Invisible Braces

If you have crooked teeth, you may find yourself feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth and hiding your smile when you interact with other people. If this the case, are you making the right impression when you meet new people? Are you feeling confident about presenting to that new client? Your crooked teeth may be holding you back from achieving your personal and professional goals!

Many adults may find wearing traditional braces even more unappealing than the spaces or gaps between their teeth. Now, however, patients can achieve a beautiful, straight smile without the hassle of traditional orthodontia by utilizing a clear braces alternative.

Using the Invisalign system, Dr. Bharwani can give you excellent teeth straightening results in less time and for about the same cost as traditional metal braces.

If you are an adult who has been living with crooked or misaligned teeth, call GB Dental today for a complimentary Invisalign consultation. With Invisalign, you can have the smile of your dreams without having to wear traditional metal wires and brackets.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of clear, custom-made aligners that fit perfectly over your teeth to gradually shift them into proper alignment. Invisalign aligners are made of clear, smooth plastic, making them nearly undetectable when being worn. Even someone seated across the table from you will probably not know you are straightening your teeth unless you tell them about it.

They are also removable so that you can brush, floss, eat, and drink as you usually would. You can also take them out for a few hours for an important event or photographs.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

In many cases, traditional orthodontic treatment is a several-year process for patients. Most Invisalign patients find that six to eighteen months of treatment is long enough for them to reach their smile goals. 

However, each patient's situation is unique, and your Houston Invisalign dentist estimates your treatment time based on the complexity of your case. The best way to determine precisely how long it will take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign is to complete an examination with Dr. Bharwani. 

What can I expect during treatment with Invisalign?

Invisalign makes aligners from clear, smooth plastic, which are comfortable and easy to wear. They also don't interfere with talking or your normal interactions with other people during the day. In fact, most people will never know that you are straightening your teeth.

In order to achieve the best results, you should wear your aligners at least 22 hours per day; however, they can be removed for eating, brushing, flossing, and even an occasional meeting or big event. You will receive a new set in your series of aligners every two weeks, and many of these sets can be changed at home since Dr. Bharwani will only need to see you periodically for checkups.

Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy and comfortable treatment with Invisalign can be; and if you are compliant about wearing your aligners, most cases can be completed efficiently in a matter of months instead of years.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

In addition to the fact that they are virtually invisible, Invisalign offers the following advantages:

  • Visible progress as it happens: Without wires and brackets covering your teeth, you can see progress as they gradually move into their proper position.
  • No food restrictions with Invisalign: Removing the aligners for eating and cleaning means you can eat all of your favorite foods for the duration of your treatment.
  • No changes to your home care routine: Brushing and flossing your teeth is as simple as ever since you can remove your aligners. You don't have to worry about cleaning your teeth around brackets or underneath wires.
  • Increased comfort: You won't have the discomfort of metal brackets or wires that poke your gums or cheeks because Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear.
  • Fewer trips to the dentist for adjustments: Unlike with traditional orthodontics, where you are required to see the dentist every few weeks for orthodontic adjustments, Dr. Bharwani gives you a series of plastic aligners you can swap out yourself at home.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Is Invisalign treatment in Houston right for you? The only way to know for sure is to visit GB Dental for an Invisalign consultation. After a full evaluation, Dr. Bharwani will discuss the best options for you. Invisalign can't correct complex issues with your bite; however, it is appropriate for the following concerns:

  • Gaps or uneven spacing
  • Overlapping
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Protrusion

Getting started requires a custom treatment plan to ensure the best results. Your Houston dentist will take digital impressions to create molds of the teeth, photos, and x-rays of your smile to determine the best course of action and create your treatment plan.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of treatment with Invisalign varies with each case depending on the patient's needs, length of treatment, and the complexity of aligning their teeth. However, Invisalign treatment is typically comparable in cost with traditional orthodontic treatment, and Dr. Bharwani can tell you the exact price of your treatment plan during your Invisalign consultation.

If you have dental insurance that includes an orthodontic benefit, you can typically use those dollars for treatment with Invisalign. Dr. Bharwani also works with CareCredit to offer financing options for patients who would like to make affordable monthly payments for their treatment. Your team at GB Dental is happy to help you figure out how to comfortably fit Invisalign treatment into your budget.

Why is it important to straighten crooked teeth?

Crooked teeth may keep you from smiling in photos; however, did you know that they could also be impacting your dental health? Teeth that are overlapped or spaced incorrectly also cause bite misalignment. This can result in discomfort and other problems with your jaw joint (TMJ). TMJ problems can lead to more significant concerns such as neck and shoulder pain, headaches, jaw pain, popping or clicking of your jaw joint, and your jaw locking either open or closed.

Teeth that overlap can make it difficult for you to brush and floss properly. When you can't keep your teeth clean, it increases your risk of developing problems like gum disease, tooth decay, or cavities.

Straightening your teeth not only gives you confidence, it also improves your dental health.

Will I have to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is an investment in your smile, confidence, and dental health. Without wearing a retainer, your teeth tend to shift back into their previous position after treatment with Invisalign. The only way to truly protect your investment is to wear a retainer every night while you sleep to keep your teeth in alignment.

Find Out More about Invisible Braces in Houston

Contact your Houston dentist at (281) 493-1083 to learn more about Invisalign invisible braces and our comprehensive dental practice.