Invisalign® aligners are ingenious appliances that have helped millions straighten their teeth and achieve better-looking smiles, and they can help you too.
in Falls Church, VA
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. With Invisalign® aligners, you will switch to new aligners about every two weeks with each set shifting the teeth slightly—this continues until you have achieved your final results, which usually takes about two years. You remove the Invisalign® aligners for eating, drinking and cleaning only. At first, they will feel very tight, but they will begin to loosen and feel more comfortable after a few days.
At Pike Smiles, we provide free consultations to those interested in Invisalign®. During the consultation, we will discuss the Invisalign® process and address any questions you may have.
Our Invisalign® Specialist
Dr. Sharmila Shyamsundar
Dr. Shyamsundar is the Invisalign® specialist at Pike Smiles in Falls Church, VA. She is constantly continuing her education to stay up to date with the latest in dental technologies. Dr. Shyamsundar is a member of American Dental Association and the Virginia Dental Association.
How much does Invisalign® cost?
According to the Invisalign®, the cost for this treatment is similar to the cost for metal braces. At Pike Smiles, the cost is between $5,000-$6,000, but the cost can vary depending on:
- Insurance coverage. It is rare that insurance will cover Invisalign for purely cosmetic reasons, but each case is different. Most insurance plans cover Invisalign® the same way they cover metal braces.
- 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.
At Pike Smiles, we provide free Invisalign® consultations, but do charge a small fee for diagnostic models and for model submission to Invisalign®. Within these consultations, we provide a detailed evaluation and explain how Invisalign® works and determine if Invisalign® is the right option for you. If you have any financial questions, please contact our office and we will be happy to help.
Invisalign® aligners can act as whitening trays throughout your Invisalign® journey. Simply, place the whitening gel inside the aligners and wear your aligners as normal. At home whitening kits are often expensive due to the trays that are included, so your Invisalign® aligners help reduce the cost.Learn More About Teeth Whitening
Invisalign® vs. braces—what's the difference?
There are many differences between Invisalign® aligners and braces, we’ve listed some of the largest ones here. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but the introduction of clear aligners to the market introduced a more efficient, less painful way to straighten teeth.
- Materials. Invisalign® aligners use clear transparent plastic, while braces use wires and brackets.
- Removability. Invisalign® aligners can be removed by the user at any time, while braces can only be removed by a professional.
- Food Restrictions. Invisalign® allows a user to eat whatever they would like and not make changes to their oral care practices, while braces restrict what the user can safely eat and require special maintenance and care.
- Injury Risks. Invisalign® aligners do not present any injury risks, while braces can lead to cuts and other injuries.
- Visibility. Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible for others to notice, while braces are almost impossible to miss.
Who can use Invisalign®?
Most teens and adult patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic corrections can use Invisalign®. 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.