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Why Choose Shwarts Family Dentistry for Invisalign?

  • Treatment Specially Made for Each Patient
  • Often Able to Work Faster than Traditional Braces
  • Flexible Payment Options for Work for Any Budget

How Does Invisalign Work?

A young woman with straight teeth

Invisalign shifts the teeth using a progressive series of clear plastic aligners as opposed to metal brackets and wires. They fit tightly over the teeth and place a small amount of pressure to guide them into the proper positions. The individual aligners are so thin and translucent that no one will notice you’re using Invisalign unless you tell them, meaning you can smile with confidence throughout treatment. The trays slide on and off of the teeth easily as well, meaning you can take them out whenever you want to eat or brush your teeth, helping Invisalign fit easily into any lifestyle.

Indications for Invisalign

An Invisalign aligner

Invisalign is a viable alternative to traditional braces for anyone needing treatment for crooked or crowded teeth, gapped teeth, or bite alignment problems.

Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth can make it difficult to keep your smile healthy. When teeth push through the gum line into an area with little or no space, this can cause your teeth to shift out of alignment. The result is teeth that sit too close together and are not straight. This makes it hard to brush and floss to effectively remove harmful bacteria. Invisalign can straighten your teeth, creating necessary space, and bring them into proper alignment.

Space Between Teeth

If too much space exists between teeth, bacteria and food particles can become trapped, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With Invisalign, your clear aligners can gently move your teeth, eliminating any unnecessary space, resulting in a beautiful, straighter smile.

Bite Alignment

If it’s a bite alignment issue that you’re having, depending on the severity, Invisalign might be the right solution. An improper bite can result in immense jaw pain and excessive wear and tear on your teeth. Whether it is an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, we can shift your teeth and make it possible to see a perfectly aligned smile.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

  • Quicker results, as compared to traditional braces
  • Clear, nearly invisible treatment
  • No irritation to the soft tissues of your mouth
  • Low maintenance
  • Fewer visits to your dentist
  • You’re able to enjoy the foods you love because your aligners are removable

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

There are multiple factors that are considered when determining how much you can expect to pay for your Invisalign aligners. No patient is the same, so while one person may need help in straightening crooked teeth, another might need treatment for an overbite. These different scenarios will be taken into account when your cosmetic dentist in Richardson is providing a clear estimate for your treatment.

Some of these factors include:

  • The type of dental problem you have (i.e. overcrowding, gapped teeth, crooked teeth, bite alignment)
  • The number of clear aligners you will need to wear throughout your treatment
  • Your age
  • Your dedication and commitment to wearing your aligners as instructed to prevent a delay in treatment

Invisalign FAQs

Invisalign and teeth

Is Invisalign right for you? It’s important to understand the treatment and what happens during the entire process before you try straightening your smile. That’s why the first step to getting Invisalign is a consultation with Dr. Shwarts; this will give you a chance to ask any questions you have and learn more about what you can expect. To help you get started, here are just a few of the questions that patients ask most often when looking for orthodontic alternatives to braces.

How Long Will I Need to Wear My Aligners Each Day?

Although you can take your Invisalign aligners out at any time, you need to make sure they stay in your mouth for most of the day. If you keep forgetting to put them back in or remove them too often, your treatment could last longer than originally planned. You should plan on wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Also, keep in mind that each individual aligner will be worn for at least two weeks at a time before you move on to the next one.

Is Invisalign Faster Than Braces?

In addition to the inconveniences and aesthetic issues associated with them, one significant disadvantage of wearing braces is that the treatment can last for two or three years – and in particularly complex cases, it might be even longer! In most cases, Invisalign is the faster orthodontic treatment; on average, it usually takes about 12 to 18 months. Of course, this depends on what kind of changes need to be made and whether you’ve worn your aligners for as long as you’re supposed to; Dr. Shwarts can create a timeline for you after performing an examination of your mouth.

Can I Get Invisalign Even If I’ve Already Had Braces?

Even if you’ve already had orthodontic treatment in the past, you may be able to consider Invisalign for any other teeth-straightening issues that arise. Sometimes patients who wore braces when they were children eventually see their teeth shift back to their original position; Invisalign is an excellent solution for such orthodontic issues. Also, if you’re currently wearing braces, it might be possible to switch to Invisalign partway through. Of course, Dr. Shwarts will need to make sure your current treatment is on track before deciding whether replacing your metal brackets with removable trays is the right approach.  

Does Invisalign Come with Any Diet Restrictions?

Unlike braces, which can be damaged by hard or sticky foods, Invisalign doesn’t come with any sort of diet restrictions. Since the aligners are removable, you can simply take them out during meals or snacks – meaning you’ll still be able to enjoy all the foods you did before! However, it’s important to remember that your aligners can still become broken or stained if you try to eat or drink while still wearing them. For this reason, it’s extremely important to never put anything (besides water) in your mouth while the Invisalign aligners are still on your teeth.