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Invisalign® Clear Braces – Sweeny, TX

Fixing Orthodontic Issues Without Using Metal

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Do you want to improve the appearance and health of your smile but don’t want to commit to having a mouthful of metal for one or more years? At Sweeny Family Dental, we have the perfect alternative for patients who don’t want traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear braces are discreet, comfortable, and a completely customized orthodontic treatment that is great for both teens and adults. If you would like to learn more about this modern solution and find out if you’re a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Funk by contacting our office today.

Why Choose Sweeny Family Dental For Invisalign? 

  • Customized Orthodontic Treatment
  • Family Atmosphere
  • Comprehensive Dental Care

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign uses aligners that are customized to fit your unique dental structure. They’re crafted from a smooth, clear, FDA-approved plastic that’s easy to maintain and more comfortable to wear compared to metal brackets and wires.

When you first visit our office for your initial consultation, Dr. Funk will examine your teeth and oral structure to determine whether Invisalign aligners are the best treatment to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. Once you decide that it’s the right service for you, Dr. Funk will develop a customized treatment timeline for you and take impressions of your mouth to have your aligners constructed. During your visit, we’ll be able to answer questions like involving the length and cost of your treatment as well as what it’s going to be like living with Invisalign. That way, you know exactly what to expect from the entire process.

Throughout the process, you’ll visit our office every six to eight weeks for short, 30-minute appointments. During these, we’ll conduct a quick progress check to make sure the aligners are working properly and give you the next series of trays in your treatment.

Why Should You Get Invisalign?

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Invisalign clear aligners can help treat a variety of orthodontic problems ranging from minor to more severe. Here are some common issues that can be remedied with customized trays:

  • Crowded teeth can create hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in the mouth that collect plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which can leave you at a higher risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Invisalign aligners can address this problem, making your teeth easier to clean.
  • Gaps between teeth can sometimes make your smile appear unattractive. These areas can also collect harmful substances that can increase the chances of tooth decay. Invisalign trays can close gaps and even out the spaces between your teeth for a symmetrical smile.
  • Bite misalignment is a serious orthodontic problem that, when left uncorrected, can cause teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and even temporomandibular joint disorder. Invisalign can address overbite, underbite, and crossbite.

Benefits of Invisalign

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The most popular benefit of Invisalign is that it’s completely discreet, keeping the aligners from becoming the center of all of your conversations, unlike traditional braces. Some additional advantages of getting this modern treatment include:

  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • More comfortable and safer than metal brackets and wires.
  • Improved oral health throughout the treatment because it’s easier to brush and floss your teeth.
  • Because they’re removable, you’ll be able to continue eating all of your favorite foods.
  • The average treatment of Invisalign is shorter than traditional braces.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Sweeny for Invisalign, contact our office today. We’ll gladly walk you through the process and discuss all of your options with you!

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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At your consultation, our team at Sweeny Family Dental will provide you with an estimate of the cost of Invisalign and review all of the financial solutions available to you. Without that appointment, however, there isn’t a way to give you an accurate number. In fact, even general price ranges can be misleading because every treatment plan is completely customized! The good news is that you can learn more general information on the topic in this next section.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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When you meet with Dr. Funk at your consultation, he’ll learn a bit more about your dental history and what you’d like to change about your smile. Then, he will take detailed X-rays and conduct an oral exam to determine:

  • How complex your case is
  • If we need to straighten both arches of your teeth
  • If additional accessories, like rubber bands, need to be added to your treatment plan

Of course, these are just a few of the many factors we need to consider when making your treatment plan. Once you officially start your clear aligner treatment, you’ll also need to follow all of the guidelines to stay on-track. If you fall off-track, then there may be additional costs.

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

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Invisalign almost always costs more than mail-order alternatives, like Smile Direct Club™. However, you should consider more than the upfront price when making your decision. After all, mail-order clear aligner companies rely on DIY impressions, don’t conduct a thorough exam, and have been sued several times by patients who have experienced worsened misalignment. Furthermore, professional organizations, like the American Dental Association, do not support these orthodontic alternatives. In short, even if they are cheaper, they aren’t worth your valuable time and money.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Sometimes, dental insurance does cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign. So, if you are currently insured, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with the fine print on your plan! If that turns out to be a bit difficult because of the seemingly endless paperwork or the unfamiliar jargon, don’t worry – our Sweeny dental team can also help. We’re proud to work with several of the nation’s leading providers, including Aetna, MetLife, and BlueCross BlueShield.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Currently uninsured? That’s okay – there are other financial solutions available, including CareCredit. With this trusted third-party financier, you don’t have to stress about paying for the entire cost of Invisalign at once. Instead, you can review their payment plans and choose the one that best suits your monthly budget. In other words, you can space-out the payments into smaller chunks over the course of several months instead of paying for the entire thing at once!

Invisalign FAQs

If your teeth need to be removed, you can count on our team to keep you calm and comfortable during every step of the procedure. Learning more about tooth extractions can help you feel more prepared for the treatment. The FAQs below offer valuable information regarding tooth extractions, so feel free to take the time to review them. Our team can answer any additional questions you might have, so don’t hesitate to give our office a call.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign shouldn’t hurt your mouth. Its aligners use smooth plastic, making it a rather comfy way to straighten teeth.


All that said, Invisalign does have a brief adjustment period. Having your teeth shift into proper alignment will be a new experience. You may feel slight soreness or discomfort at this time. Still, these effects will quickly fade as you undergo treatment.


To help with your adjustment, feel free to use home remedies for any aches. Store-bought pain medication is a good example of one. Similarly, you could use a cold compress to numb affected areas.


How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The average Invisalign treatment takes 12 to 18 months to finish. This period is needed for the aligners to move one’s teeth into the right positions. However, the exact timing varies by patient.


You see, many factors can affect Invisalign’s timespan. One of these is the severity of your alignment issue, as a highly crooked smile takes more time to fix. Another is whether you stick to the daily Invisalign wear time of 22 hours daily. Your attendance at follow-up visits during the alignment process is also relevant. If you don’t see the treating dentist regularly, you won’t switch to new aligners as quickly.


What if My Invisalign Broke?

Invisalign aligners are made of a fairly durable plastic. Even so, they can break, crack, and get scratched over time. You’ll need to respond accordingly if that happens.

If the trays only have hairline cracks, don’t worry too much. Your aligners can still be used in that case. Of course, be careful when taking them out and putting them back in your mouth. You should also apply even pressure when placing the aligners on your smile.


For more serious breaks, contact your dentist for help. Trying to repair the trays yourself won’t work out. In contrast, the dentist will have the expertise to handle things. They may suggest reverting to a previous aligner until they can provide a replacement.


What Happens After Invisalign?

Once you’ve finished your Invisalign journey, you won’t just return to business as usual. You must perform certain steps to ensure your results.


Firstly, visit your dentist to verify that the treatment worked. They’ll assess whether your teeth are in the correct, straight positions. Afterward, they’ll brief you on how to maintain your newly-aligned smile.


Next, you’ll start wearing a retainer. This device will keep your teeth from shifting back to their earlier positions. Based on your needs, you may begin using it full-time before moving towards nightly use.