If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, and wish for a beautiful smile without the long commitment of traditional metal braces, then Dr. Feng can help with clear aligners by Invisalign. Sloan Creek Dental is conveniently located on the border of Allen in Fairview, and we can help you get straighter teeth in a comfortable, discreet way with short-term orthodontics by Invisalign. With short-term orthodontics, we can:
To straighten your teeth, Invisalign® uses comfortable, custom-created clear aligner trays. Each series of custom aligners are used approximately every one or two weeks before moving onto the next aligner to gradually and continually move your teeth into the desired position comfortably and conveniently. With each set of aligners, your teeth will move approximately 1/10mm each time.
Since aligners are not attached to the teeth, we use little pressure points called attachments that are tooth-color bumps bonded to your teeth during your treatment. The placement and shapes of each attachment are strategically placed, as it will depend on the movement required to get the desired results. If your teeth do not fit ideally with the aligners, minor reshaping or resizing is typically painless. Your dentist or orthodontist will ask you to come back to the office for check-ups regularly so they can ensure you’re getting the best results possible.
For the best results, it is highly recommended the aligners be worn for 22 hours each day, including when you sleep. The only time you would normally remove the aligners is to eat and brush and floss your teeth.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are…
Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces for adults and teens. We may recommend Invisalign® for the following dental concerns for straight teeth.
Crowded Teeth – If your teeth are crowded, or you have crooked teeth, you’re more likely to suffer from cavities as it is harder to brush and floss properly. With Invisalign clear aligners, your dentist near Allen will be able to create a customized treatment plan to straighten your teeth for a healthy smile.
Spacing – Patients with extra space between their teeth, sometimes food can get stuck in the little gaps, increasing your risk for cavities, tooth decay, and bad breath.
Bite Alignment – When your bite isn’t in perfect alignment, you may grind or clench your teeth. This can wear down your teeth and cause pain and headaches. In severe cases where it is left untreated, it can eventually cause TMJ issues.
“[…] I ended up going with clear aligners where the process was pretty straightforward, as I had no trouble at all. After wearing my aligners for a few months, I’m absolutely thrilled with the results as my teeth look great. So happy!” – Richard F. (Feb 2021)
At Sloan Creek Dental, we accept most PPO insurance plans, but in cases where adult orthodontic treatment is only partially covered, and or you do not have insurance coverage, we partnered with CareCredit and LendingPoint, where we offer 0% interest financing options to help offset the out-of-pocket cost.
Short-term orthodontics is a great solution for adults and teens who want a better smile but don’t want the long commitment to traditional metal braces. When you or a family member visits us, Dr. Feng can determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign® by conducting a thorough examination of your mouth in our Fairview dental office. With the Invisalign clear aligner program, it can address most common teeth-straightening and bite issues for a more confident smile.
Traditional, fixed-bracket orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from eighteen to thirty-six months. The innovation of Invisalign drastically reduces traditional treatment time from eighteen to thirty-six months down to twelve to eighteen months. Note that the length of time usually depends on the treatment needed. To ensure that your Invisalign® treatment progresses as planned, you’ll visit the dental practice every 6 weeks.
Yes, to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original positions, a retainer must be worn each night once your Invisalign treatment is completed.
Caring for your smile while using Invisalign trays has never been easier! Simply remove your alignment trays and clean using a soft bristled toothbrush each morning and night. You would also brush and floss your teeth as you normally do to ensure you remove any plaque buildup. Continue to visit your dentist regularly to avoid new cavities or gum disease. We also recommend an anti-bacterial rinse in between meals. This will help preserve your oral health during your Invisalign treatment.
There will be some pressure and discomfort when you first put on your aligners. The discomfort typically lessens in a couple of days after each new set of trays. This is totally normal and a sign that your teeth are moving as they should, shifting into their final position that Dr. Feng carefully planned out.
As with any orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign depends on several factors – the length of treatment, the complexity of your case, and how many aligners you’ll need. Depending on your dental insurance provider, it can help lower the amount you pay out of pocket. If you don’t have insurance, we can help you get 0% financing with Lending Point or CareCredit.
Whether you’re in Allen, Fairview, or McKinney, the best way to find out whether cosmetic invisible orthodontics will work best for you is to call our office and schedule an orthodontic appointment with Dr. Feng. During the appointment, Dr. Feng will ask you your smile goals, walk you through your orthodontic treatment options, and answer any questions you may have about your treatment plan.
Still have more questions about Invisalign in Allen? Contact us today at (972) 468-1440, or schedule a consultation online to get started on getting that beautiful, straighter smile you’ve always dreamed of.
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