Invisalign® in Childress, TX
Straighten Teeth Without Brackets and Wires
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment for kids, teens, and adults because it straightens teeth without the look and feel of traditional metal braces. Contact Full Smile Orthodontics in Childress, TX, to see if the Invisalign system is right for you or your child. Our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Astuto, will design a custom treatment plan that improves your oral health and helps you achieve a smile you can feel proud of.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign clear aligners work by using advanced align technology to move teeth. The custom-fitted plastic trays place mild-to-moderate pressure on the teeth, which facilitates tooth movement. Every few weeks, you will wear a new set of aligners which have been slightly adjusted to continue moving teeth until the desired result is achieved.
Invisalign can correct many issues, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Cross bite
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
Many children who are entering Phase 1 treatment can wear plastic aligners to guide their developing smiles. It can be easier for young children to develop proper brushing habits when they can remove their aligners and brush their teeth normally. Similarly, teens and adults can clean around all areas of their teeth without having to work around brackets or wires. Many teens and adults choose Invisalign because it offers a more discreet way to achieve straighter teeth.
Benefits of Invisalign
- Aligners are virtually invisible
- No brackets or poking wires
- Removable for eating, drinking, and brushing
- You'll know how long treatment will take and the results to expect
- No dietary restrictions
- Improve your dental health and confidence
How Is Invisalign Different From Braces?
Invisalign and braces can correct many of the same orthodontic issues. However, instead of using brackets and wires that are bonded to the teeth, Invisalign aligners are completely removable. Removing your trays allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain good oral hygiene without worrying about damaging your braces or having to clean around brackets.
Treatment time with an advanced clear aligner system can be faster than braces. Some patients finish their treatment in as little as 6 months, while the shortest average treatment time for braces is about 1 year. The Invisalign aligner system puts you in total control of your orthodontic treatment—the more you wear your aligners, the faster you'll achieve your dream smile.
What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment
During the consultation, Dr. Astuto will examine your teeth and bite and discuss your treatment options. Our office uses advanced 3D digital scanning technology, which we use to plan every detail of your treatment and create your custom aligners.
We will give you your first set of aligners, which you will wear for 1 week. Every 2 weeks after that, we will give you a new set of aligners with small adjustments made to them. Over time, your teeth will become straighter as they adjust to the changes in your trays. Expect to wear your aligners for around 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and play sports or wind instruments.
You can expect checkup appointments throughout your treatment to make sure you're on track with your treatment plan and to ensure your aligners fit comfortably. If you ever lose or damage an aligner, contact our office. We may instruct you to wear your previous set of aligners until your next ones are ready.
Invisalign in Childress, TX
At Full Smile Orthodontics, we provide patients and their families with a high level of care and outstanding results. There are many treatment options available to help you achieve the healthy, straight smile you've always wanted. Contact our office in Childress, TX, today to schedule a consultation and find out how Invisalign can improve your dental health and your confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can use Invisalign?
Adults, teenagers, and children as young as 6 can wear Invisalign. The right age to start your orthodontic treatment will depend on the development of your teeth and the details of your treatment plan. If you want straighter teeth, flexibility during treatment, a healthier bite, and an alternative to metal braces, Invisalign is likely an excellent option for you! We see many teens and adults wear Invisalign and encourage you to contact us at any age to explore your treatment options.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment is a little different for everyone. Factors like your dental insurance plan, the length of treatment, and the complexity of the issues we're looking to correct all contribute to the cost. Schedule an appointment at our office in Childress, TX, and we will provide a cost estimate for your clear aligner treatment during the first visit.
Who is not a good candidate for Invisalign?
Patients who have large gaps between teeth, impacted teeth, TMJ pain, or teeth that require rotation beyond 20 degrees may not be suitable for Invisalign. In these cases, braces are often recommended.
What happens if I leave my Invisalign out for a day?
When you do not wear your trays, your teeth will shift back to their incorrect positions. Even if it's just for 1 day, you can lose a chunk of progress when you do not wear your aligners. Aim to wear your aligners for about 22 hours every day. The more often you wear them, the faster you will achieve the desired results.
Creating Beautiful Smiles Is Our Passion
We look forward to helping you and your family achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. To begin your orthodontic journey, contact Full Smile Orthodontics today for a consultation.