Invisalign Dentist in Houston, Tx.
If you’re looking for an Invisalign dentist in Houston, TX, Summit Dental Center is your preferred provider of top-quality clear aligners.
Improving your smile – the first thing others notice about you! – is a great way to look better, renew your confidence, and maintain optimal oral health. Your Summit Dental Center Invisalign dentist in Houston, TX, is ready to help you maximize your professional and personal life by making you look and feel your best.
Talk to your dentist to find out if Invisalign is right for you! Here is an overview to get you started.
WHAT IS INVISALIGN?
Invisalign is the brand name of the most trusted name in custom-made, clear aligners designed to straighten teeth over time and ultimately delivering a beautiful, straight smile.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR INVISALIGN?
Clear aligners are typically the preferred choice for adults who wish to get straighter teeth, but Invisalign is also available for teens. Traditional metal braces are still considered the best option for patients suffering from severe malocclusion, but most patients with minor to moderate teeth alignment problems can benefit greatly from clear aligners.
Some of the conditions treated by Invisalign include:
- Crowded teeth
- Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
- Gapped teeth
- A more even smile in general
WHAT DOES THE INVISALIGN DENTIST IN HOUSTON, TX, DO?
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign retainers may be practically invisible, but they actually incorporate an incredible amount of technology.
The Invisalign fitting process is entirely digital – no teeth molds or putty involved! At the first appointment, the dentist performs a scan of your teeth, which is then used to map out a strategy on how Invisalign will progressively straighten your smile one aligner at a time. Patients even get to see a digitized preview of what they can expect their teeth to look like by the time treatment is complete.
Once the digital roadmap to a straighter smile is finished, a set of aligners is 3D-printed for your teeth specifically. The aligners are constructed of durable thermoplastic material, designed to comfortably fit over your natural teeth. As time progresses, the aligners produce precisely enough pressure to push the offending teeth into alignment without causing unnecessary discomfort to the patient.
Over the next year or so, you will move to a new aligner each time the current retainer has achieved its purpose and it’s time for the next step on the road to a straighter smile. The number of aligners each patient receives (and the time until treatment is complete) depends on the severity of misalignment in the existing teeth. Some patients’ retainers may incorporate “buttons” that help the aligners attach to particularly stubborn teeth and keep the mouthpieces from shifting.
Invisalign braces, with or without buttons, are removable. Most patients are instructed to wear their retainers for 22 hours a day.
INVISALIGN VS. TRADITIONAL BRACES
While traditional metal braces certainly retain an important role in dentistry, many patients find that Invisalign offers many advantages.
As the name indicates, Invisalign retainers are virtually unnoticeable unless someone deliberately zeroes in on your mouth and takes a close-up look. With proper care, the aligners remain completely clear throughout treatment. The invisibility aspect is especially important to working professionals, those who have contact with clients at work, and people who simply dislike the idea of the “metal mouth” appearance traditional braces are known for.
Eating and drinking
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign retainers are removable and allow for comfortable eating and drinking. While eating and drinking anything other than clear liquids with clear aligners is discouraged to prevent breakage, discoloration, and trapped bacteria, meal-time is easy with Invisalign: simply take out the retainer, eat, brush your teeth, and pop it back in!
Best of all, unlike patients with traditional braces, Invisalign wearers don’t have to worry about uncomfortable chewing or food getting stuck between metal pieces.
Regular dental checkups are essential for good dental health, and this is no different for Invisalign wearers. Your dentist will likely want to check on your progress periodically and make adjustments to your scheduled switching of aligners if needed.
Whereas wearers of traditional braces may find themselves making emergency trips to the dentist for broken brackets or wires and uncomfortable tightening adjustments, those with clear aligners can typically go about their routine without interruption.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Anytime teeth are forced into alignment, whether with traditional metal braces or Invisalign, patients can expect a little discomfort. Summit Dental Center patients who have tried both options, however, overwhelmingly report that the pain associated with Invisalign is far less than with metal braces.
Invisalign aligners are made of plastic, which eliminates the possibility of irritating or even injuring cheeks and gums with unforgiving metal. In addition, there are no painful tightening procedures the wearers of traditional braces often complain about. Invisalign straightens your smile gently, one step at a time.
Invisalign treatment used to be more expensive than traditional braces in the past, but this is no longer the case. Today’s clear aligners are priced competitively while offering a host of advantages to the user.
For patients who are concerned about the cost of Invisalign, Summit Dental Center offers affordable financing options for every budget. No credit check is needed!
HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN TREATMENT TAKE?
The standard Invisalign regimen typically takes 12 months. The duration of treatment may vary for each patient, however, as it depends on factors such as the severity of misalignment in the natural teeth, as well as the patient’s compliance to use the Invisalign retainers exactly as instructed. Wearing the aligners for fewer hours per day than recommended – or switching to the next retainer too soon or too late – can delay the final result and push back the projected finish line.
Ready to learn more? Contact Summit Dental Center to speak with an Invisalign dentist in Houston, TX, by calling 713-425-0450 today!