Invisalign® – the Clear Alternative to Braces
Have you avoided straightening your teeth because of the hassle and discomfort associated with traditional orthodontics? Now there is an incredible alternative to braces: Invisalign ®. We are pleased to offer Invisalign® to patients in The Woodlands, Houston, and surrounding areas. Sometimes called “clear braces,” Invisalign® actually uses clear trays (instead of brackets) to bring the teeth into proper alignment. Visit our Smile Makeover Gallery to view examples of some of the results.
What is Invisalign®?
The Invisalign® system is among the most advanced orthodontic options on the market. It corrects minor orthodontic problems, such as crowding and gaps between the teeth, using a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually reposition the teeth. The aligners are comfortable and virtually invisible, so they can be worn to social occasions with confidence. They are also removable, so you can still enjoy all your favorite foods and brush and floss with ease. Invisalign® treatment is amazingly convenient and inconspicuous, which makes it a popular option among adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment.
The Invisalign® Process
If you live in The Woodlands area and are interested in Invisalign®, your first step is to contact the Texas Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry to schedule a consultation. If he determines that you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign® treatment, you will return for a second visit to be fitted for your first set of aligners. During this visit, we will make molds of your teeth and mouth, which he will send to the Invisalign® laboratory. There, Invisalign® technicians will use state-of-the-art computer technology to map out your entire treatment, planning each set of aligners to move the teeth a step closer to their final, correct position. The lab will ship your first set of aligners to our office, and each successive set directly to your residence. Simply change out the trays as they arrive and wear them at all times, except when you remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. When worn as directed, Invisalign® can straighten the teeth in as little as 6 to 18 months. After completing Invisalign® treatment, many patients choose to polish their new smiles with teeth whitening or another cosmetic dentistry treatment.