Invisalign Provider in San Francisco

Are you looking to straighten your smile in a discreet way? Invisalign treatment might be for you! Our office is a proud Invisalign provider in the San Francisco area and is ready to give you a smile you deserve. Invisalign can help correct crowded teeth and crooked teeth and will help you meet your smile goals in no time.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment option used to correct mild to moderate alignment issues in patients’ smiles. The invisible aligners are created using clear plastic, so they are virtually invisible. Patients find them more desirable than conventional braces due to their comfort, appearance, and ease of use.

When starting the Invisalign process, you will visit our office, and our dentist will use digital scanning to get 3D digital images of your teeth to create your custom aligner trays. You will wear the aligner for about 22 hours per day, only taking them out to eat and brush your teeth. You will schedule checkups with our dentist every couple of months to check in on the progress and get new aligner trays.

Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete. Some patients may require longer treatment depending on the severity of their misaligned teeth, but patients can start to see results in a matter of weeks.

Cost of Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign will be different for each patient. Treatment typically ranges from $3,500 to $6,000, but there is a wide range of factors that will affect this overall cost.

Factors That Affect the Cost

Dental Insurance

Many insurance providers cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign treatment, leaving a portion of the cost to be paid out of pocket. Every provider is different, so this amount can vary. Patients who don't have dental insurance will also pay more out of pocket for treatment.

The Severity of Misalignment

Patients with more severe alignment issues will expect to pay more for treatment. More severe cases will require more aligners and longer treatment, resulting in a higher cost of treatment.

Treatment Time

When patients have a more severe case, their treatment will take longer than someone with a mild alignment issue. The longer the treatment takes, the bigger your investment will be for Invisalign.

Invisalign vs. Braces

So what is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces, and why should you choose Invisalign?

Treatment Time

Invisalign offers faster treatment times for our patients. Traditional braces take anywhere from 12 to 36 months to complete. The Invisalign treatment process takes 6 to 24 months to complete.

Cost

Invisalign can range from $3,500 to $6,000 for the cost of treatment. Braces typically cost $1,700 - $6,000 for treatment. Traditional metal braces are less expensive, but many patients find that the benefits of Invisalign make up for the increased cost.

Convenience

Braces require monthly visits to have your wires adjusted, whereas Invisalign only requires visits every three months and new aligners every two weeks. Invisalign trays are also removable, so you can easily maintain your dental care and eat whatever you want. With braces, you can get food stuck in the brackets and have to maneuver around them to clean your teeth.

Comfort

Invisalign clear aligners are smooth and comfortable and don't cause much discomfort to patients when wearing them. The rough metal brackets and wires of metal braces can cause discomfort and irritate the mouth and gums.

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Maintaining Your Results

Once you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing all that you can to maintain your straight teeth. When your alignment is correct and where it needs to be, we will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom dental retainer. Dental retainers are to be worn every day following treatment to ensure your teeth stay in their correct position and don’t shift out of place.

There are two main types of retainers used.

  • Fixed: A fixed retainer is permanently placed in your mouth and is not removable. They are glued to the back of your teeth so that they are not visible and are helpful for patients who might forget to wear the retainer every day.
  • Removable: A removable retainer is similar to the Invisalign aligners in that they are clear and can be taken out. They are not usually recommended because they can be ineffective if patients do not remember to wear them as instructed, leading to their teeth shifting back out of place.

Contact Us

Invisalign treatment can be a great option for many patients with mild to moderate alignment issues. It can transform your smile and give you back your confidence in as little as six months.

If you are interested in learning more about this state-of-the-art technology, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with our dental team.