Many patients (typically image-conscious teenagers and professional adults) want to achieve orthodontic improvements but cringe at the thought of wearing metallic braces for months or years of their lives at a time. Thankfully, Thrive Dental & Orthodontics has a much more aesthetic alternative: Invisalign Clear Braces.
Like the name implies, Invisalign uses a series of virtually “invisible” clear aligners to gradually shift teeth towards their desired alignment. These aligners are also removable in nature, which means that patients can continue to enjoy all of their favorite foods and practice oral hygiene like normal – no inconvenient changes to routine required. If you’re interested in learning more during an initial consultation with Dr. Coughlin, contact our practice in Frisco, TX today.
Invisalign offers a number of advantages for patients who need braces but do not want to actually wear braces for a year or more. Some of the most significant benefits of Invisalign compared to conventional orthodontic treatment include:
Invisalign works using a series of clear plastic aligners which are created specifically for each patient’s unique dentition. Each set of aligners is designed to place focused pressure on a different area of the bite throughout the treatment. Worn for 20 to 22 hours each day for 1 to 2 weeks each, depending on our recommendation, the aligners gradually bring the teeth into the proper position. A clear retainer will be prescribed after the treatment is complete to ensure that the teeth stay in the proper position for years to come.
Following the proper maintenance steps will help keep the aligners functioning properly to prevent delays in treatment. Proper maintenance for Invisalign includes:
The Invisalign treatment can be used to correct the most common orthodontic issues, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, tooth crowding, and gapped teeth. More complex cases will often require treatment with conventional braces. Patients should be in good oral health before beginning any orthodontic treatment. The only way to know for sure if Invisalign clear aligners are a good choice for your smile is to schedule an appointment with our office to discuss your orthodontic options.
In addition to the traditional Invisalign model, our practice also offers a subset: Invisalign Teen! This style of clear aligner has a few distinct differences that help our younger patients enjoy a smooth and successful journey to straighter, happier teeth. For instance, they contain small blue dots that will slowly fade away over the aligner’s lifespan. This helps teenagers remember when to change to a new aligner and also helps Dr. Nathan gauge compliance more accurately. Because of your son or daughter’s busy lifestyle, Invisalign Teen also comes with a greater number of available replacement aligners if they become lost or damaged.
Even though Invisalign is one of the most image-friendly orthodontic treatments available today, we understand that patients are still anxious to achieve their smile improvements in as little time as possible. To help them along, Dr. Nathan is thrilled to offer FREE AcceleDent! This handy device fits over the rows of teeth and produces gentle, consistent vibrations that encourage more effective movement. Many patients achieve a reduction in treatment time of up to 50% when using AcceleDent consistently.