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Invisalign® Clear Braces – Naples, FL

Say Goodbye to Metal Wires & Brackets

Have you been considering a straighter smile but haven’t wanted to deal with the appearance and hassle of traditional braces? Thankfully, we offer Invisalign in Naples as a perfect solution. At Island Coast Dentistry, Dr. Jeffrey Skupny is experienced in providing Invisalign clear braces, enabling patients to get the straighter teeth they’ve always wanted without noticeable brackets and wires. Read on to learn more about this discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatment.

How Invisalign Works

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Invisalign consists of a series of practically invisible plastic aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Every aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. After we take special images of your smile, we will develop your custom-made trays, which you’ll wear 20 to 22 hours a day. Treatment time will typically last between 8 and 18 months, and after you’ve completed your series of trays, we’ll give you a retainer to ensure that your results are permanent.

Indications for Invisalign

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The best way to know if you’re a candidate for Invisalign is to visit our office for a consultation. Typically, we use Invisalign to treat these common orthodontic issues:

Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth or teeth that appear too close together will not only affect your appearance, but they can make it harder to brush and floss your smile. This leaves you at a higher risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can shift your teeth to give them the breathing room that they need, giving you a beautiful and healthy smile.

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Spaces Between Teeth

Gaps in between your teeth can unfortunately cause some of the same problems as crowded teeth. Bacteria and plaque can collect in these spaces unless they are closed. We can use Invisalign to give you a straight and gap-free smile.

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Bite Alignment

While severe bite problems still must be treated with traditional orthodontics, we can use Invisalign to treat mild to moderate cases of this issue. Certain cases of overbite, underbite, and crossbite can be treated with Invisalign clear braces.

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Benefits of Invisalign

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Patients are choosing Invisalign over traditional orthodontics for these unique advantages:

  • Clear: Only you will know you’re wearing the trays.
  • Removable: You don’t have to change your eating habits! Plus, you can take them out for special occasions such as weddings and family pictures.
  • Quicker: The absence of fixed metal brackets or wires to adjust will save you valuable time driving to and from dental visits. You will receive a new set of aligners twice monthly during your Invisalign treatment.
  • Comfortable: Made of smooth plastic, Invisalign won’t catch and cut the inside of your mouth like traditional braces can.

Cost of Invisalign

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Unfortunately, it’s hard to estimate the cost of your Invisalign treatment without examining your mouth first. A simple consultation with Dr. Skupny will allow him to examine your mouth, the severity of your misalignment, and your bite. After, he can develop your personalized treatment plan that includes cost. It’s also important to know that your cost can vary based on your commitment to your treatment and how well you take care of your aligners. Call us today to schedule an Invisalign consultation. With Dr. Skupny, it’s just a matter of time before you have a perfectly straight set of teeth to greet you in the mirror every morning!

Invisalign FAQs

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By this time, you know that Invisalign is an effective, discreet way to guide your teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing position. That being said, it’s natural to have a few questions before committing to treatment. To make the research process easier, we have listed a few frequently asked questions (and their answers!) below. However, if you can’t find what you are looking for or have a specific question on your mind, then don’t hesitate to contact our office directly.

Do Invisalign Trays Make It Hard to Speak Clearly?

While some patients can enunciate properly from the start, others have a bit of a learning curve. After all, it takes time for your tongue (which is largely responsible for your ability to speak clearly) to get used to your aligners. That being said, you’ll be able to “train” yourself to speak without a lisp within a matter of days, especially if you practice by reading aloud.

How Should I Care for My Invisalign Aligners?

Caring for your Invisalign aligners is crucial. By following a few best practices, you can prevent them from staining, warping, or breaking altogether:

  • Choose the right products to clean your trays (not toothpaste or denture cleaner)
  • Only use cool or lukewarm water when rinsing your trays
  • Brush your trays after every meal and snack
  • Drink only plain water when your trays are in
  • Store your aligners in a protective case when you eat or complete your oral hygiene routine

What Happens If I Lose My Invisalign Trays?

If you lose your Invisalign trays, do your best not to panic, especially since a frazzled mind won’t help you find them any faster. Instead, calmly retrace your steps, paying special attention to the small crevices they could’ve fallen into. Once you’ve confirmed they are missing, call our office right away. Depending on where you are at in your treatment, you may be able to wear your previous trays or move to the next set. Otherwise, we will order a set of replacement aligners. Under no circumstance should you attempt to keep it a secret since this can significantly delay your timeline, requiring more money and time spent on treatment.

How Can I Be Sure That Invisalign Will Work?

When you invest time and money into treatment, you want it to work! Fortunately, you can have full confidence in Invisalign. Over the past two decades, their clear aligners have helped millions of patients with gapped, crooked, or crowded teeth achieve their smile goals. Plus, they have an impressive 96% satisfaction rate, and 9 out of 10 people would recommend it to their family and friends! So, you can take the next step toward perfectly straight teeth with complete confidence.