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Invisalign Clear Aligners At Parkside Dental

Invisalign clear aligner treatment in Murphy

Invisalign can straighten your smile in about a year, and they are clear, removable alternatives to traditional metal braces.

Clear aligners correct the position of your teeth gently, and they are virtually invisible when worn.

Most patients with mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues care candidates for Invisalign from our Murphy office.

No regular adjustment appointments are required with Invisalign, so you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair.

How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are made out of a strong, thin plastic that is similar in shape to a retainer. They are designed to gently shift your teeth over time, and move them toward the proper position in your mouth.

To begin your treatment, our Murphy dentists at Parkside Dental will work with or Invisalign to build your custom aligners. Once your aligners are created, you’ll wear each set for 20-22+ hours per day. Usually, you will switch to a new set about every 2 weeks. Every 4-6 weeks, you’ll come in for an appointment at our office to check the progress of your treatment and get your next several sets of aligners. Most patients require around 20-24 sets of aligners to treat their smile, so the average treatment time is about a year, though this may vary.

What are the benefits of clear aligners?

Clear aligners have a number of great benefits. The most obvious benefit is that they are almost completely invisible when worn, and will not affect your speech. This makes them very popular among older patients in Murphy who want to correct their smile, but do not want to wear unsightly metal braces.

In addition, clear aligners are removable so there are no dietary restrictions during treatment and you can brush and floss your teeth easily. This helps you maintain better oral hygiene while you straighten your smile. Overall, clear aligners tend to be more comfortable than metal braces and they do not exert heavy pressure on your teeth. You also don’t have to worry about having adjustments every few weeks, and the treatment time is usually shorter compared to other orthodontic alternatives.

What’s the difference between Invisalign and ClearCorrect?

Essentially, these treatments accomplish the same purpose with very similar methods. While there are some variations in the materials used to build your aligners, both Invisalign and ClearCorrect aligners look mostly identical. For more information or to find out which treatment is right for you and your budget, contact us at Parkside Dental for a consultation. We proudly serve patients in Murphy, Wylie, and surrounding Texas communities.

How Does the Invisalign Process Work?

Dr. Larsen will see you for a consultation to examine your teeth and determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign can correct a range of orthodontic problems, including misalignment, gaps, overcrowding, and bite problems, but you may not be a candidate if you have severe bite problems or very large gaps. 

If Invisalign is suitable for you, we will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the Invisalign lab so they can fabricate custom-made aligners for you to wear throughout your treatment. 

We will also determine if you will require Invisalign attachments, which are composite resin buttons that are bonded to your teeth in various shapes and sizes. They help the aligners perform certain tooth movements.

We will formulate a treatment plan for you by forwarding your scans and impressions to the Invisalign lab along with how we want your teeth to move. The Invisalign lab tech can then digitally plan your treatment by using 3D scans of your teeth to project a 3D highly realistic model of your teeth on their software. 

This software will show how they will map out your tooth movements and what your final alignment will be. We have access to this software in our office so we can show you your teeth will shift and what they’ll look like at the end of treatment.

Once the aligners have been fabricated and have arrived at our office, you can come to pick them up and begin your treatment by wearing them for at least 22 hours per day. Regular checkups every 6 weeks will be scheduled to check on your progress and provide you with more aligners. 

Your aligners need to be changed every 2 weeks. At the end of treatment, if you need additional aligners, we can order you more. Otherwise, we will take another set of impressions of your teeth to create a retainer for you to wear. This will maintain your straight alignment.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Work?

As long as you are wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, you will see instant results in just a few weeks. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll notice a change in your tooth alignment. This is because the aligners are gradually shifting your teeth with each aligner you wear. 

The overall length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and how well you comply with treatment. The most important thing is to wear your aligners every single day for a minimum of 22 hours. 

The average treatment length is 12 to 18 months but can be longer or shorter depending on your alignment. We can give you an approximate treatment time during your consultation at Parkside Dental.

How Do I Take Care of My Invisalign Aligners?

There are things you will need to avoid while wearing your aligners, such as:

  • Eating or drinking flavored beverages
  • Drinking hot liquids
  • Rinsing your aligners under hot water
  • Smoking
  • Putting your aligners back in after eating before cleaning your teeth

Instead, you should brush your aligners twice a day at the same time that you brush your teeth. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a cleaning solution to brush all of the surfaces of the aligners. You can either use denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals. We also recommend soaking them once a day for 15 minutes in this solution to remove bacteria.

More tips on caring for your aligners:

  • Rinse out your aligners when taking them out of your mouth
  • Rinse your aligners before putting them back in your mouth
  • Brush and floss your teeth after eating before wearing aligners
  • Store aligners in their storage case when you aren’t wearing them
  • Don’t use abrasive products like toothpaste, mouthwash, or soap to clean your aligners

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