“Straight Teeth Without Braces”

Can you get straight teeth without braces? At the Irving dental practice of Dr. Jerry Dunn, the answer is “Yes”! A preferred provider for Invisalign clear dental aligners, Dr. Dunn offers his patients a solution to crowded, overlapping teeth which eliminates the negatives often associated with orthodontic treatment.

Clear Braces

Invisalign® is a unique system that combines advanced dental technology and easy patient compliance to straighten teeth using specialized clear plastic aligners. The aligners resemble the clear whitening trays you may have used before. They are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth to provide maximum therapeutic effects without the need for metal brackets and wires. Patients wear their clear aligners most of the time, taking them out for meals and dental hygiene. Because the aligners are made of clear plastic, they are almost invisible, unlike traditional braces.

How Invisalign Works

The first step in achieving straight teeth without braces is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dunn. He will be able to provide you with an evaluation to determine whether Invisalign treatment is right for you. If you are a good candidate for the treatment, Dr. Dunn will work with Invisalign technology to create a 3D image of your teeth. This special imaging is used in the custom creation of your treatment plan. Dr. Dunn works with Invisalign labs to custom design a series of clear aligners made just for you. You will receive a series of aligners which will be designed to shift your teeth into alignment gently over time. Each set of aligners is changed about every two weeks. One advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces is that you do not need to come in for adjustments as often. Dr. Dunn will follow your progress in the office about every six weeks. Most patients will achieve their desired results in 12 months or less.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

The best way to find out if Invisalign dental aligners are the best treatment option for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerry Dunn. The team at Advanced Dental Care of Las Colinas is extremely knowledgeable about Invisalign, and can help answer your questions. You can use the online self-assessment tool, which is available on the Invisalign website.

Advantages of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

A few of the advantages of Invisalign are:

  • Comfort
  • Abscence of wire brackets
  • Smooth surface that doesn't have sharp edges
  • Easy to clean
  • Removable

Why Straighten Your Teeth?

Perfectly aligned teeth are an important quality in a beautiful, attractive smile. Did you know that straight teeth are important for your overall dental health as well?

It is true, crooked, overlapped and misaligned teeth can contribute to a number of dental health problems, including:

  • Tooth Decay: Misaligned teeth are more prone to tooth decay. When the spaces between teeth are closed or overlapped, it becomes very difficult to keep them clean. As plaque and bacteria build up in hard to clean areas, tooth decay can occur.
  • Gum Disease: Since misaligned teeth are difficult to clean, they are at much higher risk for gum disease. As with tooth decay, gum disease is caused by bacteria. When disease-causing bacteria begin to proliferate at and below the gumline, it creates an ideal environment for periodontal disease, which leads to tooth loss.
  • Disproportionate Dental Wear: Your teeth are designed to fit together perfectly. Each tooth is designed to perform a unique function; biting, chewing, tearing. When teeth don’t fit together properly, you might compensate for the malocclusion by biting with your chewing teeth or chewing with your biting teeth. This compensation causes disproportionate wear and tear on your teeth, increasing the incidence of tooth damage, fracture or loss.
  • Headaches and Migraines: One of the symptoms often associated with misaligned teeth or malocclusion is frequent headaches or even migraines. When your teeth do not fit together properly, it causes increased stress on your head, facial and neck muscles. Strained and overworked muscles can cause severe headaches and migraine headaches. Correction of your bite and alignment of your teeth can often help eliminate headache symptoms caused by malocclusion.

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to straighten my teeth but I don't want metal braces. What are the alternatives?


There are many options for patients who want to avoid metal braces! The most popular alternative orthodontic treatment is Invisalign®, which are clear plastic aligners designed to straighten teeth. After an examination of your teeth, your dentist will determine which option is best suited to your wants and needs.

Is Invisalign® expensive?


According to the Invisalign® website, the cost for treatment is approximately the same as the cost for metal braces. A portion of this cost may be covered by your insurance. Please call us to set up a consultation and discuss potential payment plan options.

How does Invisalign® work?


The first step is to schedule a consultation with your doctor, so they can devise a treatment plan that is best suited to your individual dental needs. Once approved, you will receive your first set of aligners. Your doctor will then regularly monitor the movement of your teeth and new aligners will be ordered according to the progress made in your treatment plan.

What is Invisalign® made of?


Invisalign® aligners are made of clear, flexible plastic. The company received a patent for this material – SmartTrack® – to be used exclusively for Invisalign treatment purposes. These aligners are FDA approved and nearly invisible!

How long does Invisalign® treatment take?


Your doctor will give you an estimate regarding how long your Invisalign® treatment should take, which will depend on your specific needs. The average length of time for treatment is approximately 12-18 months. However, some patients may see results far sooner. Remember to wear your aligners exactly as instructed by your doctor to obtain the best results.

Are Invisalign® results permanent?


Your doctor will most likely recommend that you wear retainers following your Invisalign® treatment. This is a precaution that will prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positioning. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions exactly to ensure long-lasting results.

How often must I wear my aligners?


You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?


No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.

Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?


Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?


There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.

Can I chew gum?


It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.

Can I smoke with the aligners in?


We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.

How do I keep my aligners clean?


Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.

How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®


Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?


All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

Does Invisalign work for kids?


Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.

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