What’s standing between you and a straight smile? For some patients, the primary obstacle is a busy schedule, while for many others it might be the thought of spending years wearing traditional metal braces. But whatever your particular obstacle, there’s good news: you don’t have to spend months wearing traditional metal braces to have straight, beautiful teeth. With Invisalign® in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. King and our Fort Worth dental team can help you achieve your goals discreetly. In fact, most people won’t even notice the clear aligners, so give us a call to schedule your consultation!
Instead of using metal brackets and wires to move teeth, Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made trays. Each tray in your treatment kit will be designed to play a specific role in the treatment process. As you go through treatment, you’ll wear each tray for about two weeks with each set bringing you closer to your goal of a more beautiful smile. Just make sure that you’re wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours per day to maintain results. Treatment with Invisalign often takes between 12-18 months to complete, but it requires fewer dental office visits overall. We’ll only need to see you once every four to six weeks to check your progress.
Invisalign is a great service for patients with mild to moderate alignment issues. Take a moment to look over the most common issues Invisalign can resolve.
Crowded teeth only become more difficult to clean as more pockets appear for food debris and bacteria to get stuck in. By straightening your teeth, you remove these pockets and reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease while improving your smile’s appearance.
If you don’t like the gaps in your smile, especially if you have a gap between your two front teeth, Invisalign addresses these issues very effectively. Furthermore, you’ll reduce your risk for dental disease with fewer gaps in your smile.
If you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite, Invisalign may be right for you! Since uneven bites put undue stress on your jaw joint, treating it now works to prevent jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and accelerated wear and tear of your tooth enamel.
Treatment with Invisalign comes with a range of great benefits. The most obvious benefit is that your trays are clear; no one but Dr. King will ever have to know you’re wearing them.
What’s more, your Invisalign trays are removable. With traditional braces, keeping your smile clean can be difficult because food can become trapped around your brackets and wires. But because you can remove your Invisalign trays, you can brush as thoroughly as you normally would. As a result, you can continue to eat the same foods you enjoyed before starting treatment. You can also remove your trays to brush and floss, which will help you keep your smile cleaner.
Every Invisalign patient’s treatment is unique, so the cost of treatment can largely vary depending on your needs. Additionally, those who do not wear their aligners for long enough may experience hiccups or even relapses in treatment, which is partially why we ask you to come in for routine appointments to confirm the status of your smile. To know how much your treatment will cost, you’ll need to come in for a consultation to confirm your eligibility for Invisalign as well as go over your payment options. Keep in mind that while the short-term costs can be high now, the results are long-term and have the potential to last a lifetime.
If you want to know if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, see Dr. King for a consultation. She would be happy to assess your needs and talk to you about your treatment options. We're proud to serve patients of all ages from Fort Worth, Haltom City, Burleson, North Richland Hills, Benbrook, and all surrounding communities.
Are you wondering what your life would be like if you decided to treat your orthodontic issues with Invisalign in Fort Worth? For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients below. That way, you can feel confident when you choose Invisalign clear aligners to improve your smile.
Many people associate straightening their teeth with discomfort and pain due to traditional metal braces. These used rough and pokey brackets and wires to gradually change the position of teeth, and every month or so, patients would need to get them tightened, causing even more discomfort. Fortunately, Invisalign treatment is virtually pain-free. Each set of aligners is made from a smooth, custom-fitted plastic that comfortably fits over your teeth without scratching or irritating your oral tissues.
It is important to note that some patients report slight tenderness when they advance to a new pair of aligners because they can feel tighter than the last set. However, this discomfort typically only lasts for a day or two. You can combat it by switching to your new trays at night, so you sleep through a majority of the adjustment period or by taking over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen as directed on the packaging.
Maintaining aligners is a vital part of avoiding oral health problems throughout your treatment. However, it’s important to do this using specific tools and products that don’t scratch or damaged the trays. Here are some maintenance tips while you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment:
Towards the end of your Invisalign treatment, we’ll discuss the details about wearing a retainer with you. In order to keep your newly aligned teeth in their positions, you will need to wear one for a specific amount of time. Depending on your needs, you may also be eligible for a permanent retainer.
If you lose an aligner, it’s important not to panic and to contact our office immediately. We don’t want to set your treatment time back too far, so we’ll work quickly to replace your tray so you can continue making progress on straightening your teeth. The longer you wait to address the issue, the longer your finished results will be postponed.