If you are looking for a straighter smile but want to avoid metal brackets and wires, Invisalign can help. You can straighten your teeth using clear plastic aligners instead of metal wires and brackets bonded to your teeth. It is completely removable, so you can enjoy all your favorite foods while getting your teeth straightened–and never have to worry about cleaning around wires. And no one need ever know you’re getting your teeth straightened.
Invisalign isn’t right for everyone, but it might be right for you. To find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign in Houston, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young at Woodlands Premier Dentistry.
What Invisalign Is
Invisalign is an alternative approach to straightening your teeth. Instead of metal wires and brackets, it uses clear, comfortable plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. You will wear each aligner for two weeks, at least 20 hours a day. You will change aligners as your teeth change position and your smile improves. Although traditional metal braces can be worn for years, most Invisalign patients will only wear their aligners for a year, and often under a year, though in many cases the treatment time is comparable.
Another benefit of wearing Invisalign aligners is that they can be removed any time you want. Removing them to brush your teeth, eat or drink, is perfectly acceptable. Simply put the aligners back on your teeth when you’re finished. You are able to continue your busy schedule with confidence you may not have had with traditional metal braces on your teeth. Your orthodontic treatment won’t interfere with business lunches, big presentations, or public appearances. Due to the clear plastic, many people may not even know you are wearing Invisalign.
Custom-made Invisalign aligners can correct aesthetic imperfections such as:
- Widely spaced teeth
- Overly crowded teeth
There are some kinds of tooth movements that are better done with traditional braces. During your evaluation, we will help you understand if Invisalign is the best treatment for your teeth.
Advantages of Invisalign
Custom-made Invisalign aligners have several advantages over traditional metal braces. Although you will be changing aligners every two weeks, you do not always need to see Dr. Young when you change them. You can pick up your new aligners and return to your life quickly with only an official check-up every six weeks or so to see how you are doing with Invisalign. That’s compared to a visit to the dentist once a month or more for braces.
You also don’t need to worry about getting food stuck in your aligners since you can remove them when you eat. This is something you cannot say about traditional metal braces. Cleaning your teeth remains the same: just brush and floss normally, compared to brushing with braces, which can be a long, involved process.
Most people who wear Invisalign report less discomfort than with braces. Those who have sensitive gums and teeth may feel some temporary discomfort when switching to new aligners. Sometimes the discomfort is more significant than others, but it passes in a day or two, and is usually controllable with over-the-counter medications.
And there’s no wires or brackets to irritate your cheeks. You’ll never have to worry about using dental wax to cover over an annoying wire.
If you want to correct your smile through Invisalign aligners and are in the Houston, The Woodlands, or Kingwood, Texas area, please call (281) 367-5559 or contact Dr. Scott Young at Woodlands Premier Dentistry for an initial cosmetic dentistry consultation.