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Invisalign  – San Antonio, TX

Clear Aligners for a Straighter Smile

Invisalign in San Antonio is a self-conscious adult’s dream solution. These clear aligners make it possible to undergo effective treatment without the daily stares that come with traditional metal braces. At Brice Dental, we always want our patients to feel confident in not only their treatment decisions but also their smile. We’ll work to formulate a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs and walk with you side-by-side throughout the entire process, making sure everything is moving along smoothly and you achieve your desired results. To find out if you are a qualified candidate for treatment, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brice.

Why Choose Brice Dental for Invisalign?

  • Advanced technology to ensure a comfortable fit
  • Trusted and experienced dental professional
  • Caring and compassionate dental team

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Using clear, plastic aligners made from SmartTrack® technology, Invisalign trays are comfortable to wear and ensure predictable results. When worn 20-22 hours each day, the aligners will apply gentle, continuous pressure to keep your teeth moving in the right direction. After 1-2 weeks of wear, you will change out your aligners for the next set in the series, putting you one step closer to your healthier, more perfectly aligned smile.

Because each patient is different, treatment timelines will vary. But to keep you on track, we expect you to keep your regular appointments to allow our team to examine your progress and make sure everything is moving along smoothly.

Benefits of Invisalign

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When compared to other more traditional orthodontic solutions, Invisalign stands high above the rest. While it is true you can see outstanding results with metal braces, there are some advantages to Invisalign that cannot be achieved with any other orthodontic treatment, some of which include:

  • A more discreet and subtle way to realign your smile without the gleaming spotlight of metal brackets and wires.
  • Less irritation because your trays are smooth and fit snugly against your teeth, decreasing the chances of sores developing on your lips, tongue, or gums.
  • Fewer food restrictions, as you will be required to remove your trays before eating or drinking (anything but water).
  • An easy-to-clean solution that only requires a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water to remove harmful bacteria.
  • Faster results than if you were to wear traditional metal braces.
  • Improved oral health, allowing you to brush and floss your teeth, reducing your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and chronic jaw pain more easily.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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As we mentioned earlier, each patient is different. As a result, there is no all-encompassing answer when it comes to the cost. There are, however, a few factors that play a role in the price across the board. With this in mind, keep reading to learn about the important things to consider when determining if the cost of Invisalign in San Antonio works with your budget.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

The cost associated with your Invisalign treatment will be different than another patient’s simply because there are various factors to consider, such as:

  • The severity of your problem (i.e., overcrowding, gapped teeth, bite alignment issues).
  • The number of clear aligners you will need to achieve your results.
  • Any replacement trays you might need should you accidentally lose or damage one.
  • The retainer you will need after completing Invisalign treatment.
  • The location of your dentist’s office.

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

The message behind DIY orthodontic companies, like Smile Direct Club, is that they offer the same reliable teeth-straightening treatment for a fraction of the cost. However, that’s not necessarily true. While the upfront price is usually significantly less (around $2,000), many patients end up spending more due to complications that arise from do-it-yourself trays and little-to-no oversight from a trained professional. So, it’s important to ask yourself, is cheaper always better?

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

In most cases, dental insurance doesn’t cover Invisalign in San Antonio. With that being said, there are a few exceptions. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to go over the fine print on your dental plan. If you need any help with this process, don’t hesitate to let our team know! Since we welcome all PPO dental insurance plans, we have extensive experience in handling the paperwork and maximizing your coverage.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

If you are uninsured or don’t have any available benefits, don’t fret! In addition to offering free Invisalign consultations, we have an in-house membership plan and offer flexible financing. With our Brice Family Dentistry Membership, you can enjoy essential preventive care and 15% off other treatments. On the other hand, trusted third-party financiers, like CareCredit and LendingClub, allow you to break down the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly chunks.

No matter the cost, our team will be here to help you navigate the financial side of orthodontics, making sure you get the most out of your benefits if you have dental insurance as well as helping you apply for flexible financing should you be uninsured.

Invisalign FAQs

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If you are interested in using Invisalign in San Antonio to achieve your dream smile, then reading through the process, benefits, and cost is a great place to start. If you would like to take the next step, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team to schedule your initial consultation. If you have a few questions before committing to treatment, however, that’s okay too! Keep reading for the answers to a few FAQs we hear from patients below.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Whether you use metal braces to straighten your smile or a discreet alternative, like Invisalign, you can expect to feel some discomfort throughout your treatment. After all, your teeth are being shifted into an entirely new position – that’s how you know it’s working! The good news is that you can ease any soreness by sticking to soft foods the first couple of hours after beginning a new phase of treatment and taking OTC medication as needed.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Invisalign?

Unlike traditional orthodontics, Invisalign doesn’t require you to abide by dietary restrictions, like no apples, corn on the cob, etc. As long as you remove your aligners, you’ll be free to indulge in all your favorites as you please. Just make sure to limit sugary products, like sodas and ice cream. The last thing you want is for your treatment timeline to be derailed by one or more cavities, so practice moderation and stick to mostly vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense foods.

What Happens After My Invisalign Treatment?

Once you’ve worked through your entire series of trays, your Invisalign treatment will be complete! To preserve your beautiful, hard-earned results, we will provide you with a retainer. Although the exact specifications vary depending on your unique smile, most patients are expected to wear it for 20 to 22 hours a day as their teeth “set.” After that, you’ll be given the thumbs up to transition to wearing them solely at night.

How Do I Care for My Clear Aligners?

Caring for your aligners is essential in keeping them clear and discreet. With this in mind, it is of the utmost importance that you:

  • With the exception of water, always take them out when eating or drinking.
  • Clean them daily with the right products (no abrasive toothpaste or hard-bristled brushes).
  • Practice good oral hygiene (i.e., brush at least twice a day, floss daily, etc.).
  • Place your aligners in a protective case when they aren’t in your mouth.
  • Never use hot water to rinse them off (that can warp their shape).

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Whether you are struggling with minor misalignment or a more complex orthodontic issue, like crowding, you may be a candidate for Invisalign. To find out, schedule an initial consultation with our team! We would be more than happy to take a look at your teeth, assess your oral health, learn about your smile goals, and determine if this discreet orthodontic treatment is right for you. That way, you can confidently take the next step toward the smile you’ve always wanted.