Invisalign® can realign and straighten a smile similarly to traditional braces without the discomfort, food restrictions, or unsightly metal hardware. Dr. Jon Marc Van Slate offers these virtually invisible aligner trays at our Houston, TX, dental practice. They provide an excellent orthodontic option for patients looking to treat dental misalignment and bite issues. Having a straighter smile not only improves your overall dental health, but can give you the confidence you need to smile more.
What is Invisalign?
If you choose to straighten your smile with Invisalign, you will receive a series of customized aligner trays that are to be worn consecutively two weeks at a time in order to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Unlike traditional metal braces that have sharp brackets and wires that can irritate the inside of your mouth, Invisalign® trays are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, providing a more comfortable alternative.
Many of our adult patients enjoy that they can maintain a professional appearance while also discreetly achieving a straighter, healthier smile.
The mouthpieces should be worn at least 22 hours a day. Because they are removable, you never have to deal with pesky food restrictions or difficulty in cleaning your teeth. Many of our adult patients enjoy that they can maintain a professional appearance while also discreetly achieving a straighter, healthier smile.
Determining If You Are a Good Candidate
You may be a good candidate for Invisalign if you have:
- Crooked teeth
- An under bite
- An overbite
- A crossbite
- An open bite
- Overlapping or gapped teeth
- TMJ disorder
What to Expect during the Treatment
During your initial consultation, Dr. Van Slate will take digital impressions of your smile using our iTero® 3-D scanner. This advanced technology provides a more convenient and precise impression than traditional methods that involve uncomfortable trays and messy putty.
Once the impressions are taken, they will be sent to the Invisalign lab where a technician will design your trays. Each tray will need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day for two weeks at a time before advancing to the next tray in the series. Because they can be removed up to two hours a day, you can eat and brush and floss your teeth effectively, or remove them for important meetings, seminars, or special events.
Overall treatment generally takes about 12 to 18 months. During that time, Dr. Van Slate will monitor your progress through follow-up appointments every six weeks. Because this type of treatment relies on the patient to keep track of changing their trays, Invisalign requires a level of discipline on the patient’s part.
Benefits of Invisalign
With a straighter smile, you can achieve better oral health, enhanced self-confidence, and better quality of life. Compared to traditional orthodontics, Invisalign provides:
- Better aesthetics
- More comfortable, discreet treatment
- Removable trays
- No food restrictions
- Fewer office visits
Achieve a Straighter Smile
If you are interested in a discreet and comfortable solution to achieving a straighter smile, you may enjoy the benefits that Invisalign offers. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Van Slate, contact our office online today or call (713) 783-1993.