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Invisalign® Clear Aligners – Grayslake, IL

Treatment from a Certified Invisalign® Provider

For adult patients dreaming of a straighter smile without relying on metal brackets and archwires, Invisalign is often offered as a way to achieve the desired result. At Grayslake Orthodontics, Dr. Ben can help you determine whether Invisalign is right for you during a FREE consultation. Are you bothered by crooked teeth, small gaps, or a misaligned bite? Call our orthodontic office or submit a consultation request online today to set up an appointment and learn how Invisalign clear aligners in Grayslake, IL could help you finally gain confidence in your grin.

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Why Choose Grayslake Orthodontics for Invisalign® Clear Aligners?

What is Invisalign®?

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Invisalign treatment involves wearing several virtually invisible aligners that most people won’t be able to see while in your mouth. In addition to the improved aesthetics, Invisalign is also removable. While the aligners should be left in place for at least 22 hours each day, you can take them out for meals as well as your oral hygiene routine. Dr. Ben is a certified Invisalign provider.

The Benefits of Invisalign®

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How Does Invisalign® Work?

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Aligners are created in batches of trays customized to each patient. Most comprehensive patients will need two or three batches of trays to reach their final result. Each set of trays will be worn for about one week. During that time, the trays will exert pressure on the teeth and slowly move them closer to their ideal locations. To make sure the treatment is progressing as planned, you’ll visit Dr. Ben once every six to eight weeks or check in via virtual progress checks. Compliance is key for a successful Invisalign treatment; make sure you are only taking out your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

iTero Element® Integrated Invisalign®

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With our iTero scanner, we’re able to take a highly accurate digital impression of the teeth in a matter of minutes. This is not only much faster and more comfortable compared to the traditional mold-and-putty method, but it also yields a better impression that shows more detail. This allows Dr. Ben to greatly improve the fit and effectiveness of an Invisalign treatment, and he can also show a patient what their teeth will look like after the process is completed. This gives someone a preview of their new smile, which can be tremendously motivating and give them the energy to keep their treatment on track (this is especially helpful with younger patients).

Is Invisalign® Right for Me?

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Anyone worried about their misaligned teeth and would like to avoid the inconvenience of braces should ask Dr. Ben about Invisalign clear aligner treatment. However, you might not be a candidate depending on your orthodontic issues. We’ll need to thoroughly examine your mouth before deciding whether Invisalign, another aligner system, or a more traditional orthodontic treatment is suitable for you.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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One of the first things our patients ask about Invisalign clear aligner treatment is, “How much does it cost?” There are a few factors to consider, but in general, the cost of a clear aligner case is directly related to the complexity of your alignment and bite issues. A more difficult case will cost more to correct. When you visit us for your free orthodontic consultation, you will leave with a fee estimate of what your clear aligners will cost (including what portion we expect insurance to cover).

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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Some of the primary factors that affect the cost of Invisalign clear aligner treatment include:

  • The expected length of time in treatment. Based on the current position of your teeth and bite, Dr. Ben will estimate how many months of orthodontic work we will need. Logically, a longer treatment time will be a more expensive case.
  • Whether you need any accessories or preliminary treatments. Some patients require tooth extractions or orthodontic accessories to achieve successful Invisalign treatment. This is often the case with relatively complex cases of misalignment.
  • Your compliance with treatment. Missteps with treatment (like not wearing the clear aligners as instructed or losing/breaking an aligner) can slightly increase the total cost of your care.

Invisalign vs. DIY Clear Aligners: Which Is Right for You?

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Some patients are tempted to try one of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) clear aligner companies that you see advertisements for on Facebook and through streaming services. These products usually cost around $2,000. At Grayslake Orthodontics, clear aligner therapy can cost anywhere from $1,100 to $5,900, depending on the severity of your case. So, for a simple aligner case, Dr. Ben may be able to treat you for the same cost or less than some of the DIY aligner companies out there.

Before you commit to anything it is important to understand what you are getting for your money. Invisalign clear aligner treatment at Grayslake Orthodontics uses top-tier technology and materials. You also get the hands-on care of an experienced orthodontist at every step along your journey. Clear aligner treatment with Dr. Ben generates optimal results and Dr. Ben works hard to minimize the risk of any adverse outcomes.

DIY clear aligner companies often use inferior materials, and you will not get the hands-on care of an experienced orthodontist. You might have to take your own dental impressions, and even a small mistake while doing so could drastically affect your treatment’s outcome. You might end up having to pay thousands of dollars more just to fix dental issues caused by a DIY treatment gone awry.

One last thing to consider when looking DIY clear aligner companies is what their current customers are saying about them. For example, read a few of the thousands of complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau against one of the highest profile companies before deciding what you would like to do with your teeth.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Some dental insurance policies cover clear aligner treatment. If your plan has a lifetime maximum for orthodontic treatment, you might be able to use it to cover $1,000 or more of the price of your aligners. We are an insurance-friendly practice, so we will be happy to help you figure out if your coverage applies and how you can use it to your greatest advantage. If your insurance doesn’t cover Invisalign, ask us about using your FSA or HSA funds to cover your treatment.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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As an Invisalign-certified specialist in Grayslake, Dr. Ben wants you to be able to afford your treatment. That is why, in addition to helping you with insurance, we offer a few other provisions that may make it easier to fit Invisalign into your budget:

  • FREE orthodontic consultations. Your consultation is an important first step on your Invisalign journey, and you can attend it for absolutely nothing out of pocket.
  • We are partnered with CareCredit to offer third-party financing. CareCredit offers a variety of low-interest and no-interest payment plans that fit a wide range of budgets. Most patients who apply are approved for credit.

Are you ready to start straightening your teeth with Invisalign? Contact us today to learn more about this treatment and its associated costs.

Invisalign FAQs

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Are you ready to get started with Invisalign in Grayslake, or would you like more information before you schedule your consultation? If it’s the latter, we have written the following list of FAQs just for you! Below, we answer some of the most common questions that patients have about Invisalign. Of course, if you do not see the specific information you were hoping for, you are more than welcome to call our office so we can personally assist you.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

There are quite a few different factors that can affect your Invisalign timeline. On average, the treatment takes 12 months. However, you might have to wear your aligners for a longer or shorter period of time. It primarily depends on the extent of your dental misalignment. Other factors, such as your age and your compliance with treatment, also have a bearing on exactly how long Invisalign will take to complete its job. You can avoid unnecessary delays by diligent wearing your aligners, not missing any Invisalign checkups, and taking excellent care of your teeth.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign aligners are constructed out of a patented material that is designed to be as comfortable as possible. With that being said, your aligners are likely to cause some soreness as they apply pressure to your teeth, especially when you first transition between aligners. That is simply the nature of orthodontic treatment. Here are a few tips to help you cope with the discomfort:

  • Switch to a new aligner at night so you can sleep through part of the adjustment period.
  • Sip cold water to sooth your mouth.
  • Take over the counter pain relievers if necessary. Taking a dose shortly before you switch aligners will give the medication time to kick in before the soreness starts.

If your mouth ever experiences significant pain during your treatment, you might have a dental problem that requires attention from your general/cosmetic dentist in Grayslake. It’s also possible that an aligner is damaged or was not manufactured correctly, in which case you would need to call us for assistance.

What Happens After Invisalign?

You will have to wear a retainer to maintain your results. There are a few different types of retainers, including removable ones and ones that are bonded onto the backs of your teeth. The Invisalign company even manufacturers its own brand of aligners, called Vivera, which are very similar to the aligners worn throughout treatment. If you have a removable retainer, you should wear it as close to 24/7 as possible at first. Later, you may be able to transition to wearing it only at night.

What if My Invisalign Broke?

If there are hairline cracks on an aligner, you might be able to continue wearing it — just be careful when handling it so you do not worsen the damage. If an aligner is broken or warped, however, do not attempt to wear it, and don’t try to repair it by yourself. Rather, call us. We will give you guidance on your next steps. We might recommend that you wear a previous aligner until we can order a replacement for you. Or, if you were close to moving on to your next aligner, you might be able to start wearing it a few days early. 

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