Invisalign – Chaska, MN

The Seamless Way to Straighten Your Smile

There is just something so appealing about a smile with perfectly straight teeth. However, the thought of going through the orthodontic treatment necessary to achieve such a smile may not be as appealing. Well, here’s another thought—you don’t have to wear a mouthful of metal braces to have straight teeth. With Invisalign in Chaska, MN, hardly anyone will know that you’re wearing braces until you’ve completed treatment and your smile says it all!

At Chaska Dental Center, Dr. Swingdorf is an Invisalign Preferred Provider, so you can be certain that the outcome of your orthodontic treatment will be a beautiful, straight smile. Dr. Swingdorf works closely with the Invisalign lab to develop a treatment plan that will gradually but effectively, move your teeth into proper alignment.

Why Choose Chaska Dental Center for Invisalign?

  • Customized Treatments from an Invisalign Preferred Provider
  • Dental Team That Treats All Patients Like Family
  • Dental Insurance Welcome & Financing Offered

How Does Invisalign Work?

Hand holding an Invisalign tray

As the name suggests, Invisalign is practically invisible. The system uses a sequential series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. Your path to a straight smile begins with a thorough assessment of your oral health. Any extenuating problems—cavities or gum disease, for example—will need to be taken care of before orthodontic treatment begins. Then, we’ll assemble a comprehensive collection of X-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth. Your dentist in Chaska, Dr. Swingdorf, will use these to develop a treatment plan that will be the blueprint Invisalign needs to fabricate your customized aligners.

The aligners arrive at our dental office in sets—one for the teeth along your upper arch and one for the teeth along your lower arch. To complete your orthodontic treatment in a timely manner, the aligners will need to be worn every day for about 21 hours. Each set will be worn for a few short weeks, and then you’ll advance to the next set in the series. Of course, Dr. Swingdorf will want to see you periodically to check your progress, but otherwise, that’s all there is to wearing Invisalign. Stay on schedule and a beautifully straight smile will be yours in a year or two!

Indications for Invisalign

Woman placing an Invisalign tray

Invisalign is known for its versatility, which means it is capable of treating various types of dental problems, including:

Crowded Teeth

Woman holding an Invisalign clear aligner

When crowded teeth make it impossible to adequately brush and floss, you can easily develop tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Fortunately, Invisalign clear aligners can create the necessary space, allowing for a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Gaps Between Teeth

Dentist placing Invisalign tray

Gapped teeth pose a similar problem because of the ease of bacteria and food particles becoming trapped in these large, unnecessary spaces. Not only can they pose a significant risk to your oral health, but they also cause low self-esteem for many individuals. With Invisalign, however, we can close the gap and allow for healthier teeth and gums that remain free of decay and disease.

Bite Alignment

Woman placing an Invisalign tray for bite alignment

Invisalign is also capable of realigning overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. As a result, it will minimize wear and tear to the tooth enamel as well as chronic jaw pain often caused by poorly aligned teeth.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Smiling woman holding an Invisalign tray

Aside from being practically invisible, Invisalign comes with several other advantages over traditional braces. Most importantly, they are removable. When you want to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, just remove the aligners and eat whatever you like—there are no restrictions! Also, maintaining your regular at-home oral hygiene routine is much easier. With the Invisalign clear plastic braces removed, you can brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day as you normally would. You’ll also need to keep your aligners clean, too, which is easy to accomplish with brushing and a quick rinse with warm water.

Invisalign clear plastic braces are appropriate for teenagers as well as adults.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign®

Dental team member explaining the cost of Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign in Chaska is different for each patient. Why? Because no two cases are alike. While you may only need aligners for your upper row of teeth, another individual may require them for both arches. We will personalize your treatment plan based on the severity of your dental problem, the number of aligners you will need, and the timeline required for successful treatment. Our team will work with you to identify whether you are covered by your dental insurance carrier for orthodontic treatment as well as help maximize any of your available benefits.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

Man learning how much Invisalign will cost

You will discover that the cost of your Invisalign treatment will likely be very different than someone else’s personalized plan. This is why there cannot be a set price for this type of orthodontic care. Instead, when meeting with your Invisalign dentist, they will complete a thorough examination of your oral anatomy while determining the following factors as part of your overall cost estimate:

  • Do you need Invisalign aligners for both your upper and lower arches or just one?
  • Can Invisalign be a reliable form of treatment to fix the type of dental problem you’re experiencing (i.e., overcrowding, gaps, bite misalignment)?
  • How severe is your dental issue? How many sets will you need?
  • Which type of retainer will you need once you are finished with Invisalign?

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

Several clear aligners in a pile

When turning on the TV, you’re likely to find that many do-it-yourself (DIY) teeth straightening solutions are being promoted. Designed to capture the attention of individuals like yourself, they promise an easy-to-use method of treatment that works fast and costs less. But products like Smile Direct Club™ can be misleading, causing you to experience more problems than you might realize. Here are just a few reasons you might want to rethink your decision when considering anything other than Invisalign:

  • Clear aligner treatment is not right for everyone. Some patients have extreme dental issues that require more invasive solutions (i.e., metal braces). By opting for Smile Direct Club™ without a professional consultation, you may be putting your smile and oral health at risk.
  • The impression kit you receive with Smile Direct Club™ requires you to capture them yourself. If you are unsure how to do this correctly, you might end up with aligners that do not fit comfortably and actually do more damage to your teeth.
  • If a dental emergency occurs while undergoing Smile Direct Club™, you will be required to visit a local orthodontist or dentist, which will ultimately cost you more money.
  • There is no in-person oversight with Smile Direct Club™. Instead, you meet with a dentist virtually, but you are responsible for tracking your progress.

In theory, the idea of a do-it-yourself orthodontic solution sounds great, but the potential complications can leave you with a damaged smile and accumulated costs. Instead, save yourself time, frustration, and money and allow a trusted professional at Chaska Dental Center to improve the alignment and health of your smile with Invisalign.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Patient inserting an Invisalign aligner

When reviewing your dental insurance policy, it’s important that you find out whether you have orthodontic coverage. Most plans do not include it as part of the available benefits; however, you can inquire about a supplemental plan. While many have exclusions such as an age limit or type of orthodontics, many companies are now including Invisalign as part of their available coverage, which can alleviate your out-of-pocket expenses by up to 50%.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

 Invisalign aligners in a protective case

At Chaska Dental Center, we are pleased to provide our patients with access to money-saving offers, especially when it comes to Invisalign. Currently, we are offering 0% financing for up to 12 months when pursuing restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Invisalign FAQs

Man preparing for Invisalign in Chaska

Are you curious to know more about Invisalign? These clear aligners offer greater flexibility and faster results, which are just two of the many reasons millions of people choose them over traditional braces. But do you still have questions about the process? Are you curious to know what will happen after treatment is complete? At Chaska Dental Center, our team receives countless questions from patients about Invisalign, which is why we’ve compiled them as well as our answers below.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Determining whether Invisalign is the right method of orthodontic treatment for you requires a scheduled consultation with our dentists in Chaska. Dr. Swingdorf, who is an Invisalign Preferred Provider, will look at the status of your teeth and decide if Invisalign can effectively lead to beautiful results.

In most cases, those with minor overcrowding, minor gaps, and minor bite misalignment can achieve success with Invisalign clear aligners. However, it is necessary that you do not possess any oral health problems such as decay or gum disease before starting treatment. If so, you’ll need to be treated for these issues first.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The timeline for each patient wearing Invisalign clear aligners is different. Typically, the average timeframe for completion is 12-18 months, but this can vary depending on the severity of the problem and how much you abide by the instructions provided to you by our team.

You must wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day, as this ensures gentle, continuous pressure is placed on your teeth so that they will move in the right direction. Because of the predictable results Invisalign provides, everything should remain on schedule. However, if at any point you choose to forgo wearing your trays for the recommended amount of time, you run the risk of delaying your treatment.

Do I Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?

Yes, it is necessary that you wear a customized aligner after completing treatment with Invisalign. Essentially, this is the retainer phase, and based on your case, you’ll likely need to wear your retainer full-time. This helps to keep your teeth in their new location so that they do not try to shift back into their original spot.

Without proper wear, you can undo all of the hard work you accomplished. Over time, Dr. Swingdorf will likely recommend that you wear your retainer only at night while you sleep.

Can I Be Treated With Invisalign If I’ve Worn Braces in the Past?

To determine if your smile can be treated using Invisalign, even after wearing traditional braces, you will need to meet with your Invisalign dentist. It is during this meeting that he will examine your smile and decide if the problem you’re experiencing is minor enough to be successfully treated using clear aligners.

Many adults who previously wore braces can achieve a straighter smile with Invisalign later in life; however, if you allowed a misaligned bite to return to its regular location because you did not wear your retainer, and it is now worse than before, you’ll likely need metal braces to fix the problem.