Do you have crooked teeth? Are you looking for a straighter smile?
Dr. Glen Wainwright offers Invisalign® in our Austin, Texas dental office. These virtually invisible aligners shift teeth into a more uniform and straighter line. They work over a shorter period of time versus other orthodontic treatments. Invisalign also offers many advantages over traditional metal braces. Learn more about this cosmetic dentistry service below.
Invisalign at Austin Dental Care
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 option that will provide you or your teen with a beautiful smile.
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. The aligners will fit snuggly over your teeth. They work by subtly moving and rotating them into their proper position over many months of near-constant wear.
After 10-14 days of wearing your first aligner set, we will provide you with a new set. Each new set will shift your teeth a little more, and continue this process throughout your entire treatment time. Over time, your teeth will gradually align into a straight smile that 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 option. 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 because the aligners are removable. The transparent guard is easy to remove for meals and brushing!
- Easily brush your teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign does not use metal wires that get in the way.
- Talk without speech impediments. Invisalign is smooth and discreet, meaning that you can speak like normal while wearing the trays.
- Smile without being self-conscious. Only you will know you are wearing clear aligners.
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: Excessive growth in the jawbone causes gaps, missing teeth, and teeth that shift 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, the opposite effect cause an underbite. An underbite is when the lower row of teeth 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. It will cause eating problems and leave your smile less than stunning. Invisalign can spread out your teeth and straighten them in the process for a better smile.
The Invisalign Process at our Dental Office
Using Invisalign is a simple process. 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 mouth, teeth, and gums to see if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. We may also recommend other options, like traditional braces, if they are a better option for your issues.
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, Invisalign will make you your set of custom-made aligners. You will visit us to get your first set of trays so that we can make sure they fit and are comfy. So long as you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, your teeth will start to shift.
Charting Your Progress
We will provide a new set of aligners for you to wear every month. Also, 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. Watch it progress every week until your treatment is complete!
Do you want to learn more about Invisalign? Here are answers to some 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 adjusts 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, you need to wear retainers following treatment. This will ensure that your 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 provides a comfortable environment 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.