Straightening crooked teeth doesn’t always have to mean metal brackets and wires. At DFW Absolute Dental in Allen, Texas, Maria Shahdad, DDS, offers Invisalign® clear aligners to straighten crooked teeth and improve their appearance. Clear aligners allow you to correct misaligned teeth discreetly, without the time, inconvenience, or discomfort that often accompanies traditional braces. To learn more about Invisalign, call DFW Absolute Dental or book an appointment online now.
Invisalign is a system of clear aligners. These custom-made aligners, made of BPA-free plastic, mold to the exact shape of your teeth. They’re also translucent, so others can’t tell when you’re wearing them.
Clear aligners straighten teeth in the same way as braces, through gradual force. However, while metal braces are highly visible and fixed to your teeth, Invisalign is clear and removable. That’s why clear aligners are popular among teenagers and adults alike.
Invisalign clear aligners treat many of the same orthodontic concerns as braces, including:
After an initial consultation, Dr. Shahdad can determine whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign clear aligners.
Invisalign utilizes a digital process for your comfort and convenience. After performing a dental exam, Dr. Shahdad uses an intraoral scanner to take highly accurate impressions of your teeth. Then she uploads these impressions into the Invisalign software to design your custom treatment plan.
Next, Dr. Shahdad sends your plan to the Invisalign lab, which creates your custom clear aligners.
You receive a new set of aligners approximately once every two weeks. Each set targets different teeth to bring your smile into alignment. It’s important to wear Invisalign for at least 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional metal braces, including:
While the metal brackets and wires of braces are noticeably visible, clear aligners are not. You can straighten your teeth discreetly, without anybody else noticing.
Braces typically take about 18 months to three years to correct orthodontic issues, while Invisalign can straighten your teeth in as little as 6-18 months.
Brackets can irritate the inside of your cheeks, causing sores and cuts. Since clear aligners are smooth, they won’t aggravate the tissues in your mouth.
Braces adhere to the surface of your teeth, so it can be difficult to brush and floss. Meanwhile, clear aligners are removable, which allows you to care for your teeth as you normally would.
With Invisalign, you can eat all of your favorite foods because they don’t trap debris and bacteria like braces.
To learn more about Invisalign, call DFW Absolute Dental or schedule an appointment online today.