What to Expect At Your Invisalign Consultation

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You want straight, perfectly aligned teeth. However, the thought of wearing braces is just too much, or you’re unsure of what to expect when it comes to wearing Invisalign clear aligners. But with Invisalign clear aligners, you can receive orthodontic care faster and with less hassle than traditional braces. Learn everything you need to know before your complimentary consultation and what to expect during the initial consultation process from your Allen dentist.

Why Invisalign is so Popular

Here’s a quick overview of why Invisalign is so popular when it comes to why so many patients in the Allen and Fairview areas choose Invisalign. For more information about Invisalign, click on this link.

Discreet Appearance

One of the biggest reasons Invisalign is so popular is its discreet appearance. Invisalign removable aligners are clear and virtually invisible, which means you can wear them without worrying about people noticing your braces, and you can take them out and eat or drink normally too. If you have concerns about how the appearance of your teeth will affect your social life while straightening your teeth, Invisalign may be an excellent choice for you!


The Invisalign system is designed to fit into your busy life with minimal lifestyle changes. It’s easy to take out aligners to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and floss, and you won’t need to change your diet. If you enjoy contact sports or other activities that require a mouth guard, you can continue with these activities, just simply remove your plastic aligners before participating in these activities and put them back on after.

Dental hygiene

The Invisalign system is the best option for straighter teeth and practicing good oral hygiene because it allows you to remove your aligners and clean them separately at least twice daily while brushing your teeth. The aligners are easy to clean with a simple toothbrush and water. You’ll also be able to brush and floss your teeth without brackets and wires getting in the way, which can help you prevent tooth decay that often occurs with traditional metal braces.

How Much is an Invisalign Consultation in Allen, TX?

At Sloan Creek Dental, we are committed to helping you choose the right treatment for your smile. That’s why we offer an initial complimentary Invisalign consultation, during which we will assess your situation and make sure that Invisalign is the right choice for you.

What Happens during an Invisalign Consultation?

At your Invisalign consultation, you’ll find out whether or not Invisalign is right for you and if your dental insurance will cover the treatment. You’ll also get a clear idea of how long it would take to complete your Invisalign treatment, and your dentist or Orthodontist can answer any questions about your orthodontic care. If everything is in good order, your dentist or Orthodontist will create your Invisalign treatment plan, and a bite impression will be taken and sent to a lab for the clear aligners to be created. Before your aligners arrive, we will schedule your second appointment to have your aligners installed, where you will begin seeing a more beautiful smile.
At the consultation, Dr. Feng will:
  • Review whether or not if this type of treatment process is right for you
  • Discuss your treatment goals and expectations to ensure Invisalign is right for you
  • Review your medical and dental history
  • Review photos of your smile with you so that we can discuss exactly how much improvement we can achieve together through our customized orthodontic plan
  • Answer all questions about our services and payment options
  • Conduct an exam and also take a dental x-ray to ensure your teeth and gums are in good condition

What Happens After an Invisalign Orthodontic Consultation?

After your initial consultation, you will be given an estimate of how much your Invisalign treatment will cost, how long it should take, and a custom treatment plan.
A typical treatment plan will include:
  • A number of aligners (typically between 18 and 30)
  • Instructions on how often you need to wear them (daily or at night)
  • Tips for taking good care of your teeth while wearing aligners
  • A timeline for the next steps in treatment—you won’t be able to just walk out with straight teeth after one appointment!
  • An estimate of the total cost of treatment will be
  • Possible problems or complications could arise from certain aspects of treatment (for example: if someone has sensitive gums or allergies).

I'm ready for Invisalign treatment, What's Next?

If you decide to move forward with Invisalign, your dentist will need to capture impressions of your teeth. This can be done using an iTero Scanner to create a digital 3D impression (3D scan), or through the traditional method which involves a bite registration to mold aligner trays. Digital scanning is typically faster, as the dentist simply scans your teeth to generate a 3D model. However, if the conventional route is chosen, your dentist will gently insert impression material into your mouth and remove it, creating a mold that serves as the basis for your aligners. The material is soft and comfortable, often likened to the texture of putty or clay.

The process takes no more than five minutes for each dental arch (upper or lower). Once completed, your impressions will be sent to a lab for aligner fabrication, a process that may take two to three weeks.

How Long After Consultation Do You Get Your Aligners?

After your Invisalign consultation, you will receive an estimate of how long it will take to get your aligners – typically 2-3 weeks. You’ll return to our office, where your dentist will attach the attachments to your teeth and pick up your first set of aligners. Aligners are clear, tooth-colored plastic devices that fit over your teeth and are designed to achieve a specific tooth movement to get the desired alignment.

They’re smooth and comfortable, so you can wear them easily for at least 20 hours per day. Most people find that wearing their aligners is not unpleasant at all—in fact, many patients say they forget they have them in! Because they’re made of plastic and don’t touch your gums or cheeks while in place on the teeth, there’s no pain involved in wearing them—only some mild pressure as the teeth move into the desired position.


Invisalign Clear Aligners

Every six weeks, we’ll see you for a quick checkup to ensure everything goes according to the treatment plan. If there are any issues with your teeth, we can adjust your aligners as needed and ensure they fit properly. If they are, we’ll send you home with new aligner trays to keep everything on track. We’ll also take some time to review your progress since our last visit and answer any questions you have about the process or your treatment plan.

What Can Invisalign Not Fix?

Though Invisalign is an excellent solution for many dental issues, it may not be suitable for everyone as Invisalign is not a substitute for traditional braces. If you have complex orthodontic issues, Invisalign may not be the effective treatment option. For example, if your teeth are crowded or you have a deep bite, Invisalign cannot correct these issues. Similarly, if your teeth are out of alignment because of an open bite (when the upper and lower teeth do not meet evenly), Invisalign cannot fix this problem either. During your initial consultation, your dentist will let you know whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment option.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost in Allen, TX?

The cost of Invisalign varies from patient to patient as the duration of treatment, and other dental conditions may affect the price. Some people may need to wear their aligners for longer than others, and other dental treatments may be involved prior to putting Invisalign aligners on. The average cost is between $3,500 and $8,000. During your consultation, your dentist will give you a breakdown of what’s expected while discussing your treatment plan.

Why Is Invisalign Expensive?

Many people who are new to Invisalign are initially surprised by how much the treatment cost compared to traditional braces. The reason is that Invisalign has a different treatment regimen than traditional braces and is more comfortable than many other orthodontic treatments. It also requires the aligners to be created in a lab using unique plastic materials due to the advanced designs.

FAQ about Invisalign

Many dental insurance plans treat Invisalign the same way they treat braces. Your insurance may pay for a certain percentage of your Invisalign treatment, or it may pay for a certain dollar amount. Depending on your insurance coverage, some insurance companies put a limit on the amount of orthodontic treatment they will cover in one person’s lifetime.

When you first put on your custom aligners, there will be some pressure and discomfort. The discomfort typically lessens in a couple of days after each new set of Invisalign trays. This is normal and a sign that your teeth are moving as they should, shifting into their final position that Dr. Feng carefully planned.

At Sloan Creek Dental, we accept most PPO insurance plans, but in cases where the entire treatment for adult orthodontic care is partially covered, and or you do not have insurance coverage, we partnered with CareCredit and LendingPoint. By partnering with CareCredit and LendingPoint, they offer 0% interest financing options to help offset the out-of-pocket cost and make your dental care more manageable.

Ready for Invisalign in or Near Allen, TX?

As your local dentist near the Allen and Fairview areas, we are here to help you brighten up your smile. If you have crooked teeth, Invisalign is an amazing way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal braces or dental surgery. The process is simple and straightforward, but there are still several things you should know about Invisalign before deciding whether or not this procedure will work for you. If you have questions about Invisalign that weren’t answered here, please call us!
To schedule your appointment, contact Sloan Creek Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. You can reach us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an in-person consultation with us today – 972-468-1440.
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