A confident, healthy smile says a lot about you. But a problem like crooked or crowded teeth can make you want to hide your smile, which can impact your self-confidence.
If you think your only option is years in metal braces, we would like to tell you about Invisalign aligners! Not only is treatment fast – about a year on average – but Invisalign aligners are made of a crystal-clear plastic material, so no one has to know you are having your teeth straightened!
Misaligned teeth take a toll on your confidence because you feel self-conscious about the way they look. But the problem with a misaligned dental smile doesn’t end with the way you feel about your appearance.
Teeth that aren’t properly aligned put extra pressure on the rest of your teeth, creating problems like excessive tooth wear, teeth grinding, and even TMJ. If teeth are crowded or crooked, it’s also difficult to clean them properly because your brush can’t get into all the tight spaces. When you can’t practice proper oral hygiene, bacteria have the opportunity to linger on your teeth, ultimately leading to gum disease and decay.
Before we decide whether Invisalign is right for you, we’ll take some time to talk to you about your goals and expectations for treatment. We will be happy to answer any questions you have because we want you to feel confident with the decision you make.
Our doctors start your Invisalign treatment by taking x-rays and impressions of your teeth. These images will be used to create a 3-D image, which is then used to map out a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. You will be able to see a virtual representation of what your teeth will look like after treatment so you have a clear picture of the results you can expect.
We then send all the information we gather to the Invisalign lab, where your custom-made aligners are created based on our specifications. You will receive a series of aligners, and we will instruct you to wear each set for about two to three weeks.
We will explain all the details of your Invisalign treatment and arrange appointments every six weeks to check on your progress. Treatment times for Invisalign are about a year for adults; treatment for teens is comparable to that of traditional braces.
One of the unique benefits of treatment with Invisalign is that the aligners are completely removable. You can continue to enjoy eating all your favorite foods, and oral hygiene is a breeze because you don't have to clean around brackets and wires. Just be sure to wear the aligners every day for at least 22 hours to see the fastest results.
Invisalign aligners are also comfortable because they have no metal wires that can cause irritation. And no metal and wires mean you won't have to spend time in the dental chair getting adjustments!
If you are not happy with the appearance of crooked or crowded teeth, please call our Little Elm, TX dental office. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that achieving the smile of your dreams is a lot easier than you think!