Invisible Braces in Austin, TX
Do crooked teeth keep you from living life to the fullest? Are you continually holding back or hiding your smile from the world?
Having a beautiful smile is essential for your confidence and overall self-esteem, but the importance of pretty teeth goes far beyond vanity. Teeth alignment also impacts your oral health and plays a role in how well your jaw can do its job.
Treatment with Invisalign can return your teeth to proper alignment for optimum oral health. Plus, you get the added benefit of a straight and beautiful smile that you can be proud to show off. Invisalign can also be helpful for patients suffering from issues like bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Aligning your teeth will protect them from the damage caused by bruxism and eliminate the painful symptoms of TMD.
At Harmony Dental Wellness, we offer Invisalign in Austin, TX to help align your smile. If you long for straighter, more beautiful teeth, contact Dr. Sheila Farahani today by calling (512) 346-1212.
- Why does it matter if I have straight teeth?
- How does clear aligner therapy work?
- What are the advantages of Invisalign?
- Do clear braces hurt?
- How often do I have to wear my Invisalign trays?
- Is Invisalign right for me?
Why does it matter if I have straight teeth?
In almost every case, straight teeth are healthier than crooked teeth. If you have straight teeth, you’re less likely to develop additional dental health problems than if your teeth are facing a bunch of different directions.
Crooked teeth are more difficult to brush and floss properly. Why? Because misalignment leaves more crevices, nooks, and crannies for food particles and bacteria to hide in. The more angles and directions you have to account for among your teeth, the harder it is to clean them.
When you can’t keep your teeth clean, your risk for developing issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities increases. Misaligned teeth also affect the efficiency of your bite, which can cause problems like facial pain, tenderness when chewing, and jaw joint deterioration.
So, while straight teeth do benefit your looks and your confidence, the more important reason to keep your smile in line is so you can manage your oral health. If you’re struggling to keep a crooked smile healthy, Invisalign in Austin, TX can help you get your teeth into proper alignment.
How does clear aligner therapy work?
When you think of straightening your teeth, you’re probably envisioning having to wear unsightly metal brackets and wires. While a mouth full of metal is indeed the standard for traditional braces, clear braces offer a more modern spin on classic orthodontia.
Our Austin Invisalign treatment utilizes clear plastic aligners designed with a snug fit that ensures they are comfortable to wear and don’t interfere with talking or smiling. Because they are clear, the aligners are virtually invisible when worn.
These thin, plastic braces work the same way standard braces do: gradually pushing and pulling your teeth into alignment to create a straighter, healthier smile. The difference is that you get to go through your orthodontic treatment without drawing unwanted attention to your teeth. Comfortable, flexible plastic trays take the place of bulky, cumbersome wires.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
When compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners have many advantages. With Invisalign trays, you can:
- Enjoy all your favorite foods, even the ones that are sticky, chewy, or crunchy
- Remove your braces for a significant life event or special occasion
- Take photos without worrying about brackets and wires
- Brush your teeth without worrying about missing spots or having stains from where the brackets were
- Floss without floss threaders
- Receive thorough cleanings and dental exams from your Austin dentist without us having to work around braces
- Have other dental work done during your treatment
To discover more ways that Invisalign can benefit your smile, schedule a visit to our dental office.
Do clear braces hurt?
While you wear your Invisalign trays, you can expect to feel the mild pain that is standard in orthodontic treatments.
It’s normal to experience temporary sensations of:
These sensations will be most potent during the first few days after you progress to the next Invisalign aligner. We compare the temporary pain to how it feels when you first have traditional braces tightened.
Your discomfort with Invisalign should only ever be mild, and we encourage you to manage your symptoms with over-the-counter pain meds like Tylenol. For most patients, Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces because there are no brackets or sharp wires with clear braces.
Our Austin dentist is here to help make your Invisalign treatment go as smoothly as possible. If you ever have questions or concerns about pain or other symptoms from Invisalign, we encourage you to call Harmony Dental Wellness to speak with a clinical team member.
How often do I have to wear my Invisalign trays?
For effective treatment, dentists recommend wearing your Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours each day.
The more compliant you are as a patient, the more successful your orthodontic treatment will be. While you’ll need to wear your Invisalign clear aligners as often as you can, you can and should remove them for eating and oral hygiene. Because you take your trays out to eat, there are no food restrictions during Invisalign treatment!
You should remove your aligners to:
- Eat any type of food
- Drink hot or colored liquids
- Brush and floss your teeth
- Clean the aligners
You will visit your dentist frequently throughout your Invisalign treatment to ensure that it’s progressing as planned. But since you can change out your Invisalign aligners at home, treatment typically requires fewer visits than traditional orthodontics do, making it convenient for those with hectic schedules.
If you’re worried about having to avoid your favorite foods or don’t know how orthodontics can fit into your busy lifestyle, talk to our dentist about Invisalign in Austin, TX by calling (512) 346-1212.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Invisalign is an excellent choice for many patients, but not the best fit for everyone. To ensure that you’re a strong candidate for Invisalign, you’ll have an initial dental appointment with us before starting treatment.
As a new patient, you will find that Dr. Farahani spends extra time discussing your concerns and desires for your smile and your oral health with you. We also address lifestyle factors and habits that could be a consideration in achieving optimum wellness. We may recommend an Invisalign consultation if we see a need, such as a bite misalignment or a cosmetic interest in having straighter teeth.
Dr. Farahani is excited to bring Invisalign to Harmony Dental Wellness. As a certified provider, she can help determine if this innovative treatment is right for your needs through a comprehensive examination that includes taking photos and x-rays of your teeth.
If you are moving forward with Invisalign, Dr. Farahani will use 3-D technology to create your treatment plan, which Invisalign will then use to fabricate each set of your aligners according to her specifications.
To learn more about Invisalign in Austin, TX and how it might benefit you, contact Harmony Dental Wellness today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Farahani.