Krieger Orthodontics is your trusted expert straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Carrollton, Lewisville, The Colony, and surrounding communities. For teens and adults who want the same results traditional braces provide, but with more freedom and flexibility, Invisalign could be the answer!
The Invisalign clear aligner system aligns teeth and improves oral health by using a series of clear, removable aligners. At your initial consultation, we will use X-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth. We’ll use this to build a customized aligner system that is specific to each patient’s smile. The trays are constructed of a smooth, comfortable material that fits firmly yet comfortably over your teeth. These trays are designed to be switched out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the teeth as they move into their desired new positions. When used as directed, Invisalign has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues.
Other than invisibility, one of the biggest advantages of Invisalign aligners is the fact that you can take them off. You’ll never have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires because Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed when you eat or drink anything other than water. They’re also meant to be removed before brushing and flossing, so it’s much easier to access your teeth and maintain a good oral hygiene routine, which is even more important for orthodontic patients.
Being able to remove the clear aligners also means you can avoid any food restrictions, which can be one of the biggest learning curves with traditional braces. With Invisalign, you don’t have to give up any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Aligners do need to be removed before all meals in order to avoid staining and should be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.
With Invisalign aligners, there are no pesky wires to poke out and irritate your mouth, and there aren’t any adjustment appointments. Invisalign wearers can still expect to attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks, however, so that Dr. Glenn Kreiger can be sure everything is going according to plan.
The Invisalign system is pretty straightforward. Each aligner will be worn for about two weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As the aligners are replaced with the next one in the series, your teeth will move gradually, until they reach their final desired positions.
During visits with Krieger Orthodontics, we’ll check to make sure your treatment is progressing as planned. You have to keep up with changing the aligners on time and must also wear them as directed. This is the most critical element to success with your Carrollton Invisalign! Your trays will be custom designed to fit your unique dental needs and will need to be changed frequently in order to keep up with the shifting of the teeth as they begin to straighten. Skipping your appointments or not changing aligners as scheduled can quickly undo any progress that’s been made.
It’s important to remember that every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment in their own way. Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth, so it can be hard to say with certainty how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results. Though the average tends to be somewhere between 6 and 18 months, this can vary widely from case to case and depends primarily on patient compliance.
The average treatment time is calculated based on patients following the recommended guidelines by wearing their aligners at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the course of treatment. Any deviation from this, no matter how small, can add extra time to the overall process. Invisalign can only work if you follow directions and the plan we have agreed on.