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Clear Aligners – Columbia, TN

An Invisible Alternative to Traditional Braces

Woman looking at ClearCorrect tray and model smile with braces

A straight smile doesn’t have to mean spending years with a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. At Beck Dental Care of Columbia, we are happy to provide patients with an almost invisible alternative – clear aligners. Using smooth, plastic alignment trays, this orthodontic solution delivers perfectly aligned smiles quickly and comfortably, leaving you looking and feeling your very best. Are you ready to get started? Call our dentist and team to schedule a consultation appointment today! We’ll be happy to examine your smile and create a custom treatment plan to deliver your flawlessly aligned smile.

Why Choose Beck Dental Care for Clear Aligners?

  • Top-Rated Dental Office in Columbia
  • Early Morning and Evening Hours Throughout the Week
  • Highly Trained and Caring Dental Team

What Are Clear Aligners?

Man placing ClearCorrect tray

In short, clear aligners are a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Each tray is custom-made to move your teeth closer and closer to their ideal positions – all you have to do is exchange the current alignment trays for the next set in the series after 7-14 days. By wearing them for 20 to 22 hours a day, you can achieve the smile of your dreams in just 12 to 18 months too!

Who Is a Candidate for Clear Aligners?

Woman placing ClearCorrect tray

More patients than ever, including teens, can now correct their smile alignment using clear aligners. In fact, they can even be used to correct more advanced concerns, including:

Crowded Teeth

If your teeth overlap, you might feel self-conscious smiling. Plus, the unique crevices can harbor food particles and plaque, significantly increasing your chances of developing cavities. The good news is that clear aligners can address both! By guiding your teeth into their properly aligned positions, our talented Columbia dentists can improve the look, function, and health of your smile.

Gaps Between Teeth

Similar to crowded teeth, gapped teeth can be detrimental to several aspects of your smile. Once again, there’s no reason to worry because clear aligners can gently push your teeth together, closing the noticeable spaces in the process.

Bite Alignment

You might not notice an uneven bite on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean its impact is insignificant. After all, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and the like can negatively impact everything from your chewing habits to your speaking patterns. Luckily, clear aligners can effectively correct orthodontic issues like these as well.

The Benefits of Clear Aligners

Man in dental chair looking at smile in mirror after ClearCorrect treatment

Traditional braces are still the right orthodontic option for many patients, including younger patients and those who need to make very advanced orthodontic changes. However, clear aligners come with numerous notable benefits, including the fact that they are:

  • Fast – Traditional braces can take 18 to 36 months or longer. Clear aligner treatment is often completed in about 12 months. In addition to this significantly shorter overall treatment time, patients will also save time with fewer checkup appointments, making clear aligners ideal for those with busy schedules.
  • Comfortable – Shifting teeth into their ideal alignment is always going to cause some discomfort, but bracket and wire orthodontics add soft tissue irritation to this mix. Clear aligners allow patients to straighten their smiles with smooth, plastic trays that minimize the discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment.
  • No hassle – Because alignment trays are removable, patients can look forward to maintaining their regular diets and oral hygiene routines throughout treatment. No need to skip out on your favorite meals or spend additional time brushing and flossing around brackets and wires.
  • Aesthetic – For those patients who are concerned about their professional image, clear aligners offer a way to improve the appearance of your smile without adversely impacting your look during treatment. You’ll be creating improved oral health, and all anyone will see is a flawless smile.

Understanding the Cost of Clear Aligners

Woman with straight teeth smiling at home

It’s natural for prospective patients to be curious about the cost of clear aligners. However, it’s not always easy to get a straight answer. That’s because each treatment plan is custom-made, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all price. The good news is that our team at Beck Dental Care is here to make navigating the financial side of your treatment easy as well. So much so that we’ve dedicated this next section to covering important information on the topic!

Factors That Affect the Cost of Clear Aligners

Man smiling at dentist during clear aligners consultation

The price of clear aligners differs for each patient based on a variety of factors, such as the degree to which your teeth are misaligned, your age, and whether you need to straighten one arch of teeth or both. There’s another factor that will play a role in the cost: your dedication to wearing your trays as often as prescribed. If you consistently don’t meet the 20-22 hour-a-day wear time, you can quickly fall off-track with your treatment plan, requiring more aligners and an additional investment.

Clear Aligners vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

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Simply put, mail-order aligner companies, like Smile Direct Club™ are cheaper. However, that definitely doesn’t mean this is a better teeth-straightening solution. On the contrary, mail-order treatments use DIY impressions, skip the initial exam, and have countless patients who have experienced worsened misalignment from their products. That’s why professional organizations, like the American Dental Association, have actively voiced their distaste – it can be dangerous! If you want to safely straighten your teeth while preserving your oral health, professional treatments are always the best choice.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Clear Aligners?

Office manager review dental insurance information with patient

Fortunately, many dental insurance companies are willing to cover a portion of the cost of clear aligners. So, if you are currently insured, then call your provider directly or review the fine print on your plan to get a better understanding of your benefits. Of course, if you’re having any trouble, you’re always welcome to talk to our team as well. We are in-network with popular providers like Delta Dental and United Healthcare. As a result, we can help you maximize your coverage and easily understand your out-of-pocket expenses.

Options for Making Clear Aligners Affordable

Young woman smiling at reflection in handheld mirror

For those without insurance, we partner with CareCredit, a third-party financing option with which you can pay for your treatment in manageable monthly chunks with low-interest rates. We also have periodic special offers that can help make the cost of maintaining, restoring, and enhancing your smile more affordable. To learn more about either of these financial solutions and how they impact the price of your clear aligner treatment, give our team a call.

Frequently Asked Questions, Answered!

What Happens After I’m Done Wearing My Aligners?

After you’re finished with any kind of orthodontic treatment, whether it’s traditional braces or clear aligners in Columbia, you’ll need to wear a retainer in order to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original misaligned positions. Fortunately, this adjustment couldn’t be easier. You’ll simply have to wear another set of clear plastic trays that are actually quite similar to your aligners.

Once the end of your treatment approaches, we’ll discuss how long you’ll have to wear a retainer. In most cases, you’ll wear it 22 hours a day for a few months, and then you can switch to only wearing it at night.

Will My Aligners Affect the Way I Talk?

In the beginning, it’s likely that you’ll speak with a slight lisp. This is because the aligners now rest in the space where the back of your front teeth meet the roof of your mouth. Many sounds you make are produced by your tongue touching this area. Since the aligners are now in the way, your tongue may get a little confused. Most of our patients say that this only lasts a few days at most. You can help speed the process up a little by practicing speaking out loud, particularly words with a lot of “s” sounds.

Does Clear Aligner Treatment Hurt?

When you first start wearing the aligners, or switch to a new set, it may feel slightly uncomfortable. Your teeth might feel sensitive or sore. However, this is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s a sign that your treatment is working. The aligners shift your teeth into the desired positions by exerting a gentle pressure on them. To alleviate this discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication as needed. It also helps to start wearing a new set of aligners at night. By the time you wake up, you’ll already be several hours into the adjustment process.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Although there is an average treatment timeline, it’s important to mention that the length of yours will depend largely on how mild or severe your case of malocclusion is. Of course, there are other factors that need to be considered as well, including if you consistently wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day. With all of that said, patients typically work through their series of trays in 12-18 months.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat During My Invisalign Treatment?

Technically, there aren’t any foods that are completely off-limits. There are, however, some that pose a risk to your oral health. Sour gummy candies are a great example because they are acidic, loaded with sugar, and linger on your teeth for hours. Super crunchy foods, like hard pretzels, should also be avoided or – at the very least – eaten with caution since they can cause a tooth to chip or an attachment to come off. Simply put, it’s a good idea to stick to nutrient-dense foods as much as possible and make water your go-to beverage.

Why Do I Need to Wear My Aligners for 20-22 Hours a Day?

Oftentimes, the biggest adjustment for patients with Invisalign is wearing the aligners for 20-22 hours a day. If you’re starting to feel your motivation dwindling, then you might find it helpful to learn why it’s so important. Basically, if you don’t wear the trays for the large majority of the day, then your teeth won’t move as anticipated, causing you to fall off-track with your treatment plan. So, if you want to see the results as quickly as possible, and you want to avoid added costs, you should prioritize the wear time goal each and every day.

What Should I Do If I Lose an Aligner?

If you go to put your aligners back on and realize they aren’t where you thought they were, don’t panic. Instead, do your best to remember the last time you had them. Then, retrace your steps from there. Remember, they might not be in the most obvious places. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to look in the trash, in the center console of your car, in the pockets of the pants you were wearing earlier, and other “random” places. If you can’t find them after all of that, then call us ASAP so we can determine if a replacement tray needs to be made.

Can I Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

You can as long as you follow one rule: remove your trays beforehand. The main reason for this is that keeping your aligners on while you drink dark-colored beverages like this can leave behind stubborn stains. It can also lead to problems like enamel erosion. Simply put, taking your trays out is the best thing for both your oral health and teeth-straightening treatment.