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Invisalign Clear Aligners – Los Gatos, CA

Discreet & Convenient Orthodontic Treatment

More adults than ever before are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment these days. Are you interested in joining them? Invisalign in Los Gatos is a wonderful option for patients who wish to improve the alignment of their teeth without wearing metal brackets and wires for two or more years. The clear braces solution works using subtle plastic aligners you can remove to eat and brush and floss your teeth. It’s a convenient, beautiful alternative to metal orthodontia -- and Invisalign clear aligners in our Los Gatos, CA dental office are available from the team at Los Gatos Dental Group!

Woman placing her Invisalign clear aligner tray

Why Choose Los Gatos Dental Group for Invisalign Clear Aligners?

  • Great for Teens & Adults
  • Convenient, Removable Clear Aligners
  • We Offer Additional Financing

How Does Invisalign Work?

Animated smile during Invisalign tray placement

Invisalign works using the traditional orthodontic methods of placing pressure on different areas of the bite throughout treatment. If it is the right option for your smile, your orthodontist will take photos, scans, and digital molds of your teeth which will be sent to the Invisalign lab, where the aligners will be created from clear, polyurethane plastic. You will be instructed to wear each aligner 20-22 hours each day for two weeks before advancing to the next in the series, gradually working your way to straighter, more attractive teeth. The average Invisalign treatment is just one year.

Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

Woman comparing Invisalign to metal braces

Many patients find that clear, removable Invisalign braces fit their needs better than conventional orthodontics. That’s especially true for busy adults and image-conscious teens. Some of the most significant differences between Invisalign and metal braces include…

  • Appearance: Invisalign is extremely subtle. While people close to you may know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment because you tell them, casual acquaintances may never notice you are wearing clear braces.
  • Convenience: Fewer visits to the dentist are needed with Invisalign compared to metal braces.
  • Dental Hygiene: Because you can remove Invisalign trays, you do not have to worry about maneuvering around metal brackets and wires. You won’t be at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease when you’re wearing Invisalign trays.
  • Diet: Continue to eat what you like without fear of a popped off bracket or wire while wearing Invisalign. Simply slip out your trays before meals and snacks.

Are You an Invisalign Candidate?

Invisalign candidate placing aligner tray

Patients who need orthodontic treatment will have a full consultation with their orthodontist at Los Gatos Dental Group. To determine which treatment is best for your smile, we will examine your bite and consider your age, lifestyle, and any particular concerns you may have regarding orthodontics. Many patients are eligible for the Invisalign treatment. It can correct the most common alignment issues, including gapped teeth, crowded teeth, as well as overbite, underbite, and crossbite.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

Patient and dentist discussing the cost of Invisalign in Los Gatos

When it comes to discreet and convenient orthodontic treatment, Invisalign in Los Gatos is the perfect choice. These clear aligners don’t have a set price, instead the cost of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient. We’ll be able to give you a personalized estimate of how much you can expect to pay for Invisalign when you come see us for a consultation. We’ll also review your payment options, such as dental insurance and third-party financing, to help make your new smile as affordable as possible. Read on to learn more about the cost of Invisalign in Los Gatos.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

Woman getting Invisalign in Los Gatos

There are three main variables that will influence the price of your Invisalign treatment:

  • The need for preliminary treatment. Cavities and gum disease can interfere with straightening your teeth, so you may need to complete preliminary treatment before starting Invisalign.
  • The complexity and extent of your orthodontic issues. Naturally, less severe orthodontic problems will be less expensive than severe issues.
  • The length of your treatment. The longer your treatment, the more aligners you’ll need to pay for. You may accidentally extend the length of your treatment by not caring for your aligners properly, losing your aligners frequently, or not wearing your aligners frequently enough.

Invisalign VS Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

Closeup of main-in clear aligners in Los Gatos on white background

Patients who are looking for a “quick fix” at a low cost for straightening their teeth will likely come across mail-in aligner companies such as the Smile Direct Club™. These DIY orthodontic treatments often cost much less than an in-person Invisalign treatment and boast the added benefit of never needing to step into a dentist’s office.

While this may sound quite tempting at first, you should be aware that professional organizations like the American Dental Association do not recommend these treatments and have filed official complaints against them. The big issue is the lack of direct oversight from a trained professional. It will be completely up to you to take your aligner impressions correctly and report potential signs of complications. Unfortunately, many patients who have used a mail-in aligner service end up with far worse orthodontic problems than before.

When you visit Los Gatos Dental Group, you can rest assured that your smile is in the hands of a highly trained professional. We’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure your treatment is going as smoothly as possible, and we’ll always be around to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Insurance paperwork for the cost of Invisalign in Los Gatos

There isn’t a simple answer to this question. Some dental insurance policies offer some coverage for orthodontic treatments, while others do not. Even among those that do, Invisalign isn’t always covered. Understanding the full details of your dental insurance policy can be a difficult task, so we recommend contacting your insurance provider or reviewing your plan with our knowledgeable front desk staff. They will make sure that your benefits are being maximized and your out-of-pocket costs are being minimized.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Receptionist and patient discussing how to make Invisalign affordable in Los Gatos

Dental insurance isn’t the only way to make Invisalign treatment affordable. We’re proud to offer flexible dental financing through third-party companies like CareCredit and the LendingClub. These companies allow patients to choose from a wide variety of payment plans, often with little to no interest. Flexible financing through one of these companies will allow patients to get the treatment they need and then break the cost up into smaller payments that are paid back over the next several months or years

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Hand holding up a clear Inivslaign tray

Invisalign in Los Gatos can be the ideal solution to resolve your bite and alignment concerns; however, we understand you have plenty of questions before you are ready to get started. There is no need to worry. We have the answers to your top questions about Invisalign.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of your Invisalign treatment depends on several factors, such as the severity of the orthodontic issues that you face and how many aligners will be required to achieve your ideal results. During your initial consultation, we’ll walk you through these details as well as any financing options available to you, if needed.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

Some insurance companies to offer benefits for Invisalign treatment, but that really depends on your individual plan. Our team can help you find out whether you have coverage for your treatment through your provider.

How often do I need to see my dentist during Invisalign treatment?

Throughout your Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to visit our dental office once every six to eight weeks for a quick progress check to make sure that you’re on-track with your treatment timeline and to pick up the next sets of trays in your series.

What happens if I break an aligner?

If you lose, damaged, or break an aligner, the first thing you should do is contact our dental office. We’ll determine whether you can move forward to your next set or if we need to order you a replacement. The longer you wait to address this issue, the further back it will set your treatment.

What foods can I eat during Invisalign treatment?

One of the great benefits that Invisalign offers that traditional braces doesn’t is the fact that you can remove your trays whenever you eat and brush your teeth. This feature allows you to eat all of your favorite foods and avoid the development of oral health problems throughout your treatment.