EaDo Family Dental – Invisalign
Whether you’re interested in orthodontic correction for yourself or for your child, Invisalign from EaDo Family Dental will meet all of your dental expectations. Got questions about Invisalign? We’ve got the answers! Read on to learn more or call us today at (713) 474-2334.
Understanding the Basics of Invisalign
Invisalign is a clear alternative to traditional metal braces. Rather than using metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands to adjust the position of crooked teeth, Invisalign uses a customized set of transparent, plastic aligners.
These clear aligners apply gentle pressure to shift the position of your teeth. Crafted from strong plastic, Invisalign is almost totally invisible to the naked eye, yet it still offers powerful orthodontic modification.
Using advanced 3D technology, Dr. Bianca Williams or Dr. John Ma at EaDo Family Dental will create a customized Invisalign treatment plan just for you. The plastic aligners are then fabricated based off this plan. Each Invisalign aligner is worn 20 to 22 hours a day for about two weeks. You should only remove the aligners when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. After two weeks, simply change out your aligners for the next set. You’ll get a few sets of aligners at a time from your orthodontist during your regular six-week checkups. These appointments will ensure steady progress, and usually just take a few minutes.
The Benefits of Invisalign
There are numerous benefits to choosing Invisalign clear aligners over traditional metal braces, including:
Near Invisibility: This is the biggest advantage of clear braces. Unfortunately, braces do carry a social stigma, especially among adults. With Invisalign, patients can get straight, beautiful teeth without metal brackets. Invisalign aligners are almost completely transparent, so no one has to know about your treatment except for you.
Easier to Clean Teeth: Metal braces can make personal oral care very difficult. Not only are they bulky, they can also make your teeth very sensitive. Invisalign aligners can be removed to brush and floss, making it easier to take care of your teeth.
More Comfortable Than Metal Braces: The pressure applied by Invisalign aligners is said to be more gentle and comfortable than that applied by metal braces. Plus, there are no wires or brackets to poke or irritate your mouth and gums.
No Long Adjustment Appointments: These clear braces require no adjustment. Simply swap your old aligner for a new one, as recommended by your Houston dentist, and come in for a regular six-week checkup to make sure that you’re progressing properly.
Completely Removable: Since Invisalign is removable, there are no food restrictions. Traditional braces often require you to avoid things like chewing gum, sticky snacks and gummy candy, and hard foods like nuts. However, with Invisalign, you can simply remove your aligners, eat what you want, brush your teeth thoroughly, and replace them.
Cost and Treatment Times for Invisalign
The cost and treatment times for Invisalign are comparable to traditional braces. In some cases, these clear braces can actually work faster than their metal counterparts, especially for patients who require lower levels of orthodontic correction.
If the aligners are worn properly for the recommended 20-22 hours per day, the average treatment time for an adult is around one year. However, your treatment time may vary depending on your age, oral health, and a variety of other factors.
Invisalign is comparable to the price of traditional metal braces, but the cost will be entirely dependent on the needs to the patient. Consult with Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma for an accurate price.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can correct mild to severe orthodontic issues such as misalignment, overcrowding, gaps, and bite problems. Thanks to Invisalign attachments, Invisalign can correct severe malocclusions like underbites, overbites, open bites, and crossbites with the help of composite resin buttons that are bonded to the teeth, and elastics.
The attachment buttons come in various shapes and sizes according to the way a specific tooth needs to move. The purpose of the attachments is to anchor the aligners and assist them with achieving more complex tooth movements. When paired with elastics, they can shift the jaws forward or backward.
However, Invisalign has its limitations. Invisalign is not suitable for patients with large gaps, severe bite problems, teeth that need to be moved higher or lower in the gums, and teeth that need to be rotated past 20 degrees.
Invisalign candidates should be in good oral health without severe damage to their teeth. If you’re wondering if Invisalign is right for you, contact us at EaDo Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma.
Are There Restrictions on What I Can Eat and Drink With Invisalign?
No, one of the unique benefits that set Invisalign apart from other orthodontic treatments like braces is their removability and convenience. Since the brackets and wires of metal braces are bonded to the teeth and cannot be taken out until treatment is complete, patients face many diet restrictions.
Food can damage or get stuck in the braces and it’s difficult to properly clean the teeth when the metal is obscuring a lot of the tooth surfaces. This is why many patients end up with discoloration and cavities after getting their braces removed. Invisalign aligners can be taken out at any time of the day so that you can eat and drink whatever you want.
You can also thoroughly clean the teeth since nothing is blocking your tooth enamel when you take the aligners off. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you need to always remove your aligners first and you should still be wearing them for 22 hours a day.
You will need to avoid frequent removal of the aligners which may mean reduced snacking. Brush and floss your teeth after eating so the bacteria and food particles in your mouth don’t stain or trap bacteria in your aligners.
How Do I Clean My Invisalign Aligners?
You should brush your aligners as often as you brush your teeth which is twice a day in the morning and night. Only brush your aligners with a soft bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive solutions like denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
After dipping the brush in the solution, scrub all of the surfaces of the aligners. Remember to brush and floss your teeth in the morning too. We recommend soaking them once a day in this solution for at least 15 minutes to loosen up and trapped bacteria or stains. Rinse them under water after cleaning them, but avoid exposure to hot water.
Come to EaDo Family Dental for an Invisalign Consultation Today!
If you need orthodontic treatment in Houston, EaDo Family Dental is one of the best practices around. Our brand new office features the latest in dental technology, and Dr. Bianca Williams & Dr. John Ma are excited to offer Invisalign as a corrective option for patients.
If you’re interested in getting a beautiful, natural smile with Invisalign, contact EaDo Family Dental now. We’d be happy to schedule a consultation, so Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma can assess your orthodontic needs and recommend the appropriate treatment plan.
We’re one of the best in Houston, and our patient testimonials are proof! Call us now for an appointment at (713) 474-2334, or visit our office in person at 2240 Navigation Blvd. Suite 300, Houston, TX 77003. We look forward to meeting you!
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