Invisalign – Ashwaubenon, WI

Discreet & Convenient Orthodontic Treatment

Do you have bite problems, crowded or crooked teeth, or gaps in your smile, but don’t want to have to wear bulky brackets and wires in your mouth for years to fix the issues? Invisalign in Ashwaubenon is a completely customized, convenient, and comfortable orthodontic treatment that gently and strategically shifts your teeth into their ideal positions without using any metal. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign from our Ashwaubenon, WI cosmetic dentist, contact our team to schedule a consultation today.

Why Choose Brodhagen Dental Care for Invisalign?

  • Perfectly Suited for Teens & Adults
  • Discreet & Convenient Orthodontic Treatment
  • Unrestricted Fee-for-Service Dentistry

How Does Invisalign Work?

Woman placing an Invisalign tray

Invisalign is a unique orthodontic treatment because it utilizes clear, custom-shaped aligners made from an FDA-approved plastic material. Every two weeks, you’ll graduate to your next series of aligners that put a slightly different amount of pressure on your teeth to help them shift into their ideal positions. Throughout the treatment, you’ll also visit our dental office every six to eight weeks to pick up the next series of trays in your treatment and for a quick checkup to make sure that you’re on track with your timeline.

Issues Invisalign Can Fix

dentist and candidate for Invisalign in Ashwaubenon during consultation

Invisalign can address mild to moderate cases of the most common orthodontic issues, such as overcrowded teeth, gapped teeth, and bite alignment issues. Most patients are good candidates for Invisalign, but severe orthodontic problems are still best treated by traditional braces. During your initial consultation, we’ll perform a thorough exam to see if Invisalign is the best choice to help you achieve the results you’re looking for.

Additionally, there are a few other key factors you’ll need to have in order to be a good candidate for Invisalign, including:

  • You must be willing to follow your custom treatment plan. You’ll need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day and take care of them properly to ensure you stay on track. If you don’t, you could end up adding more time and expense to your treatment!
  • You must be in good oral health. Problems like tooth decay and gum disease can interfere with orthodontic treatment and damage your teeth. If we discover any indications or oral health issues, we’ll work with you to get them resolved so you can qualify for Invisalign.

Once we’ve made sure that Invisalign is a good choice for you, we’ll plan out your treatment based on which orthodontic issues are present.

Crowded Teeth

Closeup of patient with crowded teeth in Ashwaubenon before Invisalign

Are your teeth too close together? Do they overlap in some places? Having crowded teeth can cause a host of problems. The small spaces they create trap plaque, bacteria, and food debris. Since these areas are very difficult to clean, these particles are likely to stay between your teeth for a long time. This puts you at a higher risk of issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and dental infections! Fortunately, Invisalign can help. Your custom aligners will straighten your pearly whites and give them the space they need.

Gaps Between Teeth

Closeup of patient with gap between front teeth in Ashwaubenon before Invisalign

Somewhat spaced out teeth are relatively common in childhood, but they can leave you feeling embarrassed and self-conscious as an adult. Unfortunately, many patients find themselves with noticeable gaps between their teeth, particularly their front two teeth. Not only can gapped teeth take a toll on your confidence, but they can also expose your enamel to excess wear and tear. As this protective shell wears down, you’ll be more likely to experience sensitive, chipped teeth. Invisalign can gently guide your teeth back together to eliminate these spaces and give you a uniform smile.

Bite Alignment

Digital illustration of an overbite in Ashwaubenon before Invisalign

Do you have an overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite? Bite alignment problems like these can distract from your appearance, but they also put pressure on your jaw joint. This has been shown to lead to a variety of issues, including nightly teeth grinding, jaw soreness, and TMJ disorder.  We can create a custom treatment plan that will gently guide your teeth and jaws into alignment, giving you a healthier, more comfortable bite.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Woman comparing Invisalign tray to traditional braces

Some advantages of choosing Invisalign as your orthodontic treatment include:

  • Discreet look that makes it not obvious that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Easier to maintain good oral health throughout your treatment because you don’t have to brush and floss between brackets and wires.
  • Eat all of your favorite foods, just remove your aligners beforehand.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

Dentist holding up Invisalign in Ashwaubenon

If you’re currently researching the best teeth-straightening option for you, it’s natural to wonder about the price. Since Invisalign isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment, the only way to find out the exact price is by scheduling an initial consultation with our Ashwaubenon dentist. However, you can learn all about the factors that will play a role in the cost. So, read on!

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

Ashwaubenon dentist placing Invisalign on patient

As mentioned above, there are several factors that play a role in the cost of Invisalign in Ashwaubenon. Here are a few important ones:

  • How many aligners are needed to address your misaligned teeth or bite problem.
  • If you are straightening one arch or both.
  • If any extra accessories are needed, like rubber bands.

These are all things our dentist will consider beforehand. Once you begin treatment, however, another factor will arise that can affect the cost: your compliance. If you neglect to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day or constantly misplace them, it won’t take long for you to fall off-track with your original treatment plan, requiring you to spend more money on aligners.

Patient with Invisalign in Ashwaubenon smiling

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

DIY orthodontic companies, like Smile Direct Club®, want patients to believe they offer all the same benefits as Invisalign for a fraction of the price. That’s simply not the case. To start, DIY clear aligners rely on do-it-yourself impressions and cheaper plastic. Furthermore, they don’t include in-person supervision from a licensed dentist and are not backed by notable organizations, like the American Dental Association. So, while Smile Direct Club™ has an upfront investment of around $2,000, it’s a gamble. That’s why it’s better to opt for Invisalign, a reliable, tested, high-quality, and comfortable teeth-straightening treatment.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Ashwaubenon dentist reviewing dental insurance with patient

Possibly! Some patients have a once-in-a-lifetime orthodontic benefit in their dental plan, which can significantly lower your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you have available coverage or aren’t exactly sure, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team! We have extensive experience helping patients understand and utilize their benefits.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Patient smiling after treatment with Invisalign in Ashwaubenon

If you don’t have dental insurance, don’t worry – we offer three other ways to save:

  • Denvantage membership plan – With this option, paying a flat monthly fee gives you access to a wide range of fully covered and significantly discounted services! To learn more about how you can start saving today, get in touch with our team.
  • Flexible financing – Don’t want to pay the entire lump sum of your treatment upfront? Thanks to CareCredit, you don’t have to! With this trusted third-party financier, you can space out the cost over several months.
  • Special offers – Our team is proud to extend periodic offers, like saving $200 on Invisalign! If you’re interested in learning about our latest specials, get in touch!

Invisalign FAQs

Woman carefully placing her Invisalign in Ashwaubenon, WI

Are you ready to say goodbye to traditional braces and begin a more comfortable Invisalign treatment? Before you get started, we encourage you to ask us any questions you have about the process. To help you get started, we have gathered some of the questions we’ve heard most often when it comes to Invisalign. Is there something you want to know that isn’t discussed on this page? Give our office a call today!

Does Wearing Invisalign Hurt?

While traditional braces have sharp wires and brackets that can irritate the inside of your mouth, Invisalign aligners are made out of a very smooth plastic. The biocompatible material is very gentle on your gums and won’t cause any significant discomfort. You will feel a bit of soreness when you put new aligners in for the first time as they start exerting the pressure needed to move your teeth, but this is temporary and will fade over time. You can use ice packs or over-the-counter pain relievers if you need help dealing with the soreness in the meantime.

How Long Do I Need to Wear Invisalign Every Day?

Even though removability is one of the biggest advantages of Invisalign, you’ll need to keep it in your mouth for at least 20 to 22 hours every day. The remaining hours should be enough time for oral hygiene, meals, and drinks. You can also take your aligner out for specific hobbies, like a sport that requires a mouthguard. It’s important to wear your aligners for the requisite amount of time every day so that your teeth don’t start to shift back to their original positions.

What Can I Eat with Invisalign?

Braces come with a long list of foods that you are told to stay away from. But with Invisalign, you don’t have to make any changes to your diet at all. Your aligners will be removed whenever you eat, so you can enjoy all your favorite meals without risking any damage to your orthodontic appliance. Remember to always keep your aligners in their protective case while they’re out of your mouth; you don’t want to risk throwing them away while they’re wrapped up in a napkin or leaving them behind on the table. Also, you should always give your teeth a quick brush before you put your aligners back in so that they don’t trap bits of food against your smile.

Will Invisalign Change the Way I Talk?

Your aligners will cover up key areas of the mouth that are used to create specific sounds when you talk, so you might notice a slight lisp when you start using Invisalign. It’s a very minor change that should go away on its own as your tongue relearns how to move to account for the presence of the aligners. You can speed up the adjustment process by speaking aloud and practicing words that are giving you trouble. “Sixty” and “Mississippi” are some examples of words that you can repeat to retrain your tongue’s movements.