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.
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.
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.
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.
A few of the advantages of Invisalign are:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.
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.
Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
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.
It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
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.
Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.