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Invisalign Clear Braces – Arlington Heights, IL

Discreet, Customized Orthodontic Treatment


Have you always wanted a straight smile but did not want to spend years dealing with the visibility or restrictions of traditional braces? Now, you can get the results you want with a nearly invisible solution. With Invisalign clear aligners in Arlington Heights, IL you will enjoy a less noticeable treatment that resolves many of the common complaints of metal braces. In about a year, you will improve your oral health and confidence with a straight smile. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign or feel free to contact us today to see if the treatment is right for your smile.

Why Choose Westgate Dental Care for Invisalign Clear Aligners?

  • Customized Orthodontic Treatment
  • Great for Teens and Adults
  • Discreet Aligners That Aren’t Detectable

How Invisalign Works

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In order to achieve a straighter smile in less time, you will need to adhere to the instructions of your orthodontist. During your initial consultation, we will take digital impressions of your teeth. This will serve as a guideline for dental lab technicians to use when crafting your customized aligners.

Once they are ready, you will be expected to wear your trays for 20 - 22 hours each day for 1 - 2 weeks at a time. When switching to the next set in the series, your teeth will begin to gently move in the right direction, putting you one step closer to a beautiful smile. In 12 - 18 months, you can expect the gaps in your smile to have closed. After you’re finished with Invisalign, it will be necessary for you to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original position.


Indications for Invisalign

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Invisalign can be effectively used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues, including:

Crowded Teeth

Animated smile with crowded teeth

Crowded teeth can lead to an unattractive smile and also make your teeth harder to clean, significantly increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The issue can also cause uneven wear on your teeth. In some cases, it can even cause a receding gum line. If there is trauma to your mouth, you also have a heightened risk of a broken or knocked-out tooth. Moving your teeth into their ideal positions improves your oral health and lessens the potential for a dental emergency.

Gaps Between Teeth

Animated smile with large spaces between teeth

There is not a single cause for gapped teeth; in fact, there are many causes including missing teeth, misshapen teeth, gum disease, tongue thrust, genetics, and more. Spaces between your pearly whites be embarrassing and troublesome, as they can also put extra wear and tear on your enamel. With Invisalign, we can help eliminate these awkward spaces and preserve your oral health.

Bite Alignment

Animated smile in need of bite alignment

Bite issues including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites all have the potential to cause serious jaw issues. Fortunately, we can create a custom treatment plan involving Invisalign that guides your teeth into a healthier position that will support your oral health and functionality moving forward.


The Benefits of Invisalign

Patient placing Invisalign clear aligner tray

Apart from their clear appearance, Invisalign aligners will have you seeing a straighter smile in no time at all. When comparing the benefits of Invisalign to those of traditional braces, it is no wonder so many patients are choosing this discreet method of treatment. In choosing Invisalign, you can expect:

  • Easy-to-maintain aligners.
  • Treatment that is virtually undetectable by others.
  • Minimal discomfort since the aligners are fitted to your mouth.
  • No food or beverage restrictions as long as you remove your aligners before eating.
  • No irritation to the soft tissues of your mouth.
  • Quicker results, usually within 12 - 18 months.
  • Fewer visits to the dentist’s office.


How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

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Millions of people have chosen Invisalign because of its many benefits, including appearance, comfort, and lifestyle. If you’re considering treatment, you’re surely wondering about the cost. Because no two cases are the same, it’s virtually impossible to provide you with a precise estimate without examining your smile first. That’s why we’ve included the factors that impact the total cost of Invisalign in Arlington Heights. Read on to learn more!

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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The cost of your Invisalign will depend on a few factors:

  • Whether you need one or both arches straightened – While it’s usually both, some patients only require the need for alignment in one arch.
  • The complexity of your case – The more crooked, gapped, or misaligned your teeth are, the higher you can expect your treatment cost to be.
  • The timeframe of your treatment – Longer treatments will require more aligners, which may increase your price. Additionally, your treatment time will depend on how well you keep up with instructions like wearing your aligners regularly.

Invisalign VS Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

Man smiling while holding an Invisalign clear aligner

If you’re looking for the quickest fix at the lowest cost, Smile Direct Clubs is usually cheaper; it costs just around $2,000 and Invisalign can cost between $3,000 to $8,000. However,  this is still a “do it yourself” clear aligner kit with little to no supervision throughout the entire process. This can lead to serious problems that require treatment from a professional.

On the other hand, if you choose Invisalign, we will be with you every step of the way to ensure the treatment is smooth and effective! We take precise impressions that lead to better results and an easier process overall. If you’re looking for peace of mind, Invisalign is the best choice. Plus, you may even save money by avoiding some of the health issues that come with unsupervised orthodontics.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Only some insurance providers offer coverage for orthodontics, and Invisalign is generally not included. However, this isn’t always the case! It’s worth it to check with your plan to see what coverage they have. We are always happy to communicate with your insurance directly to maximize your benefits and help you save. If you have an FSA account, you can usually use those funds to help cover costs.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Whether you don’t have insurance or your plan simply doesn’t cover Invisalign, there is no need to worry! We offer various options to make this treatment affordable for all budgets. We often have new patient offers that help patients enjoy our quality dentistry. We are ready to help you achieve the straight teeth you’ve always wanted!

Get a Straighter Smile Today

Man placing Invisalign tray

By choosing Invisalign to correct your alignment and bite issues, you will not just invest in your confidence, but your oral health as well. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, decreasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Not to mention, it can lessen your risk of a dental emergency by resolving rotated or protruding teeth.

That said, although Invisalign is effective, it’s not the right solution for everyone. If you have severely gapped, rotated, or tilted teeth, you may need another option. Your cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights will perform the necessary consultation to ensure that you are a candidate for the clear aligners.

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Invisalign FAQs

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When preparing for Invisalign, it’s important that you understand the process and what to expect from treatment. During your initial consultation with one of our highly skilled dentists, you will certainly have all your questions answered. Before you arrive, here are some frequently asked questions about Invisalign that might help to provide some clarity.

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

If you decide Invisalign is the method of treatment you want to pursue, it is advised that you speak to a dentist in Arlington Heights to discuss whether you are a good candidate or not. There is a high level of responsibility that comes with wearing Invisalign, so if you’re not up to wearing your aligners at least 20-22 hours each day, this may not be the solution for you.

Children and young teenagers are not eligible for Invisalign simply because their teeth have not finished growing, but as an adult, if you have overcrowding, a bite alignment issue, crooked teeth, or spacing problems, Invisalign can help you achieve the perfectly aligned smile you deserve.

Why Choose Invisalign Over Metal Braces?

There are many reasons to choose Invisalign over your traditional metal braces; however, it is ultimately up to you as to how you want to straighten your teeth. Some of the reasons Invisalign might be the better option include:

  • Aesthetically pleasing – Invisalign offers a clear alternative to the metal brackets and wires that make up traditional braces.
  • Less irritation – Invisalign aligners are smooth, whereas traditional braces can rub and irritate your cheeks, gums, and other soft tissues in the mouth.
  • Faster treatment – With Invisalign, you’ll experience a faster treatment method than with traditional braces. Invisalign typically takes between 12 and 18 months, and traditional braces can take between 2 to 3 years.
  • Flexibility – Metal braces cannot be removed. They’re affixed to your teeth, which can make it harder to eat and enjoy the foods you love. Invisalign is removable, which means you can (and should) remove your aligners before eating or drinking.

How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?

There are two options for cleaning your aligners: the Invisalign Cleaning System or a toothbrush and clear soap. Whichever method you choose is perfectly fine, as both will effectively keep your aligners clean. If you choose the latter, simply use your toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water to remove any dried saliva and bacteria from your trays. This can be done after performing your regular oral hygiene routine each morning and night. It’s also worth mentioning that whenever you are out with friends or family for dinner, make sure to carry your protective case so you can keep your aligners safe should you accidentally drop them.

What Is the Cost of Invisalign?

Many factors contribute to the overall cost of your Invisalign treatment, and the only way to receive a true estimate is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Some of these factors might include:

  • The severity of your dental problem.
  • The number of aligners you’ll need.
  • If you need any pre-Invisalign dental work completed.
  • Your aftercare retainer.