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Invisalign® – Lebanon, NH

The Convenient Path to Straighter, Healthier Teeth

Many adults know they need orthodontic treatment, but they do not wish to commit to traditional metal braces because they are concerned about the way braces look. For such individuals, Invisalign® offers a convenient alternative. This treatment uses clear, practically invisible aligners to reposition teeth — no metal brackets and wires required. At Santavicca Dental Professionals, we are proud to offer Invisalign® to help our patients achieve straighter, healthier, and more attractive teeth.

How Invisalign® Works

If you are a candidate for Invisalign®, your cosmetic dentist will take images and impressions of your teeth, which will serve as the basis for designing a series of custom, clear aligners. After the Invisalign® laboratory creates your aligners, you will wear each one for 20 – 22 hours each day for about two weeks before you graduate to the next one. Each aligner will apply constant, gentle pressure to your teeth and move them a bit closer to their ideal positions. After you work your way through all of your aligners, you will have a healthier and more functional mouth.

Throughout your treatment period, you will come to us for periodic checkups so we can assess your progress with Invisalign® and provide you with the next few aligners in your series. These checkups usually only take a few minutes; you might even be able to stop in during your lunch break for an appointment.

Benefits of Invisalign

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Invisalign is a popular treatment because it offers a multitude of benefits — much more so than traditional metal braces. Its subtle appearance and convenience are just the beginning! During your consultation, we can answer your questions about how it may be able to help you personally. In the meantime, you can gain a general overview of its many advantages by reading the content below. Invisalign is truly a treatment that you can get excited about!

Discreet Appearance

Smiling young woman holding Invisalign aligner close to her mouth

One of the biggest complains about traditional metal braces is their noticeable appearance. Invisalign, on the other hand, is very discreet. Since it does not call attention to itself, it is usually not the first thing that onlookers notice. You can maintain an open and confident smile whether you are posing for selfies, meeting new people, or simply running errands around town.

Enhanced Comfort

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Invisalign aligners are designed to rest as comfortably as possible against the soft tissues in the mouth. There are no metal brackets and wires to irritate your tongue or cheeks. Plus, because Invisalign is gentler than traditional braces, you can expect less oral soreness and tenderness as your teeth gradually move into their proper positions.

No Dietary Restrictions

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Invisalign aligners are removable. At mealtimes, all you have to do is take your trays out of your mouth, enjoy whatever food you are craving, tend to your oral hygiene, and put your aligners back on your teeth. You can even consume foods that are off-limits with traditional braces, like popcorn and sticky candies. (Of course, it is still important to exercise caution and wisdom when choosing what to eat, but there is nothing wrong with an occasional treat!)

Easy Oral Hygiene

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With traditional braces, it can be a bit challenging to clean around all those brackets and wires. Conversely, Invisalign is removable, so you can brush and floss your teeth using normal techniques. Since you should clean your smile after each meal, this convenient feature is especially valuable!

Fast Follow-Up Appointments

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In most cases, Invisalign follow-up appointments are quite brief — quick enough to complete during your lunch break! Usually, we just check on your progress, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with the next set of aligners in your series. Longer appointments are only necessary if we are making treatment adjustments or completing other lengthier tasks.

Reliable Results and Non-Invasive Treatment

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Invisalign utilizes state-of-the-art technology to produce reliable, predictable tooth movements. It consistently achieves desirable results, and it does so in a non-invasive way. As long as you comply with treatment instructions, it is very likely that you will enjoy a smooth and complication-free journey with Invisalign.

Who Can Invisalign Help?

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Most adults and many responsible adolescents with mildly or moderately misaligned teeth are candidates for Invisalign. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team so we can examine your teeth and confirm that Invisalign is right for you. Once we do so, we can get started on planning your treatment. Here are a few of the specific types of dental misalignment that we commonly use Invisalign to address:

Crowded Teeth

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Crowded, overlapping teeth can trap food between them and increase your chances of developing numerous oral health issues, including cavities, gum disease, bad breath, and more. Often, this problem only worsens with age as the teeth naturally shift. Invisalign is usually able to move the teeth in a way that gives each of them the space needed to function at its best.

Gaps Between Teeth

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Whether they are caused by poor bone development, thumb sucking during childhood, or other factors, large gaps between the teeth can leave your gums vulnerable to injury and irritation. In many cases, Invisalign is able to move the teeth closer together so they function better and look more appealing.


Illustration of an overbite viewed from downward angle

Your upper teeth should rest slightly in front of your bottom teeth. A severe overbite, however, can lead to several problems, such as speech issues, jaw pain, and more. If you have an overbite, we may be able to use Invisalign, along with appropriate accessories, to correct the alignment of your teeth and jaw.


Illustration of an underbite against dark background

If your bottom teeth rest in front of your top teeth, you have what is known as an underbite. Often, genetics, oral trauma, or certain childhood habits (such as thumb sucking) contribute to the development of an underbite. Without treatment, this condition could increase your risk of sleep apnea, as well as difficulties with speaking and chewing. In many cases, Invisalign, along with key accessories, is able to correct cases of underbite.


3D illustration of a crossbite against light background

If some of your bottom teeth sit in front of your top teeth, you have a crossbite. Genetics, poor oral habits, and the early loss of baby teeth can all be factors in the development of a crossbite. Speech problems, chewing difficulties, and more can result if this issue is not treated. Invisalign is often able to reposition the teeth in a way that corrects a crossbite.

Open Bite

Side-view illustration showing an open bite

If your front teeth cannot touch even when your back teeth are closed, you have an open bite. Whether it is the result of poor bone development or other factors, this issue can cause speech and chewing difficulties and other challenges. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners can often close an open bite and improve oral function.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign®

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The cost of Invisalign® in Lebanon varies from patient to patient. When you visit us for your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate for the price you may have to pay. We will also help you explore how your insurance or financing may be able to help you fit Invisalign® into your budget. Although Invisalign® costs a significant amount of money, it is a worthwhile investment that could dramatically improve your oral health and bolster your confidence.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign®

A few factors that influence the cost of Invisalign® include:

  • The number of aligners needed. More extensive treatment requires more aligners and may cost more. Similarly, straightening both dental arches rather than just one calls for more aligners and is likely to incur a higher cost.
  • Some patients require special accessories, like button attachments and rubber bands, to correct bite problems or other issues.
  • If you accidentally lose an aligner, you may have to pay for a replacement. Failing to wear your aligners may extend your treatment timeline and lead to higher overall costs.

Invisalign® vs. DIY Aligners: Cost vs. Value

DIY aligners are more popular than ever. The idea of ordering your clear aligners through the mail may seem convenient and appealing. Plus, these systems usually cost around $2,000, making them significantly cheaper than most Invisalign® cases.

However, it is important to think about cost vs. value. With Invisalign®, you get the personalized support of a highly trained dental team. The aligners are made out of patented materials, and the results are predictable. DIY aligners are often made out of cheap plastics. Plus, you receive little to no in-person assistance. Even a small mistake in your treatment could lead to less than desirable results. You might end up spending a large amount of money to correct problems caused by an unfortunate incident with DIY aligners. It is better to invest in high-quality treatment from the outset, rather than take a gamble on a product with an uncertain outcome.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign®?

Some dental insurance plans include a lifetime maximum for orthodontic treatment, and Invisalign® is usually included. If your policy applies, it might reduce your out-of-pocket costs by $1,000 or more. Our team is happy to file insurance claims for patients, and we will help you with getting pre-authorization prior to beginning your treatment if necessary. If you cannot use your insurance for Invisalign®, you might be able to tap into your FSA or HSA to help you afford it.

Options for Making Invisalign® Affordable

As your Invisalign® dentist in Lebanon, we want to help you afford your treatment! In addition to assisting you with insurance, we offer a few provisions that might play a role in fitting Invisalign® into your budget:

  • Most patients qualify for low-interest financing through CareCredit, a third-party lender. Our team can guide you through the application process.
  • Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan provides reduced costs on virtually all the services we offer.

Are you eager to straighten your teeth with Invisalign®? Call us today to find out how our team can help you navigate the financial aspects of your care.

Invisalign® FAQs

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If you are thinking about straightening your teeth with Invisalign® in Lebanon, you have an exciting journey ahead of you. Before you schedule your consultation, however, you may want to gather more information about the treatment and what you can expect from it. To help you out, we have put together a list of some frequently asked questions about Invisalign®, along with succinct answers. If you would like further explanation about anything you discover here, give our office a call. We look forward to speaking with you!

How Long Does Invisalign® Take?

The average treatment time with Invisalign® is 12 months. However, your case might require significantly more or less time. When you come in for your consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Lebanon, our team will assess the positioning of your teeth and provide you with an estimated timeline for your treatment. Mild cases of misalignment may take a relatively short period of time to correct, whereas more complex orthodontic issues typically require a lengthier treatment. In most cases, Invisalign® takes less time than traditional braces.

Does Invisalign® Hurt?

Invisalign® aligners are made out of a smooth, patented form of plastic that is designed to be as comfortable as possible. There are no metal parts to irritate your cheeks or tongue, and the edges of the aligners are unlikely to bother your gum tissue.

However, you should keep in mind that orthodontic treatment works by applying pressure to the teeth. Naturally, this can cause a degree of discomfort, especially when you make the transition to a new aligner. You can mitigate any pain by taking over the counter medicines (ibuprofen tends to work well), sipping on cool water, and switching to a new aligner at night so you can sleep through the first part of the adjustment period.

What Happens After Invisalign®?

After you make your way through all of your aligners, you will visit our office so we can verify your results. Once we are satisfied that your teeth are correctly positioned, we will provide you with a retainer. A retainer is a small device whose purpose is to prevent the teeth from drifting out of place again. At first, you should wear it full-time (20 – 22 hours each day). After several months, however, we may give you the go-ahead to wear it only at night.

What if My Invisalign® Broke?

Invisalign® aligners are built to be durable, but accidents happen from time to time that can cause them to break, crack, or get scratched. Often, if there are small hairline cracks, you can still wear your aligner — just be extra careful not to worsen the damage when you are taking it in and out of your mouth. If the damage is more significant, do not attempt to wear the aligner. Rather, give us a call. We might advise you to move ahead to your next aligner a few days early. It is also possible that we will tell you to wear a previous aligner until we can order a replacement for the one that is no longer functional.

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