There are a variety of options for people who want to correct certain orthodontic concerns, including traditional metal braces. Many patients, however, may want to straighten their teeth using a more discreet method, which is where Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® clear aligners come in. Made with a clear, thin material, Invisalign can adjust tooth alignment without metal brackets and wires. Many patients are excellent candidates for this method of treatment from our full-service team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX.
Dr. Jireh Yue can help you correct misaligned teeth or issues with the bite for a more even, balanced smile that's easy to maintain and clean. More than that, many patients find clear aligners to be comfortable and can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Created using advanced dental technology, these aligners can help with common orthodontic issues such as bite misalignment, crowding, and gapped teeth. To find out if you or your teenager might be a candidate for Invisalign, call our practice and schedule a custom consult with Dr. Yue.
Invisalign Teen is an excellent option for individuals who want to straighten their teeth and correct misalignment discreetly. Made Ya Smile Dental offers this service as it is uniquely designed to meet the needs of younger patients. Similar to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen has clear, removable aligners for patients who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional metal braces. These nearly invisible aligners are also ideal if your child plays sports or a certain instrument as an extra-curricular activity since brackets and wires increase the risk of injury to the face and teeth. Invisalign Teen also has blue indicator dots on each tray that fades when used properly. This allows Dr. Yue to partner with parents to keep your teen on track and make sure the orthodontics are worn as recommended.
Best Candidates for Invisalign
If you or a member of your family want to achieve a straighter smile, but do not like the idea of wearing traditional metal wires and brackets, Invisalign clear aligners may be the right treatment option. Aligners are smooth, removable, and computer-generated to perfectly fit your smile. To work, Invisalign must be worn for at least 20 hours a day but can be taken off for activities such as eating and cleaning. Patients especially enjoy the fact that aligners are almost invisible, which means they can correct a range of orthodontic concerns without their friends and family knowing.
Factors such as genetics, mouth or facial trauma, tooth loss, thumb sucking, and developmental issues all affect jaw and teeth alignment. If your bite is uneven, this can lead to chipped or worn down teeth, jaw pain, a receding gumline, and other concerns, such as the ability to eat and speak easily. Based on your individual needs, Invisalign can help improve your overall oral health. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen can correct cases of:
- Crossbite, overbite, and underbite
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Spacing or gaps between the teeth
- Light tooth rotation or teeth that protrude
What To Expect with Invisalign®
Dr. Yue can help you decide if Invisalign or Invisalign Teeth is the right option for your dental goals with a thorough evaluation. During this appointment, we will take 3D cone beam scans of your mouth, head, and jawbone as well as impressions of your lower and upper teeth. We will then send these images to a software program where we can create your unique treatment plan. Invisalign works by guiding teeth into place with a series of clear aligner trays created by a special Invisalign lab. Once they arrive in our facility, you will return to try the first set and make sure it fits securely and comfortably. We will then give you instructions for wearing the aligners. You will wear each set of trays for two weeks in the order established by our team, simply trade them out for the next in line. Made Ya Smile Dental will schedule visits at our facility every 4 – 6 weeks to make any needed adjustments and monitor your progress. Treatment time usually takes about a year but is based on the needs of each patient.
After the active stage of your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, Made Ya Smile Dental will create a custom retainer to keep your teeth in place while the jaw stabilizes. Invisalign Vivera® retainers are made from the same clear and comfortable material as your aligner trays. Our staff will give you helpful information about how to care for and clean your retainers, including when to wear them. It's important to wear the retainer all the time for a few months to avoid a relapse in tooth positioning, protecting the investment you made in your smile. When you schedule a routine examination and cleaning with our facility, we will continue to monitor your progress, bite, and tooth position.
Invisalign Insurance Coverage
Many dental insurance providers offer some coverage for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. To understand your benefits, a member of our administrative staff will reach out to your insurer and confirm. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we will help you and your family get the affordable and convenient care you need to meet your budget requirements. We take many options for payment, including low-cost flexible financing with CareCredit®.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen can discreetly correct a range of orthodontic issues such as crooked or crowded teeth, teeth that protrude, and slightly rotated teeth for a healthier, more confident smile. At our cutting-edge practice, we proudly offer the trusted Invisalign brand to serve you and your family with a nearly invisible straightening solution. To speak with Dr. Yue about your custom treatment options, contact Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX to schedule your Invisalign appointment.