Invisalign® – Frisco, TX

A Clear Option
for Straightening Your Smile

More often than not, older patients (especially working professionals) say they want to straighten teeth but don’t want their appearance to change as a result along the way. With Invisalign treatment, you can not only shift teeth without relying on metal brackets and wires but maintain many of your day-to-day habits as well! Simply call our dental office and we’ll get you set up for a consultation to confirm if Invisalign in Frisco, TX is right for you.

Why Choose Stonebriar Smile Design for Invisalign®?

  • Aligners Created Using
    Digital Impression Technology
  • Ideal for Adults and
    Older Teens
  • Cut Your Overall Orthodontic
    Treatment in Half

How Invisalign Works

Hand holding an Invisalign alignment tray

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment plan that uses clear aligners to shift teeth into the ideal position over the course of several months. Each set of alignment trays represents your smile being one step closer to the ideal end position. You’ll wear the alignment trays for about two weeks at a time, then simply exchange them for the next set in the series. Visit our dental office every six to eight weeks for checkups where we’ll make sure teeth are moving according to our plans; we can even adjust your treatment to ensure you achieve the desired result.

Benefits of Invisalign

Woman placing her Invisalign tray

When Invisalign is a good option to align your smile, there are many benefits you can expect, including:

  • Speed – your treatment will be finalized in just 8 to 18 months compared with the 18 to 36 months often needed for traditional braces. Additionally, you will only need to visit us every six to eight weeks for dental checkups to ensure your treatment is progressing correctly. Traditional braces need be adjusted once or twice every month by an orthodontist.
  • Comfort – brackets and wires can irritate soft tissue, leading to discomfort throughout the course of orthodontic treatment. Comfortable, smooth alignment trays remove this irritation, allowing patients to shift their smiles with minimal pain.
  • No Hassle – because you can simply remove your Invisalign tray during meals and cleanings, there’s no need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine throughout the course of your Invisalign treatment plan. Simply remove your aligner to eat all your favorite foods, and brush and floss as you usually would.

Who Does Invisalign Help?

Closeup of man's smile with Invisalign tray in place

In general, Invisalign is meant for teenagers and adults who want to straighten teeth in Frisco but are wary of getting traditional metal braces. We may recommend Invisalign for the following issues:

Crowding

Animated smile with gaps between teeth

If your teeth are too crowded together, they can be difficult to brush and floss properly. As a result, you’ll be at a higher risk for cavities. An Invisalign treatment will properly straighten teeth in Frisco so that they’ll be easier to clean.

Spaces

Animated smile with crowded teeth

Food can get stuck in the spaces between your teeth, increasing the risk for tooth decay and bad breath. These gaps can be corrected with Invisalign.

Bite Alignment

Animated smile with bite alignment issues

If you’re suffering from overbite or underbite, the uneven pressure on your jaw joint can cause you to grind and clench your teeth, wearing them down. We can use Invisalign to help your jaw line up properly.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

Set of Invisalign trays in carrying case

Ultimately, the cost of Invisalign in Frisco depends on several factors, including the length of treatment and the number of aligners needed. We can work with you to form an accurate estimate so that you can create a plan. Dental insurance can help lower the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket; in general, you can expect your policy to cover Invisalign if it would pay for other kinds of orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have insurance, we can help you get flexible, low- or no-interest financing with CareCredit.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

smiling young man holding a clear aligner

Because no two sets of pearly whites are exactly the same, the price of Invisalign can vary greatly from patient to patient. Three primary factors affecting the cost are:

  • Whether you’re straightening the top arch of teeth, the bottom arch, or both
  • The complexity of the tooth movements required (someone with multiple gapped teeth, for example, will pay more for treatment than someone who only has a minor gap between their front teeth)
  • The expected timeline of your treatment (longer treatment times necessitate an increased number of aligners and thus a higher price of treatment)

During your consultation, your Invisalign dentist in Frisco can discuss all of these variables, and how they impact the cost of your treatment, in greater detail.

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

dental hygienist holding two Invisalign aligners in the shape of a heart

Invisalign tends to cost somewhere between $3,000 and $8,000, while Smile Direct Club rarely costs more than $2,000. If your only goal is a quick, inexpensive fix for slightly crooked teeth, then Smile Direct Club and other do-it-yourself clear aligner kits are the obvious winner.

That said, cheaper is not always better. Mail-order clear aligners often come with little to no supervision from a dental professional, so there is plenty of room for things to go wrong. For example, you might end up wearing the trays incorrectly, which could cause orthodontic problems that would require professional treatment anyway. By seeing our talented team from the start for Invisalign, you’ll save yourself a great deal of time and money – not to mention the peace of mind that comes from a safe, precise treatment!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

dental insurance form on a clipboard

Many dental insurance providers cover Invisalign to the same degree that they would cover metal braces. Others may exclude Invisalign because they view it as elective. Our practice is not an in-network provider with any insurance company, but we will happily take a look at your plan and make sure you’re getting all of the benefits you qualify for.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

smiling dentist holding a pink piggy bank

If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry! At Stonebriar Smile Design, we have other ways of making Invisalign in Frisco affordable. We have partnered with the third-party financing company CareCredit to help our patients split up the cost of their treatments into manageable monthly installments. They have a variety of payment plans that can fit into almost anyone’s budget. Best of all, these plans often come with little or no interest!

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure whether Invisalign is right for you or have concerns about the process? Our team at Stonebriar Smile Design is here to answer your questions. Below are some of the more common inquiries that patients have brought forward in the past.

 

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Traditional orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months, but Invisalign significantly diminishes this treatment time. Most patients achieve their desired smile alignment in just 8 to 18 months with fewer, shorter appointments throughout treatment.

Is Invisalign More Expensive Than Traditional Braces?

In most cases, patients can expect to pay between $500 and $2,000 more for Invisalign compared with traditional braces. Because Invisalign is completed more quickly than traditional orthodontic treatments, you may also have higher individual payments throughout the course of alignment compared with traditional braces. The added costs lead to additional benefits like speedier treatment, improved appearance, and increased comfort, making Invisalign orthodontics well worth the investment for many patients.

What is Invisalign Teen, and Does It Cost the Same as Regular Invisalign?

Invisalign Teen uses the same discreet clear aligner system as Invisalign, but with two adjustments that make it perfect for teens. First, each aligner has a small blue dot that gradually fades as it is worn, and this will help you and your teen keep their treatment on track. Plus, Invisalign Teen also includes 6 free replacement aligners, which is perfect for even the most forgetful or clumsy teen. Overall, you can typically expect Invisalign Teen to have cost comparable to regular Invisalign.

How Do I Care for My Smile During Invisalign Treatment?

Caring for your smile during Invisalign treatment is a breeze. Remove your aligners each morning and every evening to brush and floss your teeth. You should also wash off your Invisalign trays using cool water and cleansing solution. During meals, you may want to store your alignment tray in cleaning solution to remove plaque buildup. Brushing teeth between meals can also improve your oral health during Invisalign treatment.

Will I Need a Retainer After Invisalign?

Like with any orthodontic process, you will have to wear a retainer after an Invisalign treatment to prevent your teeth from returning to its old position. You’ll typically need to wear these retainers for at least 22 hours a day for six months; after that, you’ll only need to wear them at night.