Invisalign – Cary, NC

The Subtle Way to Straighten Teeth

If you are avoiding orthodontic treatment because you can’t face the thought of wearing traditional metal braces for two or more years, you should know that more adults than ever are choosing an alternative called Invisalign. Why? Because Invisalign clear braces offer an easier and more subtle option to straighten misaligned teeth. Dr. Darren Koch proudly offers Invisalign in Cary to his adult dental patients.

Dr. Koch's Invisalign case was recently featured as the Case of the Month on the American Academy of Clear Aligners! To view the Invisalign Case of the Month on the AACA website, please click the link below!

American Academy of Clear Aligner

Why Choose Darren G. Koch, DDS, PA for Invisalign?

  • Advanced Dental Technology for Treatment Planning
  • Dental Team That Listens Carefully to Your Needs
  • Dentist That Puts Quality Care First

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an FDA-approved orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners to shift teeth into their proper position. The plastic trays are customized to meet each patient’s orthodontic needs, placing focused pressure on different areas of the teeth to facilitate the desired movement. The Invisalign aligners are comfortable and removable, and the average treatment lasts approximately one year.

How Invisalign Compares to Traditional Braces

It seems the only thing Invisalign and traditional braces have in common is the fact that the final results are the same -- well-aligned teeth and a beautiful smile. But your experience throughout the treatment is far easier with Invisalign’s clear braces. Some of the most important differences between Invisalign and traditional braces include…

  • Clear aligners are virtually invisible, so friends and co-workers won’t even know you’re undergoing treatment
  • Invisalign trays are removable, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods
  • Flossing and brushing are as easy as ever since the aligners are removable
  • Smooth plastic will never cause a blister in the cheeks, gums, or lips
  • Emergency trips to the dentist for a dislodged bracket or wire are eliminated
  • Invisalign treatment requires fewer dental appointments and can be completed faster

Sure, traditional braces are an effective option for correcting orthodontic issues. But busy adults, young professionals, and other people who are interested in a more convenient, subtle orthodontic solution prefer to straighten their teeth with Invisalign.

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?

Smiling woman holding clear aligner for Invisalign in Cary

If you are wondering whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign, visit your dentist to discuss your orthodontic options. Invisalign can be used to correct many of the most common dental misalignments, including crowding, spacing, rotation, crossbite, open bite, and overbite.

Patients should be in good oral health during their orthodontic treatment. You will undergo an initial dental checkup and teeth cleaning with Dr. Koch prior to beginning Invisalign. If you are suffering from gum disease or tooth decay, preliminary care will be performed before your treatment with clear braces. Stay current with your regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings with Dr. Koch throughout your Invisalign treatment to enjoy good oral health.

After Your Invisalign Treatment

Hand holding Invisalign case with two clear aligners inside of it

Teeth that have been realigned with orthodontics tend to drift back into their previous position after treatment is completed. The only way to avoid this relapse is by diligently wearing retainers. Once you have finished the Invisalign treatment, you will be fitted with these clear retainers that look similar to the Invisalign trays. You will begin wearing the retainers full-time, but most patients are able to reduce their retainer wear to nighttime only after a few months.

How Can Dental Technology Improve My Invisalign Treatment?

Animated Invisalign tray being placed over a row of crooked teeth

To enhance the results you receive when choosing Invisalign, we use the iTero Element Intraoral Scanner. Due to its scanning designs and capabilities, you benefit from next generation technology as it removes the need for traditional impressions.

The unique image sensor captures 6,000 frames per second to produce real-time 3D visualizations. This not only saves time, but also improves the accuracy of your treatment by creating highly detailed images that can be viewed and magnified on display screens.

With advanced digital impressions, there is less room for error while streamlining the process to receiving the aligners. With Invisalign Certified Connectivity, the scanner produces 10 times fewer rejections, 7 times fewer fit issues, and makes ClinCheck setups as much as 50% faster. Overall, it promotes the patient experience with more simulated outcomes to provide superior results.

In addition, you can see how they will be moved through each phase of the process while also seeing what your new smile will look like even before committing to your treatment.

Using the detailed images, the scans are sent digitally to the lab to create printed models and orthodontic appliances, like your Invisalign aligners.

As technological advancements continue to improve the dental field, you will benefit from an enhanced treatment process. With the iTero Element Scanner, you will enjoy predictable and accurate results while you work toward achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.

Can I Speed Up My Invisalign Treatment?

Close up of person putting Invisalign tray in their mouth

Yes! We’re thrilled to offer a safe, proven way to speed up your Invisalign treatment, called OrthoPulse Light Accelerated Orthodontics. When you combine Invisalign with OrthoPulse, your treatment is even faster by up to 50%. Since the average time for Invisalign is 12-18 months, OrthoPulse can reduce that to an average of 6-9 months! Not to mention that OrthoPulse is FDA-approved and only requires wearing a comfortable mouthpiece for 10 minutes per day. By emitting gentle light waves of energy that target the bone around the roots of your teeth, we’re able to move your teeth much more quickly than before. With OrthoPulse, achieving a straight, beautiful smile has never been so easy.

Learn More About OrthoPulse

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

Invisalign is a treatment that you need to be willing to commit to for the long term, so before you begin, you should make sure that you understand what the overall cost will look like. Since the Invisalign process is different for every patient, the final price can vary from case to case. When you visit our office for your initial Invisalign consultation, our team can give you an estimate and explain anything you might want to know about the cost.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

The length of your Invisalign treatment will play a large role in determining how much you end up paying for it. The longer your treatment takes, the more aligners you will likely need – and naturally, more aligners equals a higher cost. The nature of the orthodontic issues being corrected matters as well; more complex cases tend to be more costly to treat.

It should be noted that while many Invisalign treatments involve both arches of teeth, sometimes patients may only need aligners for the upper arch or the lower arch. If you are only having one arch straightened, you can typically expect to pay less.

Finally, keep in mind that the Invisalign process heavily depends on you wearing your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. If you remove them too often, the treatment might take longer, which can add to your overall cost.

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

You may have heard of Smile Direct Club™, which is a do-it-yourself clear aligner treatment that costs noticeably less than Invisalign. However, going for the cheaper option is not always what’s best for your smile. With Smile Direct Club™, if something goes wrong, the problem may go undetected until serious damage has already been done. Meanwhile, Invisalign is handled by a trained professional who will take whatever steps are needed to make sure that the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Some insurance companies will help pay for Invisalign as part of their orthodontic coverage. This isn’t the case for every insurance provider, though; you should double-check your plan to make sure that you understand your benefits before you start the Invisalign process. We can review your insurance plan with you if there’s something you want to clarify, and if any claims need to be filed, you can count on us to handle the paperwork.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

How can you save money on Invisalign without dental insurance? One strategy is to sign up for our dental membership plan; our standard adult plan and our standard senior plan both offer $500 off Invisalign along with other benefits. You may also want to think about applying for CareCredit financing so that you can pay for your treatment in manageable installments over several months’ time.

Invisalign FAQs

From who is a good candidate to what you can expect after treatment, we’ve covered a lot of information about Invisalign in Cary above. With that being said, it’s natural to have some lingering questions. After all, using clear aligners truly is a unique process. That’s why we’re answering some of the most common questions we hear from patients below. As always, if you would like to speak directly with our team, don’t hesitate to request an appointment!

Is wearing Invisalign aligners uncomfortable?

Worried that wearing your clear aligners will be painful? It’s not an uncommon concern. Fortunately, you have nothing to fear. While you may experience some discomfort while transitioning to each new set of trays, the sensation is often short-lived and is nothing that can’t be remedied with a cold compress or an over-the-counter pain reliever. In fact, since each tray is custom-made and metal-free, many patients find Invisalign to be much more comfortable than traditional braces!

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The answer depends on a number of factors, like how severe your orthodontic issue is. Typically, however, it takes patients 12-18 months to work through their series of clear aligners. That treatment timeline can be extended if you neglect to wear your trays for the recommended amount of time, don’t transition to each new set properly, or neglect to keep up with a solid oral hygiene routine. In short, to see your new and improved smile sooner rather than later, make sure to follow all of the instructions our cosmetic dentist in Cary gives you.

What foods will I be able to eat during my Invisalign treatment?

Since your Invisalign clear braces can be removed, there isn’t a lengthy list of dietary restrictions that accompany the teeth-straightening process. There are, however, a few things you should avoid for the sake of your oral health. After all, dental problems like cavities and gum disease can delay your treatment timeline. So, exercise moderation with sugary, acidic, and extremely hard foods. You should also avoid unhealthy dental habits altogether, like chewing on ice or using your teeth as tools.

How long do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners for each day?

To gradually guide your teeth into their properly aligned positions, your clear aligners need to be worn for 22 hours a day. Since that only leaves you with 2 hours of non-wear time, it’s important to be strategic about your schedule. For example, consider soaking your Invisalign trays in cleaning crystals while eating dinner so food particles, plaque, and bacteria can be removed from their surface while you enjoy your meal.

Can I get Invisalign aligners if I’ve had metal braces before?

Possibly! In fact, many patients have used Invisalign to address orthodontic relapse. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for clear aligners is by scheduling an appointment with our skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Koch. During this visit, he will take a look at the position of your teeth, assess the state of your oral health, learn about your smile goals, and determine if Invisalign is right for you!