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Invisalign - Topeka & Silver Lake, KS

A Metal-Free Way To Straighten Teeth

If you have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth and would like to improve the way your smile looks and functions, you are certainly not alone. More adults than ever are choosing orthodontic treatment these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re covering up their smiles with metal brackets and wires.

Today, there’s a better alternative – the Michel Dental team is pleased to offer clear braces with Invisalign in Topeka and Silver Lake. The treatment gives adults and teens a clear alternative to traditional braces.

Why Choose Michel Dental for Invisalign?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment system that straightens teeth using clear, plastic aligners instead of brackets and wires. While you may choose to tell your friends and family that you are straightening with Invisalign, many people won’t even notice you are undergoing orthodontic treatment while you wear the discreet aligners. What’s even better is that the aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat, brush, and floss with ease.

The Invisalign Process

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To set you up with your personalized Invisalign treatment, our dentists will first take digital scans to create a three dimensional model of your smile. This model is then sent to the Invisalign lab, where your trays are created according to the specific dimensions of your dentition.

After your personalized series of aligners is complete and has been sent back to us, you will make a quick visit to our Topeka or Silver Lake dental practice to check the fit. After that, simply wear your aligners as directed -- and watch as your teeth transform!

Some specific guidelines to follow during the Invisalign treatment include:

The Benefits of Invisalign

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The benefits of Invisalign are significant, and include:

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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While Invisalign in Topeka and Silver Lake is very comparable to the cost of traditional orthodontic treatment, the price does vary with each unique case depending on the length and complexity of your treatment. Some dental insurance plans provide an orthodontic benefit, which may or may not include Invisalign. Our team at Michel Dental is passionate about revealing straight, beautiful smiles with Invisalign. We have significant experience with Invisalign and can also provide a number of other cosmetic and restorative treatments to help you enjoy your very best, most beautiful smile. Don’t be afraid to contact us today and let us help you get started.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

A dentist fitting a female patient with her first set of Invisalign aligners

It isn’t until you call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michel that we will be able to provide a reliable cost estimate for your Invisalign treatment. It’s important to remember that no two patients are alike, so your situation will likely be very different from someone else. During your visit, we will examine your oral cavity to determine the problem. We will then consider various factors that will be incorporated into the overall cost for care, some of which include:

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

A digital look at an Invisalign aligner

When it comes to cost, it’s not surprising that Smile Direct Club costs much less than seeing a qualified professional for Invisalign (i.e., $2,000 as opposed to between $3,000 to $8,000). You may be thinking it’s best to just do it yourself and trust a company that promises outstanding results. Unfortunately, you could do more harm than good to your smile if you’re not careful. Here’s how:

  1. You’re not evaluated by a qualified professional throughout treatment.
  2. You’re responsible for generating your own tooth impressions, which can be less accurate or precise and result in ill-fitting aligners.
  3. You won’t have a professional to turn to if you are dealing with a problem.
  4. You’re left to manage your treatment and ensure everything is moving along smoothly.

Instead of relying on what you believe to be “good progress,” it’s best to invest in Invisalign simply because you can trust the process when seeing a qualified professional to administer care.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

A calendar that shows the date and the word “dentist” along with a mask, Invisalign aligners, and dental instruments

Depending on your dental insurance company, they may or may not offer orthodontic coverage. If they do, it may only cover traditional orthodontics, not Invisalign. But this isn’t always the case, which is why it’s best to reach out to a representative at your dental insurance company to make sure. If they do agree to pay a portion of the cost, they may agree to cover up to 50%, which is extremely helpful, but you’ll need to have an alternative way to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses you might incur along the way.

But before you start looking at your available credit card balances, consider how you may be able to use your FSA (if you have one) to pay a portion of your orthodontic treatment.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Uninsured? Worried you won’t be able to pay for your Invisalign aligners? Before you give up and cancel your scheduled consultation, consider how our Smile Savings Plan or flexible financing can help! With our Smile Savings Plan, you can pay one low annual fee for access to basic dental care as well as discounts on other available treatments.

If you’d prefer to break up your treatment into more manageable payments, you can always see if your eligible to enroll in a low or no interest payment plan through CareCredit. Offering flexible financing, you can easily stay within your budget while working to straighten teeth in Topeka and Silver Lake.

The team at Michel Dental is ready to help you take the next step. From offering guidance and insight to better understand the cost of your treatment to maximizing your benefits and assisting you in the process of enrolling in flexible financing, we’re here to ensure your smile gets the treatment it deserves at a cost that is affordable.

Invisalign FAQs

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What materials are used to make the aligners?

Invisalign is an FDA-approved treatment that uses a series of clear BPA-free plastic aligners. The thermoplastic material looks like the trays used for whitening treatments; however, they are custom-made to gradually move your teeth.

How are my teeth moved?

Digital impressions of your mouth are used to map your treatment plan using a series of aligners. Each one gradually moves your teeth. You wear each for about one week before switching to the next. The number of aligners needed varies depending on your specific treatment plan. On average, it takes about 1 year to finish the series.

How often do I need an appointment?

Invisalign in Silver Lake is the perfect option if you have a busy schedule. Since no wires are used, you do not need appointments for adjustments, so you spend less time in the dental chair. You will be required to have a checkup about every 10 to 12 weeks to monitor the movement of your teeth.

How often can I take the aligners out?

Since the aligners are not fixed to your teeth, it resolves many of the disadvantages of traditional braces, like dietary restrictions Although this offers convenience, you must also commit to wearing them for at least 22 hours per day, which means you will need to wear them while you are sleeping. You should only remove them when eating or drinking, brushing or flossing your teeth, or when cleaning your aligners.

Will the aligners affect my speech?

As with any orthodontic treatment, there is a bit of a learning curve when speaking. You can expect to have a lisp for 1 or 2 days while you get used to your aligners, but it subsides quickly. The aligners offer a secure and comfortable fit, so you will not need to worry about them slipping while speaking.

Can I chew gum while wearing the aligners?

It is best to avoid gum and any other foods while wearing the aligners. Gum sticks to them while foods can cause them to break or discolor.

Will I need a retainer?

You will need a retainer after you have finished your series of aligners to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions.

Still Have Questions?

Michel Dental wants you to feel confident in your decision to align your teeth. If you still have questions about Invisalign, we are more than happy to answer them. Contact our office today to learn more about the treatment or to schedule your consultation.

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