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Invisalign – Arlington, TX
Clear Aligners for a Straighter Smile
In the past, traditional metal braces were the only way to fix crooked teeth, overcrowding, gapped smiles, or misaligned bites. Over time, advancements in dentistry led to the creation of clear aligners, which are more subtle, discreet, and produce quicker results. Because of their proven capabilities and more aesthetically pleasing look, dentists like Dr. Ravi Doctor are pleased to offer Invisalign Clear Aligners in Arlington, TX, to individuals in need of orthodontic treatment. When it comes to improving the health, alignment, and aesthetic of your smile, the benefits offered with Invisalign make it difficult to consider any other option. To find out more about Invisalign and what it can do for you, contact us to schedule a consultation.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is far different from metal braces in that they are made of clear, plastic material and are virtually undetectable by others. When receiving treatment with Invisalign, you will notice that the trays are customized to fit your smile. As you start to wear each new set in the series, your teeth will gently shift in the right direction, putting you one step closer to your new smile.
It is necessary to wear your aligners from 20-22 hours each day before swapping them out for the next set after 1-2 weeks. Dr. Doctor will recommend the appropriate length of time to wear each set, as every patient is different and has varying needs.
What Smile Problems Can Be Treated with Invisalign?
Considered to be one of the most versatile orthodontic solutions, Invisalign is capable of treating overcrowding, gapped teeth, and poorly aligned bites.
If your teeth appear to sit too close together, you may have difficulty brushing and flossing between them to effectively remove bad bacteria and food particles. As a result, this can lead to tooth decay, cavity formations, and gum disease. Fortunately, Invisalign can shift and move your teeth in such a way that they eventually appear more evenly spaced, making it possible to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and avoid unnecessary dental problems in the future.
Spaces Between Teeth
Unlike a smile that has crowded teeth, one that is plagued by too much space between teeth can be equally as damaging. These large gaps create a perfect place for food to adhere as well as bacteria. In choosing Invisalign to fix this problem, the trays will bring your teeth closer together, eliminating any unnecessary gaps and improving the health and aesthetic of your smile.
Incorrect Bite Alignment
Invisalign is great for fixing overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. When teeth become worn down because of an incorrect bite, or you begin to develop chronic jaw pain because of your overbite, Invisalign can shift your teeth and jaw in a way that brings everything into alignment and minimizes the damage to your teeth and facial structure.
Benefits of Invisalign
- Quicker results (i.e. 12-18 months)
- Clear trays that blend in with your teeth and are unnoticeable to others
- Greater flexibility because of the necessity to remove your trays before eating, drinking, or cleaning them
- Ease of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine (you don’t have to navigate around metal brackets and wires or use any special tools or products)
- Minimal irritation to your soft oral tissues
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
The cost of your Invisalign treatment is dependent upon various factors such as:
- Whether you are covered under dental insurance
- The number of aligners you will need to achieve desired results
- The severity of your initial orthodontic problem
- If you require any pre-orthodontic dental work (i.e. periodontal therapy, tooth extraction)
- Should you accidentally lose or damage a tray during treatment (this could cause a delay)
- The retainer you will need to wear when finished with treatment
In most cases, orthodontic treatment is covered by insurance; however, some companies and policies have exclusions regarding the type of orthodontics a person can receive. If you would like a member of our team to work on your behalf to get the answers you need to better plan for your treatment, don’t hesitate to ask.