We think it’s safe to say that virtually everyone would like to have a beautiful smile. In fact, studies show that a nice smile can actually boost your self-esteem! One of the best ways to begin is by straightening your teeth. In the past, that meant wearing metal braces for an extended period of time – a prospect that didn’t sound very appealing no matter what age you might be. Fortunately, now you have another option: Invisalign®. Thanks to this revolutionary dental technology, you or any member of your family can enjoy a straighter smile, and no one will ever know that you’re wearing “braces.” Dr. Kassabian is pleased to offer Invisalign® technology to his Austin, TX area patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Invisalign is an alternative treatment to traditional orthodontic braces that can help to correct cosmetic dental concerns like crowding, gaps, and even some bite issues. Invisalign uses clear, plastic trays, or invisible aligners, that fit over your upper and/or lower teeth and apply the pressure needed to move them into better alignment.
For Austin TX residents interested in improving their smile without the discomfort, embarrassment, and time commitment associated with traditional orthodontic braces, these removable, invisible trays offer a convenient and appealing alternative treatment.
Any Austin area resident seeking a beautiful, straight smile could be a good candidate for Invisalign, although a professional consultation will be necessary to determine the best course of treatment. If you suffer from crowding, gaps, or other spacing issues; you have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite; or you just want a straighter smile in general, you could be a candidate for Invisalign.
Invisalign products may not be suitable for severe alignment issues, but there is no way to know until you undergo professional assessment. Invisalign is not suitable for children or young teens who are still experiencing tooth movement, and is generally reserved for older teens and adults.
Austin area patients will likely see improvement much faster with Invisalign than with traditional orthodontic braces. The average patient completes treatment in as little as 12 months, although the duration of treatment will depend on the severity of your case and how dedicated you are to the process.
Part of the appeal of Invisalign is that unlike orthodontic braces, aligners are not permanently affixed to teeth. In other words, you can remove them when you eat, drink, brush, floss, or take photos.
However, it is recommended that all Austin TX patients wear aligners 22 hours per day throughout the course of treatment in order to see optimal results. Removing aligners more frequently could result in a longer course of treatment.
Invisalign aligner trays are considered more comfortable and convenient than traditional orthodontic braces, and the fact that they’re made from clear plastic means that most people will never even notice you have them on – but you have to commit to wearing them. This is another reason why younger patients are not great candidates for Invisalign.
As with any new additions to your oral cavity, from crowns to orthodontic braces, the use of Invisalign may include an adjustment period of a few days. During this time, you may notice a slight lisp as you learn to navigate the new bulk in your mouth while you speak.
This is no cause for concern and most Austin patients adjust and begin speaking normally again within just a couple of days. Some patients don’t even notice the difference. All in all, using Invisalign is a convenient alternative to orthodontic braces for any patients interested in improving the cosmetic appearance of their smile and in many cases, improving oral health in the process.
Top Reasons to Visit Jester Village Dental Care for Invisalign®
- Enjoy the benefits of straight teeth without the embarrassment of metal braces
- Invisalign® technology works just as well as traditional metal braces – the only difference is that these aligner trays are nearly invisible!
- Most patients report that Invisalign® trays are much more comfortable than old-fashioned metal braces
What You Need to Know about Invisalign®
Inventors of Invisalign® technology came up with a truly brilliant idea: using clear plastic aligner trays to straighten a patient’s teeth. The initial step in the process involves Dr. Kassabian fitting you with your first aligner tray. After that, you’ll receive a new tray every few weeks as your teeth slowly move into their new position. The trays are relatively comfortable, and you can even remove them to eat and clean your teeth. It’s important to remember that you will need to wear the trays for a minimum of 22 hours each day.
While there’s no doubt that this new technology is very effective, it may not be right for everyone. Dr. Kassabian can help you decide whether or not Invisalign® is the right choice for you.
Contact Our Austin, TX Office Today
For more information about Invisalign®, contact Jester Village Dental today. We’d be pleased to welcome you and your family to our patient family!