Invisible Braces Erie, PA

Are you living with a smile that you don't feel completely confident about sharing? Maybe you had braces as an adolescent and didn't wear your retainer, or perhaps you missed wearing braces as a child. Whatever the case may be, if you are dealing with crowded or widely spaced teeth, it affects the appearance of your smile and could cause you to hide your teeth when you interact with other people.

Even if you have been living your entire life with misaligned teeth, the thought of a mouth full of metal is probably not very appealing. Perhaps you checked into name-brand invisible braces options In Erie, PA, only to be put off by the expense since treatment with Invisalign is often comparable to the cost of metal braces.

The good news is that now you have another option: in-house aligner treatment.

At Lake Erie Dental, Dr. Kevin Sambuchino offers an invisible braces option that we create entirely in-house. What does this mean for you? It means you can get started with treatment more quickly—and at a much more affordable price than other brands, such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect.

Let’s take a look at this state-of-the-art technology for invisible braces in Erie, PA.

How does aligner treatment work?

Aligner treatment works in the same way as Invisalign, ClearCorrect, and other invisible braces. Clear plastic aligners are made to fit snugly over the teeth, gently nudging them into a healthier and more aesthetic position.

Every few weeks, you'll swap out your aligners for a new set until the teeth are precisely where they should be, and you'll visit Dr. Sambuchino periodically throughout your treatment to ensure that your smile is progressing as planned. Treatment with our plastic aligners is efficient and typically takes around 12 to 18 months to complete.

What are the benefits of invisible aligner treatment?

Besides being virtually invisible and providing the utmost discretion so no one will notice you are straightening your teeth, there are several other advantages you enjoy when you choose aligner treatment:

  • You can remove the aligners for eating, so there are no food restrictions.
  • Aligners are also removable for flossing and brushing, so keeping teeth clean and gums healthy is much easier than with traditional metal brackets and wires.
  • Clear aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear with no discomfort from pokey metal brackets or wires

It is important to note, however, that Erie, PA patients must be diligent about wearing the plastic aligners every single day for the required amount of time. Most people leave them in for at least 22 hours each day. If you don't wear your aligners for the recommended time, results may take longer to achieve.

How does aligner treatment differ from other invisible braces?

The primary difference is that Dr. Sambuchino and his team at Lake Erie Dental can fit you for invisible braces and print your aligners on a high-tech 3-D printer all under the same roof. Not only does this eliminate you having to wait for your dentist to send the impressions to an outside laboratory to be fabricated—which could take up to three or four weeks—but aligner treatment at Lake Erie Dental is also more affordable because we cut the “middle man” out of the picture.

Erie dentist Dr. Kevin Sambuchino is one of only a few dentists in Pennsylvania who is able to offer this technology—and costs savings—to patients.

For patients who might have complex orthodontic issues beyond what can be solved with clear plastic aligners alone, Dr. Sambuchino also offers traditional orthodontics in Erie, PA to fix complicated problems. After we resolve those issues, patients can usually move to clear plastic aligners for the remainder of the treatment. Because of the lower cost involved, this option is much more affordable.

Why is it a good idea to straighten my teeth?

Your smile is an important part of how you present yourself to the world. If you feel embarrassed about your crooked or misaligned teeth, it can take a toll on your confidence and self-esteem. If you're not smiling your best smile, are you really making the first impression you'd like? A straighter, more beautiful smile provides a significant boost to your confidence that can make a difference in both your personal and professional interactions.

Did you know that your crooked teeth are impacting your oral health? It is more difficult to brush and floss teeth that are crooked or overlap, which results in more significant plaque buildup and an elevated risk of developing dental concerns like gum disease or cavities.

A properly aligned smile is not only beautiful and a great boost for your confidence, but it is also beneficial for your dental health.

Will I need to wear retainers after my aligner treatment?

Retainers are an essential part of any orthodontic treatment plan in Erie, PA. Whether you are investing in aligner treatment or traditional braces, wearing a retainer after your treatment is completed will keep your teeth from naturally shifting back into their misaligned position. Many adults are revisiting orthodontic treatment because they forgot or failed to wear their retainers after treatment as an adolescent, so it's vital to protect your investment in your new smile with diligent retainer wear.

Your retainer will be comfortable to wear, and it should be worn every night while you sleep to keep your teeth properly aligned. After making your investment in orthodontic treatment, consistently wearing your retainers at night is a small commitment to make to maintain your beautiful smile.

What is the cost of aligner treatment?

The cost of aligner treatment varies with each patient's specific needs. The best way to determine what your cost will be is to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Sambuchino, where he will examine your bite and teeth, and also take x-rays and photos of your smile. Because each patient's personalized treatment plan is unique, the price is determined based on the time frame it takes to complete treatment and the complexity of the case.

Many dental insurance plans include a benefit for orthodontic treatment, and you may be able to apply it to aligner treatment. Remember, you are also receiving significant savings on choosing an in-house aligner treatment as opposed to a name-brand aligner system, and that will help defray the cost of your treatment.

If monthly payments fit more comfortably into your budget, at Lake Erie Dental, we also work with third-party financing companies like CareCredit that even provide interest-free payment plans for patients who qualify. Your Erie, PA dentist also offers in-house financing that allows you to make affordable monthly payments directly to our dental office.

Call Lake Erie Dental for More Information about Aligner Treatment

Get the straight smile you want, with the discretion and ease you prefer, but without the expense of using a name-brand clear aligner system! Call our Erie, PA dental office today at (814) 864-7511 to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sambuchino and find out if aligner treatment is right for you.