Invisalign Clear Aligner Orthodontics Matthews, NC 2017-03-27T05:59:15+00:00

Invisalign & ClearCorrect – Clear Aligner Braces in Matthews, NC

We are preferred providers for Invisalign and Invisalign Teen as well as certified providers for ClearCorrect. Some patients do not want regular braces and the inconvenience associated with them. That’s fine by us. We have been providing our patients with clear aligner braces for nearly 10 years and have seen great results with these treatments. Call or click for a complimentary consultation and see if Aligner braces are right for you.

McKee Dental is an Invisalign Preferred Provider. To learn more about Invisalign, click on the picture.
McKee Dental is a Clearcorrect Certified Provider. To learn more about Clearcorrect, click on the picture.

Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces.

By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you’ll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.

Short treatment time.

An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year. You’ll see us every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments and to check progress. At regular intervals, you’ll receive a new set of custom-molded clear aligners to continue the straightening process. The total number of clear aligners is specific to you, determined by your doctor for your course of treatment.

Clear. And comfortable.

Since Invisalign is practically invisible, there’s no unwarranted attention to your mouth. In fact, very few people will notice at all – unless you tell them. They’re comfortable to wear and remove easily when you eat, brush, and floss.

Customized treatment options.

Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It’s successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites. In fact, we can use Invisalign clear aligners in all or part of just about any treatment plan. Call us for a Free Invisalign Consultation to see how we can help you.

Made to fit your lifestyle, not change it.

Because Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to position and straighten teeth, you can keep your active lifestyle during treatment. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners have no metal bands or wires to irritate your mouth. So go ahead and be as active as you like. Since Invisalign is removable, just take the clear aligners out for special events or if you’re going to indulge in a sticky, gooey snack.

Look your best during and after treatment.

Of course you want to look great, at work, at school, with friends. Maybe you speak to groups or conduct meetings. You still can. Because Invisalign is clear and nearly invisible, most people will never know you’re straightening your teeth – unless you tell them. And when your course of treatment has ended, you can feel more confident, whether in front of people or not. You’re going to have a stunning smile.

Invisalign can improve the health of your mouth.

Teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced can create unhealthy conditions, including swollen gums, redness and pocketing, all of which are signs of periodontal disease. As Invisalign invisibly straightens your teeth, it can also do great things for the health of your mouth. Clinical studies have shown that gum health may improve with the use of Invisalign during orthodontic treatment. Properly aligned teeth can help gums “fit” tighter around each tooth, which may lead to better periodontal health. Unlike braces, with Invisalign, you can brush and floss normally, which can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. Unlike traditional orthodontics or braces, Invisalign has no metal bands or wires to trap food and plaque. Maintaining a good oral hygiene program will also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay and periodontal disease. For some people, incorrectly positioned teeth and jaws can exacerbate speech difficulties and chewing problems. Correcting your bite by straightening your teeth can help improve both. Properly aligned teeth can be less stressful on supporting bone and jaw joints.

How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made, clear “aligners” are produced. Each “aligner” moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.

Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and no metal or wires means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.

Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start—so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”

Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.

How old is the company?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997. Since then, Align has manufactured over 10,000,000 aligners and 250,000 patients have been in treatment.

How old is this technology?
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align generates Invisalign®, a series of customized clear appliances, called “aligners.” Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, specific training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training before cases will be accepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide are certified to use Invisalign.

How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.

Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
Yes, the FDA has reviewed our application and in August 1998 determined that Invisalign is exempt from 510(k) pre-market notification.

What is Invisalign Express?
Invisalign Express is an orthodontic treatment designed to correct mild orthodontic problems such as minor crowding and spacing. Since it’s designed for mild problems only, treatment time is generally less than six months. Ask your Invisalign certified doctor for more information on this new treatment.

How much do ClearCorrect aligners cost?

The cost to patients is generally comparable to other orthodontic options, ranging from around $2,000 to $8,000 USD, depending on the complexity of treatment, your location, and other factors.

Are ClearCorrect aligners covered by dental insurance?

Many dental plans do include coverage for orthodontic appliances such as clear aligners. If you meet your insurance company’s eligibility requirements, they may cover a portion of the total treatment cost up to a lifetime maximum, which is typically between $1,000 to $3,000 USD. Your insurance company can provide more details.

Can I pay for ClearCorrect aligners with an FSA or HSA?

Generally, yes. Funds from flex spending accounts and health savings accounts can be applied to orthodontic appliances like clear aligners.

Do I have to pay for everything up front?

We offer monthly payment plans to help fit your budget.

How often should I wear aligners?

Wear aligners as directed—usually two to three weeks per step, at least 22 hours per day. Take them out to eat and brush your teeth.

How long does treatment take?

This varies from patient to patient. Treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the case.

How visible are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are completely transparent, which makes them much more discreet than metal braces. People usually don’t notice them. They’re not magic, however—you can see them at close range if you know what to look for.

Does ClearCorrect guarantee perfect results?

Most patients do experience significant improvement in their smiles, but it’s impossible to guarantee the outcome of any orthodontic treatment. Your results may vary.

Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?

To prevent relapse, doctors usually prescribe a retainer after any orthodontic treatment. ClearCorrect offers affordable, discreet clear retainers suitable for patients treated with clear aligners or traditional metal braces.

ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign

The brand Invisalign is nearly as popular as the word braces these days, but ClearCorrect is newer and more mysterious. Most people haven’t heard of it, and those seeking straight teeth might be surprised to learn that, like Invisalign, ClearCorrect uses removable clear aligners to straighten patients’ teeth a little bit at a time. Since they aren’t entirely alike, let’s discuss their similarities first and then move on to their differences.

What Invisalign and ClearCorrect Have in Common

  • Both products are virtually invisible, so no one has to know that you’re wearing braces. They are made of a clear plastic.
  • Both products can easily be removed and cleaned.
  • Both products are custom fit to a patient’s teeth. They’re also non-invasive.
  • Both products can be used by patients who are allergic to metal.
  • Both products must be worn nearly all day (they are removed while eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing).
  • Both products adjust the teeth in very small increments. After wearing one aligner for a specified period of time (for example, 2-4 weeks), you will move on to the next phase of treatment and receive a new aligner.
  • For both products, the length of treatment will depend on the current position of your teeth and how far you hope to move them. Your dentist will determine the length of treatment.

Differences Between Invisalign and ClearCorrect

  • ClearCorrect is more affordable. The company offers lower fees without compromising on their products or customer service.
  • Invisalign has been around since 1997. ClearCorrect was founded nine years later in 2006.
  • ClearCorrect is an American company with products manufactured in the USA, while Invisalign is a global company with products manufactured around the world.

So there you have it! Invisalign and ClearCorrect are both fantastic options for people who wish to straighten their teeth without conspicuous train tracks. They’re unobtrusive, discreet, nearly invisible, and can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed about. However, ClearCorrect is more affordable while remaining just as effective.

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