Are you considering a straighter smile? For years, you had one option: traditional braces. These are not only uncomfortable to wear, but they’re incredibly noticeable when you smile. Thankfully, we have a better, more discreet system to align your smile. We offer Invisalign clear braces as a way to achieve the smile of your dreams without the discomfort and appearance of traditional orthodontics in Coppell. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign and how it works.
Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear aligners that are designed to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. These custom-made trays are made of clear, lightweight plastic. You’ll wear each aligner for at least 20 hours a day, for 2 weeks each. After about a few weeks, you’ll switch your trays for the next in the series. This methodical approach allows for lasting and beautiful results while keeping your treatment comfortable. Unlike braces, your Invisalign aligners are completely removeable, allowing you to eat all your favorite foods. Just make sure to brush your teeth before putting your trays back in.
At Sandy Lake Dental & Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign treatment because it brings our patients amazing advantages, including:
Are you wondering whether or not Invisalign is right for you? The only way to know with certainty is to schedule a consultation with our office. One of our skilled dentists in Coppell will examine your smile, the position of your teeth, and the alignment of your bite to see if Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign is typically successful for patients who are older than 15 because they have enough responsibility to keep up with their treatment. It’s vital to keep up with your treatment schedule to ensure healthy and straight results.
It’s hard to give a precise cost estimate without examining your mouth first. The condition of your oral health and alignment of your teeth will directly influence the total price of your treatment. Additionally, any broken or lost aligners will incur extra costs for replacement. Plus, some treatment times take longer than others, which may require additional aligners. The best way to know the price of your Invisalign is to schedule a visit with our office!
Every year, more and more patients choose to achieve a straight smile with Invisalign instead of awkward metal braces, and it’s not hard to see why. This treatment offers multiple benefits over traditional orthodontics. However, it’s still quite the investment in your smile and oral health, so you might have some concerns that need to be addressed before you undergo the treatment. That’s why your dentist in Coppell has taken the liberty of answering some of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
Just because you’re finished wearing your aligners doesn’t necessarily mean you’re finished with orthodontic treatment. In most cases, we’ll create a retainer for you to wear afterward. Without wearing a retainer, your teeth would most likely start to shift back into their original crooked state. For most patients, we’ll recommend wearing your retainer full-time for a few months, then have you switch to only wearing it at night. It can take some time for your teeth to get used to their new positions.
When you first begin treatment, it can take a while for your teeth to get used to wearing the aligners. As a result, your teeth may feel a bite sore or sensitive for the first few days. Keep in mind, though, that this means your treatment is working. Invisalign in Coppell works by applying a subtle pressure to shift your teeth into the proper alignment.
To alleviate this discomfort, it may help to start wearing your aligners right before bed so that you can sleep through the first few hours of the adjustment process. For a little extra help, take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed.
At first, it might. Many of the sounds you make are produced by your tongue touching the place where the back of your front teeth meets the roof of your mouth. Because the aligners are now there, your tongue may get confused. You might sound like you have a slight lisp. It helps to practice speaking out loud to help your mouth get used to having the aligners in it. Counting from sixty to seventy over and over again has proven particularly helpful for many of our patients.
Maintaining clean aligners is important in preventing staining as well as infections caused by food particles getting trapped against your teeth by the aligners. Every time you take out the trays, gently clean them with a toothbrush and a clear hand soap, rinsing them in lukewarm (not hot) water. If that’s not possible, at least rinse them in water. Also, brush and floss before placing the aligners back in.