Dr. Bailey works tirelessly to ensure patients receive the quality orthodontic treatment that they deserve. The team at Bailey Orthodontics provides premier care for patients in Coppell, Carrollton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Grapevine and Irving, Texas. Dr. Bailey believes that young or old, every patient should have a beautiful smile. Whether you are looking to begin early treatment for your child or see if you are a candidate for Invisalign, our practice has a treatment option to cater to your needs. Learn more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen below, and contact us to see if you qualify for this unique treatment!
What Makes Invisalign Different?
In the right hands, Invisalign can be a terrific way to align teeth without the use of metal appliances. Unlike ordinary braces that use metal wires and brackets to straighten your teeth, the Invisalign System uses a series of clear aligners to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using 3-D computer graphics and 100-year-old science of orthodontics, Invisalign is the discreet way to straighten your teeth as an adult or teen. Each aligner is created specifically for your mouth, and should only be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. Each aligner will be worn for about two weeks at a time. Every time you replace an aligner with the next one, your teeth will gradually begin to move until your final alignment is prescribed. Before you know it you will have the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
What are the Benefits of Choosing Invisalign?
Dr. Bailey believes that there are a number of benefits to choosing Invisalign. Some of the reasons why our patients choose Invisalign over traditional braces include:
- Clear aligners that are virtually invisible to the naked eye
- Removable appliances for eating, brushing and flossing
- No metal wires or brackets
- Custom made for optimal comfort
- Shorter treatment time between six and eighteen months
Q. How often must I wear my aligners?
A. You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.
Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?
A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.
Q. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment? A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
Q. Can I chew gum?
A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?
A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?
A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?
A. Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?
A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.
Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?
A. Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.
Like Invisalign, this form of treatment is a great way for teenagers to straighten their teeth in a clear, discreet manner. Teenagers can be self-conscious about wearing braces, which is why these clear aligners were designed with smaller mouths in mind. Each aligner is removable and clear so teens can straighten his or her teeth without anyone knowing it.
What Sets Invisalign Teen Apart?
Invisalign Teen differs from regular Invisalign as it has blue to clear color aligners that show how long each aligner has been worn. They are designed for the growing mouths of teenagers in order to get the perfect smile they’ve always wanted. Additionally, six free replacement aligners are included with Invisalign Teen in case some become lost or broken during treatment.
What Conditions Does Invisalign Teen Treat?
By using Invisalign Teen, our patients can fix a wide range of orthodontic problems. In the past these conditions were typically treated with traditional braces, as there were no other forms of treatment available. With Invisalign Teen, the following conditions can be fixed:
- Overly crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth