Invisalign in Houston TX
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a non-metal approach to straighten your teeth and help you achieve a more beautiful, healthy smile. These aligners are removable to allow for brushing and flossing during treatment to allow for the greatest level of patient comfort.
How does Invisalign work?
If you find Invisalign is right for you your dentist will begin your treatment by taking X-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth. Invisalign will use all of this information to create a digital 3-D image of your teeth. From these images your dentist will be able to map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth.
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners (or retainers) is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
What can Invisalign help correct?
Gapped Teeth – Gaps between teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to the extra space, creating gaps in your teeth. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.
Overbite – What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet.” It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. An overbite can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Underbite – Underbite can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Open Bite – Open bite often occurs when some teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. Most often caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking, an open bite can cause poor or painful chewing, and even speech impairment. It can also lead to greater issues like thermo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Overly Crowded – Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time, and result in severely crooked teeth. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
Crossbite – Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
What can I expect during my initial consultation? How many appointments will I need?
During your initial consultation, you and your dentist will discuss your oral health needs and goals in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you may have, including questions regarding the cost of Invisalign and insurance coverage.
Also, Invisalign treatment is often more accommodating to busy schedules with less frequent dental visits. When choosing an option for straitening your teeth, it’s important to consider what works best for not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well!
How often do I change aligners (retainers)? What is the best way to clean my aligners?
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your orthodontist, usually only every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
Non-abrasive liquid soap daily, and occasionally soaking aligners for 20 minutes in denture cleaning solution e.g. Polident, Efferdent, and specialty foams for cleaning retainers such as EverSmile can all be used on your aligners for cleaning purposes. Toothpaste tends to be too abrasive, and can make the aligners lose their translucency.
How long do I need to wear my aligners?
For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces? Can I switch to Invisalign from traditional braces?
Yes! Your Royal Dental orthodontist is specially training to provide precise calibrations for your Invisalign trays. In most cases Invisalign is just as effective as traditional metal braces.
If you are currently wearing braces, and a life circumstance such as a wedding, senior pictures, a job interview or new job position that requires you to have less noticeable orthodontic treatment comes up, then we can work on removing the braces, and continuing the treatment for you with Invisalign if you qualify for it. A patient with large spaces typically will be better off staying in braces.
Do I have to follow a special diet with Invisalign?
Metal dental braces have long been used as a way of straightening the alignment of the teeth with the use of metal, or sometimes ceramic, brackets and wires in order to pressure the teeth in the right contour. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays are easily removable by the patient. This allows for easier cleaning and the removal of stuck on food which will prevent tooth decay. Patients with Invisalign have the freedom to enjoy foods such as popcorn that are off limits for those wearing traditional metal braces.
Only water should be used while the aligners are in. All other food and drink may result in staining, and provide a lengthy feast for the bacteria that live on the teeth which will create acid, result in decay, bad odor, and white decalcification scars that permanently alter the appearance of the teeth. Aligners should be removed when eating and drinking, and then you should brush or at the very least rinse your teeth prior to placing the aligners back in.
How soon will I start to see results of Invisalign?
While every case is unique, treatment typically takes approximately one year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets, you’ll be able to see improvement much sooner.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in Invisalign, or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our Orthodontists at Royal Dental, call us at (713) 330-7700 today! For more information on Invisalign, we invite you to visit the Invisalign Website and take the Invisalign Self Assessment to see if you are a candidate. Royal Dental serves Houston, Pearland, Sugar Land TX and surrounding areas in Texas.