What Is Invisalign?

We proudly offer Invisalign to straighten teeth and improve your smile here at Smile Lounge in Frisco, TX. Invisalign is a well-established and popular brand of clear aligners that provide an alternative to other common orthodontic treatments such as metal and lingual braces. 

Without having to use the metal wires and brackets like traditional and lingual braces do, Invisalign effectively and conveniently improves smiles by slowly and gently moving the teeth through a series of removable, clear, plastic molds. 

Most cases of crooked teeth or abnormal bites can be successfully corrected through Invisalign, however, depending on how complex your case is, traditional treatment by an orthodontist may be recommended.

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

Almost everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. Both adults and teens are eligible and Invisalign is often a great option for those who need only mild to moderate correction of their teeth. 

You may be a good candidate for Invisalign if:

  • You are in your late teens or an adult
  • Only need mild to moderate correction of your teeth
  • Have gaps in your teeth
  • Have crowded teeth
  • Have teeth that are shifting after previous orthodontic treatment
  • Have a mildly irregular bite – under, over, and crossbites
  • Can commit to wearing them for 22 hours a day

How Do I Get Invisalign? 

First, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced and caring dentists, Dr. Song or Dr. Cho. After evaluating your smile and discussing your options, if it is determined that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, we will create a customized digital treatment plan just for you. Next, an impression of your teeth is taken and sent off to Invisalign for the design of your custom digital treatment plan.

Once the digital treatment plan returns to our office, our dentists will discuss it with you and if all is acceptable, will approve it allowing for your customized clear aligners to be created. The digital treatment plan will not only show the final outcome of your treatment but it will show exactly how the clear aligners will slowly adjust and correct your teeth in the process.

Next, your custom clear aligners will arrive and you’re ready to begin your treatment! Occasionally, small tooth-colored buttons will need to be placed over the teeth to help the treatment move along faster. 

How Long Does Treatment with Invisalign Take?

Every treatment is individualized, therefore, the duration may vary among individuals but typically, a full Invisalign treatment will take anywhere from 12-18 months.

How Do I Care for My Invisalign?

Invisalign needs to be worn 22 hours a day and changed out either weekly or biweekly. Other general care instructions include:

  • Take off your clear aligners before eating or drinking anything but water or other clear liquids
  • Brush and floss before your teeth put them back on.
  • Keep your follow-up appointments (usually every 4-6 weeks) to get new trays and continue in the process of getting your teeth correctly aligned

After Invisalign

Enjoy your beautiful new smile! Show that baby off and enjoy the confidence that comes with it. Consider other cosmetic dentistry options to really get that smile shining! 

While you’re taking it all in and smiling at yourself 10x in the mirror, don’t forget that to keep those teeth straight, you will need to wear your customized retainer after your Invisalign treatment. Super Important! 

The retainer you’ll wear after Invisalign is a custom-made clear tray (similar to your Invisalign trays) that keeps your teeth in place after treatment. It is critical to wear your retainers nightly after Invisalign treatment. This is so your teeth do not shift back to their initial position and require repeat orthodontic treatment. 

Schedule a Consultation to See if Invisalign is Right for You!

At Smile Lounge in Frisco, TX we are passionate about making people smile! We are here to help you improve your smile in any way we can and we have seen countless smiles enhanced by Invisalign. Schedule an appointment with us today to see if Invisalign is right for you!

Scheduling a dental appointment with one of our expert dentists is easy. Just call (469) 956-2601 or use our convenient online scheduling tool right now. We look forward to serving you and reestablishing excellent dental health.