You feel your best when you’re happy with your smile, right? It’s no surprise since it is often the first thing people notice about each other. When you can show off your healthy teeth and gums, you’re not only telling the world that you have self-assurance but that you also take care of your appearance and oral health. If crooked teeth or a bite alignment issue is keeping you from feeling confident or beautiful, let our dentists at Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas offer a clear and fast solution – Invisalign in Dallas, TX. To learn more about this unique tooth straightening treatment, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation.
Using custom-made, clear, plastic aligners, Invisalign allows patients to straighten their teeth discreetly and with more flexibility than traditional metal braces. During your initial consultation, your dentist in Dallas will examine your smile and discuss your goals with Invisalign. Taking impressions of your smile, they will determine each step of your treatment before sending them off to the dental lab. There, technicians will construct your clear Invisalign aligners.
After a few weeks, you’ll return to our dental office where you will receive your new braces. You can expect to receive detailed instructions on how to wear them, how long, and what to do to keep them clean. If you want a successful experience with no delays, you must commit to wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours each day. The only time you will take out your trays is when you are eating, drinking, or cleaning them.
Every two weeks, unless otherwise instructed by one of our dentists, you will switch out your aligners for the next set in the series. You can expect to feel a minimal amount of discomfort for a few days. This is because your teeth are gently shifting in the desired direction. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can help to alleviate some of the discomfort.
Most patients can expect to be done with Invisalign treatment between 12 and 18 months. It just depends on the severity of the problem as to how long you’ll need to wear your clear braces. Once you’re finished with treatment, it will be necessary for you to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original location.
Typically, only adults are eligible to receive Invisalign. Some dentists do offer a different form of Invisalign for teenagers, but the reality is that younger individuals are still experiencing growth and development when it comes to their teeth. Plus, children and teenagers are less likely to commit to the number of hours the aligners need to be worn in order to have a successful Invisalign experience. For these reasons, Invisalign is often used to help adults who are struggling with:
Unfortunately, overlapping teeth can negatively affect your oral health and confidence. Don’t worry though – Invisalign’s clear aligners can gently guide your teeth into more aesthetically pleasing positions that will improve your self-esteem and the health of your teeth and gums!
Spaced-out teeth are quite common. Like crowded teeth, you might feel too insecure to smile with your teeth. Plus, the gaps in your smile put you at an increased risk of developing tooth decay or a gum infection. Once again, Invisalign’s clear aligners are up for the task!
Crossbites and overbites are just two of many bite problems that can make it difficult to break down your food properly. Fortunately, our talented team can use Invisalign to correct your bite in an average of just 12 to 18 months!
Every patient has a unique smile, so their Invisalign treatment will vary depending on the specific adjustments their teeth need. As a result, the cost of Invisalign in Dallas is very rarely the exact same for two different patients. Our Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas team can outline the factors that go into your treatment when you visit us for a FREE Invisalign consultation . We can also review your financing options. Until then, the following information can help you plan how to straighten your smile without breaking the bank!
When drawing up an estimate for your treatment costs, your Invisalign dentist in Dallas must factor in several variables, which include:
All of these factors affect the number of aligners you’ll need to wear over the course of your treatment. Naturally, more aligners leads to higher overall costs.
The appeal of Smile Direct Club™ and other “do-it-yourself” (DIY) clear aligners is hard to ignore. Although these methods are popular due to their convenience and lower prices than Invisalign, they might end up costing you more time and money because of the damage they can cause.
With DIY aligners, you’re responsible for capturing accurate impressions at home. If there’s even the slightest error, you could accidentally reposition your teeth in unattractive or even unhealthy ways. Worse, these problems wouldn’t be noticeable until later on, as you wouldn’t have the trusted oversight of an orthodontic professional throughout your treatment. You’d have to visit a dentist to correct such issues, which would be more expensive and time-consuming than just seeing us from the start.
Some dental insurance plans cover orthodontic treatment, but many do not. For the plans that do provide orthodontic coverage, there are likely stipulations, such as only including traditional braces, or only applying for patients ages 18 and under.
Dental insurance plans are as varied as the smiles they affect, but our team can help you understand the ins and outs of your coverage. We’re in-network with most major PPO plans, and we’ll make sure you’re getting the most out of the benefits you qualify for.
Just because a patient is uninsured, or their plan doesn’t adequately cover Invisalign, doesn’t mean they’ll be left completely in the dark about making Invisalign in Dallas affordable. Our team is happy to help patients apply for financing through CareCredit or Sunbit. CareCredit offers many flexible monthly payment plans to choose from, most of which carry extremely low or no interest rates. Sunbit provides a quick and easy approval process that allows you to track your activity and update your monthly payments as you go. Whichever option you choose, fitting Invisalign into your budget has never been easier!
Are you considering skipping metal braces for more discreet clear aligners? While Invisalign offers a quicker and more comfortable process than traditional braces, you might still have some questions about the treatment. After all, you’ll want to weigh your options on how you’ll achieve a straighter smile. For this reason, we’ve collected several of the most frequently asked questions our patients have about Invisalign in Dallas. Read on to learn more or reach out to our team at Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas today if you don’t see the answer you’re looking for!
Unlike traditional braces which consist of brackets and wires, Invisalign trays are made of smooth and thin plastic for the most comfortable experience. It is natural, however, to feel mild discomfort or soreness at the start of your treatment, as your teeth are beginning to shift. This typically goes away on its own and may repeat every time you switch to a new tray. To help adjust to these changes, you can always use a cold compress or take OTC pain relievers to reduce discomfort.
The amount of time your treatment will take depends on your specific dental situation. Some factors that can influence this include how misaligned your teeth are, the condition of your bite, and how committed you are to your treatment plan. However, Invisalign generally takes 12 to 18 months to straighten your smile. This is still several months quicker than traditional braces! To ensure a smooth process, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours every day to stay on track.
While the cost of orthodontic treatment will vary from smile to smile, clear aligners are generally priced about the same as metal braces. In both cases, the price will depend on your oral health, your misalignment situation, and your efforts throughout the treatment process. Invisalign can sometimes be more expensive if your insurance plan doesn’t cover the cost, but many of our patients say the numerous enjoyable benefits are worth it. For this reason, you should check with your provider first to see if they can help minimize your expenses for the treatment.
An important rule of thumb during your Invisalign treatment is to remove your clear trays before every meal (except when drinking unflavored water). This helps to avoid damaging or warping them, which can interfere with your process. You’ll also need to clean both your teeth and aligners before wearing them again so you can avoid accumulating debris and plaque. However, this means you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite meals once they’re off!
Feel free to contact our team if you’d like to schedule a consultation for Invisalign. We’ll be more than happy to walk you through your options, the costs, and your treatment plan.
Worried about cleaning your aligners? Don’t be – keeping them stain-free is quite simple! Of course, rule number one is always remove them before eating or drinking anything other than water. You should also rinse them with clean, lukewarm water each time you take them out and before you put them back in.
When it comes to actually cleaning them, all you need is a soft-bristled toothbrush and some water. Simply dampen the bristles and gently scrub each surface of your aligners. If they need a deeper clean, don’t use toothpaste, mouthwash, or a household cleaner like bleach. Instead, dissolve a packet of cleaning crystals in a cup of lukewarm water and let them soak for 15 minutes or so.
After you’ve worked through each tray, it’ll be time for your next step: the retainer. Luckily, retainers today are just as discreet as your Invisalign aligners, ensuring they will be virtually undetectable when you’re wearing them. Since orthodontic relapse can happen both months and years down the road, it’s important to wear your retainer consistently. If you ever lose or break it, get in touch with our team right away so we can get you a replacement.
It’s possible. In fact, many Invisalign patients had traditional braces previously! Ultimately, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with one of our talented dentists to determine if you’re a candidate. After conducting an oral exam and learning about your smile goals, they will be able to determine if clear aligner treatment is right for you.
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