Invisalign and ClearCorrect in Moline, IL
In today's ever-changing world, we are constantly bombarded with social media posts and headshots, and having a beautiful smile that makes you feel confident is truly an asset. When your teeth are crowded or unevenly spaced, it may cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile, and that stays on your mind. Whether you avoid speaking in front of the group at work, hide your smile when you meet new clients, or cover your grin in the next photo, a lack of confidence takes its toll.
Most adults are put off by the idea of wearing traditional metal braces. However, at LJ Dentistry, we have other solutions for you with Invisalign and ClearCorrect transparent aligner systems!
- Why Crooked Teeth Impact Your Dental Health
- How Invisible Braces Work
- The Steps to Getting Invisible Braces
- Why Retainers Are Important after Orthodontic Treatment
- The Benefits of Invisible Braces
- Does Insurance Cover Invisible Braces?
Why Crooked Teeth Impact Your Dental Health
While your biggest concern may be what other people think of your crooked teeth, did you know that they're also impacting your dental health? Crowded teeth that overlap can be hard to keep clean when you brush and floss, which puts you at risk for plaque build-up that could result in gum disease, tooth decay, or cavities. Crooked teeth are also at a higher risk for fractures or other damage since your bite is not lining up correctly.
When your bite is misaligned, it may contribute to headaches and a painful jaw joint disorder, known as TMD (temporomandibular disorder). A bite that is out of alignment can also cause tooth wear much faster since your teeth are chewing and working in ways they were not designed to.
A straight and beautiful smile boosts your confidence while also protecting your dental health.
How Invisible Braces Work
Invisalign and Clear Correct are orthodontic technologies that discreetly straighten your teeth with clear plastic aligners. Your Quad Cities dentists, Dr. Jackson or Dr. Lemon will consult with you to determine if you’re a candidate for this type of treatment and which system is right for your needs.
You’ll be required to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day so you can achieve your desired results, and you’ll receive a new set of aligners every two weeks. The aligners apply gentle pressure that will gradually move your teeth over time. Most cases take 12 to 18 months to complete, and for many people, can treatment with invisible braces can be achieved more efficiently than with traditional braces.
The Steps to Getting Invisible Braces
The first step is to determine if invisible braces are right for you by scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Jackson or Dr. Lemon. If Invisalign or Clear Correct is in your future, your dentist will create a treatment plan to straighten your teeth using impressions, photos, and 3-D imaging.
Your aligners are fabricated based on this plan and sent to LJ Dentistry. You will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks, and these can often be easily changed out at home. You'll also check in periodically every few weeks with your Moline, IL dentist to ensure that your treatment is progressing according to the plan and your teeth are aligning correctly.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect make it easy for busy adults and teens to straighten their teeth with both efficiency and discretion.
Why Retainers Are Important After Orthodontic Treatment
Once you have completed treatment with ClearCorrect or Invisalign in Moline, you will want to protect your investment in your beautiful smile. The best way to do this is to consistently wear retainers to keep your teeth from drifting back to their previous position. Teeth tend to move and shift, and they will gradually reposition themselves again without the protection of retainers to help keep them in place.
We make most retainers out of plastic or acrylic, and they're comfortable and easy to wear at night while you sleep. Dr. Jackson or Dr. Lemon will determine which type of retainer best suits your needs and make one for you when your orthodontic treatment is completed. All you have to do is wear them every night and enjoy your beautiful smile!
The Benefits of Invisible Braces
The most significant benefit to choosing treatment with Invisalign or ClearCorrect is that these systems are virtually invisible. Since we make aligners with clear plastic, they’re hardly noticeable, allowing you to talk, smile, and participate in normal daily activities without anyone realizing you’re straightening your teeth!
Your aligners are removable so they can be taken out for eating, brushing, and the occasional big event or meeting. Removable aligners mean there are no food restrictions as there would be with traditional braces, and your home care routine won’t suffer because you’ll still be able to brush and floss with ease.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect aligners are also smooth and comfortable to wear, so it's easy to keep them on throughout the day without having to worry about interference with your normal activities. You also don't have to endure the discomfort often caused to soft tissues by pokey metal brackets or wires.
With so many benefits provided by invisible braces, there's no reason you should live with oddly spaced, crowded, or crooked teeth! Contact LJ Dentistry at (309) 764-3242 to arrange your evaluation with one of our Moline dentists.
Does Insurance Cover Invisible Braces?
If the cost of straightening your teeth is a concern, the good news is that treatment with ClearCorrect or Invisalign in Moline, IL is comparable to the price of traditional braces. However, because every patient's situation is unique, we recommend scheduling an evaluation with either Dr. Jackson or Dr. Lemon to determine if Invisalign is right for your needs and what the cost might be. Prices for orthodontic treatment often vary due to the length and complexity of each patient's different case.
If you have dental insurance, you may have an orthodontic benefit included in your plan. If you do, you can use your orthodontic benefit towards treatment with Invisalign or ClearCorrect, and it can help defray the cost of your treatment. If you don't have dental insurance, or your plan doesn't include an orthodontic benefit, you might consider breaking the cost of your treatment into monthly payments with financing through a company like CareCredit.
We want you to attain the beautiful smile you've always dreamed of! We're here to help our patients navigate their finances and fit their treatment into their budget in a way that makes the most sense for them.
Contact LJ Dentistry to Take the Next Step Towards Your Straighter Smile
Dr. Jackson and Dr. Lemon both have extensive training in using Invisalign and Clear Correct to help patients straighten their teeth. They are also both certified providers of these clear aligner systems. With years of combined experience in straightening teeth, you can rest assured that you’ll be pleased with your results. You’ll even be able to see what your newly aligned smile is going to look like before treatment starts with our advanced 3-D imaging.
Don’t let crooked teeth hold you back from your best smile any longer. Straighter teeth and a beautiful smile are just a phone call away!