Invisalign®

invisalign-plano-txWhile advancements in orthodontics have led to very effective and efficient care, some people still have reservations about wearing conspicuous orthodontic appliances - especially during adulthood. Since our teeth can shift with age and the emergence of wisdom teeth, it is never too late to straighten one’s smile. Whether you are receiving orthodontic care for the first time or the second, there are discreet and comfortable treatment options for adults. One of the most popular treatment options for adults is Invisalign. This innovative alternative corrects spacing issues between teeth and can improve one’s bite without the need for fixed oral appliances like wires and brackets.

A Comfortable Alternative to Traditional Braces

Invisalign is made from semi-pliable plastics. Worn like retainers, an Invisalign aligner is custom made to fit over teeth. These aligners are snug and tight and a set of them is worn for approximately two weeks. After two weeks, a tighter set is worn. As aligners become progressively tighter, they produce consistent and gentle force to create tooth movement. Even though Invisalign creates force to shift teeth like conventional braces, aligners are more comfortable than fixed orthodontia because they are made from plastic. The plastic material does not have sharp edges so it won’t irritate or cut into soft oral tissue.

Another advantage to wearing Invisalign is the fact that aligners are removable. This means that a person can eat a full, well-rounded diet without worrying about debris from meals becoming stuck behind brackets or wires. Aligners are also removed for oral hygiene so that brushing and flossing is not obstructed by fixed oral appliances.

The comfort that Invisalign offers in addition to its discreet and natural looking appearance makes this treatment option ideal for adults.

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation Today

invisalign-plano-texasIf you desire a straighter smile without having to sacrifice your comfort, you might want to consider Invisalign as a treatment option. While Invisalign is a great orthodontic system, it is best to consult with an orthodontist to make sure this alternative to braces fits your needs. If our orthodontists determine that Invisalign isn’t best for your needs, we will recommend other treatment options to help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Our practice is currently accepting new patients. Call our office today to reserve an Invisalign consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is an alternative to fixed orthodontics like braces, which utilizes brackets and wires. Instead of fixed orthodontia, Invisalign is a removable orthodontic system that involves clear plastic appliances called aligners. Like conventional orthodontics, Invisalign works by applying steady pressure to teeth so that they move over time. The major difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is the materials used to shift teeth. Since Invisalign consists of wearing clear, retainer-like aligners, patients will exchange their custom aligners for tighter sets every two weeks. Wearing progressively tighter aligners is similar to the need for tightening braces incrementally during treatment. Over time, the tightness of aligners will move teeth to correct spacing and alignment issues.
2Is Invisalign right for me?
While Invisalign is beneficial to many people, it is not right for everyone. Normally, Invisalign is reserved for adults or patients who are teenagers. The only way to determine the right orthodontic treatment method for your needs is to consult with our orthodontists. A consultation is necessary to determine the extent of treatment needed to correct spacing and occlusal issues. If you are interested in Invisalign, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our team so that we can determine if this option is best for you. If we feel that other types of braces are a better match for your needs, we will recommend alternatives to Invisalign.
3Invisalign vs Braces?

Invisalign and conventional braces have different advantages and are used for specific reasons. Both of these treatment options can improve the way teeth make contact during oral function as well as align teeth to more healthy positions. Invisalign is typically reserved for adults who desire a discreet treatment method. Many times, adults wearing Invisalign have previously worn braces, or have experienced minor to moderate tooth movement after the arrival of their wisdom teeth or if they stop wearing their retainers. Braces, on the other hand, are intended for patients of all ages and can be used to correct issues with the bite, severe spacing issues between teeth, and tooth transition.

Compared to braces, Invisalign does present unique benefits to a patient. Invisalign is an inconspicuous treatment option that is practically undetectable to those around you. The aligners worn during treatment are removable. This is beneficial for eating meals and cleaning one’s teeth without obstruction. Additionally, there are no wires or brackets to scrape soft oral tissue because aligners are made from soft plastic.

4How long is Invisalign treatment?
Treatment times for patients who wear Invisalign vary. The duration of treatment depends on the extent of tooth alignment issues and how quickly teeth respond to treatment. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is shorter than treatment with conventional braces. After consulting with our orthodontists, we will be able to give you an approximate treatment timeframe.

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