cost of Invisalign and braces in Salem OR

The Average Cost of Invisalign and Braces

Where Can I Find The Best Price for Invisalign or Braces Near Me?

Dr. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are dedicated to providing the best value and flexibility with our payment plans to help our patients afford the cost of invisalign or braces in Salem, OR. We have successfully treated all types of orthodontic cases with Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and braces while accommodating almost any budget. Through our extensive training, continuing education, and experience, our team has the knowledge and skills to provide beautiful and healthy smiles for your whole family. We also offer the added benefit that all adult patients receive free professional whitening gel at the end of treatment, and we even offer a lifetime retainer program!

How Much Is The Average Cost Of Invisalign or Braces?

The cost of Invisalign or braces can vary for each patient, since no two patients will have the same exact treatment plan. The cost of Invisalign is determined by individual factors such as the severity of the bite that needs to be corrected, and the length of treatment. At many offices, the cost of Invisalign is higher than that of braces due to the lab fees involved. At Castilla Orthodontics, we are proud to say that we do not upcharge for Invisalign and the treatment fee is strictly based on the severity of the case and treatment time. Generally speaking, the cost for fully comprehensive treatment with Invisalign and braces at Castilla Orthodontics ranges from $4450-$5650, which can be financed for $149/month. This price range does not include Phase 1, Phase 2, limited, or surgical orthodontic treatments, which are not common treatments.

Do You Accept My Insurance for Invisalign or Braces?

We are an in-network provider of Moda and Delta Dental, and also work with:

  • Cigna
  • Regence/Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Met Life
  • Guardian
  • Principal
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO
  • United Concordia
  • Ameritas

If you don’t see your dental insurance listed, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your treatment options and coverage. Insurance coverage will vary for Invisalign or braces, so the best place to start is with a complimentary consultation to learn how your insurance benefits will help pay for your treatment.

How Can I Make The Cost of Invisalign or Braces More Affordable?

During a complimentary consultation, the team at Castilla Orthodontics will evaluate your treatment needs, discuss your goals, and help decide the best treatment option. We will review the available payment methods including flexible financing that breaks down the total cost, and spreads out your monthly payments throughout the duration of care. We also offer extended financing that goes beyond treatment time to lower your monthly payments. Braces requires no down payment, Invisalign requires a $500 down payment, and we offer zero percent financing with no credit checks. We also offer special discounts when treatment is paid in full at the time of the patient’s start, or when multiple family members receive treatment with Invisalign or braces.

Finding The Average Cost Of Invisalign or Braces In Salem, OR

Dr. Castilla and our team at Castilla Orthodontics provide award winning orthodontic treatment in Salem OR. We are here to answer any questions you may have involving Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Clear Braces, and Colorful Braces in Salem, Sublimity, Mt. Angel, Dallas, Keizer, and the surrounding areas of Marion County. Call or text Castilla Orthodontics at 503-399-0721 to schedule a free consultation today, or take an online virtual consultation.

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Enter Our Q4 Hygiene Contest!

Since oral hygiene is an incredibly important part of one’s orthodontic treatment with braces, Castilla Orthodontics near Keizer OR likes to reward our patients for their fantastic flossing and brushing! Starting on October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, you will have a chance to WIN a $50 Fandango Gift Card. Plus, the winner’s dentist office will get a pizza party during lunch on us!

Why is Flossing and Brushing Important During Orthodontic Treatment?

Flossing and brushing is important for everyone since poor oral hygiene has been linked to significant health issues such as heart problems, dementia, respiratory infections, cancer, diabetes, and fertility issues with both men and women. Gum disease is incredibly difficult and expensive to treat, and can often result in the loss of teeth. So, good oral hygiene extends far beyond preventing bad breath.

During orthodontic treatment with braces, there are more places for food and sugar to get trapped. Dr. Castilla and the team will show you some tips and tricks for keeping your good oral hygiene during your treatment with us.

Do I Need to See My Regular Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment?

It is a common misconception that regular visits to the dentist aren’t necessary during orthodontic treatment because the patient is going to the orthodontist instead. While flossing, using proxibrushes, waterpiks, and electronic toothbrushes will help keep up a patient’s oral hygiene, your hygienist will be able to give you a much more thorough cleaning. This is why we always recommend seeing your regular dentist once every six months during orthodontic treatment with braces.

How Do I Enter to the Q4 Hygiene Contest to WIN a $50 Fandango Gift Card?

Just click here to download your entry card, and be sure to have your hygienist fill it out during your next appointment with them. Bring it back with you during your next appointment with us, and you’ll automatically be entered to WIN!

Good Luck!!!

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club

Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club

Are you having trouble deciding between Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club? At Castilla Orthodontics, we are dedicated to educating our patients about the latest advancements in the orthodontic industry, as well as offering affordable orthodontic treatment in Salem that can accommodate any budget. Here are some things you should consider in deciding between Invisalign with an orthodontist like Dr. Castilla vs. Smile Direct Club.

Where Can I Find Out About Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club Near Me?

Our team at Castilla Orthodontics specializes in Invisalign and Invisalign Teen in Salem, OR. As a leading Salem orthodontist, Dr. Castilla is experienced in all forms of orthodontic care and is constantly improving her skills with advanced training. Castilla Orthodontics provides supervised treatment with Invisalign by an orthodontic specialist that has received the necessary education and training to help guarantee the best possible results. We offer free consultations where we can discuss all of your options for achieving your smile goals.

How are Invisalign and Smile Direct Club Similar?

The Invisalign system uses sets of removable, clear aligners to provide the same results as traditional braces. Because the aligners are clear and there is no metal, it is difficult to see them, especially from a distance or in photography. Thus, they are considered a more esthetic or discreet option for orthodontic treatment. Because they are removable, there are no food restrictions and teeth cleaning is much easier.  Each set of aligners is made of a smooth and lightweight high-tech plastic material called Smart Track that gently and gradually shift teeth into alignment. Both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen use this advanced material so you can be certain your teen is receiving the latest technology treatment. Smile Direct Club also uses a set of clear aligners to achieve straight teeth and therefore have all the same benefits of esthetics and removability as Invisalign.  However, it does not use the Smart Track material used by Invisalign.

How are Invisalign and Smile Direct Club different?

Aside from the actual material used to fabricate the aligners, Invisalign and Smile Direct Club have many other differences. Below are some of the major differences:

Cost of Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club

While Smile Direct Club is less expensive overall than traditional Invisalign treatment, it is not fair to compare the fees since you are getting two completely different products. Furthermore, you may be surprised to learn that on a monthly basis, Invisalign can still be very affordable. At Castilla Orthodontics, we offer industry-leading financing that allows our patients to afford their treatment even if they don’t have insurance by taking advantage of our in-house, zero-interest, flexible financing. In fact, you can get started with Invisalign for as little as $500 down!

Getting Started with Invisalign or Smile Direct Club

With Smile Direct Club, you have to visit a Smile Shop to get a digital scan of your teeth and bite or if you don’t live near one, then you will receive a kit that allows you to take impressions (molds) of your teeth at home. This  can lead to some frustration and even inaccuracies, especially since you’ve probably never done this yourself. With Invisalign, instead of visiting a Smile Shop, you visit a doctor’s office where you get to meet the doctor who will be doing the treatment and they will take scans of your teeth as well as x-rays to make sure you don’t have any cavities or periodontal (gum) disease that could make it dangerous to move teeth.

Convenience of Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club

Smile Direct Club is designed to eliminate visits to an orthodontist by allowing treatment to be completed from home. Once your aligners are ready, you will receive your aligners in the mail and then the rest is up to you. You can send pictures via email to the dental professional at Smile Direct Club so they can check your progress, but of course this is a limited way to examine your teeth and bite. With Invisalign, you go to your orthodontist’s office to get your aligners. During this visit, your orthodontist will check your aligners in person, to make sure they are fitting great and there are no issues. There is a misconception that with Invisalign, you have to have monthly visits with your doctor, but nothing could be further from the truth! At Castilla Orthodontics, our Invisalign patients come to our office every 12 to 15 weeks for progress checks. Thus, you have the convenience of not having to go to your doctor every month and the security of having your doctor available in person, should you have a question, concern, or issue with your treatment.

Level of Supervision of Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club

If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, you can call Smile Direct Club where they have multiple customer care representatives that can assist you. You can even email your provider. With Invisalign, you can call or email your doctor’s office as well.  However, you also have the option of seeing your doctor in person so that he or she can directly, and in person, examine you to see what is going on with your aligners, your teeth, or your treatment in general. Furthermore, your orthodontist is available to directly communicate with your primary care dentist should you get dental work during treatment that affects the fit of your aligners, or if you are planning cosmetic work after you straighten your teeth such as composite build-ups or porcelain veneers.

Capabilities of Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club

By its very nature, Smile Direct Club aligner treatment does not involve x-rays, elastics, or attachments. Attachments are small, tooth-colored ridges made of dental composite resin, a material very similar to what your dentist uses for tooth-colored fillings, that are bonded or glued to certain teeth during Invisalign treatment. These are used only on certain teeth which require more difficult movements and being tooth-colored, blend in with your teeth. Thus, Smile Direct Club treatment is limited to more simple cases where you are mainly improving the alignment of the front teeth and not necessarily fixing the bite. On the other hand, Invisalign can treat all types of cases, including advanced cases. This is due to their well-adapting material, the use of attachments, and the direct in-person supervision of an orthodontist.

Why Choose Invisalign With A Certified Orthodontist?

While Dr. Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics do not have anything negative to say about Smile Direct Club, it is important to understand that this type of treatment is not for everyone. If you are looking for cosmetic improvement and not bite correction or ideal alignment of your teeth, then Smile Direct Club may be an acceptable option. However, it is important that you are very careful and make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo orthodontic movement safely. Since your doctor will be monitoring you remotely and without x-rays, you will have to figure this out on your own by contacting your family dentist. If you are looking for bite correction to get a healthy bite that will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime, as well as beautifully aligned teeth (not just a cosmetic improvement), then Invisalign treatment with a certified orthodontist such as Dr. Castilla is the way to go.

Finding the Difference of Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club

In conclusion, Dr. Castilla and our team at Castilla Orthodontics are experts in various forms of affordable orthodontic treatment, including limited orthodontic treatment for minor to moderate corrections. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding Invisalign and Invisalign Teen in Salem, Woodburn, Keizer, Sublimity, Mt. Angel, Dallas, and the surrounding areas of Marion County.

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How To Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

If you are involved in sports and braces are on your horizon, you may be worried that this will keep you stuck on the sidelines when you’d rather be on the field or the court. This is a very common concern, and fortunately, it’s one that is unfounded. Here at Castilla Orthodontics, we treat many sports-playing patients, and we’re happy to report that you’ll be able to continue participating in any athletics you’re involved in at school or in the community while undergoing orthodontic treatment!

From Dwight Howard to Cristiano Ronaldo, Venus Williams to Brett Favre, multiple professional athletes have proven that straightening your smile doesn’t have to interrupt the sports you love to participate in. While braces don’t have to mean hanging up your jersey, you will need to be careful to not damage your orthodontic appliance, or injure your teeth or mouth. This is especially true if you play contact sports. Let’s take a look at the #1 way you can protect your braces – and your smile! – while participating in sports.

Avoiding injury while wearing braces

Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries incurred by athletes. Protecting your smile while playing sports is especially important when you have braces due to the increased risk of oral injuries, which can occur if your mouth or your braces are hit by a ball or another player. While these injuries are rarely life-threatening, they can be painful, cause serious damage, and be costly to fix. Typical injuries from sports can include lacerations to the cheeks, lips and tongue, chipped or broken teeth, dislocation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and root fractures.

Wearing a fixed orthodontic appliance like braces adds another element to these kinds of injuries. Braces can cut to the inside of your mouth during a collision, causing lacerations, and the braces themselves can be damaged, including bent wires and broken brackets. The single best way to protect your teeth, mouth, and braces while playing sports is by wearing a mouthguard, preferably an orthodontic model. But even a basic mouthguard will help prevent hits that could lead to bleeding gums, broken brackets, or potentially fractured teeth, particularly when playing sports that include contact, such as football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, and hockey.

Whether you are wearing a mouthguard or not, get in touch with your general dentist’s office the moment you receive an injury to your teeth. Your dentist will be able to diagnose if you have any root or jaw bone fractures. If you are wearing braces, contact us (your orthodontist!) after your dentist has assessed for, and treated any tooth damage so your orthodontist can check if any of your braces need replacement or repair as well.

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More about mouthguards

Easy to find, simple to use, and highly effective, mouthguards are an excellent option for athletes wishing to prevent damage and injury from occurring. While they are especially useful for high-contact sports, we recommend wearing them for light contact or low-impact sports, too, since even a small amount of pressure on your braces can irritate your mouth, or cause small cuts or abrasions to your gums and the inside of your cheeks.

If you intend to regularly play sports while wearing braces, it’s worth looking into and investing in an orthodontic mouthguard. These are made from a high-grade silicone that helps to cushion your lips and keeps them from bumping against your teeth and braces. This also protects the brackets from any impact-related damage, and stops your lip getting caught in your braces, which can be as painful as it sounds! Although orthodontic mouthguards may be slightly larger than most regular mouthguards, the silicone makes them just as comfortable to wear.

Some orthodontic mouthguards, such as Shock Doctor and Tapout, can adjust to the movement of your teeth during treatment, re-molding to them multiple times as they change. Because they adjust based on your current bite, they are great for any athletes undergoing orthodontic treatment, as well as those without any orthodontic appliances. Most orthodontic mouthguards will be affordable, and will come in strapped or unstrapped styles. We strongly recommend that any of our sports-playing braces patients consider having an orthodontic mouthguard to keep their teeth and mouth protected.

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Keeping your smile safe in Salem with Castilla Orthodontics

Mouthguards are an excellent investment for braces patients who play sports, shielding your teeth while they move into their new permanent positions, and protecting the orthodontic process itself. While an orthodontic mouthguard is optimal, we encourage all of our patients to wear any mouthguard over not wearing one at all when participating in athletics.

Are you currently undergoing orthodontic treatment with us and wondering what braces will mean for your sports schedule? Do you have an appointment scheduled to have braces put on and need some peace of mind that you’ll be able to continue playing the sports you love while we straighten your smile? Our expert team is dedicated to helping you continue to participate in your favorite sports while protecting your teeth and braces! We’re here to answer any questions you have, or talk through any concerns with you, so get in touch with us today and let us set your mind at ease. With the protection of a mouthguard and the support of our skilled staff behind you, you’ve got the best of both worlds: your favorite sports and a way to keep your braces and smile safe and shining brightly!

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What Is A Waterpik And How Does It Work?

A good dental hygiene routine is important for all of us, but it’s especially crucial for kids who are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. Brushing and flossing regularly and effectively is essential for removing the plaque and food that can accumulate around braces, reducing unsightly white marks, cavities, and even gum disease. But if you ask any Castilla Orthodontics patient that’s currently in braces, they’ll tell you this kind of care comes with its own set of challenges! Flossing can be tricky at the best of times, but brackets, wires, and bands can add a new element of difficulty. The good news is there are multiple tools on the market that are designed to help make this an easier process. One of our favorites is an oral irrigator, such as a Waterpik.

When you use traditional flossing methods with braces, it involves guiding the floss underneath the archwire of each tooth, flossing that tooth, removing the floss, then repeating the process as you go. This can be time-consuming, especially at first, though it’s likely you’ll get better and faster at it as time goes on. Adding an oral irrigator to your dental routine can be a helpful tool if you’re having trouble getting the hang of flossing with braces, making it easier to keep your teeth clean and free of debris. Keep reading to learn more about what exactly a Waterpik is, and what it can do to help keep your mouth healthy!

What is a Waterpik?

An oral irrigator is a health appliance that’s been designed for dental care at home. It uses a combination of pressure and pulsation to release a targeted stream of water into the mouth, which helps to remove any stubborn plaque, food particles, and bacteria. The pulsating action also stimulates gum tissue, increasing the blood flow and keeping them healthy. While they should never take the place of regular flossing, oral irrigators are a great addition to your dental hygiene routine, and can also be used in between meals or whenever you want to freshen up your mouth!

Waterpik tends to be the most well-known brand of oral irrigator. All Waterpik water flossers include a motor with a pump, a water reservoir, and a special water flosser tip, though the sizes and features will vary. Waterpik flossers generally come with a special orthodontic tip, which is an innovative tapered brush that’s been designed to remove hard-to-reach plaque around brackets and wires. This tip should be replaced about every three months.

Common Waterpik models and features

There are multiple Waterpik designs available, including ones that are cordless and ones for the countertop, for your convenience. There are also a number of Waterpiks designed for children.

Some of their most popular models include:

  • Complete Care WP-900: You’ll be able to save on counter space and power outlets with this convenient model that’s a water flosser and sonic toothbrush in one.
  • Ultra WP-100: For the ultimate in water flossing performance, the compact Ultra features ten pressure settings, a covered reservoir with tip storage, and six unique tips.
  • Aquarius Professional WP-660: The Aquarius is one of the most advanced water flossers available, and includes on/off water control on the handle, an LED information panel, seven tips, and a one-minute timer with a 30-second pacer. This model also features new pulse-modulation technology to provide maximum plaque removal in Floss Mode and enhanced gum stimulation in the Hydro-Pulse Massage Mode.
  • Water Flosser For Kids WP-260: This flosser is made for children ages six and above, and features an extra safe, kid-proof electrical design. There are easy fingertip controls on the On/Off switch and the Pressure Control System, and a reservoir that can be used as a cover to keep the unit clean, all of which are covered under a two-year warranty.
  • Cordless Plus Professional WP-440: For orthodontic patients on the go, this rechargeable unit is a great choice. It also comes with the Nano-Sonic toothbrush.
  • Traveler Water Flosser WP-300: The Traveler has a compact design that is ideal for smaller bathrooms and frequent travel. It also features global voltage compatibility for easy use in any country around the world, four tips, a pressure control system, and a premium travel case.

What are the benefits of using a Waterpik?

When used correctly, Waterpiks can be a great addition to your regular daily dental routine. For patients undergoing orthodontic treatment, water flossers may provide additional benefits that regular brushing and flossing alone can’t match, such as:

Removing plaque more effectively

Although your toothbrush does a pretty good job of removing this plaque, it doesn’t always reach the areas in between the teeth to remove the bacteria that can lurk there. The longer these spaces host bacteria and plaque, the higher your risk for developing complications like cavities and inflamed or infected gums. Multiple studies have shown that a Waterpik is more effective at removing plaque than string floss alone.

Helping to treat gingivitis

Gum disease is the inflammation or soreness of the gums caused by the bacteria in plaque infecting them. Gingivitis is the mildest form of this, causing some redness, inflammation, and slight bleeding. The best way to deal with gingivitis is to thoroughly clean away plaque every day by brushing, flossing, and using an oral irrigator. This can both treat and reverse gingivitis.

Making it easier to clean implants, bridges, crowns, and braces

The areas under and around implants, bridges, crowns, and braces are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. It is especially vital for dental implant and orthodontic patients to maintain excellent oral hygiene, as any form of active gum disease can interrupt or delay treatment. The combined effect of water pressure and pulsation from a Waterpik is an effective method for ensuring the area around your orthodontic hardware and implants, bridges, or crowns is thoroughly cleaned and free of debris.

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Keeping your smile sparkling clean with Castilla Orthodontics

When used correctly, as a compliment to and not in place of regular flossing, a Waterpik can help keep your braces and teeth squeaky clean. If you are in Salem or the surrounding communities and want more information on how Waterpiks can assist in your orthodontic treatment, get in touch with us today! Dr. Castilla will even be happy to recommend a water flosser for you based on your particular needs. We’re here to help you achieve a straight, sparkling smile any way we can!