Straighten Your Smile With Invisalign
Are you looking for a discreet alternative to traditional braces? Peters Dental Associates of Houston, Texas now provides Invisalign (Clear Braces)! Whether you are correcting extensive adjustments or making minor improvements, Invisalign® can help you fix the same orthodontic problems as metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners are a virtually invisible solution alternative to braces so that you can smile confidently both during treatment and after. The Invisalign treatment, using a series of clear, removable aligners, gradually moves your teeth toward the smile you’ve always wanted. And, almost no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell them.
The trays are changed every several weeks with an office visit. While life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to, this braces alternative is renowned for being both comfortable and practical. The trays should continuously be worn, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth causing decay. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics.
What issues can Invisalign correct?
Many people incorrectly believe that Invisalign clear aligners are only useful for treating minor teeth straightening issues. But the fact is, it successfully treats patients with moderate and severe conditions, including the following:
Crossbite: one or multiple upper teeth are inside the lower
Overbite: upper teeth project further than the lower Spacing: occur because of missing teeth or jaw continues to grow abnormally
See more Invisalign Before and After picture on our Smile Gallery!
Straighter teeth are not simply an aesthetic issue but also has several health benefits as well.
HEALTHIER TEETH AND GUMS
Crowded or too widely spaced teeth can cause swollen and red gums. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease, or gum disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.
One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. Trapped food often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.
Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease caused by bacteria. These issues, if left untreated, can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. Also, correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that stem from an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign can’t be used in cases where the patient requires severe tooth movement. However, it’s a superior option for patients who only need mild to moderate repositioning. These are the conditions we treat with Invisalign at Peters Dental Associates:
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Why should I opt for Invisalign?
Invisalign accomplishes the necessary movement and straightening of your teeth without all the hassle. No wires poking your cheeks and tongue. No bands rubbing on your lips. No monthly “tightening” sessions, followed by two or three days of ibuprofen to relieve the pain. No floss threaders and food stuck in the bands.
- Virtually invisible – Invisalign aligners are almost impossible to detect, even when you’re talking with a person at close range.
- Comfortable – The aligner trays are so comfortable; you’ll forget you’re wearing them!
- Eat what you like – No avoiding sticky, chewy foods, or having to cut your corn off the cob. Take the aligners out and eat what you like.
- Easy cleaning – Brushing and flossing are a breeze. Simply take out the aligners and perform your normal hygiene.
- Flexibility – Play a brass instrument in the band? Forget about wax over your bands; simply remove your aligners during practice.
- Normal life – Unlike braces, Invisalign® doesn’t impact your life. Plus, you won’t need to avoid smiling in photos for two years!
What is involved in the Invisalign process?
The Invisalign® process begins with a full dental exam and bite analysis using the iTero® digital scanning system. From these scans, 3D images of your teeth and bite are created. Using these, Dr. Peters then maps out the precise treatment plan for moving the teeth into their final positions. The Invisalign® software breaks this movement down into stages, and Dr. Peters can show the patient how the movement will progress. This information is then sent off to Align Technology, the fabricator of the aligner trays.
When your custom aligner trays arrive in our offices, you return for your next appointment. We explain the system and give you the first few pairs of aligner trays. Each is clearly marked with the dates to be worn. All you do is wear the aligners for 20-22 hours every day for one to two weeks according to Dr. Peters’ instructions, and then you switch to the next pair. We want to see you about every four to six weeks to monitor your progress, and to give you your next series of aligners.
How do I take care of my Invisalign aligners?
You have some options when caring for your aligners. You remove them and gently brush them every night with a toothbrush. You can also soak your aligners in denture cleaner, Retainer Brite®, or the official Invisalign crystals to keep them clean and sanitized. Or, another option is to use clear anti-bacterial soft hand soap to clean your aligners.
How often do I wear them?
It’s important to be sure to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours every day. You should really only take them out to eat and to brush your teeth. Each aligner exerts subtle pressure on your teeth to move them, but they need the recommended time on the teeth every day to do so.
What happens after my teeth are finished moving?
After your teeth have been moved into the desired final position, they need to stay there. That’s why normal braces transition to the use of a retainer. This prevents the teeth from drifting back to their former positions. Invisalign doesn’t use a retainer with a plastic piece that snaps onto the roof of your mouth. Instead, Vivera® retainers, made from the same material as the Invisalign® aligners, keep the teeth in place. These Vivera® retainers are similar to the aligners, but they are thicker and more durable because they need to be worn for longer than just a couple of weeks. You will receive four Vivera® retainers to be swapped out over the course of your retention period.
How long does treatment last?
Average treatment time for Invisalign is about a year. You visit our Clear Lake, Texas office every four to six weeks to check your progression and get new aligners. Actual treatment time and results may vary. Because the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat your favorite foods. And you can brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Is Invisalign expensive?
As with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the actual cost based on your specific needs and will work with you to customize your individual plan. Other factors contributing to your cost may include the complexity of your individual needs, how long you are in treatment, your orthodontic insurance coverage, and additional factors determined by our dentist.
Learn whether Invisalign® is right for you– contact Peters Dental Associates Clear Lake Houston dental office today to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve Clear Lake, Webster, League City, Seabrook, and the surrounding areas. You can also read more about Invisalign® on our blog!