Invisalign Clear Braces
A straighter smile is something every patient deserves. Not only do straight teeth look great; they also function better and remain healthier. However, many patients think their only smile alignment option is to spend years with a mouth full of metal bracket and wire braces. At the Wharton dental office of David A. Tripulas, DDS, we offer a cosmetically superior alternative – Invisalign clear braces. This unique alignment tray orthodontic system allows us to shift teeth into their proper positions without marring a patient’s beautiful smile during treatment. If you want to learn more about Invisalign orthodontics, call to schedule an appointment in our state-of-the-art Wharton dental office today. We’ll examine your current smile alignment and help you determine whether or not Invisalign is right orthodontic option to meet your needs.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alignment tray orthodontic system. Traditional braces use wires to place pressure on brackets attached to the fronts of teeth. This shifts the smile into the ideal alignment. Invisalign trays accomplish the same results using clear aligners.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign trays are each crafted to represent your smile one step closer to the desired end results. You’ll wear the Invisalign trays for about two weeks at a time. Then, the current set of aligners are exchanged for the next set in the series. You’ll visit our team every six to eight weeks for short checkup appointments, so we can make sure your smile is progressing according to plan. During these visits, we can make adjustments to your treatment that ensure you reach the desired end result. Every Invisalign plan is different, but most patients complete their treatment in ten to eighteen months.
Should I Consider Invisalign?
In the early days of alignment tray orthodontics, very few patients could actually receive effective orthodontic treatment. Now, we can correct even advanced bite alignment concerns like over, under, and crossbite as well as the simpler spacing and tooth position shifts that were traditionally treatable using Invisalign. Our team can provide Invisalign treatment for teens and adults with a wide range of bite alignment concerns, but the only way to know for sure that Invisalign is the best option for you is to schedule a consultation with us today.
Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontic treatment
No orthodontic solution is right for every patient, but those who choose Invisalign can expect to experience a number of benefits, including:
- Invisalign is typically completed in just ten to eighteen months with fewer, shorter office visits throughout the process. That means you’ll save a significant amount of time compared with traditional orthodontic solutions.
- The clear aligners look just like your natural smile, so no one but you and our team will ever know you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- Unlike bracket and wire braces that can irritate soft tissue, the smooth plastic alignment trays are the perfect solution for patients with sensitive teeth or gums, especially those with allergies or sensitivity to metal.
- There’s no need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine with Invisalign. Simply remove your aligners during meals and while brushing and flossing. Then, replace them after to continue your treatment.
Are you considering getting Invisalign in Wharton to straighten your smile? Instead of dealing with cumbersome and uncomfortable brackets and wires, you could shorten your treatment time and choose this modern orthodontic solution. Whether you suffer from minor bite problems or bunched-up teeth that make your smile appear unattractive, Dr. David Tripulas can help! Below, we’ve collected some common questions we get about going through the process of getting Invisalign for your convenience.
How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?
Caring for your aligners is easier than you may think. With the proper routine in place, daily maintenance will be a breeze and make the rest of your treatment run smoothly. You’ll want to clean them every day to make sure plaque and bacteria don’t get wedged between your teeth and the tray, creating a breeding ground for oral health problems. Here are a few easy ways to clean your aligners at home:
- Soak your aligners in clear, antibacterial soap and water for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse your aligners afterward.
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a half cup of water and soak your aligners for 60 minutes. Rinse afterward.
- Soak your aligners in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterward.
As a side note, be sure to never use hot water when you’re cleaning your aligners because it could cause them to warp. You can also ask your dentist in Wharton for additional recommendations to keep your oral hygiene in tip-top shape while you’re undergoing treatment.
How long will my treatment take?
Each patient’s treatment timeline differs drastically depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues that they’d like to have fixed. During your consultation with Dr. Tripulas, he will take images of your mouth and develop a custom-tailored treatment plan. Once this is done, you’ll know how long you’ll need to wear your aligners for.
Are Invisalign trays painful to wear?
One reason that patients are drawn to Invisalign treatment in Wharton is because it’s significantly more comfortable than wearing metal and brackets for years at a time. Your aligners will be made from a smooth, FDA-approved plastic that is custom-crafted to snuggly fit over your teeth. You won’t have to worry about constantly applying orthodontic wax to your wires so your oral tissue doesn’t become irritated or scraped up.
Plus, because your aligners are removable, any time you need to take them out, you can. Just keep in mind that in order to keep on track with your timeline, you’ll need to wear them for at least 22 hours each day.
Will my insurance pay for my treatment?
Typically, Invisalign aligners aren’t covered by dental insurance. This is because most providers consider it a cosmetic treatment. The best way to find out for sure is to contact your insurance company directly. Because many plans include a provision for orthodontic treatment, it’s always possible that they may contribute to the overall cost. If you’re having difficulty finding out, our team of professionals would be more than happy to help. Plus, we offer additional financing options like CareCredit.