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Invisalign Clear Braces

If you want to straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal bracket and wire braces, you’re not alone. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to deliver the same results possible with bracket and wire braces without any of the disadvantages. If you’re looking to achieve a straight smile more subtly in less time, call the Inwood Village Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry team today. Our Dallas dentist and dentistry team offer a wide range of dental services including the innovative, effective Invisalign braces system.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Dentist placing an Invisalign trayTraditional braces use wires that place pressure on brackets attached to the fronts of teeth to shift these individual teeth into position. Invisalign performs the same process using a series of clear, plastic aligners. Each set of alignment trays represents your smile one step closer to your desired alignment. When worn for about two weeks at a time, these aligners move the teeth into this new position. You then exchange the current set of aligners with the next set in the series. With just a few, short checkup appointments, the entire process is completed in about eight to twelve months.

Who Should Consider Invisalign?

Any patient who wants to align their smile without the hassle of traditional braces should consider Invisalign. Ideal candidates include those patients:

  • Who can’t fit frequent trips to the orthodontist into their schedules
  • Who have allergies or sensitivities to metal
  • Who play a wind musical instrument
  • Who want to straighten their smile without impacting their professional image
  • Who play sports regularly, especially high impact sports
  • Who don’t want to change their diets or oral hygiene routines

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Invisalign treatment plans are as unique as your smile. However, the majority of patients complete their entire orthodontic treatment in eight to eighteen months. In addition to this decreased overall treatment time compared with traditional braces that can take two or more years, patients also spend less time visiting the dentist for checkups. During traditional orthodontic treatment, you need to visit the orthodontist every few weeks for adjustments. During Invisalign orthodontics, you’ll only need to visit every six to eight weeks, so we can evaluate your progress and ensure you are on track to achieve your desired results.

Will it Hurt?

When you’re placing pressure on teeth for long periods of time, you will experience some discomfort. However, unlike bracket and wire braces that place a great amount of pressure on teeth and often irritate soft tissue, Invisalign trays cause significantly less discomfort.

Do I Still Need to Wear a Retainer?

You will. When your teeth shift into a new position, the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue need to fuse with the root system to hold the tooth in place. Retainers help you maintain your results while this tissue fuses with teeth in their new position. You’ll need to wear a retainer daily for about a year. After that, you’ll only need to use your retainer at night time. Then, you will continue to decrease retainer wear until these appliances are no longer necessary.