Downtown Dental Excellence offers Invisalign in Cleveland, TX

If you are self-conscious about your smile, you are not alone! Many people are annoyed with the way their smile looks…sometimes even to the point of embarrassment. This may because your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be, you have gaps between teeth or you even have a slight overbite. Luckily, there is a solution: Invisalign.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a dental aligner that helps with a variety of dental issues that involve the alignment of the teeth or jaw. It is based on cutting-edge technology, that has been changing and evolving over the last twenty years.

What Issues Does Invisalign Resolve?

Invisalign is a wonderful choice for various alignment issues, as well as gaps between teeth, crowding and overbites. Essentially, Invisalign helps to resolve many of the same issues that traditional braces are used to resolve.

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What's the Difference?

While both traditional braces and Invisalign serve the same essential function, there are some stark difference between the two. Each have their advantages, and disadvantages. Traditional braces, for instance, can be used to treat more severe alignment issues that Invisalign is not always able to resolve. The cost of braces may also be less than that of Invisalign, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done.

The material used for the two is the main difference that you will find between traditional braces and Invisalign. While traditional braces are made with metal or enamel, Invisalign is made with plastic. Because of the wires and materials used for braces, the wearer runs the risk of injury to the cheeks if the wire becomes damaged. This can be very painful, and can sometimes only be treated by visiting the orthodontist. It’s also important to note that braces are not removeable without the help of a dentist. Because of this, they can be difficult to clean, and they can be a nuisance at times.

So, Why Invisalign?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign offers a similar treatment without all of the fuss that comes with traditional braces. Because they are made of plastic, they are more comfortable to wear. There are also no wires to worry about. This lowers the risks of injury to the cheeks, tongue and mouth overall.

Beyond being more comfortable, Invisalign braces are also removeable. Because of this, it is easier to keep your mouth clean, and to keep your braces clean as well. It also means that you can remove them while playing sports, or during any other activity that may require a mouth guard. Finally, you can remove them while eating—allowing you to eat freely without having to worry about food getting stuck in your braces.

Many people like plastic braces because they are clear, which makes them more difficult to notice. This cosmetic difference can be a major factor for patients that would like to repair the alignment of their teeth, but also don’t want to have metal pieces attached to their teeth. Due to their aesthetic appeal, durability and comfort, many people prefer Invisalign over traditional braces.

The Invisalign Process

The process of getting Invisalign braces begins with a consultation with a dentist that specializes in the placement of these braces. Finding the right dentist may actually be easier than you’d think! You may consider asking your general dentist for a referral, or asking a friend or family member that has worn Invisalign braces in the past.
You can also search online for the right dentist. This will allow you to find a dentist that is close to you, and a dentist with good reviews.

Once you’ve found the right dentist, you can set an appointment for a consultation. During this consultation, your dentist will take digital images of your teeth and your mouth. These images will be used to determine the right treatment plan for your individual needs. Once the right plan of action is decided by your dentist, they will send the images out to a lab that will create custom trays for your needs. They will then send the trays back to your dentist, and you can meet with your dentist to ensure the aligners fit properly.

Based on the plan of treatment that your dentist designed, you will be given additional trays that are meant to be changed out every two weeks. You’ll also need to set appointments with your dentist every few months to make sure the alignment is going according to plan.

If there are any issues with your aligners between visits, make sure to contact your dentist and discuss the issues with them. You may need to push your appointment forward a bit, and see them before you had originally planned.

Make sure that you are wearing your aligners at least 20-22 hours a day to ensure the results that your dentist and you are looking for.

Before you know it, you’ll have perfectly straight teeth!

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Insurance and Costs

Like most dental procedures, what is covered by your insurance depends on your individual insurance plan. Still, most insurance plans cover braces—which includes Invisalign. Keep in mind that your insurance plan may not cover 100% of the costs, so be prepared to pay some of the costs out of pocket.

Oral Health with Aligners

It’s important to understand that wearing aligners does not directly help to improve your oral health. Because of this, you’ll need to continue to brush, floss and rinse out your mouth at least twice a day. You’ll also need to take good care of your aligners, and keep them clean. This means rinsing them out every night, and brushing them lightly with your toothbrush. You can also use an Invisalign cleaning system to ensure that your braces are as clean as they can be.

Straightening your teeth, filling gaps and adjusting your bite can be easy with the help of Invisalign braces. Speak with your dentist today about whether these braces are right for you.