Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system used by Dr. Alhadef to straighten teeth through the use of clear plastic molds. The virtually invisible braces eliminate the metallic smile that is characteristic of old-fashioned, traditional braces. Invisalign braces are custom-molded to fit your teeth.
Over time, Invisalign braces 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, Dr. Alhadef will discuss Invisalign braces with you, and together you can decide if this treatment is right for you.
Once you have decided to use Invisalign, Dr. Alhadef will use computer imaging to create your nearly 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 and 30. Each retainer is worn 24 hours a day for two weeks (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.
Advantages Abound With Clear Braces
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, however, 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, depending 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 treatment.
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
Tens of thousands of patients across the nation have been treated with Invisalign. This procedure is used to straighten teeth in the same way that braces are designed to do.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary option for correcting misaligned teeth. More specifically, it is a series of clear trays. These trays are custom made to move your teeth into their correct position over time. Almost invisible, the trays can be taken out for special occasions, for eating meals and for tooth brushing but must be in place for at least 22 hours per day to properly do their job.
How can Invisalign do the job that braces do?
Each aligner, or set of trays, is worn for two weeks. Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Gary Alhadef custom-designs each tray to slowly correct your teeth into their proper alignment. Precisely targeting areas that need correction and utilizing just the right amount of pressure, Dr. Alhadef carefully manipulates your teeth’s positioning.
How long must I wear Invisalign?
Wearing time can vary depending on the degree of adjustment your teeth require. Invisalign patients sometimes complete the process in as little as six months, while others make take up to two years. Either way, you can be sure the correction mechanism will be much less obvious than traditional braces when you select Invisalign.
Is there a route to straight teeth that's faster than Invisalign?
For those wanting an almost instantaneously improved smile, porcelain veneers are the clear option. Veneers are completely different from braces or Invisalign in that they don’t correct your existing teeth, but are instead thin shells of ceramic material placed over your existing teeth. Dr. Alhadef uses Micro Advanced Cosmetic (MAC) veneers which have set standards for decades and can last a lifetime.
Why should I bother to undergo the tooth-straightening process?
Not only do straight teeth boost confidence in big way, but many patients report a dramatic leap in self-esteem. Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean and are more subject to decay. They make chewing much harder work, and this can ultimately lead to a painful condition called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). To avoid these problems it is best to address this challenge while also attaining a more attractive smile!
We want to see your smile!
Invisalign is just one of the services available through Dr. Alhadef, a cosmetic dentist serving Fort Worth, Dallas, Irving, and Plano, Texas. Please schedule an Invisalign appointment today.