Invisalign in Munster & St. John, Indiana

If you’ve been wanting a straighter smile but are put off by the thought of having to wear braces, there’s never been a better time to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, widely recognized as the most advanced clear aligner in the world! As the name implies, Invisalign’s custom aligners are designed to be virtually invisible– and these “invisible braces” are so effective that most people won’t even see that you’re wearing them.

While many orthodontic practices offer Invisalign treatment, it’s important to understand that this powerful technology is only as effective as the orthodontist providing the treatment. At Orthodontic Specialists, Drs. Mike and Emily are both Platinum Providers of Invisalign treatment which means they have mastered the technique. With over twenty years of experience utilizing Invisalign to create smiles that consistently exceed expectations, the choice of who to trust your smile to should be– clear!

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Straighten Teeth?

Invisalign treatment is designed to provide incredibly effective treatment that prioritizes key quality-of-life benefits: subtlety, comfort, and convenience. While traditional braces will always be an efficient, cost-effective option for achieving a straighter smile, Invisalign presents a state-of-the-art alternative for orthodontic treatment that has revolutionized how orthodontists treat their patients– and how patients experience their treatment journey.

By utilizing a unique set of virtually invisible clear aligners, Invisalign effectively and gently shifts your teeth into their perfect alignment over time. The gradual approach of this technique promotes enhanced comfort throughout your treatment, as the aligners apply a milder pressure compared to traditional braces. Because there are no wires or brackets, you’ll be able to take out your Invisalign aligners to eat, drink, floss, and brush as you normally would!

The Invisalign Treatment Process

During the Invisalign consultation process, we’ll review your customized treatment plan in detail to ensure that you understand not just the ins and outs of your unique treatment, but also the many benefits that treatment from Orthodontic Specialists provides. We believe that every patient deserves an exceptional, one-of-a-kind experience at every step in their Invisalign journey, which includes: 

  1. Your First Consultation: At your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your orthodontic needs, assess your smile, and evaluate whether or not Invisalign treatment is right for you.
  2. Your Custom Treatment Plan: Using our iTero digital scanning system, we’ll start by creating exceptionally precise 3D models of your teeth. Then, we’ll use those models to map out a complete treatment plan that includes every tooth movement required to achieve your perfect smile. This step also helps us determine how long your treatment will be. By the end of this process, you’ll even get to see a preview of your new smile!
  3. Your Invisalign Clear Aligners: Your series of custom-made aligners will be made of Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack material. You’ll need to wear your Invisalign clear aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day for best results, and ensure you only take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
  4. Your Progress: As you progress through each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. We may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule checkups every 6 to 10 weeks.
  5. Taking Care of Your New Smile: When your treatment is complete, ask us about a Vivera retainer to maintain your wonderful new smile. Vivera retainers are custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign clear aligners offer numerous benefits that make them a preferred choice for individuals seeking to improve their smiles, including:

  • Subtlety: Invisalign clear aligners are designed to be discreet and are virtually invisible when worn, meaning you’ll be able to have confidence in your smile throughout the duration of your treatment.
  • Effectiveness: Invisalign’s SmartTrack material and SmartForce features are clinically proven to improve control of tooth movement with Invisalign clear aligners, and are effective in treating a wide range of teeth-straightening conditions, including crossbites, crowding, open bites, gapped teeth, overbites, and underbites.
  • Comfort: Aligners made from SmartTrack material are tailor-made to fit the tooth and gum structure of each unique patient, meaning they provide an exact fit and are easy to put on and take off. With no wires or brackets, patients can avoid the discomfort of having metal in their mouths. 

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Because orthodontic treatment is so individualized, there isn’t a true average cost of braces or Invisalign. That being said, Invisalign treatments can generally be offered at fees very similar to braces. For a typical comprehensive treatment plan (upper and lower teeth), the cost can be as low as $199/month. At Orthodontic Specialists, our payment plans are available at 0% interest for 24-30 months. 

When it comes to insurance, all plans differ, so our office will gladly verify your orthodontic benefits. We also accept Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) insurance benefits to help defray the cost of Invisalign or braces. We will work with you to create a payment plan that best fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is designed for anyone with mild to moderate crowding, spacing, or bite issues. Whether you’re a teenager wanting to boost your confidence or an adult seeking to improve your professional appearance, Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted! All you need to do is schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Mike or Dr. Emily and they’ll be able to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you!

Invisalign for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is increasingly popular among adults and, thanks to the many advantages Invisalign provides, this discreet and comfortable option makes it easy to achieve a perfect smile– even if you’re only looking for minor adjustments to enhance your smile. And because Invisalign treatment plans are customized to fit your specific orthodontic needs and lifestyle, you’ll also have the flexibility of fewer appointments which makes it easier to ensure that effective treatment doesn’t get in the way of your daily life.

Invisalign for Teens

Invisalign Teen is designed with features that fit seamlessly into the busy lifestyle of teenagers while still offering the same benefits as Invisalign for adults. Parents, you’ll be able to have peace of mind in knowing that Invisalign Teen includes a helpful compliance indicator which allows you– and our Doctors!– the ability to track your teen’s progress and ensure they are wearing their aligners as instructed. It’s never been so easy to help your teen achieve a radiant, confidence-boosting smile!

African American woman holding invisalign clear retainer between two fingers, upwards, making a smile shape.

Friendly Invisalign Treatment in Munster & St. John, Indiana

Dr. Mike, Dr. Emily, and the entire Orthodontic Specialists staff want you to feel comfortable and confident that you’re getting the best Invisalign treatment in Munster & St. John, IN. If you’ve been struggling to decide what the right orthodontic treatment is for you or your teen, Invisalign could be the perfect solution for you!

We invite you to take advantage of our complimentary virtual smile assessment so you can get a preliminary treatment plan from our orthodontists. When you’re ready to start your journey to a healthier, brighter, and more stunning smile, contact us to schedule your appointment or to ask any questions you may have. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign