Invisalign Clear Braces

Would you feel more confident with a straighter smile? With Invisalign ® clear aligners, you can have beautifully straight teeth up to two times faster than with traditional braces! The clear braces are convenient, comfortable, and essentially invisible.

Invisalign Clear Braces in Orange

Patient with straightened smile after Invisalign clear braces in Orange CaliforniaClear braces have grown in popularity for the past twenty years. Our patients appreciate that the braces are clear and that their friends and family don’t notice the aligners. Schedule your appointment for Invisalign clear braces in Orange, CA, today. Also serving Tustin.

Invisalign aligners are also continuously advancing with current technology, which means you get the most accurate, up-to-date results. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

Woman sharing beautiful smile thanks to Orange California Invisalign clear bracesWhen you come into Michelsen Dental, the first thing we will do is take a digital scan of your smile. This scan is sent to a lab where the clear aligners are made specifically for you using SmartTrack technology.

When your aligners are finished and you come to our office, Dr. Michelsen will make sure they fit right before sending you home with your new clear braces. Your aligners will come in sets, and each set will be worn for about two weeks.

Patients should wear the aligners night and day, and take them out only when you eat, drink, or brush and floss. It is important to aim for 20 to 22 hours of wearing time every day. We will also have you come into our office every six to eight weeks to make sure your aligners are working properly.

Straight Teeth for Confidence

Imagine the confidence you can have with a straight, white smile! With the convenience and comfort of Invisalign, your stunning smile is just around the corner.

Call our dentist in Orange, CA, today!

Your life is demanding, and getting straight teeth shouldn’t get in the way of your busy schedule. Invisalign ® is designed to fit your lifestyle, and we want to see you with a straight, confident smile! Call our office to schedule an appointment today. You can also visit us in Orange if you live in nearby Tustin.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

If you’ve spent any time trying to research the cost of Invisalign, you’ll quickly realize it’s hard to find a consistent answer. That’s because every treatment plan is custom-made with the patient’s unique dental needs in mind! Don’t worry – that doesn’t mean that finding out the price is hard; all you need to do is schedule a consultation with our Orange dental team so we can conduct a thorough oral exam. Until then, you can keep reading to learn important information related to the cost, including whether or not dental insurance covers a portion of it.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

As we touched on above, your exam is crucial because it gives us insight into the complexity of your case. Once we have detailed X-rays and we’ve examined the position of your teeth, we’ll be able to determine:

  • If we need to straighten one or both arches of your teeth
  • If rubber bands need to be added to your treatment plan
  • How many aligners are needed

Important note: It is possible for additional costs to come up after you’ve already begun treatment. One example is if a new plan needs to be made because you fell off-track with the original one by not wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours a day.

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

When comparing the cost of Invisalign to mail-order aligner companies, you’ll quickly realize that Invisalign is more expensive. Before you let that convince you that it’s not worth it, it’s important to learn why there is a discrepancy in the price. While Invisalign requires a thorough upfront exam and is supervised by a licensed dental professional, mail-order aligners bypass the initial consultation and patients have nowhere to turn if something goes wrong. Plus, alternatives like these don’t have support from professional organizations in the industry, like the American Dental Association.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Sometimes! In cases where Invisalign is determined “medically necessary,” it’s common for dental insurance providers to cover a portion of the cost. So, if you are currently insured, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with your benefits. If you’re having trouble or you’re interested in learning if we welcome your benefits, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help. We have experience working with many of the nation’s leading providers, including Cigna, Ameritas, Delta, and Guardian.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

In addition to welcoming dental insurance, we have our very own dental savings program that grants you immediate access to benefits like significant discounts on preventive and cosmetic dentistry. We also are proud to work with CareCredit, which is a third-party financier. They offer several payment plans, making the cost of Invisalign fit into nearly every budget. Lastly, we offer periodic special offers that help reduce your out-of-pocket expenses significantly!

Invisalign FAQs

Patient placing Invisalign aligner in black and blue case

From how to clean the aligners properly to what Invisalign attachments are (and why they are important), many prospective patients have questions about this discreet orthodontic treatment. If you’re in the same boat, don’t worry – we’re here to help! You’re welcome to get in touch with our team directly with any questions you have. Or, you can read on for the answers to some commonly asked questions about clear aligners.

Can You Get Invisalign After Braces?

It’s certainly possible! In fact, many patients who have struggled with severe malocclusion have started their orthodontic treatment with traditional braces and finished with clear aligners. Ultimately, the choice will be up to you and our Orange dentists. So, if you’re interested in hybrid treatment, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our team.

How Do I Clean My Invisalign?

Many patients overcomplicate the process of cleaning their aligners. In reality, all you need is some water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. After thoroughly rinsing your trays with room-temperature water, you will dampen the bristles of your toothbrush and use them to gently clean each surface. That’s it! Of course, if your aligners are starting to discolor or smell bad, then you can also use the cleaning crystals that came in your welcome kit to provide them with a deeper clean.

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Have you seen little pieces of tooth-colored resin on the teeth of someone you know with Invisalign? Those are attachments. Although they are small and discreet, they play a crucial role in the teeth-straightening process by giving your trays something to grip onto. This allows patients with more moderate cases of malocclusion to get the beautiful results they desire as well!

Important note: if you have attachments, then it can be helpful to avoid eating extremely crunchy, hard, and sticky foods. This will reduce the chances of them coming off during your treatment, which does require a visit to our office. 

Who is Not Eligible for Invisalign?

Although clear aligner treatment is ideal for the large majority of patients, there are some exceptions. A few examples include patients who don’t have all of their permanent teeth, patients who have severe cases of overcrowding, patients who smoke (or are unwilling to quit), and patients who need dental work. Of course, if there is any reason why you aren’t a candidate initially, we will still review the solutions available to give you to straight, beautiful, and healthy teeth you desire.

Does Invisalign Give You a Lisp?

There is a rumor circulating that Invisalign gives you a lisp. It doesn’t. In fact, the large majority of patients don’t experience any changes to their speech during clear aligner treatment. The small number that do can have peace of mind knowing that it’s temporary and can easily be addressed with plenty of practice. Remember, the trays are incredibly thin and custom-made just for you, so they won’t be bulky or obtrusive enough to seriously alter your speaking patterns.

I've been procrastinating on going to the dentist for a few years because I was nervous of what I might need. But after visiting with Dr. Michelsen, I found that I was worried for no reason at all. She and her staff are kind, patient, and gentle! I'm smiling because, not only are my teeth nice and healthy again, I also got my smile brightened. It looks better than I thought possible...and makes me feel happy about myself again.

Jill Parkin

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:02:02-07:00

Jill Parkin

I've been procrastinating on going to the dentist for a few years because I was nervous of what I might need. But after visiting with Dr. Michelsen, I found that I was worried for no reason at all. She and her staff are kind, patient, and gentle! I'm smiling because, not only are my teeth nice and healthy again, I also got my smile brightened. It looks better than I thought possible...and makes me feel happy about myself again.
Dr. Michelsen is a very professional, caring and considerate dentist which puts the dental health of her patients above all else. Her office will not try to upsell you on services that aren’t needed like other dental offices. Her office staff mirrors her professionalism and friendliness.

Marc Ellison

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:01:40-07:00

Marc Ellison

Dr. Michelsen is a very professional, caring and considerate dentist which puts the dental health of her patients above all else. Her office will not try to upsell you on services that aren’t needed like other dental offices. Her office staff mirrors her professionalism and friendliness.
Very helpful and friendly staff. I love that they make your crown right there and you don't have to have a temporary tooth and wait for the permanent tooth.

Elliot Wagstaff

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:03:10-07:00

Elliot Wagstaff

Very helpful and friendly staff. I love that they make your crown right there and you don't have to have a temporary tooth and wait for the permanent tooth.
Dr. Michelsen and her staff are amazing. We drive from Aliso Viejo because of the service we are provided. Thank you for taking great care of my family. We smile brighter because of you.

Alicia F.

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:02:29-07:00

Alicia F.

Dr. Michelsen and her staff are amazing. We drive from Aliso Viejo because of the service we are provided. Thank you for taking great care of my family. We smile brighter because of you.
Dr. Michelsen is fantastic! She is not only a great dentist with up to date equipment, but she is very good to her patients! Glad she is here and my dentist!

Susan Olive Nuttall

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:04:11-07:00

Susan Olive Nuttall

Dr. Michelsen is fantastic! She is not only a great dentist with up to date equipment, but she is very good to her patients! Glad she is here and my dentist!
Dr. Michaelsen is amazing! My daughter has Veneers on her front teeth. One cracked this week and she is leaving on a vacation for 2 weeks! Dr. Michaelsen and her staff went above and beyond to get her in and get the tooth fixed. Dr. Michaelsen did such a beautiful job fixing her tooth. You can’t even tell that there was ever a problem. She is such an amazing talented Dentist! And her staff is terrific too!

Amy Willett Leon

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:04:51-07:00

Amy Willett Leon

Dr. Michaelsen is amazing! My daughter has Veneers on her front teeth. One cracked this week and she is leaving on a vacation for 2 weeks! Dr. Michaelsen and her staff went above and beyond to get her in and get the tooth fixed. Dr. Michaelsen did such a beautiful job fixing her tooth. You can’t even tell that there was ever a problem. She is such an amazing talented Dentist! And her staff is terrific too!
My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Michelsen. As she has recently taken over this practice, we have only had a few visits with her but right off the bat, she made us feel right at ease and very comfortable with both her skill as a dentist and also her personal attention to her patients. She takes the time to get to know you, which we like. Her office staff is always very warm and inviting and never fail to greet you with a smile. I have already referred a friend and hoping we have the opportunity to refer others!

Robin Rodina

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:04:32-07:00

Robin Rodina

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Michelsen. As she has recently taken over this practice, we have only had a few visits with her but right off the bat, she made us feel right at ease and very comfortable with both her skill as a dentist and also her personal attention to her patients. She takes the time to get to know you, which we like. Her office staff is always very warm and inviting and never fail to greet you with a smile. I have already referred a friend and hoping we have the opportunity to refer others!
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