Invisalign® Specialist

University Oaks Dental -  - Dentist

University Oaks Dental

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Straightening crooked or crowded teeth does more than improve your self-esteem. It also reduces your risk of developing additional oral health issues including tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. However, wires, metal, and fear often cause patients to avoid fixing this common issue. Invisalign® is a metal-free and pain-free alternative. To begin your custom-made treatment, call or make an appointment online today with University Oaks Dental at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.

Invisalign® Q & A

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What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional braces, made up of a set of custom-made thermoplastic aligners that look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Each aligner blends in with your teeth and goes virtually unnoticed by others.

When used correctly, Invisalign® results are similar to those gained through the use of traditional fixed appliances. However, with Invisalign®, there is no metal, wires, or rubber bands. You also are not subject to the tightening that goes along with regular braces.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

To begin the Invisalign® process, University Oaks Dental creates 3D digital images of your teeth using an iTero scanner. This technology eliminates unpleasant putty impressions and reduces treatment time. It also increases the accuracy and precision of your treatment.

These images create a model of your mouth that allows you to see a same-day simulation of your final results before the process starts.

The model also gets sent to Invisalign® specialists who manipulate it in order to move each tooth to its final location. Then, each movement of every tooth gets divided into a progression that is used to create each unique aligner you wear throughout the Invisalign® treatment process.

Most of the time, Invisalign® aligners are worn for about two weeks. However, University Oaks Dental uses Propel orthodontics as a way to accelerate the process, making it so Invisalign® works in half the time. Rather than wearing each tray for two weeks, each tray only gets worn a week or less.

What is Propel?

Propel offers orthodontic devices and techniques that dramatically reduce treatment time. The Propel system consists of a simple three-step in-office procedure designed to stimulate the bones in your mouth for faster bone remodeling. Propel allows your teeth to move faster and more predictably, enabling you to achieve a straight, beautiful smile.

Whether or not you opt to include Propel in your Invisalign® treatment, University Oaks Dental recommends that you wear the aligners for at least 20 hours each day. Removal of the tray when eating, brushing, and flossing is required. It is especially important that you take your aligners out when drinking liquids that stain, including coffee and tea.

Why Choose Invisalign® Instead of Regular Braces?

Invisalign® has several advantages over traditional braces. These include:

  • Clear design
  • Removable
  • Less oral health issues (helps reduce plaque accumulation, tissue inflammation, and gingival recession normally associated with braces)
  • Reduced dental visits
  • Faster treatment time
  • More precise movements

If your teeth are crooked, and you are considering Invisalign® as a solution, call or make an appointment online today at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.