Over the past 15 years, Invisalign has helped millions of people around the globe achieve a straighter smile comfortably and discreetly. Our practice offers Invisalign because we understand the importance of having a straight, healthy smile without sacrificing comfort or one’s appearance. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional metal and wire braces, especially for adults who desire orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth without conspicuous, fixed appliances. Invisalign can improve gaps between teeth and align overlapped and crooked teeth.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign was designed specifically to meet the needs of working professionals who wanted straighter teeth in a discreet and comfortable manner. Although Invisalign is quite different from traditional orthodontia, it uses the same principles to straighten teeth, which are consistent pressure and force to shift teeth to straighter positions over time. The treatment for Invisalign involves patients wearing removable, plastic retainer-like appliances. These appliances are called aligners. Every two weeks patients will receive a new, tighter set of aligners. As each set becomes progressively tighter, teeth will slowly begin to align upright and spacing issues will be corrected.
Advantages of Invisalign
Straightening one’s teeth discreetly is incredibly beneficial. Wearing braces tends to make people feel self-conscious about their appearance – especially adults. Since Invisalign is clear, it is practically undetectable to coworkers and friends. In addition to being clear, Invisalign is also comfortable. The soft plastic construction of the aligners will not cut into or scrape against the linings of cheeks or lips as traditional braces tend to do. When it comes to brushing, flossing, and eating, Invisalign is definitely beneficial. Aligners are removed for meals and oral hygiene. This makes flossing and removing all debris from food much easier. It also means that crumbs and bits of food will not become stuck on orthodontic devices like brackets and wires. Since aligners are removable, patients can eat all types of food during treatment without difficulty.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez. At your appointment, our team will assess the placement of your teeth and your oral health to determine if this method of treatment is right for you. We will also answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call our Nassau Bay dental office at (281) 316-8900 to reserve an appointment.
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment system that repositions the teeth using a series of clear plastic aligner trays rather than brackets and wires. The principles underlying Invisalign treatment are the same as those involved in conventional orthodontic treatment. The trays are designed to apply forces to the teeth in order to break down the bone that secures the tooth and facilitate the tooth’s movement into the correct location.
Invisalign can improve unsightly smiles in a wide variety of scenarios. This system can correct severe crowding or malocclusions, in addition to simpler issues. In order to take advantage of Invisalign, you must commit to wearing the trays as recommended. That is, you must keep the trays in for around 22 hours each day. You also need to pay attention to the schedule on which you switch trays in order to achieve the desired results. If you are interested in Invisalign, schedule an evaluation at our office.
We will need to review your specific insurance before we can give you a definitive answer to this question, but dental insurance may provide some coverage for Invisalign if orthodontic benefits are included in your plan. Rest assured that our experienced, knowledgeable staff will work to maximize any insurance benefits that you have to reduce your out-of-pocket costs.
Invisalign uses clear, removable trays to move the teeth instead of conventional braces, which consists of brackets and wires to achieve the same objective. Because the Invisalign trays can be removed, you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and should not need to eliminate many foods from your diet, although sugary snacks should always be restricted to keep your smile healthy.
The cost associated with Invisalign will vary from patient to patient. At your evaluation, we will be able to give you a better idea of what you can expect your costs to be. We’ll also project additional costs for related services for treatment planning purposes, such as x-rays or dental impressions, if those are needed.