Invisalign – Hamden, CT

Achieve the Straight Smile
You’ve Always Wanted

Do you want straighter teeth, but have been putting it off to avoid the hassle and metallic look associated with traditional braces? Well, the wait has ended! Our cosmetic dentists are happy to offer Invisalign in our Hamden, CT dental office, a clear braces solution.

Why Choose D'Andrea and Pantera, DMD, PC
for Invisalign?

  • Family of Dentists Dedicated
    to Your Comfort
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    System In-House
  • Warm, Relaxing
    Dental Office Environment

Traditional Braces

Model smile with traditional braces

Traditional braces may not be the flashiest option for straightening teeth, but their reliable results can make a big difference for children, teens, and adults alike! Not only can braces erase even serious gaps and misaligned teeth for beautiful cosmetic results, but they're also capable of correcting chronic bite problems, resulting in a higher quality of life. Our team will be sure to let patients know if we think that traditional braces are the right solution for your unique concerns and goals. 

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Woman placing an Invisalign clear aligner

Invisalign aligners are comfortable, low profile, and custom-made clear plastic trays – most people won’t even realize you’re wearing them. As your teeth change and your smile improves, you will switch to a new aligner every two weeks, wearing them for 20-22 hours a day. On average, treatment takes about a year, but every smile is different. Another great benefit is that the aligners are removable. This makes eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing easier than with traditional braces, and it gives you the freedom to take them off for photographs or special occasions.

Invisalign is especially great for our adult patients who want a straighter smile but are concerned about the impact that traditional braces might have on their professional image. We will help come up with the right smile solution to meet your unique needs.

Our cosmetic dentists and team would be happy to see if Invisalign is the right solution for your smile. Everyone deserves to have a straight, beautiful set of teeth that they are proud to show off.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Since no two smiles are exactly alike, there isn’t a set price for Invisalign in Hamden. Your treatment will depend on a variety of factors, such as the severity of your orthodontic issues and whether you wear your aligners often enough. During your initial consultation with one of our dentists, they’ll be able to give you a better idea of how much your treatment will cost. We’ll also review all your payment options, such as which dental insurances we accept and third-party financing through CareCredit, to help make achieving your new smile as affordable as possible.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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When calculating the cost of Invisalign in Hamden, many factors can affect the final price. Some of those include:

  • Whether you’re straightening one arch or both. This often depends on the extent and type of dental misalignment you have.
  • The number of aligners you need. Logically speaking, straightening both the upper and lower teeth will cost more than straightening just one or the other.
  • Your treatment compliance. You may have to pay more than expected if you lose an aligner or fail to stick to your treatment plan.
  • Whether you need additional accessories. Depending on your case, you may need elastics or other accessories to ensure successful treatment.


Invisalign vs. SmileDirectClub™: Which Costs More?

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Patients on a budget may be tempted to opt for do-it-yourself clear aligner therapy like SmileDirectClub™ to cut back on expenses. It typically costs around $2,000, while Invisalign can run anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000. Even though the lower price point is certainly attractive, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for.

DIY clear aligners like SmileDirectClub™ often come with little-to-no dental supervision. Because of that, plenty of things can go wrong, resulting in issues that will need to be addressed by a professional anyway. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the trusted oversight of our experienced team throughout your entire Invisalign journey. Plus, Invisalign clear aligners are made from a patented material designed for comfort and efficient tooth movements, which means you can enjoy a smoother, more successful treatment process!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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The good news is that most dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign. If your policy applies, it can reduce your out-of-pocket expenses by $1,000 or more! Of course, every plan is unique which is why you should confirm the details of your coverage with your insurance provider before committing to anything. Our team is more than happy to help with this step if needed!

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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We understand that not everyone has dental insurance. That’s why we offer additional financing options to help make it easier for you to manage the total cost of your treatment. Some of those choices include:

  • CareCredit Financing – With this option, you can split up the total cost of your treatment into smaller monthly installments. Best of all, there’s often little-to-no interest attached!
  • Bright Smile Club – With this reasonable alternative to dental insurance, you can save 15 percent on many treatments, plus an array of services are included at no extra charge!
  • Special Offer – How about $500 off your Invisalign treatment?! Call us to learn more.

What’s holding you back from getting a straighter smile? Contact our team today and schedule your consultation to meet with your Invisalign dentist in Hamden!

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Woman holding up her Invislaign tray

If you’ve been putting off straightening your teeth because you can’t afford to sacrifice your professional image, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to! At D'Andrea and Pantera, DMD, PC, we use clear smooth aligners that are customized to comfortably shift your teeth into their ideal positions. That way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of brackets and wires. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some common questions we receive below.

Are Invisalign aligners uncomfortable to wear?

For traditional braces, patients have to endure routine uncomfortable visits with their orthodontist to get their wires tightened. Invisalign treatment doesn’t require this at all. In fact, each visit will involve a simple progress check and collection of your new set of aligners. While the entire treatment is virtually pain-free, it is important to note that you may experience some soreness as you switch to your new set of trays. The best way to counteract this is to make the change at night, so you sleep through a majority of the adjustment period.

How do you keep Invisalign aligners clean?

Keeping Invisalign aligners clean is relatively easy, it’s just important to stay on top of your routine so no bacteria, food particles, and plaque get wedged between your trays and teeth. Be sure to:

  • Take your aligners out before you eat or drink anything besides water.
  • Rinse your aligners after each meal or snack.
  • Clean your aligners using a denture or soft-bristled brush and clear antibacterial soap.
  • Soak your aligners for 10 to 15 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide or vinegar.
  • Don’t use hot water while cleaning your aligners. It will cause them to warp.

How do I know if I need braces or if I can get Invisalign treatment?

Some orthodontic cases may require traditional metal braces to treat. However, there’s no way to know for sure until you visit your dentist for a consultation. Invisalign treatment can fix a majority of cases that involve misalignment, crowding, gaps, and minor bite problems. When you come in for your first appointment, we’ll let you know if they’re the best treatment choice for your unique situation.

Do I need to wear a retainer after my Invisalign treatment?

Just like with traditional braces, most patients need to wear retainers after they complete their Invisalign treatment. When you get closer to using your last set of aligners, your dentist will speak with you about how long you’ll need to wear your retainers for and whether you’re a good candidate for a permanent retainer. Because your teeth have a sort of muscle memory, they’ll move back into their original places if they’re not held in position with a retainer. So, if you want to maintain your results after all of your hard work, be sure to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions.

Is Invisalign covered by my dental insurance?

Most dental insurance plans consider Invisalign treatment a cosmetic service, which is why many don’t cover the cost of it. However, it’s a good idea to contact your provider directly and ask. Our team at D'Andrea and Pantera, DMD, PC can help you find out as well. If your insurance doesn’t, we also offer additional financing plans through CareCredit that have little to no interest attached.

Do I Need to Change My Diet with Invisalign?

One of the many reasons patients are drawn to Invisalign is because there aren’t any dietary restrictions. In other words, you don’t need to completely cut out any foods from your diet like you do with traditional braces. The only thing that we ask is that you exercise caution with sticky, crunchy, and hard foods that could cause an attachment to come loose. It’s also a good idea to limit your intake of soda, candy, and other sugary treats since they can result in dental damage, like tooth decay or gum disease.

Can I Still Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

You can’t drink coffee with your aligners in, but you can drink coffee with your aligners out! The reason you need to remove them first is because, if you don’t, your once-clear trays will start to yellow. If your coffee is hot, then there’s also the risk of them warping from the high temperature, which can negatively impact your teeth-straightening journey in other ways. Simply put, you’re more than welcome to enjoy this caffeinated beverage throughout your orthodontic treatment as long as you follow the guidelines provided.

Why Do I Need to Wear My Aligners for 20+ Hours a Day?

Since the aligners are removable, many patients assume that they can take them off anytime they want. That’s not the case. Although you can (and should) take them out before brushing your teeth or eating a meal, you should keep them in the vast majority of the day (between 20 and 22 hours). This is crucial because your teeth won’t move if you aren’t wearing your aligners enough.

Tip: If you aren’t sure if you’re meeting the 20-22 hour-a-day wear-time, try using the stopwatch on your phone!

What Happens at the Invisalign Check-In Appointments?

Every six weeks or so, you’ll come to our office for a check-in visit. In addition to asking you a few questions to see how your experience with braces is going so far, we’ll also take new scans of your teeth. This allows us to see how your teeth are moving and compare that to your treatment plan. If everything looks good, then we’ll give you your next batch of aligners and send you on your way. If something is wrong, like one of your teeth isn’t moving as anticipated, then we will need to figure out how to get you back on-track with your treatment plan.

Why Are My Invisalign Aligners Turning Yellow?

Typically, clear aligners turn yellow because of bad habits, like keeping them on while drinking iced coffee or not cleaning them thoroughly after each meal. So, if yours are starting to discolor, this is a good place to start! In addition to taking them out before eating or drinking anything other than water, commit to a dental care regimen that includes cleaning your aligners each morning and evening.