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Invisalign Clear Braces – Baltimore, MD

Get the Straight Smile You’ve Always Wanted – Without Any Metal!

smiling young woman with Invisalign in Baltimore If you were unable to wear braces when you were younger, you might believe that it’s impossible to straighten your crooked teeth without having to wear metal brackets and wires and look like a nerdy teenager again. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case at all! Countless adults have enjoyed straight, healthy smiles thanks to Invisalign clear braces. These transparent, removable trays shift your teeth without even being noticeable when worn. At Harbor East Dental, we offer Invisalign in Baltimore to teenagers and adults alike who wish to align their pearly whites. Contact us today to get started!

How Invisalign Works

woman putting an Invisalign aligner in her mouth

Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to reposition the teeth. It employs the same basic orthodontic principle as conventional braces — gradual movement through focused pressure — without the need for visible metal hardware. You’ll wear each set of trays for a few weeks at a time before switching to the next pair in the series. Each set focuses on shifting a small section of the smile at a time until all of your pearly whites are in perfect alignment.

The Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat what you like and brush and floss your teeth as normal throughout your treatment. And, as long as you are wearing the trays for the recommended 20 to 22 hours each day, you can feel free to remove them before limited special occasions as well, like big meetings or important presentations. In this way, Invisalign offers greater flexibility than fixed braces.

Problems That Invisalign Can Fix

dentist showing a patient how Invisalign works

While patients with severe orthodontic problems may require traditional braces to straighten their smiles, Invisalign is capable of addressing mild to moderate cases of many common alignment issues, including:

Crowded Teeth

People with crowded teeth may have a higher risk of cavities and oral infections. That’s because there are nooks and crannies between the teeth that easily trap food debris and bacteria, which can be hard to remove during your daily oral care routine. Luckily, Invisalign can bring your teeth into the proper positioning to make brushing and flossing more effective.

Gaps Between Teeth

While some people find small gaps between teeth charming, these spaces aren’t often considered conventionally attractive. If you’re self-conscious of a gap in your grin, we might be able to close the space with Invisalign.

Misaligned Bite

Even minor cases of overbite, underbite, and crossbite can exert stress on the jaw joints and lead to TMJ disorder. Believe it or not, Invisalign is often capable of shifting your jaw alignment, ensuring that your upper and lower teeth meet as they should.

The Benefits of Invisalign

person holding an Invisalign aligner and a model of teeth with braces

Ever since its invention two decades ago, Invisalign has taken the world by storm, and it’s not hard to see why. They deliver benefits that you just can’t get with traditional braces. For example:

  • Oral hygiene remains largely the same as it did before treatment; simply take out your aligners to brush and floss.
  • Since the aligners are removable, you won’t have to change your diet like you would with braces.
  • On average, Invisalign treatment is quicker than that of braces.
  • The trays are made from smooth plastic that is less likely to irritate the soft tissues in your mouth than metal wires and brackets.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

dentist in Baltimore explaining the cost of Invisalign to a patient

The total cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on a few factors, including the complexity of your case and how well you comply with the instructions. Breaking an aligner or not wearing them for the recommended amount of time will likely result in delayed treatment and additional expense. People who have more complex cases requiring longer treatment times will also have to pay a little more for additional materials and visits to the dentist. Most treatments are complete in about a year.

When you visit your Baltimore dentist for an Invisalign consultation, they’ll review all of the variables that affect your total treatment costs. Our team can also help you navigate your payment options, such as dental insurance and CareCredit financing.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

Patient and dentist discussing the cost of Invisalign in Baltimore

Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your orthodontic health and discuss your goals for your smile, we’ll be able to give you an estimated price of your Invisalign treatment. We’ll craft this estimate based on several factors, such as:

  • Your age
  • The presence of issues like cavities or gum disease
  • The level of complexity of your orthodontic issue

Additionally, your commitment to your treatment plan will influence the length and cost. If you are careless with your aligners and lose or break them often, or if you don’t wear your aligners as often as you should, you’re likely to add more time and cost to your treatment.

Invisalign VS Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

Clear Smile Direct Club aligners in Baltimore on white background

Companies like the Smile Direct Club™ offer “mail-in aligners,” which boast a lower price tag as well as the convenience of not visiting a dentist’s office. However, cheaper is not always better, especially when it comes to orthodontic treatment. These DIY orthodontic services have no oversight from a trained professional, meaning it’s up to you to ensure the impressions are taken correctly, the aligners are properly made, and that your treatment stays on track. If you have any questions or concerns, you’ll need to contact their support line, and there’s no guarantee that the person who answers will have any orthodontic experience. In the end, there are plenty of things that could go wrong and cause more harm than good for your smile.

Instead, we recommend that you skip the hassle and headache and visit us for a professional Invisalign treatment. When you visit Harbor East Dental, you can rest assured that your smile is in experienced and capable hands that will be with you every step of the way on your journey towards a new smile.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Dental insurance paperwork for the cost of Invisalign in Baltimore

Every dental insurance policy differs on their orthodontic coverage. Some don’t offer any coverage, and even among those that do, not all cover Invisalign specifically. There are also supplementary orthodontic insurance plans available for purchase on the marketplace. Our talented team has years of experience navigating the details of all of these insurance policies to help our patients maximize their insurance coverage. If you’re having a difficult time determining what exactly your insurance covers when it comes to orthodontics, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Woman planning how to pay for Invisalign in Baltimore

Even if you don’t have dental insurance or orthodontic coverage, we still offer several ways to make Invisalign in Baltimore affordable. Most patients qualify for flexible financing through CareCredit. With one of these payment plans, patients can choose to get their Invisalign treatment right away and then pay for it over time in smaller, more manageable chunks. Additionally, we’re proud to have limited time special offers like our FREE Invisalign Consultation + $500 Off Treatment! To learn more, don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call.