If you feel self-conscious about your teeth and wish for a beautiful smile without the long commitment of traditional metal braces, Dr. Feng can help with clear aligners by Invisalign. With Invisalign, we can straighten your teeth without the restraints of metal wires and brackets and do it comfortably, allowing you to maintain your everyday routine. With short-term orthodontics, we can:
To straighten your teeth, Invisalign® uses comfortable, custom-created clear aligner trays. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before moving on to the next aligner to gradually and continually move your teeth into the desired position. With each tray, week by week, 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 that is required to get the desired results. Your dentist or orthodontist will ask you to come back to the office on a regular basis to ensure your removable aligners are doing their job properly.
For the best results, it is highly recommend 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 to brush and floss your teeth.
Unlike traditional metal braces, here are some advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces for both adults and teens, and can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues. We may recommend Invisalign treatment for the following dental concerns.
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 aligners, your dentist in Fairview will be able to create a customized treatment plan to straighten your teeth for a straight smile.
Spacing – Patients with extra space between your 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)
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 for their initial consultation, Dr. Feng will determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign, or Invisalign Express. She will thoroughly examine your mouth in our Fairview dental office by checking your bite alignment, understanding your smile goals, and seeing which teeth need to be aligned. At the end of the exam, she will create a custom treatment plan, where she will go over whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.
Traditional, fixed-bracket orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from eighteen to thirty-six months. With Invisalign, the average treatment time will vary as it drastically reduces traditional treatment time from eighteen to thirty-six months down to twelve to eighteen months. Note that length of time usually depends on the treatment needed.
Yes, to prevent your amazing smile from moving back to its original position, a retainer must be worn each night once your Invisalign treatment is completed.
Caring for your smile during Invisalign trays has never been easier! To maintain a healthy smile, 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. We also recommend an anti-bacterial rinse in between meals. This will help preserve your oral health during your Invisalign treatment.
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, 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.
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 was carefully planned out by Dr. Feng.
“[…] Dr. Feng and her staff are always attentive, respectful, friendly, and professional with everyone in my family. They took care of me with my cleaning and my clear braces.” – Mark C. (Mar 2021)
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 us our office, and schedule an orthodontic appointment with Dr. Feng. During your consultation, Dr. Feng will talk to you about your smile goals, walk you through your orthodontic treatment options, and answer any questions you may have about your treatment plan. Contact us today at (972) 468-1440, or schedule an appointment online to get started on getting that beautiful, confident smile you’ve always dreamed of.
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