Invisalign Clear Aligners – Flower Mound, TX
Discreet & Customized Orthodontic Treatment
Do you have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth? Even if you’re an adult and have been putting off getting orthodontic treatment for awhile now, it’s never too later to address these issues to improve your oral health and boost your confidence. Dr. Barge offers a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional metal braces, called Invisalign clear aligners in our Flower Mound, TX dental office, that are excellent treatment options for adults and teens who want to maintain their appearance.
Why Choose Lauri Barge, DDS for Invisalign Clear Aligners?
Teens & Adults
- iTero Digital Impression System
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth instead of metal brackets and wires. However, the appliance itself works similarly to braces, because it places a strategic amount of pressure on teeth to shift them into their ideal positions. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll return to our dental office for a quick progress check and to get the next series of trays in your treatment. Finally, once you’ve achieved your ideal results, we’ll craft a custom retainer that you’ll wear to help maintain them.
How Can Invisalign Help My Teeth?
Invisalign is able to address mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including:
- Bite misalignment
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
Invisalign places a strategically calculated and subtle amount of pressure on teeth to fix these problems and improve the overall appearance and health of your smile.
Can I Use Invisalign if I Have Dental Restorations?
While these kinds of unique situations depend on our findings during your initial consultation, some dental restorations may not be compatible with Invisalign treatment. For example, a dental bridge affixed to your teeth may not allow them to move properly. However, a dental crown may not pose any issues to how your teeth move as you undergo treatment.
Do I Have to Wear a Retainer After Treatment?
No matter what orthodontic treatment you receive, you’ll be required to wear a retainer afterward to help maintain the results that you achieved. This is because your teeth have a type of muscle memory that can cause them to drift back into their original places if you don’t wear a retainer. Eventually, you won’t have to wear one, but directly after treatment, keeping up with your retainer is crucial.
If you’re looking to straighten your smile without metal brackets and wires, Invisalign would likely make an excellent solution for you. However, you may still have some unanswered questions about the treatment process, so we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about Invisalign in Flower Mound. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Give us a call and we’d be happy to walk you through the treatment process and get you started with an initial consultation.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Invisalign is not a painful treatment. Its smooth plastic design makes it one of the most comfortable treatment options out there. When you first get Invisalign, there’s an adjustment period, so you may experience slight soreness, but this will go away as you get used to the treatment. Invisalign works by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment by using a series of aligners. Each time you switch to the next aligner in the series, you may experience a small amount of pressure, but this just means that the treatment is working. To help with the adjustment, take over-the-counter pain relievers and/or use a cold compress.
Can You Eat with Invisalign?
One of the main advantages of Invisalign is that it is completely removable, allowing you to take your aligners out when it’s time to eat. Eating with your aligners in your mouth will not only damage them, causing cracks and stains, but it also puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth. The only thing that you should be consuming while wearing your Invisalign is water. If you want to enjoy anything else, you should take your aligners out first.
Can You Get Invisalign After Braces?
This depends on your specific needs. Traditional braces are better able to correct more severe overbites, underbites, and crossbites compared to Invisalign. If your teeth have grown crooked or misaligned years after you’ve completed treatment with braces, Invisalign is likely able to help align your smile. During your initial consultation, we can determine whether or not Invisalign is the right option to correct your smile.
How is Invisalign Made?
Invisalign’s process requires a series of aligners that are made from smooth, clear plastic. The entire set of aligners is manufactured by an advanced 3D printing process before being shipped to the dental office. Invisalign is made with the digital impressions that are provided by your dentist. The manufacturing process for all the aligners will typically take 3 to 4 weeks in total. We will let you know when your Invisalign is ready for pickup.