Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic process that has changed how people think about getting a straighter smile. For too long, traditional metal braces were the only option to straighten teeth. Many people don’t want the look of metal braces on their teeth. Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can discreetly give you the smile of your dreams.
Getting Invisalign in Denton, TX
The Invisalign process starts with a consultation in our office. We want to ensure that Invisalign is the best option for your needs. We’ll talk to you about your cosmetic goals and budget for care. We perform a thorough oral exam as well. Invisalign works best for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Severe orthodontic problems may require more extensive treatment.
If Invisalign is the right choice for you, we take impressions of your mouth so that your clear aligners can be custom-made. Invisalign clear aligners are made of a patented flexible plastic material called SmartTrack. They’re comfortable and clear, so it’s hard for anyone to realize you’re wearing them.
For Invisalign treatment, you change out different sets of aligners to slowly move your teeth into the ideal placement. You get new aligners around every two weeks. On average, Invisalign treatment is shorter than that of traditional braces. It usually lasts around a year for most patients, depending on their condition.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Many people come to straighten crooked teeth because they’re unhappy with their appearance. But crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. They can also be the cause of various different oral health problems.
To start, crooked teeth are harder to clean than properly aligned ones. They come together at odd angles, often overlapping. They’re cramped, and it’s hard to properly clean between them. Sometimes, even specialized dental tools can’t clean them successfully. Even if you’re taking care of them properly, you still have plaque and tartar building up, putting you at risk for problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
Crooked teeth also lead to an uneven bite. When your bite comes together, the pressure is evenly distributed throughout your teeth. With crooked teeth, some of the teeth take on more pressure than others. They wear down faster than your other teeth, and they’re more likely to chip or crack under pressure as well.
Uneven bites are also one of the biggest influences on TMJ disorders. Because your bite isn’t coming together properly, the jaw doesn’t track the right way. It starts to wear down, and the facial muscles controlling the jaw become strained. TMJ disorders cause pain, tension, and popping in the jaw. You may also develop problems opening and closing your mouth.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign has many benefits over traditional metal braces. One of the top ones people highlight is how discreet they are. You don’t have brackets and wires prominently displayed on your teeth. The aligners are custom-fit so that they fit your smile perfectly. They’re completely clear, so people can only see them on your teeth if they’re specifically for them.
Treatment time with Invisalign is often shorter than traditional braces as well. Usually, treatment with braces lasts around two years. Invisalign treatment typically takes anywhere from six to eighteen months. Invisalign is usually very cost-effective compared to these other orthodontic methods as well.
With metal braces, you have to make changes to the things you eat and the way you take care of your teeth. You must learn how to properly clean around the brackets and wires, sometimes using specialized tools. You have to avoid chewing gum and eating certain foods that can get stuck in or break the structure of the braces.
Invisalign is only worn for around 22 hours each day. You can take the aligners out to perform your oral healthcare routine and eat. During this time, you can clean your aligners properly as well. You don’t have to change up your routine or remove any foods from your diet.
Clear aligners are more comfortable to wear than metal structures on your teeth. Brackets and wires rub against the soft tissue, causing sores and discomfort. The plastic of the aligners is smooth, and it doesn’t pinch the soft tissue where it rests in your mouth.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you think that Invisalign is the right choice to straighten your crooked teeth? Call us or schedule an appointment online to get started.