The invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. To discuss clear braces in the Houston TX area, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.
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What is Invisalign?
- Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires.
- After detailed impressions are taken of your teeth, the company utilizes proprietary 3D computer imaging technology to map the patient’s complete treatment from start to finish.
- Patients wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks. During the treatment period, the aligners gradually move their teeth to the final position.
- Treatment traditionally averages between 9 and 15 months in most cases.
Am I too old to get Invisalign and orthodontic treatment?
It’s never too late to straighten your teeth! Adults often feel it’s too much trouble, embarrassing and disruptive to move teeth, so they avoid treatment. Invisalign is the ideal solution to achieve a beautiful smile in a reasonable amount of time, without feelings of self-consciousness (as the aligners are nearly invisible) and only a minimal impact on the patient’s busy schedule. Invisalign aligners give you the best of both worlds: They are virtually invisible when worn and can be removed when needed.
What are the benefits of straightening my teeth?
Outside of having a nice smile,the most important reason we straighten our teeth is to optimize their function and make them easy to clean, so they last us a long time. When teeth are misaligned, they wear unevenly, crack, break and can cause TMJ issues. When teeth are crowded, they are harder to clean, which can lead to gum disease, gum recession, bone loss and sometimes tooth loss. An increased probability of decay is also a major issue with crowded teeth. All these circumstances can lead to very costly dental care in the future. Therefore, when we prescribe orthodontics, it’s a preventative approach to help avoid more complex and costly situations in the future.
Can my children wear Invisalign?
Absolutely! Invisalign Teen is just as effective as metal braces. It was designed by orthodontists who understand the unique treatment and compliance needs of teens and their active lifestyles. It also helps busy parents avoid emergency appointments from broken wires or brackets. Research shows teen patients are very compliant, but in the event aligners are lost, Invisalign provides 6 free replacement aligners.
Is Invisalign expensive?
There are many factors that determine the cost of treatment. In most cases it costs the same as regular braces and sometimes less. It’s covered by most insurance plans and affordable financing options, including interest free financing are available.