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Invisalign Clear Braces – North Naples, FL

Straighten Your Teeth without Metal Brackets

Many adults who want straighter teeth put off or avoid treatment altogether because they dislike the idea of wearing uncomfortable and embarrassing metal braces. Thankfully, metal braces aren’t the only way to achieve a straighter smile. Dr. Makram is proud to offer FDA-approved Invisalign clear braces in North Naples. As a certified Invisalign dentist, he uses this revolutionary form of orthodontia to create beautiful, healthy smiles for patients who might have avoided care otherwise.

Why Choose Mark Makram DDS for Invisalign?

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign trays in carrying case

Instead of using metal brackets and wires to move teeth into their correct position, Invisalign uses a series of clear, acrylic aligners. These aligners are removable, making them easy to clean. They can also be taken out for eating your favorite meal and for routine brushing and flossing.

Your treatment will begin with Dr. Makram taking an impression of your smile and creating a detailed treatment plan for you. The Invisalign lab will then create a series of aligners according to that plan. Each aligner will correspond to a specific phase of your treatment. As you straighten your smile, you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving on to the next one in your treatment kit. As you straighten your smile, our Naples dental team will check your progress every few weeks to make sure that you’re seeing great results.

Call our Naples dental office today to learn more about Invisalign. We would also be happy to schedule your Invisalign consultation with our skilled cosmetic dentist. Dr. Makram is a certified Invisalign dentist offering comprehensive care and personalized service to patients in and around Naples, FL.

Indications for Invisalign

Crooked teeth with Invisalign in North Naples

Whether it is crowding, gapped teeth, or a misaligned bite, you can trust that Invisalign will help remedy the problem:

Crowded Teeth

Are your teeth sitting too close to each other? Do you struggle to clean between them and worry about the potential for tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that Invisalign can apply just enough pressure to your teeth that they will begin to shift and move into proper alignment. This will help to create the necessary space so you can adequately brush and floss, maintaining a healthier smile.

Gaps Between Teeth

If you suffer from the opposite of crowded teeth and instead, feel embarrassed by the gaps in your smile, we understand. Not only may you feel embarrassed by your appearance, but there’s a good chance your oral health is at risk because of how easy it is for food and bad bacteria to become trapped. Fortunately, with Invisalign treatment, these clear aligners can bring teeth back together, eliminating the unwanted gap and keeping smiles looking and feeling their best.

Bite Alignment

If you are beginning to notice excessive wear and tear on your tooth enamel or even jaw pain developing throughout your temporomandibular joints, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment. Whether you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or open bite, Invisalign can fix the problem and provide relief to areas affected by a misaligned bite.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Teenager holding Invisalign in North Naples

During your initial consultation with your dentist in North Naples, it is highly likely that Dr. Makram will discuss the many great benefits you can expect with Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, these unique clear aligners:

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign in North Naples

The cost of Invisalign in North Naples is different for everyone. It is only through your initial consultation with Dr. Makram that you will have a clearer understanding of how much you can expect to pay for your upcoming treatment. Much of the cost is dependent upon how many aligners you will need, your retainer, if you require any preliminary treatment (i.e., periodontal therapy, tooth extraction, etc.), and if you require trays for just your lower or upper arch. While orthodontic treatment can be costly, our team will work to identify ways you can maximize your benefits as well as apply for flexible financing if necessary.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

Person holding Invisalign aligner in North Naples

When meeting with Dr. Makram, your Invisalign dentist in North Naples, he will evaluate your smile to determine the following factors that will play a role in your overall cost:

  • The severity of your crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, spacial issues, or bite misalignment
  • The number of clear aligners you need to achieve results (top row, bottom row, or both)
  • The timeline for successful treatment (i.e., closing a minor gap will take less time than shifting an overbite)

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

Invisalign aligner in North Naples

Smile Direct Club might seem like a beneficial and easy DIY solution, but you shouldn’t pick up the phone to order just yet. Yes, the $2,000 price tag looks more appealing than the thousands that can come with Invisalign. However, there are likely a few things you’re unaware of that might do more harm than good if you choose a DIY solution like Smile Direct Club.

  • You will need to take your own impressions. This may look easy, but if you’re not skilled in how to do it properly, it can lead to ill-fitting aligners that actually mess up your teeth instead of straightening them.
  • Should you run into a problem while wearing your Smile Direct Club aligners, you will not have an orthodontist or dentist to see you face-to-face. This will require that you pay to see a local professional who can help.
  • You may not be a good fit for clear aligners, but unless you are seen by a licensed dentist beforehand, you could potentially damage your smile.
  • You are responsible for sharing the progress of your treatment; however, you only see what lies on the surface. You may not know there is a problem until it’s too late.

Choosing Invisalign in North Naples instead of a DIY system may cost more, but you can feel confident that your results will last much longer, and your treatment will be overseen by a trusted professional.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Dental plan blocks in North Naples

Every dental insurance policy is different, so you’ll need to review your plan to determine if it covers orthodontics. Many require patients to purchase a separate plan, but it can have exclusions (i.e., only dependents ages 19 and under can receive orthodontic coverage). If you do have available coverage through your insurance, they may agree to pay up to 50% of the total price. It may also be possible to use your FSA to pay for some of the costs. Our team at Dr. Makram’s office will be happy to help you with this financial process to make it as stress-free as possible.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Dental staff and patients in North Naples

If you are uninsured or need assistance paying the remaining balance after filing with your insurance, we are pleased to partner with both CareCredit and LendingClub. As flexible financing solutions, you can enroll in a low or zero interest payment plan that allows you to break up the cost of your treatment so you can stay within your budget.

Invisalign FAQs

Patient and dentist discussing Invisalign in North Naples

If you are considering Invisalign in North Naples, we understand you may have many questions. This process may sound simple, but it’s necessary to accept the responsibility that is required when wearing clear aligners to straighten your teeth. Although vastly more flexible than traditional metal braces, Invisalign does involve consistently wearing your trays to achieve long-lasting results. If you’re curious about different aspects of treatment or want to learn more about this orthodontic solution, review the following questions and contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss further.

Does Wearing Invisalign Aligners Hurt?

Invisalign aligners are smooth and fit snugly against your teeth; however, when starting treatment or switching to a new set in the series, you can expect there to be some slight discomfort. Your teeth are moving, which means you may feel some unpleasantness, but you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to achieve relief. This should only last a short time and will quickly dissipate as long as you continue to wear your trays the expected amount of time.

Are Invisalign Results Permanent?

Once you are finished with Invisalign treatment, you can expect your teeth to remain in their new location as long as you commit to wearing your retainer. It is necessary to have one because teeth can easily shift out of alignment but as long as you abide by the recommendations of your cosmetic dentist in North Naples, you can expect your teeth to become permanently seated in place and stay for a lifetime.

What Should I Do If I Lose My Invisalign Trays?

It is always recommended that you keep a protective case nearby. This will serve as a placeholder for your trays while eating or drinking. It is easy to place your aligners in a napkin only to have them accidentally thrown away. Should you discover you have lost one or both of your trays, make sure to keep your previous set. You can return to wearing them until you can get in to see our team. Once we evaluate your teeth, we will determine if you need new aligners or if you can move forward to the next set in the series.

Can I Be Treated with Invisalign If I’ve Worn Braces in the Past?

It is possible to be treated with Invisalign even if you wore metal braces as a teenager or young adult. However, the decision is up to Dr. Makram and whether your situation is capable of undergoing successful treatment with Invisalign. Some bite alignment problems or severe gaps may require metal braces, but this may not always be the case. During your consultation with our team, we will thoroughly examine whether Invisalign is right for you.

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