Invisalign Dentist in Sarasota, FL

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Invisalign: The Clear & Invisible Alternative to Braces

Get the smile you’ve always wanted with Sarasota Dentistry. Dr. Hank Michael and his team at Sarasota Dentistry are among Florida’s leading providers of the Invisalign smile correction system. Dr. Michael and many of his team members have also had Invisalign therapy. Are you struggling with misaligned teeth and an uneven bite? Invisalign may be the best option to correct the alignment of your teeth. Invisalign is a revolutionary technology that utilizes a set of clear dental retainers to straighten teeth – also known as clear braces or invisible orthodontics.

Invisalign pioneered this process in 1999 and has successfully treated hundreds of thousands of patients wanting to straighten their smiles. Although there are competitors, Invisalign is the name brand for discreet, effective invisible braces. Their research and development has lead to many new advancements in smile correction systems and sets them above the rest. Invisalign treatment times vary, but the average span is 12 months and requires a few short dental office visits. Dr. Hank is ready with the experience and skill you need to determine whether or not Invisalign is the best smile correction option for you.

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    Straighter teeth in Sarasota, FL with Invisalign

    Confident Smiles with Invisalign

    Invisalign provides a variety of benefits for our patients who would like to align their smiles. One of the great benefits of Invisalign is that the clear plastic aligners are nearly impossible to see. This helps patients avoid the trouble of traditional braces, which are quite noticeable. Invisalign is considered far more comfortable to wear than traditional braces, because there are no wires or brackets attached to your teeth. On top of that, the clear plastic aligner trays are also removable. You’ll have no problems brushing or flossing during the course of your treatment, and you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods. If you’ve been feeling self conscious about your smile, make an appointment with Sarasota Dentistry to learn if Invisalign is an option for you. The comfort, effectiveness, and invisible appearance of Invisalign have made it a preferred choice among patients needing a discreet solution for their smiles. Without metal wires or brackets, Invisalign can gently align your teeth and enhance your smile.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does Invisalign cost?
    For most dental and orthodontic professionals who administer Invisalign, the price will be similar to braces, but sometimes may cost more. The total cost of any patient's Invisalign treatment depends on their unique dental needs. The range of cost can be anywhere from $3000 to $7500 depending on the complexity of your treatment.
    Will my dental insurance cover the cost of Invisalign?
    Insurance companies will usually pay a portion of the cost of treatment -- it ultimately depends on the type of insurance coverage you have. If your insurance includes orthodontic benefits, you may have a larger portion of your treatment covered by insurance. To learn whether or not your dental insurance will cover the cost of Invisalign, make an appointment with Dr. Hank and the Sarasota Dentistry team today.
    What is the Invisalign process?
    The first appointment is a free orthodontic consultation to determine if the patient qualifies for the Invisalign therapy. If the patient qualifies and wishes to begin treatment, he/she is scheduled for a records appointment. At this dental appointment, photographs and dental impressions of the teeth will be taken.

    These records will be sent to the Invisalign laboratory. At the lab, the impressions are digitally scanned and a computerized model of your teeth is generated. The digital model is then studied to determine the plan for tooth movement.

    Then, Dr. Michael generates a plan for the movement of the teeth using Invisalign proprietary software called ClinCheck. Then Clincheck is reviewed with the patient so that he/she can see the process unfold before their eyes digitally. Once approved, the computer generated plan is sent to a machine which makes the clear retainer trays that the patient will wear.
    How long does Invisalign treatment take?
    The average patient needs 24 sets of Invisalign trays (1-24). Each set has an upper tray and a lower tray. The patient is instructed to wear the trays at least 22 hours a day. The only time the trays are removed are for eating, drinking, and/or brushing their teeth. It is very important that the patient follows these instructions carefully, because not wearing the trays properly could cause damage to the teeth.

    The first set of trays (marked #1 of 24) is worn for 2-3 weeks and then the patient changes to the next set of trays(#2 of 24) and wears them for 2-3 weeks.

    This continues for the duration of treatment with a few dental office visits scheduled throughout treatment. After the final set of Invisalign trays (#24 of 24) have been worn, the doctor will do an occlusal adjustment, remove any clear brackets, and take an impression for the final clear retainer.
    Does Invisalign treatment require maintenance?
    Teeth will always want to go back to where they were because your gums, bones and teeth have a "memory" of where they started. This is why Dr. Hank ensures you have a final retainer to help keep your teeth in their new, aligned position. The final retainers are to be worn at night indefinitely in order to guarantee maintaining a straight smile.
    Unless you wear the final retainers each night, your teeth could start to shift back to their original position. After a few years of nightly wear, you may find yourself able to reduce wearing your final retainers to one or two nights per week and maintain your corrections indefinitely.

    There are fixed, or permanent retainer options available for patient's to maintain their straight teeth after Invisalign treatment is completed. Dr. Hank will inform patients of the array of retainer options available, and determine which option is best for each individual case.
    How do I clean Invisalign?
    Cleaning your Invisalign daily can help prevent bacteria from building up in the aligners. Rinse your aligners with water every night before bedtime, then brush them using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle, clear-colored liquid soap. Rinse the aligners thoroughly after brushing, then store them in their protective case when not in use.

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