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Invisalign is a new orthodontic treatment system used by Dallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary Alhadef to straighten teeth through the use of clear plastic molds. The virtually invisible braces eliminate the metallic smile that is characteristic of the old-fashioned, traditional braces. Invisalign invisible braces are custom-molded to fit your teeth.
Invisalign braces, over time, reposition your teeth into the straighter, more attractive smile you've always wanted. The ease and convenience of Invisalign have made it the choice for over 500,000 people in the last few years. One of the most appealing aspects of Invisalign braces is that there are no metal wires or bands constantly irritating your teeth and gums.
Invisalign's popularity may also be attributed to the fact that most people won't even notice your clear braces, and the braces won't interrupt your busy lifestyle. At your free initial consultation, Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Alhadef will discuss Invisalign braces with you, and, together, you can decide if this is what you're looking for.
Once you've decided to get Invisalign, Dr. Alhadef will use computer imaging to create your invisible braces. After taking bite impressions of your mouth, he will use the Invisalign computer system to create a series of clear retainers. The very first one will fit the current configuration of your teeth, and each successive retainer will apply gentle pressure to move your teeth to their target alignments.
The number of applications will depend on your individual needs, but the average number is between 18-30. Each retainer is worn for two weeks, 24 hours a day (except during meals), and then the next aligner is used. The complete Invisalign teeth repositioning process takes the same amount of time as traditional orthodontics.
The advantages of the Invisalign system are numerous. Many people would rather live with crooked teeth than entertain the thought of living with silver, painful braces for two years or more. The clear Invisalign system was created to introduce much-needed aesthetics to the field of orthodontics. This system also allows its wearers to brush and floss as they normally would, reducing the chances of staining and decay that often occur with traditional braces. Food and drink limitations are not necessary; if patients wish to eat or drink foods that may interfere with the braces, they can simple remove the retainer.
The disadvantages of the Invisalign system are practically non-existent. Patients who do not wear the retainers as directed may not see the results they desired. And patients with sensitive teeth and/or gums may feel some discomfort when they switch to a new retainer. These problems are certainly minor and rare, and all patients say the benefits far outweigh any problems.
The cost of Invisalign may be higher than traditional braces and depends on how many aligners need to be created for you to achieve the desired results. Your dental insurance may cover the treatment, but you should ask your insurance company directly what they cover regarding dental/orthodontic procedures before committing to anything.
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To learn more about the Invisalign invisible braces experience, please contact the office of Dentist, Dr. Gary Alhadef, who has been serving cosmetic dentistry patients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving and Plano, Texas for over 20 years.
Gary E. Alhadef, DDS
8226 Douglas Ave Suite 753
Dallas, Tx 75225