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Invisalign® – Cambridge, MA

Clear Braces, Clear Results

Beautiful smile with straight teeth after Invisalign® in Cambridge

Do you know you ought to pursue orthodontic treatment, but you hesitate to get traditional braces? You are not alone. Countless adults and image-conscious teenagers dislike the idea of having brackets and wires attached to their teeth. We understand that, which is why we are pleased to offer a more discreet way to address most cases of dental misalignment: Invisalign® in Cambridge, MA. Continue reading this page to learn more about Invisalign® and its many benefits.

Why Choose Fresh Pond Dental for Invisalign®?

How Invisalign® Works

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Instead of using brackets and wires to straighten the teeth, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners. You wear each aligner for 20 – 22 hours each day for two weeks before you graduate to the next one. Once you work your way through all of the aligners, your teeth should be in their ideal positions.

The Invisalign® process starts with a consultation with a dentist in Cambridge who is qualified to offer it. If they determine that you are a good candidate for the treatment, they will use advanced technology to capture a digital impression of your teeth. The Invisalign® laboratory will use that impression as the basis for fabricating your aligners.

Indications for Invisalign®

3D illustration of crossbite, an indication for Invisalign

Invisalign® can serve many of the same purposes as traditional braces. It is often able to correct the following issues:

Crowded Teeth

If your teeth overlap one another, Invisalign® can shift them so they each have their own space. In some cases, Invisalign® works along with extractions and other treatments to achieve optimal results.

Gaps Between Teeth

Too much space between the teeth is an aesthetic issue, but it may also cause problems for the gums. Invisalign® can gently move the teeth closer together.

Poor Bite Alignment

Overbite, underbite, and crossbite are all common forms of malocclusion (bad bite). Invisalign® aligners, with the help of certain attachments, can help most patients find freedom from these issues.

The Benefits of Invisalign®

Happy female patient with straight teeth holding Invisalign aligner

Some of the primary benefits of Invisalign® include:

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign®

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The cost of Invisalign® in Cambridge depends on how many aligners you require, as well as other factors. We will give you an estimate during your complimentary consultation. Some dental insurance policies are willing to cover about half the cost of Invisalign®, up to the amount of the plan’s lifetime orthodontic maximum. Also, please feel free to ask us if we are currently offering any Invisalign® specials. We will do everything we can to help you afford your treatment.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign®

Illustration of Invisalign® being placed on upper dental arch

The number of aligners needed to complete treatment is the top factor that influences the price of Invisalign®. How many aligners you require will depend on the degree of your dental misalignment, the specific type of orthodontic problem you are suffering from, whether you are straightening one arch or both, and whether you require any replacement aligners throughout your treatment.

Another factor that can affect Invisalign’s cost is whether you will require any accessories, such as elastics, to enjoy successful treatment.

During your consultation, we will be able to evaluate your situation and provide you with a personalized cost estimate for your treatment.

Invisalign® vs. Mail-Order Clear Aligners: Which Costs More?

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In the past few years, mail-order clear aligner systems have experienced a boom in popularity. Their appeal is understandable; they usually cost around $2,000 for start to finish treatment. Invisalign®, on the other hand, may cost quite a bit more than that.

Of course, it is important to consider what you are getting for your money. With Invisalign® in Cambridge, you get to enjoy the personal support of a team of highly trained dental professionals. We oversee every stage of your treatment to ensure the best results possible. Plus, the aligners are made out of a patented plastic material that is designed for precise tooth movements.

With mail-order clear aligners, you do not get in-person support. In fact, you might even be expected to take your own dental impressions. Even a small error while doing so could interfere with your treatment’s outcome. Additionally, the aligners are usually made out of basic plastics that may not look or feel as good as Invisalign® aligners.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign®?

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Some dental insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic maximum, so they might cover 50% of the cost of Invisalign®, up to a pre-designated spending limit. Keep in mind, though, that some policies that cover orthodontia exclude Invisalign®. Our team will be happy to help you navigate your benefits and, if possible, secure pre-authorization for your clear aligner treatment. If your insurance will not cover Invisalign®, you might choose to use your FSA instead.

Options for Making Invisalign® Affordable

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As your Invisalign® dentist in Cambridge, we want you to be able to afford your aligners. To help you, we offer a few convenient provisions:

  • Money-saving specials. We offer a FREE initial consultation for Invisalign®. Plus, you can get started on your treatment for only $999 down.
  • Most patients qualify for a third-party, low-interest payment plan through CareCredit.
  • Discount plan. The Essential Dental Plan provides reduced prices on virtually all the services available in our practice.

Are you ready to learn more about Invisalign® and its cost? Get in touch with the team at Fresh Pond Dental today.

Invisalign FAQs

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When you visit your cosmetic dentist in Cambridge, our team will be more than happy to answer all your questions about Invisalign. However, we recognize that many patients prefer to do their own reading before they schedule an appointment. Below, you will find answers to some common questions about this treatment. Make a note of anything you would like further explanation on — we look forward to speaking with you!

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The average treatment timeline for Invisalign is 12 months. However, your treatment may take significantly more or less time. It depends primarily on the extent of your dental misalignment. Some patients use Invisalign in Cambridge for as little as 6 months before they achieve their final results. Others must invest 18 months or longer into their orthodontic journey. While that might seem like a long time, it is still on the shorter end of average treatment times with traditional braces, which usually take at least 18 months to complete their job.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign aligners are designed with patient comfort in mind. They are made out of a smooth, patented plastic material that rests comfortably against the gums and teeth. They are also free of the brackets and wires that are often a cause of complaint amongst wearers of traditional braces.

However, it is important to keep in mind that orthodontic treatment works because it applies consistent pressure to the teeth. Logically, that pressure can cause some discomfort, particularly when you first start wearing a new Invisalign aligner. You can ease any soreness by sipping on cool water, switching to each new aligner at night, and taking over the counter pain medications if necessary.

What Happens After Invisalign?

After you work your way through all of your aligners, our team will verify that the results of your Invisalign treatment are satisfactory. Then, we will provide you with a retainer. If your retainer is removable, you will have to wear it for 20 – 22 hours each day for at least a few months. Eventually, you may be able to wear it only at night.

Remember that complying with retainer wear is critically important. If you fail to wear your retainer as recommended, your teeth could drift back out of place, effectively undoing all of your hard work with Invisalign.

What if My Invisalign Broke?

If an aligner has small hairline cracks, you might be able to continue using it. However, you will need to be extra cautious when you are taking it in and out of your mouth. If the damage is more severe, do not attempt to wear the aligner, and do not try to repair it on your own. Instead, call us and ask for advice. We might recommend that you switch to a new aligner a few days early. Alternatively, we may tell you to wear a previous aligner until we can order a replacement for the one that broke.