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Invisalign Clear braces

 

Traditionally, orthodontic treatment was considered completely cosmetic. However, years of research and documented results tell us that a straight smile is also healthier. When teeth are ideally aligned, they fit together properly. The teeth receive even pressure from the bite, so you are at diminished risk for chipped or cracked teeth and excessive dental wear as well as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) strain or damage. Straight, evenly spaced teeth are also easier to keep clean and free from plaque, so you are less likely to experience gum disease or tooth decay. That being said, many patients still don’t want to undergo orthodontic treatment using traditional bracket and wire braces. At Distinguished Dental of Keller, we offer an alternative that works for some patients – Invisalign alignment tray orthodontics. If you want to find out more about Invisalign, call our office to speak with our knowledgeable team or schedule a treatment consultation.

 

The Invisalign Process

Man looking at flawless smile in mirror Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to shift teeth into alignment. Each set of alignment trays represents the positioning of your teeth one step closer to the desired end result. You’ll wear the aligners for about two weeks. Then, you can switch to the next set of aligners in the series. The entire treatment process will only take between eight and eighteen months. You’ll need to visit us every six to eight weeks for checkups. During these brief appointments, we examine your progress to ensure your smile alignment is moving forward as planned.

Benefits of Invisalign

Woman holding aligner and model smile with braces If you decide that Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment, you can expect to enjoy some benefits, including:

  • Faster treatment – patients may be able to straighten their smiles in almost half the time it would take to achieve the same results with traditional braces.
  • Improved comfort – without brackets and wires that may irritate soft tissue and with gentle shifting using plastic aligners, most patients find Invisalign much more comfortable than traditional braces.
  • Cosmetically superior – throughout treatment, you’ll look great and you can smile confidently.
  • No hassle – because you can remove the aligner, there’s no need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine during treatment.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

Doctor checking fit of Invisalign tray No treatment is right for everyone, but many patients receive the alignment they desire using Invisalign clear braces. We can use Invisalign to address basic tooth position concerns as well as shifting crowded or gapped teeth. Invisalign can even correct more serious alignment concerns like over, under, and crossbite. In order to determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you, we will need to schedule an orthodontic consultation. During this appointment we’ll use digital x-rays and photos as well as visual examination to make a treatment recommendation. If Invisalign will not effectively correct your bite alignment, we can work with you to find the right orthodontic solution.

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Someone holding up a clear aligner tray

Without question, Invisalign has completely changed orthodontic treatment for the better. However, it’s not uncommon for patients to have a few questions before making a decision. To help you have the information you need, we’ve compiled answers to the most common FAQs we hear below, but don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything else you’d like to know!

What Happens If I Lose My Invisalign Trays?

At the beginning of your treatment, we’ll advise you to hang on to each set of aligner trays after you’re done with them in the event that you misplace your next set. This way, you’ll have a set of “retainers” until the Invisalign lab can make a duplicate set of your next pair of trays (which typically takes 2-3 weeks).

If you lose your trays, give us a call to let us know what’s happened and begin wearing your most recent aligners right away. We’ll contact the Invisalign lab and let you know as soon as we receive the duplicate trays.

And don’t worry too much. Losing your aligners will slow down your final results a bit, but you’ll at least be able to maintain your progress by wearing your last set.

Do I Have To Wear Retainers After Invisalign Treatment?

Retainers are always necessary (regardless of whether you straighten your teeth with traditional braces or Invisalign) because your teeth will naturally shift back to their initial positions over time. Fortunately, Invisalign makes it easy because your retainers will essentially look and feel like the aligner trays that you’re already used to. At first, you’ll need to wear them at least 22 hours per day but, eventually, you’ll only need to wear them while sleeping. 

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

If your plan offers existing coverage for orthodontic treatment, there’s a good chance that it will cover Invisalign at the same rate as traditional braces. With that said, insurance plans vary quite a bit so start by looking at your benefits. If you have any questions, give us a call and we’ll be happy to take a look at your plan.

We also offer financing options such as CareCredit, which allows you to make monthly payments with little to no interest, and Springstone, which gives you a flexible payment plan.

How Do I Clean My Invisalign Trays?

Keeping your trays clean each day will help you have a better overall experience with Invisalign. Gently brush them with either clear liquid soap or a special solution from us that’s specifically designed for Invisalign. After each meal or snack, rinse your trays well and make sure to brush your teeth before putting them back in.

Will I Have a Hard Time Speaking With My Invisalign Trays In?

The first week of treatment is an adjustment period, and while some people don’t have any trouble speaking at all, others will experience a temporary lisp. Fortunately, it’s typically very mild and will go away within a few days to a week. One helpful trick for this is to sing out loud to help your tongue re-learn how to enunciate properly.