Invisalign® Clear Braces In Richardson
The Clear Alternative to a Straight Smile
Fast becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options available, Invisalign in Richardson offers patients a flawless smile with none of the hassle. Thanks to advances in this method, even patients with serious alignment issues like over, under, and crossbite can achieve optimal results using the Invisalign® Clear Braces system. Rather than brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners to gently shift teeth into position after about a year of treatment. Allow Dental Care Today of Richardson to give you a healthier, straighter smile in less time by calling our office to schedule an appointment!
How does invisalign® work?
Patients simply wear each set of alignment trays for about two weeks. Then, move on to the next set in the series to achieve their flawless smiles within about twelve months. Each set of alignment trays represents the positioning of the teeth one step closer to the desired end result.
When worn for about two weeks, the gentle pressure from the aligners moves teeth into this new position, and patients switch to the next set in the series. Every four to eight weeks, patients will need to visit Dental Care Today of Richardson for a checkup. We’ll simply examine the smile to ensure it is progressing according to the preset treatment plan.
Indications for Invisalign®
There are several types of dental problems Invisalign can fix, and depending on your individual needs, our team will always personalize your treatment, so you achieve a successful, beautiful result:
Need additional space between your teeth? Invisalign can gently shift and create the space you need to improve your oral health and have a beautiful, straighter smile. Crowded teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease because of the inability to effectively clean them, but with Invisalign, you’ll have no problem brushing and flossing.
Space Between Teeth
Just the opposite of overcrowding is too much space existing between your teeth. When this happens, bacteria and food particles can become trapped and make it easier for bacteria to grow and spread. Invisalign can quickly begin to move your teeth closer together and eliminate the unnecessary gaps. You’ll also notice your teeth moving into proper alignment, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Over, under, cross, or even an open bite can be remedied with Invisalign. This innovative alternative to metal braces can eliminate jaw pain, improve bite functionality, and give you a prettier smile in less time. No more hiding behind your hands or tight-lipped smiles for the camera when being treated with clear braces in Richardson.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
Before you even begin receiving treatment with Invisalign in Richardson, you’ll notice immediate benefits to this type of orthodontic treatment, some of which include:
- A clear, more subtle method of treatment that makes it almost impossible for anyone to notice
- Flexibility when it comes to eating the foods you love, as you are expected to remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking
- Easy to maintain because all you need is a toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water to clean them
- Faster results seen in 12-18 months in comparison to 2-3 years with traditional braces
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign®
As you prepare to receive orthodontic treatment, you’ll probably be wondering about the cost. Traditional braces cost less, but the benefits offered by Invisalign make it difficult to pass up. Not only can you achieve results without the unnecessary spotlight on your mouth, but you can see a straighter smile in less time than it takes with regular braces.
When meeting with one of our highly skilled dentists, they will consider the various factors that come with Invisalign when providing an estimate.
Some of these factors include:
- Your specific dental needs (i.e. crooked teeth, overcrowded, gapped teeth, etc.)
- How many aligners you will need to achieve lasting results
- Post-treatment appliances (i.e. retainer)
- Your age
- Your ability to commit to wearing the aligners will also be taken into consideration, as Invisalign requires a level of responsibility and dedication. Their flexibility makes it easier to remove the trays, but you must wear them the instructed amount of time each day in order to prevent a delay in treatment.
Can I Be Sure That Invisalign Will Work?
Yes! Invisalign has an undeniable track record of success and has given more than 6 million people great results over the last couple of decades. Not to mention that Dr. Nguyen has advanced training and years of experience, enabling him to provide top-notch Invisalign treatment from start to finish.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Some insurance plans cover orthodontic treatment and some don't. Fortunately, the plans that do usually cover traditional braces and Invisalign in Richardson at the same rate. Since each plan is different, start by looking at your benefits and give us a call if you have any questions. We know that coverage can be overwhelming and we’ll be happy to explain your plan.
We also accept CareCredit, a fantastic financing option that allows you to make monthly payments with little to no interest. Applying is easy and can be done directly from a link on our website.
Will Invisalign Affect My Speech?
For many people, no. But some patients have a mild, temporary lisp for several days to a week. After this initial adjustment period, your lips and tongue will naturally re-learn how to enunciate each sound clearly. Some people find that singing out loud helps them make the adjustment faster.
What Happens If I Lose My Invisalign Trays?
Before you start treatment, we'll discuss the importance of keeping each set of aligner trays, just in case you lose your next set. It usually takes the Invisalign lab 2-3 weeks to make duplicate trays, so your old set will act as retainers to keep your teeth in place until they're ready.
If you lose your trays, give us a call as soon as you can and start wearing your previous aligners immediately. While you won't get your final results quite as fast, you won't lose any ground either.
Will I Have To Wear Retainers After Invisalign Treatment?
Yes. Without them, your teeth will return to their initial positions after orthodontic treatment (whether it's traditional braces or Invisalign), so retainers are always necessary. Fortunately, Invisalign retainers essentially look and feel like your normal aligner trays, so they'll be just as comfortable and discreet.
Also, the longer we hold your teeth in place, the more "set" they'll be. At first, you'll need to wear your retainers at least 22 hours per day, but soon you’ll only have to wear them while sleeping. You'll get individualized instructions for wearing your retainers at the end of your treatment.
Contact our friendly Richardson dental office to find out more or schedule your appointment today.
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