About Invisalign Orthodontics
Well-aligned, straight teeth not only create an attractive, confident smile — they are healthier, more comfortable and easier to maintain. Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite may lead to long-term dental concerns that can become painful and expensive to fix. To help Wylie, TX patients enjoy high-quality results for their smiles, general dentist Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot is proud to offer the proven Invisalign system at Trusted Dental Care. Custom made to fit your teeth and your unique goals, Invisalign works through clear removable aligners that are more comfortable and attractive than traditional metal braces. If you are interested in having healthier teeth with the Invisalign system, we invite you to make an appointment at Trusted Dental Care to learn more about this advanced option for orthodontic treatment.
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Is Invisalign Right for You?
There are several factors that can ultimately impact how your teeth are aligned: genetics, the loss of a tooth or teeth, traumatic injury to the face, and childhood habits like thumb-sucking. Beyond being an aesthetic concern, misaligned teeth can result in an array of oral health problems, such as dental malocclusion (a bad bite), uneven wear on the enamel, difficulty speaking and chewing, as well as toothaches and jaw pain. If Dr. G. detects any of these concerns during your dental exam, he may suggest an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign. Properly aligned teeth can reduce your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
An Invisalign treatment may be ideal for teens and adults who want straighter teeth without the hassle, appearance, and dietary limitations of braces. Even though the aligners should remain in the mouth most of the time, they may be removed to brush and floss your teeth, before eating, for special events, and when playing sports. Far less obvious than traditional orthodontics that poke and irritate the inside of the mouth, Invisalign clear aligners are so discreet that your family and friends will typically not be able to tell that you are receiving orthodontic treatment.
Understanding the Process
To begin your Invisalign process, Dr. G. will map out your custom treatment strategy and capture digital impressions of your upper and lower arches. These impressions will then be sent to a special Invisalign lab, where your series of aligner trays will be created. When they are ready, you will come back to try-in your first set of trays and receive instructions for use and daily care. Your aligners should be worn for at least 20 hours each day to achieve targeted results, ideally removing them only for cleaning and eating. Every 1 – 2 weeks, you will trade your current set of trays for the next set of aligners as they gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. You should schedule follow-ups every 4 – 6 weeks at Trusted Dental Care so that Dr. G. can track the progress of your Invisalign treatment. The length of time that you need to use Invisalign trays will vary considering the original positions of your teeth and your personal goals; however, many patients undergo care for about a year.
Maintaining Your Smile
Once your bite is aligned, it is important to stop your teeth from reverting back to their former locations. Invisalign Vivera® retainers are designed with the same clear, durable material to keep your teeth in place once your treatment is done. Every retainer is made custom at the Invisalign dental lab from digital impressions taken once your treatment is complete. Dr. G. will talk to you about how often to wear your retainer and how to care for it once it is sent from the lab. He will also continue to monitor the alignment of your teeth and bite during your routine dental checkup visits to ensure your teeth remain in their new position.
Orthodontic Insurance Coverage
Many of our patients find that some of their Invisalign treatment cost is paid by dental insurance. Our team will review your plan's benefits and calculate your personal fees. Trusted Dental Care offers several methods of payment to make fitting your family's orthodontic care into your budget convenient. During your consultation, we can also discuss ways to help make your Invisalign treatment more affordable with payment plans and financing solutions.
A Straight, Confident Smile
Invisalign is a convenient, discreet way to achieve a straight, confident grin within the hassle of metal braces. Customized and convenient, the Invisalign clear aligner system from Trusted Dental Care may be a great solution for the teens and adults in your family. Schedule your consultation with Dr. G. today at our Wylie, TX practice to learn more about the advanced Invisalign system and get started on the journey to a great smile.