make a mistake when capturing impressions of your teeth, or you might not follow the treatment process correctly. There’s even the risk of accidentally moving your teeth in the wrong directions, forcing you to spend extra money getting the issue treating by a dentist anyway.

With Invisalign, you’ll have Dr. Church’s trusted guidance every step of the way. As a certified Invisalign provider, you can rest easy knowing that she’ll provide precise aligners, safe treatment guidelines, and a smoother and more successful experience overall. By choosing Invisalign from the start, you’ll gain the peace of mind that comes from a quality treatment – and it’s hard to put a price on that!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Some dental insurance plans include coverage for orthodontic treatment, and in many cases, it only applies to traditional braces. That’s not always the case, though. More and more insurance providers are beginning to see the benefits of Invisalign and partially cover the costs. Our team at Daniel Island Dentistry would be more than happy to look over your plan and make sure you’re getting all of the coverage you qualify for. We accept all dental plans, but we’re in-network with BlueCross BlueShield and Delta Dental Premier.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Don’t have dental insurance? Don’t worry! Our practice offers two other ways for making the cost of Invisalign attainable:

  • CareCredit – Patients with or without insurance can apply for a low- to no-interest payment plan through this third-party financing company, making it easy to fit your treatment costs into your budget.
  • In-house membership plan – As an alternative to insurance, our Daniel Island Dentistry Membership Club gives you the same access to preventive care as well as discounts on most other treatments provided at our office, all for a low monthly or annual rate.