Do you want straighter teeth, but hate the idea of having metal braces? You’re certainly not alone! Unfortunately, leaving crooked teeth and bite issues untreated can lead to serious complications for your mouth, jaws, and confidence over time. Thankfully, at Avion Dental & Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer Invisalign in Dallas, the easiest way to get straighter teeth! These practically invisible aligners are removable and comfortable, making them the perfect choice if you want to fix your orthodontic issues without wires and brackets! Read on to learn more, and give us a call today to schedule your consultation.
Invisalign aligners are clear plastic trays that you wear over your teeth, where they place gentle pressure on specific points to slowly push them into their ideal positions. It will take about two weeks of wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours a day for your teeth to adjust, and then you’ll switch to the next set of aligners to continue moving them. You’ll go through a series of aligners over the course of your treatment, with each set of aligners taking you one step closer to a perfectly straightened smile. Every 6-8 weeks you’ll come visit us for a quick checkup and before you know it, you’ll have a beautifully straightened smile!
Thanks to our state-of-the-art technology, Invisalign is now more powerful and effective than ever before! While severe orthodontic cases are still best treated with metal braces, Invisalign is an excellent solution for mild to moderate levels of:
Crooked, overlapping teeth create small spaces that trap plaque and bacteria, which dramatically increases your risk of cavities and gum disease. Invisalign can help realign your teeth and give them the space they need.
If there are spaces or gaps between your teeth, they’re at a higher risk of damage. Over time, they’ll become worn-down and more prone to chipping and cracking. Gently closing these spaces with Invisalign will go a long way in keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
Bite issues like overbite, underbite, and crossbite can distract from your appearance and put extra stress on your jaw joints. Eventually, your jaw may become stiff or you may develop TMJ disorder. Thankfully, Invisalign is a great way to realign your jaws and get a healthier bite.
Invisalign is quickly becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available, and it’s easy to see why! This unique method of straightening teeth offers benefits that make your journey towards a straighter smile a pleasant one, like:
Until you come in for an evaluation, we can’t give you an accurate estimate of how much your Invisalign treatment will cost. This is because every treatment is customized to meet the unique goals and needs of each patient. During your consultation, we’ll take into account numerous factors, such as your age, oral health, and the complexity of your case, to determine how long and how much your treatment will be. We can also help you find out if your insurance covers Invisalign. Alternatively, you may be interested in our VIP plan or financing options through CareCredit or our practice. Whatever your budget is, we can help you discover just how affordable your new smile with Invisalign can be!
Our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Sfogliano, can answer any questions you may have about Invisalign, whether it’s about how it works, what you can expect during the treatment itself, what costs are usually attached, and more. Below are just a few examples of questions that we’ve heard from many a patient in the past regarding Invisalign. Of course, everyone has their own questions and concerns, so don’t be afraid to call us if there’s anything else you want to know.
Most people find Invisalign to be more comfortable than metal braces. The Invisalign aligners are made out of a smooth plastic that won’t irritate the gums, which means you can avoid some of the common inconveniences that come with brackets and wires. Of course, you’ll still feel a little bit of soreness when you first start wearing your aligners; after all, the orthodontic appliance needs to exert constant pressure on your teeth in order to move them. However, you’ll typically adjust to your aligners in a short amount of time, at which point the discomfort should fade. You can use ice packs and over the counter pain relievers to help manage your discomfort in the meantime.
Braces are known to significantly limit your diet, as anything overly hard or sticky might damage the brackets and wires. But with Invisalign, there’s no need to avoid certain foods at all because you won’t even be wearing your aligners when it’s time to eat. You’ll simply take them out of your mouth and place them in their container, then enjoy your meal or snack. Once you’re finished, you can give your teeth a quick brush to remove any lingering food particles before putting the aligner back in your mouth. Be sure not to leave your aligners behind or throw them out by mistake!
Sometimes the teeth become misaligned again even after you’ve completed a traditional orthodontic treatment. This is often a consequence of not wearing a retainer. Depending on the changes needed, Invisalign may be a good option for re-straightening your teeth. Every orthodontic case is unique, so we’ll need to examine your teeth, bite, and jaw first to determine what changes need to be made and whether Invisalign is the best option.
Invisalign aligners will cover key areas of your mouth, and they’ll change the way your tongue moves against your teeth. As such, you might notice a slight lisp at the beginning of your treatment, but luckily this is a short-term problem; once your tongue gets used to the presence of your aligners, you should return to a normal speaking pattern. It usually takes a few weeks for an Invisalign lisp to fade, but you can speed things along by getting some practice in. Try reading aloud whenever you can, and repeat words such as “sixty” and “Mississippi” so that you can get used to pronouncing them.