Countless adults and teenagers across the country have avoided seeking orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to be stuck wearing metal braces for years on end. Fortunately, braces are no longer the only way to fix crooked teeth! At South Arlington Smiles, we offer a service that can straighten your smile the discreet way – Invisalign clear braces. As the name implies, these transparent trays align your teeth while being practically unnoticeable. Plus, they’re removable for added convenience. To learn more about how Invisalign in Arlington, TX can give you the straight smile you’ve always wanted, give our dental office a call today!
Invisalign helps patients correct overbites, underbites, or generally crooked teeth with a system of clear plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth. Each set of these trays is a specific shape that is designed to straighten a small section of your smile at a time. You’ll wear each set for about two weeks before switching to the next one.
The aligners are removable, but for treatment to be effective and timely, you should wear them for at least 22 hours a day. Essentially, you should only take them out for eating, drinking anything besides plain water, and cleaning your teeth.
Patients are often pleasantly surprised to learn that Invisalign can fix many of the same issues that braces can. Dr. Talon Davis may recommend Invisalign to address mild to moderate cases of the following problems:
It can be more difficult to clean teeth that are too close together, increasing the risk for plaque and tartar buildup. Invisalign can push these teeth into their proper alignments, making brushing and flossing much easier and more effective.
Some patients consider the gaps between their front teeth to be unattractive. If that’s the case, your dentist in Arlington can develop a customized treatment plan with Invisalign to even out the spaces in your smile.
Certain cases of overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite can be corrected with Invisalign. Properly aligning your bite will not only relieve some of the stress on your jaw joints, but it will reduce the risk of chronic teeth grinding and TMJ disorder.
Invisalign offers a number of benefits that traditional braces do not, such as:
Because each treatment is tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs, there is no set cost of Invisalign. The price can vary based on several factors, including the severity of your orthodontic issues, the number of aligners you’ll need, and how well you stick to your original treatment plan. Dr. Davis will outline these variables with you during your consultation and give you a cost estimate you can trust. From there, we can discuss financing options, such as insurance, our in-house savings plan, and CareCredit.
If you have misalignment issues but don’t want to be sporting metal brackets and wires, Invisalign could be the perfect solution for you. However, you may still have some unanswered questions about the treatment, so we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about Invisalign in Arlington. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, just give us a call. Our friendly team would be happy to walk you through the process and get you started with an initial consultation.
Invisalign is not a painful treatment, as it’s smooth plastic design makes it one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment options out there. When you first get Invisalign, there’s an adjustment period, so you may experience slight soreness, but this will go away as you get used to the treatment. Invisalign works by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment by using a series of clear aligners. Each time you move to the next set, you are likely to experience some pressure, but this just means that the treatment is working! To help with the adjustment period, take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed and/or use a cold compress.
One of the great advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable, so you are able to take them out when it comes time to eat. Eating with Invisalign in your mouth can damage your aligners, causing cracks and stains, and it also puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth. The only thing you should be consuming while wearing your aligners is water. If you want to enjoy anything else, you should take them out and put them in their case.
This all depends on your specific needs. Braces are able to correct more severe overbites, underbites, and crossbites that Invisalign cannot. This is why many patients elect to get traditional braces instead. If your teeth have grown crooked or misaligned years after you’ve completed treatment with braces, Invisalign is usually able to help in this case. Schedule a consultation with Dr. David to find out if Invisalign is suited to meet your needs.
There is an initial adjustment period when it comes to your speech. Lisps are caused by improper tongue placement inside the mouth while speaking, therefore affecting airflow and making some words sound different. If a lisp occurs for an Invisalign patient, it is typically because the aligners slightly alter the space in the mouth. The good news is that this is usually incredibly minor and will go away on its own as your tongue adjusts. The more you talk, the faster you will adjust.