If the word “braces” calls to mind a mouth full of metallic brackets and wires, you’re not alone. Most patients who visit us think that traditional braces are their only treatment option if they want to have a straighter smile. At Painted Skies Dental Center, we’re happy to offer a comfortable, cosmetic alternative to traditional orthodontics – Invisalign clear braces. Drs. Ramon and Natalie Ortiz both have extensive experience and training straightening patients’ smiles using the Invisalign system, and we’re happy to help adults and teens alike determine whether or not Invisalign clear braces from our Las Cruces, NM cosmetic dentist are the right solution for their smiles.
We’ll start by scheduling an Invisalign consultation to determine whether Invisalign is the right option for correcting your smile alignment. If so, we begin planning treatment right away, and typically, we complete alignment using the Invisalign system in 10 to 18 months. Contact our team to schedule your consultation or keep reading to find out more about the Invisalign treatment process.
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The Invisalign process is fairly straightforward. Our dentists start by capturing images of patients’ current bite and determining what the ideal alignment will be for their smile. Then, a series of alignment trays are designed. Each set of trays represents one stage closer to the patient’s final goal. Patients wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. At the end of this time, they simply exchange their current aligners for the next in the series. Every four to six weeks, patients check in with our team to ensure their smile is progressing according to plan. We are able to intervene and make adjustments throughout the course of treatment to ensure patients achieve their desired end result. Best of all, there’s no need to make drastic changes to your diet or oral hygiene routines. Simply remove the comfortable alignment trays while eating or brushing your teeth.
What will your smile look like after Invisalign? Believe it or not, it’s possible to get a glimpse of your future smile thanks to Invisalign SmileView. You just submit a selfie showing off your teeth, and we can then simulate the final results of the treatment so that you know what you can reasonably expect.
When patients start to express interest in straightening their smiles, one of their first concerns is the cost of Invisalign in Las Cruces. This is understandable; cost is a major factor in many patients’ choice to undergo any type of dental work. However, the price of Invisalign varies a great deal between patients. At your consultation, our dentists will go over the factors that affect how much Invisalign costs for you. Then, we can review your financing options, including dental insurance and our in-house savings plan.
Multiple variables come into play when determining the cost of Invisalign. Some of these factors include:
These days, “do-it-yourself” clear aligner systems are everywhere. After all, they cost a fraction of the price of Invisalign, and you don’t have to set foot in a dentist’s office. While the lower price may seem attractive, keep in mind that when it comes to dental work, you get what you pay for.
With DIY clear aligners, you’re responsible for taking your own impressions of your teeth and wearing the trays. Even the tiniest mistake in this process could prove disastrous since you’re not being overseen by a dental professional. Your teeth may end up becoming even more misaligned, costing you more in the long run correcting these issues. By choosing to see an Invisalign dentist in Las Cruces from the start, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with a safe, high-quality treatment.
It depends. Some dental insurance providers view Invisalign as purely cosmetic and won’t cover any part of the cost, while others may pay for some portion of it in specific situations. Our team members have helped countless patients make it easy to navigate and maximize their insurance benefits to receive all of the coverage they qualify for. We’re even in-network with many leading providers, including:
Even our uninsured patients can still enjoy affordable Invisalign in Las Cruces thanks to our financing options. For one, we can help you sign up for a low- to no-interest payment plan through CareCredit. This company offers multiple flexible plans to choose from, so there’s bound to be one that can fit comfortably within your budget!
As an alterative to insurance, we offer an in-house dental savings plan to make our care more accessible for families. Under the Painted Skies Dental Plan, you get a 10% discount on Invisalign as well as most other services, and FREE preventive care. All you have to do is pay a flat annual fee to access savings on many services that insurance won’t cover!
Braces are an orthodontic treatment that many patients are choosing to leave in the past thanks to Invisalign in Las Cruces. This modern procedure allows you to preserve your appearance while straightening your smile and improving your oral health. Whether you’re in your teens or over 40, it’s never too late to reap the benefits from aligning your pearly whites. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some common questions we get from our patients below.
Many people wonder whether Invisalign aligners are truly more comfortable than metal braces. Unlike traditional brackets and wires, trays are crafted from smooth, FDA-approved plastic that is custom fitted for your unique mouth shape. This helps minimize pain or discomfort, although you will go through a short adjustment period when you switch to your new set of aligners. You can avoid enduring this by changing your trays overnight, so you sleep through the majority of the slight discomfort.
Unfortunately, Invisalign treatment is still considered a cosmetic service, although some dental insurance companies are beginning to change this. To find out for sure whether your provider will cover the cost, it’s best to contact them directly. Most insurance plans do include benefits for orthodontic treatments if they’re necessary to help you maintain your oral health.
One great perk of Invisalign treatment is that you won’t have to endure long, painful tightening appointments with your orthodontist, like you would with traditional braces. Instead, you’ll visit your dentist in Las Cruces every four to six weeks to pick up your new set of trays. They’ll also complete a quick examination of your teeth to make sure your timeline is on track. Typically, these appointments last about 15 minutes and can easily be squeezed into a lunch break.
Caring for your aligners is a vital part of keeping them practically unnoticeable and maintaining your oral health throughout the course of the treatment. You can purchase a special cleaning kit from Invisalign, gently brush them with clear antibacterial soap, or soak them in a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. When you rinse them off, be sure not to use hot water because it can warp your aligners. Also, remember to take your aligners out any time you eat something or drink any beverage besides water.
For more tips on how to take care of your trays, you can call our dental office or ask Drs. Ramon Ortiz or Natalie Ortiz for cleaning recommendations during your consultation.
Just like with traditional braces, you will need to wear a retainer after Invisalign. Your teeth have a sort of “muscle memory” that causes them to shift back into their original positions if they’re not held in place. When it gets closer to the end of your treatment, we’ll craft a retainer for you and let you know how long you’ll need to wear it. Some patients need to only wear one at night, and others are good candidates for permanent retainers.’