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Invisalign® Clear Aligners – Moses Lake, WA

Orthodontia That Will Keep You Smiling

Do you dream about having a smile full of sparkling, straight teeth, but you just can’t imagine yourself wearing traditional metal braces? You’ve probably invested in a professional, mature image, and you shouldn’t have to look like a teenager to straighten your teeth. We agree. Now we can make your dreams come true!

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Why Choose Moses Lake Family Dentistry for Invisalign® Clear Aligners?

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is a virtually invisible method that can straighten your teeth without metal braces. With Invisalign, a custom-molded set of transparent, removable aligners will progressively reposition your teeth. You can remove the aligners for eating, brushing, flossing, or for special occasions. Invisalign is more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces. Patients do not experience the abrasions caused by metal and wires. Plus, Invisalign aligners are easy to clean, and frequent adjustment appointments aren’t needed.

How does Invisalign work?

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First, we use 3D computer imaging to design a comprehensive treatment plan. This allows you to preview the final positioning of your teeth before any work starts. Yes, you will see your future smile before treatment begins!

Then, a lab will create a series of aligners to reposition your teeth over one to two years. You’ll change aligners every two weeks until your smile is straight and beautiful. Typically, you will visit us every six weeks for progress reports. Transparent, removable, no-hassle orthodontia – now that should put a smile on your face!

Who Can Invisalign Help?

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Since Invisalign has helped more than 12 million patients around the world, there’s a good chance that this discreet orthodontic treatment can help you too! The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with our Moses Lake dental team. That said, you can also read on to learn a bit more about how clear aligner treatment can address some of the most common orthodontic problems.

Crowded Teeth

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Simply put, your teeth won’t sit in their perfectly aligned positions if there isn’t enough room in your mouth. To create space, patients often needed to have one or more teeth extracted prior to getting traditional braces. However, Invisalign takes a different approach: IPR. This involves the sides of a few of your teeth being shaved (which is completely painless). That way, your teeth have room to move from the guidance of the clear aligners.

Gaps Between Teeth

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If you have the opposite problem (there is too much space in your mouth), then your teeth won’t sit in their perfectly aligned positions either. The good news is that we can close the gaps in your mouth with clear aligners! Sometimes, this requires the use of attachments, buttons, and rubber bands, but don’t worry – they are nowhere near as attention-grabbing as traditional braces.


Illustration of overbite

Having your top teeth sit in front of your bottom teeth is good. Having your top teeth protrude far beyond your bottom teeth isn’t. That’s because this bite problem (known as an overbite) can make it difficult to chew properly, speak clearly, and even smile confidently. Fortunately, Invisalign has proven to be reliable when it comes to addressing mild to moderate cases. Plus, the average treatment timeline is only 12-18 months!


Illustration of underbite

If your lower teeth sit in front of your upper teeth, then you have an underbite. If you don’t have it fixed, then you can experience everything from premature wear and tear on certain teeth to jaw pain. That’s why it’s important to schedule a consultation with us to learn about your treatment options! If Invisalign is a good fit for you, then we can bring your bite into proper alignment with clear, comfortable, and custom-made aligners.


Illustration of crossbite

If some, but not all, of your lower teeth sit in front of your upper teeth, there’s a good chance that you have a crossbite. Premature wear and tear on your teeth are a primary concern with this orthodontic problem, as well as chronic jaw pain, trouble chewing properly, and low self-esteem. Simply put, if you have a crossbite, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an Invisalign consultation.

Open Bite

Illustration of openbite

An open bite is when your teeth don’t come together evenly when you bite down because there is space in the front or back of your mouth. Like the other bite problems on this list, it can make everything from chewing properly to smiling confidently difficult, which is why we recommend having it fixed sooner rather than later.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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If you are dreaming of a more aligned smile, Invisalign may seem like the perfect solution. After all, it has so many unique benefits that you can’t find anywhere else. However, it is crucial that you understand the cost of the treatment so that you don’t end up with unnecessary surprises. To learn more about how much your Invisalign treatment will cost, give us a call so we can get you started with your initial consultation.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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The cost of Invisalign varies from person to person based on several different factors. Here are some of the most prominent ones:

  • Number of Arches: The vast majority of people who undergo Invisalign treatment will straighten both their upper and lower teeth at the same time. However, in some cases, only one arch needs to be addressed. If you only need one arch straightened, this will ultimately result in a lower cost.
  • Complexity: If you have more severe misalignment issues, your treatment is likely to cost more. For example, closing a few small gaps is cheaper than correcting a significant bite problem.
  • Length of Treatment: A longer treatment time means more aligners and a higher cost.

Invisalign VS Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?

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When a patient is looking for a “quick fix,” lower budget options, like Smile Direct Club™, may seem tempting. However, a lower cost doesn’t always mean that it’s a better option. While the price is generally lower than Invisalign, Smile Direct Club™ has a “do it yourself” approach with little oversight from a professional. Ultimately, this means more room for errors to be made. You could even end up with serious issues that will need to be treated by a professional anyways.

Fortunately, with Invisalign, you have the trusted oversight of our dentists for each and every step along the way. Invisalign is professionally made, uses highly accurate impressions, and will result in a more successful treatment process overall. The cost difference is certainly worth it for a smoother, worry-free orthodontic treatment!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Some dental insurance plans will include coverage for orthodontic treatment, so it is a good idea to check with your provider to you know what is included. Our team is also always available to help you understand what your plan consists of. You can also use your FSA account to help cover the cost if you have one.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Man calculating cost of Invisalign in Moses Lake

If you don’t have dental insurance, you aren’t completely out of luck. We have another option to help make your treatment more affordable. CareCredit is a third-party financing company that can help approved patients to cover dental care costs over multiple months instead of all at once.

We are eager to help you achieve your dream smile. Schedule your initial consultation to learn more about the financial details of Invisalign!

Invisalign FAQs

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Do you still have questions about Invisalign in Moses Lake? This modern orthodontic treatment has so much to offer, and you won’t want to miss out! For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients about Invisalign treatment below.

How often do I need to wear my aligners every day?

It’s true that Invisalign trays are removable, but when you take them out too frequently, it could set back your treatment timeline. That’s why it’s important to keep your trays in for at least 22 hours every day. The only time you should be taking them out is when you brush, floss, eat, or drink anything besides water. When you forget to put your aligners back in your mouth, it can derail your treatment, which can be frustrating. Typically, you should be switching out your aligners every two weeks to advance to the next pair.

How is Invisalign different from mail-in aligners?

Mail-order orthodontic aligners are becoming more popular because of their convenience and low price-point. They’re a different product compared to Invisalign because the process isn’t completed by or overseen by a dental professional. When you visit Dr. Harder, you dentist in Moses Lake, he will thoroughly examine your mouth and conduct an in-depth assessment of the orthodontic problems you face before taking in-person impressions of your mouth to model your aligners after.

Although the process of Invisalign may seem similar, it’s significantly safer than using mail-in trays. Throughout your treatment, your dentist will keep a close eye on the progress you’re making and monitor each stage of the process to make sure no complications arise. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit Dr. Harder to receive  your next sets of trays.

Will I need to give up certain foods?

One great benefit of Invisalign treatment is that you won’t have to give up some of your favorite snacks out of fear of breaking a bracket or wire. All you need to do before you eat or drink anything besides water is remove your trays. Before you put them back in, be sure to clean your teeth and rinse the trays to prevent food debris becoming trapped between your teeth and orthodontic appliance.

Does it hurt to wear Invisalign aligners?

People who get braces often go on about how much it hurts to have them tightened every eight or so weeks. Fortunately, when you wear aligners, you won’t have to worry about this. Although you may experience some slight tenderness as you advance to your next aligners, it’s nothing that can’t be taken care of with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. Each set of your trays will be made from smooth, custom-fitted plastic that’s specially built for your unique dental structure. This way, you won’t have to worry about wires and metal scraping against your oral tissues and causing irritation and pain.

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