correct your smile without braces
Want a straighter, more even smile in Richardson, but want to avoid wearing traditional metal braces? Dr. Toni Engram at Flourish Dental Boutique is here to help. At our office, we specialize in Invisalign treatment. Learn more below, or contact us today for a consultation.
What Is Invisalign?
Understanding the basics
Invisalign consists of a set of clear plastic “aligners.” These aligners look similar to a teeth-grinding night guard or a retainer. When worn, they are designed to gently shift your teeth toward the proper position, similarly to braces.
Unlike braces, though, they’re removable, and you’ll swap through many different pairs of aligners during your Invisalign treatment. Each set of aligners is designed to continue gradually moving your teeth toward their desired position.
With Invisalign, you can easily correct minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues with your smile without wearing bulky metal braces. It’s an ideal choice for patients of all ages, but is particularly popular with older adults who want to straighten their teeth.
Firstly, Invisalign is completely invisible when worn, and it does not affect your speech. This means nobody has to know about your Invisalign treatment unless you want them to, making it ideal for older adults.
Invisalign can also be removed to brush and floss, and to eat and drink. This makes oral hygiene easier, and also means there are no dietary restrictions, which makes your life more convenient.
Overall, Invisalign is also more comfortable than braces. There are no metal components to poke or irritate your oral tissue, and your aligners will adjust your teeth with more gentle, even pressure compared to traditional braces.
what to expect
the invisalign process
After you’ve been approved, you’ll come to Flourish Dental Boutique, where Dr. Engram will take scans and/or dental impressions of your teeth. Then, she will work with Invisalign to develop your smile treatment plan and create your Invisalign aligners.
You’ll come back into our office to pick up your aligners in a few weeks, and you’ll get instructions from Dr. Engram on how to wear them and care for them. Typically, each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks for 20-22 hours or longer per day.
Then, you’ll come into Flourish Dental Boutique every 4-6 weeks to get a quick checkup from Dr. Engram, and to get your next several sets of aligners. This basic process will continue until your treatment is complete.
how long does
Treatment with Invisalign typically takes about a year. This means that it’s quite a bit faster than braces, which usually must be worn for a minimum of 12-18 months.
However, the actual time it takes to treat your smile can vary based on the extent of your orthodontic issues. If you have minor problems with your smile, you may enjoy a faster treatment, while more serious problems may require additional treatment time. Dr. Engram can provide you with an accurate treatment time estimate after your consultation.