When you decide that you’re ready for orthodontic treatment in Overland Park, or Olathe, KS, you might have a few questions. What type of orthodontic treatment should you get? How long will it take? What will it cost? Can I use my dental insurance? Should I choose braces or Invisalign? Or maybe you already know that you’re interested in the Invisalign treatment system. Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic technology that straightens teeth quickly and discreetly. Is Invisalign right for me? If you’re asking these questions, you’re not alone. At Oltjen Orthodontics, we’ve heard it all! Because so many patients and parents have the same questions about Invisalign, we wanted to share as many of those with you as we can

So How Does Invisalign Work?

Unlike traditional metal or ceramic braces, Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners to guide teeth into the desired position. With braces, brackets are attached to each individual tooth and then connected through an archwire that applies gentle pressure. With Invisalign, there are no brackets and no wires. Instead, a series of customized clear aligners will move your teeth. In most cases, you can achieve the same results as with traditional braces — but with a more pleasing appearance. 

Many people who choose Invisalign do so because the aligners are essentially invisible. This means that no matter your age, you can straighten your smile without a huge disruption in your lifestyle. This may be a particular advantage for those seeking Adult Invisalign. For many adult patients, the look of braces does not fit in with their stage of life or career. Invisalign offers an alternative to the look of traditional braces, with the same powerful treatment results.

To find out if Invisalign is a good fit for you or your teen, you’ll first come in for a free consultation. Dr. Oltjen will thoroughly examine your case and let you know what your treatment options are. If you choose Invisalign, we’ll talk with you about how much your Invisalign treatment will cost and what your financing options are. We use 3D scanning at Oltjen Orthodontics — no goopy impressions! — and we use that scan to make your custom Invisalign clear aligners. Once the aligners arrive, Dr. Oltjen will check them for proper fit. If everything looks correct, you’re ready to begin your treatment!

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How Long Do I Have to Keep My Invisalign Trays In?

At this point, you will begin wearing your Invisalign clear aligners for the majority of each day. This is very important in making your treatment easy, successful, and on-time. It is crucial that you wear your aligners 20-22 hours per day. That means that you will wear them day and night. You will only remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. If you suspect that you or your teen can’t stick to this schedule, then we recommend you consider braces. 

While they are in place, your Invisalign aligners will put guiding pressure on all of your teeth at once. This pressure will gradually move your teeth into the proper position. As your teeth move, you will receive a new set of aligners every few weeks. And of course, Dr. Oltjen will monitor your progress through regular check-ups during your treatment! We’re here for you every step of the way.

Does My Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Orthodontic coverage varies depending on your plan. Many standard plans without an orthodontic benefits supplement will not cover the treatment. You can contact your insurance provider to learn about what is covered or not covered. We’re also happy to help you figure out what your insurance will or won’t cover. If your insurance plan does not have orthodontic coverage, that does not mean that treatment is off the table. 

At Oltjen Orthodontics, we are committed to helping you get the treatment you need. That’s why we offer flexible and fair Invisalign financing options for families in Olathe and the surrounding areas. This includes low-down payments, customized plans to fit your budget, and extended payment plans up to 36 months. Why do we work so hard to make paying for Invisalign possible? Because we want to be your orthodontist! We will find a plan that works for your family and your budget.

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Are There Certain Foods I Should Avoid During Invisalign Treatment?

Nope! One of the major advantages of Invisalign treatment is that you can eat and drink whatever you want! Unlike traditional braces that can be cracked or damaged by certain foods, Invisalign clear aligners have no such restrictions. With Invisalign, you simply pop your aligners out for eating and drinking and put them back in when you’re done. Of course, it is important to brush and floss after each meal. This helps keep any food residue from getting trapped in your trays. In addition to being unhygienic, food residue could potentially stain your clear aligners. Foods like berries, red sauces, and red wine are particularly likely to stain if leftover after a meal. Fortunately, with Invisalign, you can still brush and floss your teeth normally!

How Do I Clean My Invisalign Trays?

Many parents want to know how their teens should care for their Invisalign trays. The most important thing is to remember to clean your Invisalign aligners every time that you brush your teeth. It just takes a few minutes each day, and it will keep the aligners in their best condition. There are several ways to clean your aligners. Most commonly, your child can simply clean the aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Have them gently scrub the aligners with their toothbrush and then thoroughly rinse them. Simple! Some people may prefer to use a dentures cleaning solution. But parents be warned: We see a lot of teens just “forget” to use that. Remember, we want the aligners to stay clean — that’s the objective. So whatever routine your teen will actually follow is what we recommend. 

The only hard rule on what to avoid when it comes to cleaning your Invisalign aligners is to never put them in hot water. Super hot water can actually damage your aligners and potentially warp the plastic. Always wash, rinse, or soak your aligners in lukewarm or cool water.

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How To Find The Best Invisalign Doctor Near Me?

When we find out that our children need orthodontic treatment, many of us parents have the same reaction. First, we figure out financing and insurance. Can we afford braces right now? Is it really necessary? If the answers are yes, then most parents want to know who is the best Invisalign doctor near me? Where do we go for a great experience? Which orthodontist will give my child the best results?

The internet is your best friend when it comes to finding out this information. Look at local orthodontists online and find their Google reviews. What do other people say about their experience with them? Are they praised for being a good Invisalign provider? Other things to consider when choosing an Invisalign doctor are their years of experience and their use of orthodontic technology. It is important that your orthodontist has access to orthodontic technology that is compatible with the Invisalign system. At Oltjen Orthodontics, we are proud to be a top Invisalign provider in Overland, KS. We are also proud to offer Invisalign Olathe and Invisalign Paola.

Can Adults and Teens Use Invisalign?

Yes! Both adults and teens can benefit from the Invisalign system. Adult Invisalign offers an orthodontic treatment option that fits in with your stage of life and career. Nearly invisible aligners make receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult that much more comfortable and unobtrusive. 

For Invisalign Teen, clear aligners fit in with teen’s active lives and social lifestyles. Many teens prefer Invisalign because it does not interfere with their look or personal style. Additionally, parents know how hard it can be to get your teen to comply with a healthy diet, let alone food restrictions. Unlike braces, Invisalign parents don’t have to worry about their teen eating “off-limits” foods such as nuts or hard candies. As a parent of a teen with Invisalign, the most important thing is to help your child remember to wear their aligners consistently. If your child will have trouble remembering to wear their Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours a day, Invisalign treatment may not be right for them.

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What Are Some Factors That Affect The Duration Of Invisalign Treatment?

There are many factors that can influence the duration of your Invisalign treatment. Like all orthodontic treatment, every patient has a unique case that will require a personalized treatment plan. For this reason, there are no one-size-fits-all treatment time for Invisalign. In general, most patients will complete their Invisalign treatment in 12-18 months. Some patients will even start noticing results in their smile within the first few weeks of wearing their aligners.

Probably the most important factor in the timing of your Invisalign treatment is consistency wearing your aligners. When deciding if Invisalign treatment is right for you, it is important to be honest with yourself about how likely it is for you or your child to consistently wear the aligners. Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn between 20-22 hours per day. Not wearing your aligners consistently will significantly impact the duration of your treatment time.

What Problems Can Be Addressed With Invisalign?

Many patients are great candidates for Invisalign treatment. While Invisalign may not be able to treat as many issues as traditional metal or ceramic braces, it can help with a wide variety of issues. Invisalign can help to correct common orthodontic issues such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, crowded teeth, and gaps in teeth. If you’re interested in finding out if Invisalign is right for you, contact us! During your consultation, Dr. Otljen will evaluate your case and let you know what options make sense for you.

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How Often Will I Come In For Checkups?

Invisalign is a relatively low-maintenance orthodontic treatment. On average, it requires fewer in-person check-ups because clear aligners are sent to you every few weeks. You can still expect to visit Dr. Oltjen every 8-12 weeks for routine check-ups. In some cases, there may be changes in your treatment plan that requires more frequent visits. That is why it is always helpful to find an orthodontist that has a location close to home. It will save you time and money over the duration of your orthodontic treatment.  

The Invisalign System is an excellent treatment option for many people. No matter your age, Invisalign offers a multitude of benefits. The flexibility, fast results, and aesthetic quality make Invisalign a superior orthodontic treatment option. With a little consistency and care, you can ensure that your Invisalign treatment delivers the kind of smile you want — when you want it!

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A healthy, beautiful smile does so much for people of all ages. It is never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted. At Oltjen Orthodontics we are in the business of changing lives, one smile at a time. Time after time, we see patients leave our office with so much more confidence than when they first came in. To us, that is what makes our job the best in the world!

At Oltjen Orthodontics, we not only care that you have excellent results, but that you have a great experience. We want your Invisalign treatment to be comfortable, stress-free, and even fun! To find out if Invisalign is right for you, visit our website and schedule your free consultation. Find out for yourself why we are considered one of Kansas’ premier Invisalign providers. We look forward to meeting you and helping you begin your orthodontic journey!

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