While most people invest in teeth straightening treatment for the uniform appearance they create, your oral health can also benefit. Not to mention, a straighter smile can inspire new confidence in yourself!
If you are interested in getting straighter teeth, in a discreet and convenient manner, Invisalign® may be the perfect option for you. Contact us today to schedule your Invisalign® consultation with Southwind Dental Care, a 2020 Invisalign® Platinum Provider.
Custom Aligners for Treatment Variations
Why Southwind Dental Care?
Dr. Timothy Messer of Southwind Dental Care is a Platinum Preferred Invisalign Provider and is also the #1 Invisalign provider in General Dentistry in Memphis, TN. He has treated more Invisalign patients in 2020 than any other dentist in Memphis, TN.
Invisalign can give you a beautiful, natural smile, without braces. And, although other local dentists can offer Invisalign, the experience of the dentist can make a significant difference with your Invisalign journey. Schedule a complimentary consultation today and let's work together to achieve the smile that you deserve.
What is the Cost of Invisalign®?
Total Cost For Invisalign® $4,300
- All Clear Aligners
- All Ortho Exams
- All Digital Scans
- Teeth Whitening
- 4 Vivera® Retainers.
Will dental insurance help with the cost of Invisalign®?
Many dental insurance policies have benefits to help cover Invisalign®. These benefits usually range from $1,000 up to $3,000, and are called "Orthodontic Coverage". This portion of your policy has a separate lifetime maximum from your regular annual benefits. We recommend calling your insurance company prior to your consultation to find out the specifics of your coverage. A few good questions to ask them are:
- Does my policy have orthodontia coverage?
- Is there an age limitation on my orthodontia coverage?
- How does my policy pay my provider for Invisalign?
Orthodontia coverage pays differently than regular dental benefits. Typically, your insurance will pay a provider quarterly over 12-24 months, so you should make sure that your policy will be in effect for the duration of payments by your insurance. Any unpaid balances by insurances become the responsibility of the patient.
Southwind Dental Care offers 12 months of interest free financing for Invisalign®, that is catered to each individual depending on their specific insurance coverage. Southwind Dental is also a CareCredit provider, which offers financing for Invisalign® as well.
Our Invisalign® Coordinators will be happy to discuss any financial questions you may have, and are happy to guide you through the process. Typically, they will request a pre-determination from your insurance policy, which will provide specific orthodontia details. regarding your insurance coverage.
Using HSA OR FSA tax-free dollars to pay for Invisalign®
Yes, you can use your tax free dollars to pay for Invisalign®! We take both Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts and forms of payment. These are managed by your employer, so we recommend confirming with your benefits manager that your funds qualify for dental care prior to starting Invisalign®.
Take The Invisalign® Smile Assessment
How Do I Use This QR Code?
Simply take out your phone, open up your camera, aim your camera at the QR Code, tap the link that pops up with your finger
VOILA - You're on your way to a new smile!
Invisalign® Start to Finish
Now that you've let Dr. Messer know that you are ready to begin Invisalign®, all you have to do is wait for Invisalign to custom build your aligners, and deliver them to Southwind Dental Care. This process usually takes 2-3 weeks. Once Southwind Dental Care receives your aligners, you will be notified to schedule your 40-50 minute delivery appointment , where your attachments will be placed on your teeth and to give you your first several sets of clear aligners. You will be given instructions on how to use the aligners, clean and care for them, and will be given the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. At the end of your delivery appointment, you will be scheduled for your next periodic Invis check, which is usually every 8-12 weeks. These "checks" are to monitor progression and to deliver the next set of 8 trays. This will continue until you have been given all trays.
It is very important that you only remove your aligners when you are drinking, eating, flossing and brushing. Your teeth will move little by little as you replace each aligner with the next.
Once your have finished wearing all of your trays, we will scan you again with the iTero 5. Dr. Messer will determine if your results are completed, and at that point, either order your retainer(s) or additional trays if needed. Typical treatment time averages 8-15 months.
Once all needed movement is complete, you will receive your final retainer(s) that you will wear only at night when you sleep.
How To Use Your Aligners
How Long Do I Wear My Aligners?
Wear Your Trays for the Prescribed 20 to 22 Hours Per Day
Invisalign trays must be worn for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day. The trays should only be removed while eating or brushing. If the aligner trays are worn for less than 20 hours per day, you risk extending your treatment timeline. Failure to follow the 22-hour rule may also increase the level of discomfort you experience when you do place your trays. This is because when your trays are not in, your teeth may revert back to their original position.
Use New Trays Before Sleeping
If patients do report discomfort resulting from Invisalign® treatments, it is typically during the first day or two after placing a new tray. This is the time when there is the greatest amount of pressure pushing your teeth into better alignment. It may be possible to sleep through this time by inserting new trays right before going to bed.
Avoid Hard or Crunchy Foods
Your teeth may be sensitive while they are moving. Try avoiding hard foods such as nuts and candy that can aggravate your teeth. The first few days following the placement of your new aligners, you will find it easier to resume your normal eating habits.
Keep Us Informed
In order for Dr. Messer to be of the most help, you will need to keep him updated on possible side effects during your periodic check-ups (typically every eight weeks). At that time, Dr. Messer can adjust your trays if needed or recommend remedies.
Keep Your Trays Clean
To prevent potentially painful debris and food from building up on your tray, keep your Invisalign trays clean by brushing them with water. Be careful to avoid using toothpaste, which can leave a white residue on your clear trays. Cleaning your trays can also prevent gum disease and cavities.
Discomfort With Your Trays
There are two main causes of Invisalign discomfort: tooth pressure and friction against the gum tissue. Invisalign trays gradually move the teeth into better alignment through micro-movements. Each new tray is slightly different than the preceding tray to slowly move the teeth into alignment. During the first few days after placing a new tray, you may feel pressure on specific teeth. The minor discomfort will gradually subside as those teeth move closer to their target, usually within a couple of days of tray placement.
Some of our Memphis patients experience discomfort caused by the edges of their aligner trays. While the trays are carefully constructed to not cut into the gums and cheeks, in some cases, minor irritation can occur.
Contact Our Office Today
The majority of our Memphis patients report minimal discomfort throughout their Invisalign treatment. If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of a more attractive smile, contact our office online or call (901) 751-1260.