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Dr. Paul Blackman

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Invisalign

Invisible Braces for Teens and Adults

Congratulations on choosing to straighten your smile.  It's a big decision that can have a positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself. However, it doesn't mean you have to put your life on hold during the process.  Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® offer a simple way to straighten your teeth with minimal interference. As a certified Invisalign orthodontist in Charleston, we can get you smiling in no time!

Our office provides the most state-of-the-art procedures available, ensuring optimal results for our patients. Invisalign® is a revolutionary system that utilizes 3-D computer graphics to design and manufacture customized clear appliances called “Aligners.” Invisalign® appliances are virtually undetectable, easy-to-use and comfortable to wear.

The invisible way to straighten your teeth, without braces, Invisalign® can give you the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted. It works through a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So you can smile more during treatment as well as after.

We are proud to offer Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Express.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does Invisalign® cost?

A: As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign® 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: Does Invisalign® really work?

A: Yes. In both clinical research and orthodontic practices nationwide, Invisalign® has been proven effective at straightening teeth.

Q: Does insurance cover Invisalign®?

A: Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, each patient should review their coverage. However, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign® 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 does Invisalign® effectively move teeth?

A: Like brackets and archwires, Invisalign® Aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces, but also controls 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 Invisalign®?

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

For more information on Invisalign®, please visit www.invisalign.com.