When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? Probably a young teenager with traditional braces. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description. However, there now exists an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign® clear aligners.
It’s amazing that we have the ability to straighten smiles with the help of aligners that are not visible when we smile. Imagine going to your prom, getting those perfect senior photos or wowing your colleagues at your next business presentation all while wearing braces. It seems hard to believe, but with Invisalign Clear Aligners, a straight smile is possible with a nearly invisible orthodontic solution.
Instead of bonding brackets and wires to your teeth, Invisalign uses a set of clear, customizable aligners which look similar to mouthguards. Before getting your aligners, your Allen and McKinney, TX orthodontists, Dr. Ghosh and Dr. Lofgren of Creekview Orthodontics and McKinney Orthodontics , will use special 3D computer technology to map out your treatment plan. This includes deciding which teeth will need to move and where they will need to move in order to give you the ideal smile.
From this information, your aligners are created. When these aligners are worn they apply just the right amount of pressure to shift teeth around over time. When you visit our office for your checkups (which, by the way, are less frequent than with traditional braces), we will be able to see the changes to your smile.
Aligners are made from flexible thermoplastic and each one is custom-made to fit over your smile. They are designed to fit closely to your teeth and are contoured around the gums to reduce friction and irritation. This close fit makes for an extremely comfortable feel. Most patients forget they are even wearing their aligners.
Invisalign aligners are also removable, which makes them an appealing option for both teens and adults looking to fix common misalignments like crowding, crookedness, gaps between teeth and malocclusions (e.g. overbites; underbites). In order to achieve the results you want with Invisalign, it’s important to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day.
A huge benefit of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners prior to eating or brushing your teeth. This way you don’t have any dietary restrictions with Invisalign and you can brush and floss your teeth normally without having to worry about cleaning between brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are typically worn for a few weeks before being replaced with the next set in your treatment plan.
Our Patients Before and After Invisalign Treatment
Additional benefits of Invisalign include:
Improved Oral Hygiene — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces.
A Discreet Look — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.
More Dietary Choices — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.
Comfort — The thin, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.
Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can sometimes function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Schedule an Invisalign Consultation
If Invisalign interests you as a treatment option, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our orthodontists, Dr. Lofgren and Dr. Ghosh. At your appointment, we will inquire about your health history, perform a physical examination, and take diagnostic images so that we can determine if Invisalign is the best treatment method for your needs. If Invisalign doesn’t meet your needs, we have other treatment options from which you can choose. Our mission is to develop a treatment plan that meets an individual’s unique situation.