Subtly and Comfortably Straighten Your Smile with Invisalign®
Patients looking for a straight and healthy smile are sometimes worried about how braces will affect their appearance. Fortunately, Dr. Melina Morrison offers Invisalign® at her Rockwall, TX, dental practice. Invisalign® involves clear, BPA-free plastic trays that are custom-fitted for your teeth. Worn 22 hours a day, they can correct a variety of orthodontic issues as well as enhance your appearance and lifelong dental health. Since the trays are removable it is easy to maintain good dental hygiene habits, and you can continue eating your favorite foods. When you visit Rockwall Family Dentistry, Dr. Morrison will explain Invisalign® and your other orthodontic options. She will help you choose a treatment that fits your personal goals and budget.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign®?
If you are struggling with any of the following orthodontic concerns, you may be a candidate for Invisalign®:
- Crowded or gapped teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Crooked or tipped teeth
- Malocclusion, such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
While Invisalign® can correct more serious types of misalignment, it is not appropriate in all cases. If you have a severely crooked bite, traditional braces may be more suited to your needs. On the other hand, if you have only minor misalignment, she may recommend Invisalign® Express. This treatment can achieve attractive results, typically in just six months. At Rockwall Family Dentistry, Dr. Morrison will evaluate the positions of your teeth to determine the right treatment for you.
Invisalign® is suitable for both adults and adolescents. In fact, we proudly offer Invisalign Teen® specifically for our younger patients. This treatment includes extra aligner trays in case your child misplaces one.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
In many ways, Invisalign® and traditional braces are very similar. Both treatments use special orthodontic appliances to place a gentle pressure on teeth and gradually shift them in your mouth. However, Invisalign® employs remarkably discreet aligner trays, rather than noticeable metal brackets. To provide comfortable and effective aligners, Dr. Morrison will take digital scans of your teeth. Projecting these images on a computer screen, she can design your custom trays. She will also show you exactly how your teeth will shift over the course of your treatment.
Once your Invisalign® treatment is complete, you will have a lower risk for cavities, dental discoloration, TMJ disorder, and enamel erosion.
An Invisalign® lab will create your trays. Once they are ready and you have picked them up, you will wear each tray for about two weeks. Every tray will have its own unique shape, determined by the changing alignment of your teeth. Treatment times vary for each individual. However, in most cases, you will see final results in about one year.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
There are many reasons to consider Invisalign®. First, like standard orthodontic care, this treatment can dramatically improve your appearance. It can enhance your overall facial contours, help you look younger (or more mature, in the case of teens), and boost your self-confidence. Simultaneously, orthodontia can improve your dental health. Once your treatment is complete, you will have a lower risk for cavities, dental discoloration, TMJ disorder, and enamel erosion.
Invisalign® offers several benefits over traditional braces. First, of course, the aligners are much subtler. In fact, you may find that almost no one notices that you are wearing them. This characteristic can be particularly advantageous if you are a working professional or an older teen.
Second, Invisalign® is very comfortable. The smooth plastic will not irritate your mouth, and the trays will generally put less force on your teeth than braces. Finally, this treatment is also very convenient. With the removable trays, you can freely eat your favorite foods, and more easily maintain your oral hygiene.