Do you have crooked teeth? Are you looking for a straighter and more balanced smile?
Dr. Glen Wainwright offers Invisalign® in our Austin, TX dentist office. These clear aligners shift teeth into a more uniform and straighter placement over a shorter period of time than other orthodontic treatments. Invisalign also offers many advantages over traditional metal braces. Learn more about this cosmetic treatment below.
Invisalign in Austin, TX
Are you sick of hiding your smile? Straight teeth may make a powerful first impression, but few adults want to commit to a mouthful of metal braces. Today, there’s an alternative that will provide you or your teen with a beautiful smile without messing with your mouth in the meantime.
At Austin Dental Care, we are a leading provider of Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen orthodontics services. Our team will work to give you the smile you have been seeking in a matter of months.
What Is Invisalign?
Put simply, Invisalign is an almost undetectable way to straighten your teeth. The process involves sets of clear, custom-made teeth aligners that fit snuggly over your teeth, subtly moving and rotating them into their proper position over several months of near-constant wear.
After 10-14 days of wearing your first aligner set, we will provide you with a new set that shifts your teeth a little more, and continue this process throughout your entire treatment. Over time, your teeth will gradually align into a straight smile you can wear with pride.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Using Invisalign is a simple process, and the system is often just as effective as braces for straightening your smile. For those without underlying teeth issues who are just seeking cosmetic improvements, Invisalign is a smart solution. However, if you have severe problems with your teeth, traditional braces may be the better option.
When you use Invisalign, you can:
Eat like normal: the transparent guard is easy to remove for meals
Easily brush your teeth: unlike braces, Invisalign is not made with wires that get in the way
Talk without speech impediments: Invisalign is smooth and unobtrusive, meaning you can speak like normal while using it.
Smile without self-consciousness: only you will know you are even wearing them.
What Dental Problems Can Invisalign Solve?
When you commit to the process, Invisalign will give you a straighter smile in a matter of months. Below are some of the tooth problems that we recommend using Invisalign to treat.
Gapped Teeth: Gaps are caused by excessive growth in the jawbone, as well as missing teeth or teeth that have shifted out of their natural position. In the long run, these gaps can lead to gum problems because they allow pockets of bacteria to fester into disease.
Overbite: When your upper teeth stick out too far over the lower ones, you have an overbite. When not addressed, this can lead to gum problems, irritation and too much wear on your lower teeth.
Underbite: Like an overbite, an underbite is caused by lower teeth that extend out farther than the upper teeth. Not only can it cause painful jaw problems, but it also leads to over-wear on your teeth.
Open Bite: You have an open bite when your teeth cannot contact each other due to a variety of reasons. This makes chewing painful and can lead to speech impairments.
Overly Crowded: A lack of space in your jaw will cramp your teeth, causing problems for eating and leave your smile less than stunning. Invisalign can spread out your teeth and straighten them in the process for a better smile.
Invisalign Process at Austin Dental Care
Using Invisalign is a simple process, and our Austin Dental Care Team is here to help you every step of the way.
Your First Consultation
When you come in for an appointment, we will assess your smile to see if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you, or whether more traditional braces are a better fit instead.
Your Custom Treatment Plan
From there, we will use a digital scanner to create precise 3D images of your teeth to map out a treatment plan for how your teeth should move. We will even let you preview how your smile will look!
Getting You Invisalign Aligners
Once the plan is in place, we will make you your first custom-made aligners. So long as you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, your teeth will start to shift.
Charting Your progress
Every month, we will provide a new set of aligners for you to wear, and we will suggest coming in for checkups every few weeks to chart your progress. You will start to see an improvement in your smile immediately and watch it progress every week!
Do you want to learn more about Invisalign? Here are some frequently asked questions many patients have about this treatment option.
How long should I wear Invisalign each day?
Wear your clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. You will need to wear Invisalign while you sleep as well. Dr. Wainwright will review your daily use and care of the aligners in his office.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Invisalign treatment is no more painful than traditional braces. You may feel some mild discomfort as you adjust to each new aligner, but this will fade as your teeth adjust to the aligners.
Can you eat with Invisalign?
Invisalign does not require any dietary restrictions. You can remove the clear aligners to eat and enjoy your favorite foods. Be sure to rinse out your mouth, or brush and floss, before putting your aligners back on.
How do I clean my aligners?
Gently brush your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may rinse them in lukewarm water, but not hot water. Hot water will warp your plastic aligners.
Do I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?
Yes, retainers are needed following treatment to ensure that teeth do not shift back into their previous crooked position. Your dentist will provide you with custom retainers.
Request a Dental Consultation with our Dentist in Austin, TX
Dr. Wainwright is dedicated to ensuring patient comfort during each and every dental treatment. We are accepting new Invisalign patients! You can contact Austin Dental Care by calling 512-518-6392. You may also request a consultation online today. Dr. Wainwright serves patients in West Austin, Lost Creek, West Lake Hills, Barton Creek, and all of Travis County, Texas.