Invisalign®

Invisalign® clear aligners prove that effective orthodontic treatment doesn't have to be difficult. These ingenious appliances have helped millions straighten their teeth and achieve better-looking smiles, and they can help you too.

What are Invisalign® aligners?

Invisalign® aligners are an effective and discreet orthodontic treatment option that are worn comfortably over your teeth to continuously adjust alignment and spacing. Invisalign® aligners are custom-made using models of both your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. Our expert staff at our Chattanooga, Ooltewah, and Signal Mountain offices are prepared to answer any questions you may have about Invisalign® and help you determine if it is right for you.

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How much does Invisalign® cost?

According to the Invisalign® website, the cost of this treatment is similar to the cost of metal braces. On average, the cost is between $3,500 – $5,500, but the cost can vary depending on:

  1. Insurance coverage. Most insurance plans cover Invisalign® the same way they cover metal braces. It is rare that insurance will cover Invisalign for purely cosmetic reasons, but each case is different.
  2. Length/complexity of treatment. With Invisalign®, you get new clear aligners every couple of weeks, so the cost varies depending on if your treatment requires more (or fewer) aligners.

We will provide an exact estimate once you’ve had an initial consultation. If you have any financial questions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss your insurance coverage or additional payment options available.

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Invisalign® Process & Care

To start with your Invisalign® treatment, we will need to take photographs of your teeth and face, dental impressions of your teeth, and x-rays. These records will be sent to Invisalign®, along with detailed instructions on how we want your teeth to look at the end of the treatment. Invisalign® will use these records to create a 3D model of your teeth and work with your dentist to ensure that the aligners are perfectly fitted to your teeth. Once the final trays are made, they will be sent to your dentist's office.

During the treatment, you should only remove your Invisalign® aligners while eating, drinking, and cleaning. Initially, the aligners may feel tight, but they will become more comfortable after a few days. You should clean the aligners every day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You can also use Invisalign® cleaning products as needed.

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How long does Invisalign® take?

Invisalign® aligners require you to switch to new aligners every two weeks. Each set of aligners will shift your teeth slightly, and you will continue this process until you achieve your desired results. The duration of treatment varies depending on the specific case, ranging from 3 to 10 months, and in some cases, it can take up to 2 years. During the treatment, we will schedule a check-in appointment every 6-8 weeks. Additionally, with each Invisalign® package, you will receive teeth whitening and retainers.

Invisalign® vs. Braces – What’s the Difference?

There are several differences between Invisalign® and braces, and we have listed some of the most significant ones below. The final decision is yours to make, but Invisalign® has introduced a more efficient and less painful way to straighten teeth.

  • Materials: Invisalign® uses clear, transparent aligners, while braces use wires and brackets.
  • Removability: Invisalign® aligners can be removed by the user at any time, whereas braces can only be removed by a professional.
  • Food Restrictions: Invisalign® allows you to eat whatever you want without having to make changes to your oral care practices, whereas braces restrict what you can safely eat and require special maintenance and care.
  • Injury Risks: Invisalign® aligners do not pose any injury risks, whereas braces can cause cuts and other injuries.
  • Visibility: Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible for others to notice, while braces are almost impossible to miss.

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Will Invisalign® work for me?

Most teens and adult patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic corrections can use Invisalign® or ClearCorrect. This includes patients with teeth that are crooked and misaligned or teeth that feature noticeable spacing problems. Invisalign® can even help patients with minor bite issues-however, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign®. More extensive problems will require additional treatment.

Our clear aligners expert, Dr. Evan Myers, can assess if Invisalign® will work for you and help you get the smile of your dreams with his expertise and the use of Invisalign® or ClearCorrect aligners.

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Dr. Evan Myers

Dr. Evan Myers is our Invisalign® and ClearCorrect expert. Dr. Myers is committed to excellence in dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Dental Association.

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Chattanooga, TN Office

125 Cherokee Blvd Ste 119
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 7am - 3:30 pm

Phone

(423) 875-0600

Ooltewah, TN Office

5958 Snow Hill Rd. Ste 124
Ooltewah, TN 37363
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Monday - Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 7am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm

Phone

(423) 803-4500

Signal Mountain, TN Office

809 Ridgeway Ave, Signal Mountain TN 37377
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Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday-Sunday: Closed

Phone

(423) 886-1160