Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Invisalign

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Educating yourself about you and your family's dental health is a smart thing to do, and that's why we've included a list of commonly asked questions below.

Your comfort is our biggest priority, and that's why we want you to have as much information as possible. If you can't find your question or have an additional one, please contact us at your earliest convenience.


image of Invisalign clear aligners in wilmington deThe Invisalign system is similar to traditional braces in that it can correct many orthodontic problems such as gaps, overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. However, Invisalign does not require unsightly metal brackets and wires that can be uncomfortable and make it difficult or impossible to eat some foods.

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays that are custom fitted to your teeth. The trays are nearly invisible when they're on your teeth and are more comfortable than metal braces. Every few weeks, you switch to a new tray, gradually and gently shifting your teeth to achieve the desired results. The treatment process can take from six to twenty-four months, depending on the amount of correction needed.

The aligners can be easily removed while eating and brushing your teeth, meaning you can still eat normally and don't have to employ special home care routines to keep your teeth clean and healthy. It also requires fewer follow-up visits for adjustments, as you simply move to the next set of aligners approximately every two weeks.

Invisalign's innovative and customized system allows for more precise results than traditional braces, without the extra bulk and hassle. Schedule an appointment at our Wilmington, DE dental office to determine if Invisalign is the answer for you.

Woman putting in clear aligner l Invisalign Wilmington DELike any major dental treatment, Invisalign costs can vary based on a number of factors. Invisalign treatment costs are usually comparable to braces. The cost may be higher or lower based on severity of your condition, length of treatment, type of treatment, and other factors such as additional procedures that may be needed in conjunction with Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Matthews and his staff can give you an estimated treatment cost based on your specific situation after an evaluation.

Affordable Dentistry At Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA

Insurance coverage is different from policy to policy. If your dental insurance policy covers orthodontics, it may cover Invisalign at a comparable rate. You may be responsible for any additional costs for Invisalign over and above the estimated cost for traditional braces for the same condition. Our office will be happy to review your coverage with you and provide you with an estimated coverage from your insurance.

Contact Our Wilmington, DE Dental Office

If your insurance does not cover Invisalign or you need to cover your portion of the cost of treatment, we have several payment options including cash, check, and Visa or MasterCard. Our Wilmington, DE dental office also accepts CareCredit, which is a special credit card that can be used to cover a wide range of medical and dental treatments. If you are interested in applying for CareCredit, we will be happy to help you with the application process. For more info, call our office today!

woman putting on Invisalign clear aligners in wilmington deA lot of the pain experienced in traditional braces is from the hardware itself. The metal brackets that are cemented to your teeth have sharp edges, which can irritate the tender flesh of your mouth and make eating difficult and painful. Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable, with none of the sharp edges and wires associated with braces.

You may experience some mild discomfort when switching to a new set of aligners. This discomfort is usually described as pressure, rather than pain, and it tells you that the Invisalign is working! This discomfort usually only lasts for a few days while your mouth adjusts to the new aligners.

Braces can also cause social anxiety. They are considered unattractive and ugly and have a negative social stigma. Invisalign aligner trays are made of thin, clear plastic and most people will never even notice you're wearing them! They can also be easily removed for short periods of time, such as when eating, which makes them a very attractive treatment method for men and women of all ages.

The Invisalign system is a safe, comfortable and invisible alternative to traditional braces. Our office is an Invisalign preferred provider, so contact us to schedule an appointment today and get started improving your smile!

Invisalign clear aligners in wilmington deThe advances in technology that make Invisalign possible have given us a way to treat a wide variety of teeth straightening issues, ranging from mild to severe. The Invisalign system has several advantages over traditional metal braces:

  • Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, allowing you to correct your bite without anyone even knowing you're wearing them.
  • While optimal results are gained from wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, Invisalign is easily removable. This means you can eat and drink whatever you like, participate in contact sports without increased risk of mouth injury, and brush and floss normally without additional hardware to have to clean around.
  • Invisalign are easy to clean, using either the Invisalign cleaning crystals or simply by brushing the aligners and rinsing them with lukewarm water.
  • Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces. The smooth plastic trays are custom manufactured to fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth without sharp edges or protruding wires that can cause irritation.
  • The Invisalign system requires fewer follow-up visits, and the visits will take less time than with traditional braces. This is because the Invisalign aligner trays do not require complex adjustments of wires and brackets during each visit.

For safe, comfortable straightening of your teeth, contact Wilmington, DE dentist Dr. Matthews today and schedule an Invisalign consultation!

teeth whitening for dentist in wilmington deIt's natural for our teeth to lose their luster and shine over time. There are many factors that contribute to the discoloration or dulling of your smile such as:

  • Certain medications
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Foods such as berries, tomatoes or marinara sauce, soy sauce, and curries
  • Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and cola
  • Smoking or tobacco use

You can try to avoid certain foods, or rinse with water after consumption to try to reduce the affects of discoloration. Teeth whitening in Wilmington may also be a good option for combating stains and discoloration.

Professional Teeth Whitening In Wilmington, DE

We offer professional whitening that is designed to eliminate stubborn discoloration and quickly deliver results. The whitening system we utilize is fast and effective and it uses a higher strength whitening gel than you can get with over-the-counter products. Our whitening gel also has specific ingredients designed to reduce and even eliminate the sensitivity that some patients experience with teeth whitening.

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

If you've tried whitening your teeth with little to no success, our doctors are happy to discuss other options for improving your smile. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of very effective options for enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Give our office a call today to learn more about the possibilities for your teeth.


woman putting on invisalign clear aligners in wilmington deInvisalign and Six Month Smiles involve the movement of your teeth without cosmetic improvement. Invisalign accomplishes this by using a series of clear aligners.  Six Month Smiles uses wires and clear brackets to achieve this goal.  

Although the movement of your teeth may be achieved with either system in about six months, treatment time is typically 18 to 24 months since you need to wear a retainer to keep the teeth in their new position, until the bone hardens around them.  Both Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are a permanent and functional solution for straightening teeth.

For more information on Six Month Smiles or Invisalign, feel free to give Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS a call today at (302) 475-9220. 







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