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The Invisalign® Clear Braces Process – Baytown, TX

A Personalized Treatment Plan for Your Smile

Beautiful smile

Using Invisalign clear braces, Dr. Hutto and Dr. Ragsdale can deliver you the smile of your dreams. However, these results don’t happen overnight. Invisalign involves the use of a series of aligners and a treatment plan that must be followed in order to achieve a straight set of teeth. Each step of the process is integral to the overall success of your treatment, so it’s important to understand what you should expect during the Invisalign process.

Consultation for Your Invisalign Clear Braces

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First, you will schedule a consultation with our office, where Dr. Hutto or Dr. Ragsdale will examine your mouth to ensure that you could benefit from this treatment. After, they will take special images and impressions of your smile to create your custom-made aligning trays. Once these impressions are made, you’ll leave our office and come back once they’re fabricated. This is also the time when you can ask any questions about your treatment.

Your Treatment Process

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Once your Invisalign clear braces are ready, you’ll visit our office to receive them with instructions for use. For a successful treatment, patients must wear each aligning tray 20 to 22 hours a day. You’ll wear each tray for about 2 weeks, before progressing to the next in the series. This gradual process slowly shifts your teeth for lasting results. However, the process is still shorter than traditional braces, on average. You will visit us about every 6 weeks to make sure that your treatment is on track and effective.

During your day-to-day wear, it’s important to keep your aligners clean and clear. When cleaning your aligners, avoid using hot water because it can warp the plastic. You should also brush your teeth after every meal and before putting your aligners back in to avoid staining and higher risks of decay.

The typical treatment will take between 10 and 18 months, but that will depend on the severity of your misalignment and how committed you are to following your treatment plan. Once your teeth are aligned, we will provide you with a discreet retainer to wear that ensures the permanence of your newly straightened teeth. Are you interested in this discreet and comfortable treatment? Call your cosmetic dentist in Baytown to get started on a beautifully straight smile!