Invisalign Clear Braces in Temple
If you have misaligned teeth, you can feel self-conscious about smiling and laughing openly with others. You may even wish you’d had braces when you were younger, because now you’re worried about how they might ruin the professional image you’ve worked so hard to build. But the good news is that you don’t have to choose between a professional image and straighter teeth. With Invisalign clear braces from Dr. Fossum, you can quickly and unobtrusively transform your smile.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign doesn’t use metal brackets and wires, the way traditional braces do. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners, with each one made to progressively move your teeth into their ideal position. As you proceed through your treatment, you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks at a time before moving on to the next, with each aligner bringing you closer and closer to your ultimate goal. Treatment time varies from patient to patient, but many complete their treatment in just 12-18 months.
The Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces
The most obvious benefit of Invisalign is that your aligners are clear, but they’re also removable. That means you can enjoy an unrestricted diet, enjoying all of your favorite foods just as you normally would. What’s more, you can also remove your clear aligners to brush and floss. That can be difficult with traditional braces, which make it hard to keep teeth as clean as they need to be. As a result, your smile may be more vulnerable to common conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. But not with Invisalign.
Starting your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear braces is simple. During a consultation appointment at our Temple dental office, Dr. Fossum will thoroughly assess your oral health before recommending a specific treatment. If Invisalign is what you need, we’ll work with you to design your treatment. Then, the Invisalign lab will carefully craft your aligners based on that plan. When they’re finished and have been shipped back to our Temple office, treatment is simple. Just wear your aligners as directed and remember to schedule your checkups so we can follow your treatment. In just a matter of months, you can look forward to revealing your beautiful, new smile.
It’s inevitable that people will notice the condition of your teeth when you’re in their presence. If you have crooked, gapped, misaligned or crowded ivories, you don’t have to settle for having uncomfortable interactions, where you’re left feeling insecure about your smile. When you visit our Temple office to meet with Dr. Fossum, you’ll learn how Invisalign can erase your bite flaws and boost your confidence. But first, read on for the answers to five frequently asked questions about the process. Then, to get on the path to smile perfection, contact our office today to schedule an initial visit!
What is Invisalign?
Instead of wearing metal braces that draw unwanted attention to the teeth, the Invisalign method of bite correction utilizes a series of custom-designed, clear plastic trays to gradually make adjustments. Each set of trays are worn for two-week increments and then exchanged for the next set in the series, your smile being molded into perfection with each progression.
I wore braces in the past – does that disqualify me?
Many people who wore braces in the past have gone on to undergo Invisalign treatment. This is not because metal braces aren’t effective; it’s typically the result of hiccups in wearing the retainer properly after the treatment concludes.
In such situations, the Invisalign method is a perfect remedy. Take note, though, that even after your treatment with Invisalign concludes, you’ll still need to wear a retainer to solidify your results.
How should I clean my trays?
Keeping your teeth and Invisalign trays clean is of the utmost importance throughout your treatment process. That’s because the tight-fitting trays can become a breeding ground for oral bacteria growth.
Here are some dental hygiene steps to keep in mind to ensure your oral health stays on par with your smile improvements:
- Rinse the aligners with cool water as soon as you remove them.
- Soak them in either denture cleaner or a special solution called Retainer Brite.
- While the aligners soak, you should brush and floss your teeth to remove any leftover food and bacteria.
- After soaking them, you can rinse and re-insert the aligners.
Can I eat while wearing my Invisalign trays?
Before consuming anything other than water, it’s imperative that you remove your Invisalign trays. Otherwise, you run the risk of cracking or warping them, and slowing down your progress.
Not only is removing the trays a necessity; it’s also one of the big benefits of the Invisalign process. It means you can maintain a regular diet and lifestyle while undergoing treatment.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Because Invisalign in Temple is a highly-customized procedure, the only way to receive an accurate cost estimate is to visit our office for a consultation with Dr. Fossum. He’ll carefully consider the current condition of your teeth to make sure you don’t have any issues that could threaten your oral health and the results of your Invisalign treatment. Once you’ve been cleared to move forward, you can get on with achieving the smile of your dreams!
Call our dental office today to schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Fossum. We give Temple and surrounding areas customized care for fantastic smiles.