Invisalign, the most popular type of clear braces, has a reputation for giving patients straight teeth in a discreet way. However, many patients do not initially realize that this treatment also comes with several other advantages. Here is a look at what Invisalign does for patients, who can get Invisalign, and how our Houston Invisalign dentist provides this treatment.
The same design that makes Invisalign discreet also makes it more comfortable and convenient, as well as supportive for healthy teeth and gums. While athletes and woodwind musicians in particular are bound to appreciate Invisalign comfort, many patients would probably prefer to avoid the abrasion of metal brackets in favor of smooth plastic aligners. Because the aligners are to be taken out before meals, patients can eat all of their usual foods during treatment. Brushing and flossing are also made simpler thanks to this removability, which prevents cavities and gum disease. Finally, Invisalign straightens teeth more quickly than metal braces.
A majority of patients, both adults and teens, can use Invisalign. Whereas eligible adults can visit our provider of Invisalign in Houston for the Full treatment, adolescents under age of seventeen will receive the Teen version. There is also a third type of Invisalign, Express, which is made just for patients needing only minor corrections.
Invisalign always begins with a consultation to make sure that patients are candidates. When candidacy is confirmed, dental records are taken, including bite impressions, photos, and X-rays. In combination with the treatment design created by Dr. Nazari, our Houston Invisalign dentist, these records are used by Invisalign to produce the aligners. After the aligners are ready, patients start wearing the aligners for two weeks at a time, for at least twenty hours per day, until treatment is complete.
This treatment from our provider of Invisalign in Houston can give most patients a healthier, better-looking smile, with fewer inconveniences compared to other options. To learn more about Invisalign and find out if this is an option for you, you can contact our orthodontist in Houston for a consultation.
Teenagers tend to be especially concerned with their appearance, making discreet treatments appealing when orthodontic treatment is needed. Several options along these lines have long been available, including lingual and ceramic braces, but teenagers now also have another option: Invisalign Teen. This treatment from our Houston Invisalign Teen dentist gives teens all the classic benefits of Invisalign, such as more comfort, better oral health support, and shorter treatment time, along with some additional features.
Just as most adults can receive Invisalign Full, a majority of teenagers are candidates for this particular treatment from our provider of Invisalign Teen in Houston. Most common bite issues, including cases of overbite, underbite, irregular spacing, and overcrowding, can be corrected with Invisalign Teen. However, some treatment requirements, such as vertical repositioning of teeth, may be detected during an exam and make an alternative treatment more suitable. Some teens aged seventeen or older may be candidates for Invisalign Full instead.
A number of exciting features come with Invisalign Teen to make the aligners compatible with growing teeth and adolescent lifestyles. Importantly, the aligners are designed to adjust for ongoing jaw development. The Teen aligners also have compliance indicators in the form of blue dots, which fade as the aligners are worn, letting our Houston Invisalign Teen dentist confirm that patients are wearing their aligners enough for scheduled progress. Finally, Teen includes extra aligners that patients can use to replace ones that are lost or broken.
If you are interested in Invisalign Teen, you can receive an exam to find out if you are eligible. If your eligibility is confirmed, Dr. Nazari will take bite impressions, photos, and X-rays to be used in making your aligners and planning your treatment. You will then visit our provider of Invisalign Teen in Houston again after your new aligners arrive and start wearing them for at least twenty-two hours a day. Every two weeks, you will come back to have your progress checked and receive new aligners until treatment is complete, which takes an average of fifteen months. Finally, we will give you retainers to wear so that your new smile lasts for life.
With Invisalign Express, patients with minor bite irregularities can enjoy the aesthetic properties of Invisalign in a shorter time frame. Many patients in this category will appreciate the eligibility requirements and speed of this option from our Houston Invisalign Express dentist, Dr. Nazari.
Like Invisalign Full, Express is an option for adults whose jaws have finished developing. While the issues that Express can resolve are similar to those addressed by Invisalign Full, they are less severe. For example, Express can straighten a smile with mild overbite, underbite, and problems with spacing. The suitability of Invisalign Express for minor corrections also makes it worthwhile for many patients who have orthodontic relapse years after previous orthodontic treatment. In some cases, patients visit our provider of Invisalign Express in Houston to get this treatment in time for special occasions, such as weddings and graduations, for which the patients want to look their best.
Invisalign Express works quickly: eligible patients can generally expect to finish treatment within three to nine months depending on their bite irregularities. This timeline is significantly shorter compared to the two years generally required with metal braces and the fifteen months that Invisalign Full requires on average. When necessary, our Houston Invisalign Express dentist can extend treatment with more aligners to ensure satisfaction with results.
If you are interested in this treatment and think that your needs may be met with Invisalign Express, you can visit our Houston orthodontist for a consultation. If your eligibility for Express is confirmed, our orthodontist will take bite impressions, photos, and X-rays to customize your aligners and treatment plan. Regular appointments will be scheduled during your treatment so our provider of Invisalign Express in Houston can monitor your progress and provide each new stage of aligners. At the end of treatment, you can count on having a healthier smile that looks and feels better permanently.
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