Invisalign — Denton, TX
Achieve a Straighter, Healthier Smile Without Metal Braces
At Southridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a wide range of dentistry solutions to meet any patient need. From regular preventive dental checkups to advanced tooth replacement, we offer the dentistry services Denton dental patients need to achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles. In recent years, more and more patients have expressed interest in Invisalign clear braces. This alignment tray orthodontic system makes it possible for patients to achieve a straighter, healthier smile without needing to mar their appearance with traditional metal brackets and wires. Our skilled cosmetic dentist, Ted Dunson II, DDS, has years of experience working with patients to achieve their desired orthodontic results without the hassle of traditional braces. If you’re interested in learning more about your orthodontic options at Southridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, contact our Denton dental office to schedule your Invisalign consultation today.
Who Should Consider Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic solution for teens and adults who want to straighten their smiles even those with more advanced alignment concerns like over, under, and crossbite. Some of the situations where we may recommend Invisalign include:
- Adults and teens with busy schedules who can’t maintain frequent orthodontist visits
- Adults who want to maintain a professional image throughout the course of their dental treatment
- Patients who have allergies or metal sensitivities that may lead to irritation or discomfort caused by metal brackets and wires
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic alignment trays to shift teeth into their ideal alignment over the course of about twelve months of treatment. Each set of aligners is made of clear plastic, and they are formed to represent the position of the teeth one step closer to the desired end result. Patients will wear each set of alignment trays for about two weeks at a time. Then, they will exchange the current aligners for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, patients will need to visit our Denton office for a dental checkup to ensure their treatment is progressing according to plan. The entire treatment typically takes between ten and eighteen months. Throughout your entire Invisalign treatment plan, all anyone else will see is your beautiful smile.
Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontics
No treatment is right for every patient, so before we recommend Invisalign, we’ll evaluate your smile and explain all of your treatment options. If you and Dr. Dunson determine that Invisalign is the right orthodontic option for your smile, you can expect to experience numerous benefits including:
- Completely cosmetic treatment so you’ll look and feel your best throughout treatment
- Faster treatment time and fewer, shorter dental appointments make Invisalign a great option for busy patients
- Removable aligners mean you’ll be able to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine and eat all of your favorite foods
- Patients experience significantly less discomfort and soft tissue irritation with Invisalign trays than with traditional bracket and wire braces, even those who experience allergies or sensitivities to metal
Invisalign in Denton allows you to achieve a straighter, healthier smile without metal braces. During your initial consultation, we’ll be more than happy to give you all the information you want to know about this unique orthodontic treatment. In the meantime, we invite you to review the following common questions about Invisalign aligners to help you learn more about them. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, feel free to give us a call today!
How Long Do I Need to Wear My Invisalign Aligners Every Day?
Invisalign’s removable aligners are one of its most popular features. However, this benefit is also one of its greatest responsibilities. It’s up to you to wear your aligners for enough time each day to keep your treatment on track. Every day, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 20-22 hours. This should give you plenty of time to remove them before brushing, flossing, eating, drinking, or playing sports. If you don’t wear your aligners often enough, your teeth could begin to shift back out of place. Not only will this make wearing your aligners more uncomfortable, but it may also increase the length and cost of your treatment!
Do I Have to Avoid Certain Foods During My Invisalign Treatment?
Metal braces require you to temporarily give up some foods during your treatment. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Invisalign! You can continue to eat all the chewy, sticky, and hard foods you like throughout your Invisalign treatment. All you need to do is remove your aligners before eating your meal or snack. Once you’re done, give your teeth a quick brush to clear away any lingering particles. Then, simply pop your aligners back into place! Remember, your aligners can break and stain easily, so take them out before eating or drinking anything that isn’t plain water.
How Do I Care for My Invisalign Aligners?
Since you can take your Invisalign aligners out, it’s easy to keep them clean! To keep your smile sparkling and healthy while your teeth are straightened, keep these tips in mind:
- Don’t use your normal toothbrush or toothpaste to clean your aligners.
- Soak your aligners in water or cleaning solution and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out before putting your aligners back in.
Can I Get Invisalign If I’ve Had Metal Braces Before?
Did you complete your treatment with metal braces a few years ago, but have found that your teeth are crooked again? This is a common problem, especially for those who neglected to wear their retainer after completing their treatment. Thankfully, Invisalign may be able to help you regain your results without getting metal braces again! However, every case is different. We’ll carefully inspect your teeth, jaw, and bite alignment to ensure that Invisalign is the most effective option for achieving the straighter, healthier smile you deserve.
It’s time to improve your health, confidence, and quality of life by straightening your teeth! Give us a call and schedule your consultation to see if this unique orthodontic treatment is right for you!