Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces that works by adjusting your teeth with a series of clear aligners. These clear aligners are much less noticeable than metal brackets, so Invisalign is especially appealing for adults. One benefit people might not be aware of, however, is the affordability of Invisalign which makes it possible to receive a beautiful smile no matter your budget. In Midtown East, NY, Dr. Chern offers Invisalign with many financing options to help your treatment fit your lifestyle.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear aligners worn throughout the day to straighten your teeth. At your first appointment, a model of your teeth will be created, and your dentist will use this model to create a set of aligners that fit your teeth. Over the course of several months, these aligners will be changed to slowly move and realign your teeth. You will also meet with Dr. Chern for follow-up appointments to make sure your teeth are moving in the right direction for your smile design.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The clear aligners that make up Invisalign’s innovative treatment fit on your teeth like a retainer. The aligners, sometimes called trays, are then worn for 20-22 hours a day and only taken out to eat and brush your teeth. You will change the aligner every 1-2 weeks to a new, tighter, tray that will push your teeth into their new position. If your teeth need to be pulled upward, downward or turned in a certain direction, small buttons made up of a tooth-colored composite will be attached to them to help enhance the mobility of your teeth. Depending on the severity of your correction, treatment can last for as little as 6 months.
Pros of Invisalign
Some of the pros of Invisalign to straighten your teeth include:
- Aligners are virtually invisible
- Easier to clean
- More effectively brush your teeth
- No food restrictions
- No orthodontic emergencies
- Fewer dental visits
What Makes Up the Cost of Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign treatment cost includes face-to-face orthodontist care and your series of clear aligners. Treatment also includes 3D scans of your teeth, application and removal of buttons, check-in appointments, and retainers for when you are finished with all of your trays.
Affordable Treatment Plans
Invisalign offers several plans to make your treatment affordable, including FSA or HSA payments, monthly installments, or insurance coverage. FSA stands for a flexible savings account. FSA may be offered by your employer and if available to you, you will put a set amount of money from each paycheck into the account. This money is set aside for medical, dental, and orthodontic costs, including Invisalign. Similarly, an HSA (health savings account) sets aside money to be used for those potential medical costs and is designed for people who have a high deductible on their insurance plan.
If you do not have an HSA or FSA, Invisalign is partnered with an online loan provider that allows you to make monthly payments. These payments are set at a fixed rate so you can plan for how much you will be paying every month. Additionally, you can work directly with Dr. Chern and her staff to set up a financing plan that works with your budget. Our goal is to help you achieve the best treatment with a plan that fits your life and Invisalign’s financing options will allow that to happen.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been wanting to realign your teeth and improve your smile, your budget should not get in the way. Contact Dr. Inna Chen at New York General Dentistry to schedule a consultation and set up a financing plan that works for you. You can call our office at (212) 838-0842 or fill out our online contact form.