Invisalign® Clear Braces – Baytown, TX
Straighter Teeth without Metal Braces
Are you an adult with misaligned teeth who would love to have them straightened, but the thought of getting metal braces has prevented you from doing so? Or, do you have a teen with crooked teeth, but they would literally die if they had to wear braces?
Fortunately, dentistry has developed the perfect solution for people in these situations: Invisalign. It’s a treatment designed with older patients in mind, able to help them get a straighter smile without compromising their daily appearance.
Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign instead uses a series of clear plastic aligners that simply fit over the teeth. Like braces, they apply a gentle but consistent force that slowly brings the teeth into their correct positions. It’s subtle, it’s discreet, and it’s proven to fix crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth, often in much less time than traditional braces. Read on below to learn more about why our patients love Invisalign!
Advantages of Invisalign® Clear Braces
There are many advantages to Invisalign over traditional types of metal braces. These include but are not limited to:
- Convenience – The clear plastic aligners can be removed when needed. This means you can eat the foods that you love and then, after eating, brushing, and flossing, simply pop the aligners back in.
- Easy Tooth Care – Since you can remove the Invisalign braces, patients can continue to floss, brush, and use your regular dental hygiene routines and practices. This reduces the risk of tooth damage that was often seen with traditional types of braces.
- Comfort – Without any metal wires and bulky attachments to the surface of the teeth, there is less irritation to the cheeks, lips, and tongue.
- Fewer Dental Visits – Invisalign aligners are pre-set! You just use a new set every few weeks to slowly move your teeth into the correct position. There is no need for regular weekly adjustments or dental visits. In most cases you will come in to see Dr. Hutto about every six weeks for progress reports and a quick check-up.
We have provided Invisalign clear braces to Baytown patients for many years. Dr. Hutto is a leading provider of this revolutionary orthodontic treatment in Baytown, TX and continues to use only cutting-edge technology in treating patients and helping them to get the smile they always wanted.
The Use of Technology with Invisalign
One of the most amazing features of the Invisalign technology is that we create a 3D image of your mouth prior to starting the treatment. From this image, you can see your existing teeth and also a model of how you want your teeth to look after treatment.
This image is then sent to a lab that creates your unique sets of aligners. Typically, most patients, depending on the type of correction required, will use the aligners for a period of one to two years, changing them out every two weeks to gradually reposition the teeth.
Indications for Invisalign
Although brackets and wires are not used to align your teeth, Invisalign in Baytown is an effective solution to correct several issues. Your cosmetic dental team can improve:
Crowded teeth are harder to clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The clear aligners can correct the overcrowding to invest in a beautiful smile while also reducing your long-term dental costs by keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Spaces Between Teeth
Large spaces between your teeth are not only unattractive but also cause food particles to get caught between them. This makes it more likely for bad breath and tooth decay to occur. Invisalign can close the gaps, even those between the front teeth.
Invisalign is effective for correcting a variety of bite concerns to relieve uneven pressure on the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. This decreases your risk of grinding or clenching your teeth, jaw pain, and uneven wear of your enamel. Your cosmetic dentist in Baytown can use the clear aligners can fix an overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign clear braces are a newer technology, which means many people have questions about their process. While you’re probably be familiar with traditional braces, you may want to know more about Invisalign treatment and what your day-to-day with these clear aligners looks like. At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, we provide personalized treatment plans to all of our patients, ensuring a successful and smooth process. Read on to learn more how we use Invisalign to give our patients a straighter smile with comfort and confidence.
Invisalign in Baytown is an excellent solution to get a straight smile without dealing with the unsightly appearance of brackets and wires. Although you’re excited to get started, we know you still have several questions before you’re ready to commit to it. We’ll take the time to explain the process during your initial consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help you make the best choice for your smile.
Is Invisalign painful?
Traditional braces have a bad reputation for being painful because metal brackets and wires pull your teeth into position. Invisalign is often a comfortable alternative because there isn’t any tugging or pulling on the teeth. The aligners apply consistent pressure to them to gently move them into position. There also aren’t any brackets or wires irritating the inside of your lips or cheeks because they are smooth.
Although they are more comfortable, it’s normal to experience some discomfort when switching to a new aligner in the series. Don’t worry, it subsides quickly and can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Can I take my aligners out?
Many people choose Invisalign because the aligners are removable. This makes oral hygiene a breeze and eliminates dietary restrictions; however, you’ll need to commit to wearing them for at least 22 hours per day. You should only remove them when eating or drinking anything except water. You’ll also need to take them out when brushing, flossing, and cleaning your aligners.
How long will my treatment take?
The average treatment takes about 12 months to complete, but there are several factors that influence the duration, such as the severity of your alignment issues. You can expect complex cases to take longer than those that only require minor adjustments. We will provide you with a customized treatment plan that explains how long you can expect the process to take. It’s important to follow your plan correctly to ensure there aren’t any delays to achieving your straight smile.
How much does Invisalign cost?
There is not a set price for Invisalign because the cost is based on several factors, such as the severity of your alignment concerns. Complex cases will require more aligners, which raises the cost. During your initial consultation, we will provide you with a custom estimate and discuss the fees associated with your treatment.
Will my dental insurance pay for Invisalign?
Many dental insurance carriers now cover a portion of the cost of the treatment, but you’ll need to review your specific policy. Our office will work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claims and paperwork, so you have one less thing to worry about. We accept several forms of payment to cover any remaining balance, including third-party financing with CareCredit. We will discuss all your options to keep your new smile within your budget.
If you’re ready to invest in a healthy, straight smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.