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
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
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?
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.