For years, braces were the way to go if you needed to straighten your teeth or adjust a bad bite. But when Invisalign clear aligners became available, people began ditching the metal wires for a more comfortable, less-obtrusive solution to perfecting their smiles.
Now, more than 5 million people worldwide turn to Invisalign, because it not only boosts their confidence after the treatment is complete, but during the procedure as well.
If you’re in the Houston area and looking for a way to tame your crooked teeth without all the hardware, come see our expert team of dentists at Trident Dental. We can fit you for a custom set of aligners and have you on your way to a brighter smile in no time.
You may know that Invisalign trays are invisible, but here are eight cool things you might not know about this groundbreaking treatment.
1. We customize your treatment
First, we take an impression of your teeth and a 3D scan so we can ensure you get aligners designed specifically for you. We will develop a set of removable, custom plastic aligners that you replace every two weeks or so. The Invisalign tooth straightening system applies carefully controlled pressure against your teeth, which ensures a more comfortable experience as your teeth slowly move into a more ideal position. With each new slightly adjusted set of aligners, your teeth are gradually repositioned to give you a perfect smile.
2. Picture your teeth in the future
With Invisalign, you’ll know exactly what to expect when your treatment is complete. When our dentists take 3D image of your teeth, they can create detailed previews of your smile so can see the progression of changes to come, as well as the final result.
3. Invisalign trays are safe and durable
Your Invisalign aligner trays may look like common plastic, but they are actually made of SmartTrack®, an FDA-approved, medical-grade thermoplastic. This technologically advanced material contains no latex, gluten, or chemicals such as bisphenol-A or bisphenol-S.
4. Faster than braces
Invisalign achieves results up to 50% faster than with traditional metal braces. You’ll wear your custom aligners for 20-22 hours a day, taking them out only when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth. During that time, Invisalign aligner trays can move your teeth up to one-third of a millimeter in two weeks.
5. Invisalign may help you lose weight
Every time you take your Invisalign trays out to eat or drink, you have to clean them and your teeth before putting them back in. Many Invisalign wearers report that they would rather forego a snack or treat, knowing it will require an extra step of maintenance. Voila — the Invisalign diet!
6. No more long and painful adjustments
Our dentists want to make sure your aligners are progressing as expected, so you’ll come in to see them every six weeks or so to ensure you’re on track. But since the Invisalign system uses no wires or brackets, visits are quick and simple, and you’ll be on your way in no time.
7. You can switch from braces to Invisalign
Are you currently wearing braces and wish you had chosen Invisalign? It’s not too late. Our dentists can help you decide if Invisalign is a better treatment for you and help you make the transition.
8. Invisalign can fix most problems
Due to its innovative design, Invisalign can correct many complicated cases, Including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bite
There are a few conditions that Invisalign may not be able to address, such as significant jaw issues or severely rotated teeth. Removable aligners might also be less effective if you’ve had dental work, such as crowns, veneers, or bridgework. If you’re considering an Invisalign treatment, our team at Trident Dental will conduct a comprehensive dental exam to ensure you’re a good candidate.
To see if Invisalign can improve your smile, call us at Trident Dental or click the “Request Appointment” button to schedule a consultation today.