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Lovinggood Orthodontics | Orthodontist Olathe, Kansas (KS) & Orthodontist Independence, Missouri (MO) | Orthodontist Dr. Thomas Lovinggood | Clear Aligners Olathe & Independence

Clear Aligners FAQs

Q: How much do clear aligners cost?

A: As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of clear aligners depends on the complexity of a patient’s case. The cost is generally slightly more expensive than traditional braces, but find out what your treatment involves by contacting our office for a complimentary appointment. We do not let finances stand in the way of getting a beautiful smile. We offer a number of payment plans that make any treatment fit our patient’s budget.

Q: Do clear aligners really work?

A: Yes. In both clinical research and orthodontic practices nationwide, clear aligners have been proven effective at straightening teeth.

Q: Does insurance cover clear aligners?

A: Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, each patient should review their coverage. However, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, clear aligners should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

Q: What are the aligners made of?

A: Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

Q: What do aligners look like?

A: Aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”

Q: How do clear aligners effectively move teeth?

A: Like brackets and archwires, clear aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that clear aligners not only controls forces, but also control the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.

Q: What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with clear aligners?

A: Doctors can use clear aligners to treat a vast majority of patients with fully-erupted molars.

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