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Invisalign® in Arlington, TX

Everyone wants their teeth to look great, but for all kinds of reasons, there are a lot of people who never feel confident with their smiles. The effects of that can be damaging to their ego psychologically and socially, so it is no wonder why there are so many seeking treatment for gaps in their teeth, crowding, or a crooked smile. One of the main reasons, it seems, is they fear the traditional metal braces.

It is easy to understand why. Wires from traditional braces can cause limitations on what you eat, irritation, how they look, and the regular maintenance that is required. But now, there is an alternative to those metal braces, that is called Invisalign®, and Arlington Dental Associates offers it.

What is Invisalign®?

It seems it has caught on to be the modern way of teeth straightening and not use any wires. It is clear, smooth, and made of a durable plastic that has been designed just for you as a set of what has become almost entirely invisible that snaps into place to cover your teeth. New aligners for you will arrive about every two weeks so the teeth that are misaligned will go back into the correct spots where they were supposed to be in the first place.

Starting the Process

Your first step should be to decide if the Invisalign® will be what you need. Most of the time, it will be just as good as the metal braces, but if there is severe re-spacing or straightening, metal braces might still be the best.

If you decide to move forward using Invisalign®, your Arlington Dental Associates dentist will place fixtures on your teeth so the Invisalign® can clip onto them. A mold of your teeth is made; professionals design the aligners through each stage of the treatment process.

How do I use Invisalign® day to day?

While you are wearing Invisalign®, nobody will know you are getting your teeth straightened. You will wear the Invisalign® 22 of the 24 hours each day, even while you sleep. Most treatments for patients will be complete in 20 weeks.

When you wear Invisalign®, you will have to take out your aligners when you eat or brush your teeth. Since you aren’t using medal braces, you can eat whatever you want, with few exceptions. If you are a smoker or a heavy coffee drinker, the Invisalign® might yellow over some time, so always be mindful.

You will visit Arlington Dental Associates about every 4-6 weeks so we can look over your progress and allow for any modifications if they are needed. When your treatment is finished, the fasteners will be removed, and your smile transformation will be complete.

One advantage with the Invisalign® is you can take them out for cleaning. It is essential to brush and floss every day to keep from getting cavities and keep that smile as white and straight as possible.

Is Invisalign® Better than Traditional Braces?

When you start to weigh the pros and cons of the Invisalign®, you will have to talk to your dentist and see what would be best for YOU. By saying that, Invisalign gives many advantages over the metal braces.

  • The Invisalign® is completely Invisible – The main advantage of Invisalign® is that your friends, family, employer, or partner will not see metal every time you smile.
  • Comfortable – At first the Invisalign® might cause some discomfort, but the majority of patients find it is a lot more comfortable than metal braces that can cause cuts and possibly make it painful to eat.
  • You can Take Invisalign® Out Easily – You can remove the Invisalign® when you eat and for cleaning your teeth. This is why most patients will choose them over metal braces.

Can You Switch from Metal Braces to Invisalign®?

You sure can. Before you make this decision, talk to your dentist about making the treatment plan. Because Invisalign® is different than typical braces, the cost will change, and depending on the length of time you have worn your braces, Invisalign® may not be a good alternative.

Is Invisalign for Anyone?

Think about the teenager in the high school hallways; or the career-minded new graduate trying to make a mark in the tough marketplace. Metal braces are uncomfortable, distracting, and can create a social barrier to success for many. When meeting a new potential employer, you want them to see you as you see yourself; professional and confident. You wish for your friends at school to be looking somewhere past your metal smile. The Invisalign® gives everyone wearing it the possibility to live a great life, without hassle, no embarrassments and free of a metal mouth.

Is Invisalign® Right for You?

If you are looking for a way to fix your misaligned or crooked teeth with no barriers or hassles with old metal braces, Invisalign® is your solution in most cases. If you are thinking about making a significant change in your smile, call Arlington Dental Associates today where we put your smile first.