The Clear Advantage for Straighter Teeth

Orthodontics isn’t specifically for children and young adults.  Grown-ups deserve straight teeth too! But Dr. Brent Cornelius and his staff understand that some people feel traditional metal braces are unsightly.

Did you know that alternative, invisible orthodontic options are available? You can finally have the straighter, healthier smile that you want – and it’s available right here in our office! When you come in for your consultation we can talk about the specific advantages this system has to offer you.

What is Invisalign?

We’re proud to offer Invisalign, which is a state-of-the-art orthodontic system that uses the latest in digital technology to fabricate custom aligners for your teeth.  These clear trays are nearly invisible when worn and can be removed, unlike traditional types of braces.

The Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

  • Nearly invisible: Since the aligners are clear, most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing them, so your life can go on uninterrupted.
  • No food restrictions: Eat whatever you’d like.  You don’t have to avoid sticky foods like caramel or bubblegum.  You can even partake in some other favorites like popcorn, juicy steak, or soft bread!
  • Easier to clean: Invisalign trays can be removed for brushing and flossing, which makes your hygiene routine easier.  No extra time or special tools are needed to clean your teeth.
  • Less painful: Metal brackets and wires can feel pointy and rough inside of your mouth.  They may even cause blisters or painful ulcers while you adjust to them. Invisalign aligners are custom fabricated and replicate your specific oral anatomy, leaving a smooth feel. But comfort doesn’t stop there; the outer material of the aligners is also gentle on your tongue, cheeks, and lips.
  • Faster treatment: In general, when compared to traditional braces, Invisalign works faster at closing gaps and straightening teeth. You’ll be done with ortho before you know it!

What to Expect at The Initial Consultation

At you first visit, we’ll complete a full oral exam to see if you’re eligible for Invisalign.  If you are, we’ll take a series of digital images with an intraoral scanner that will show a 3-D replica of your teeth and gums.  At this initial consultation, we’ll also need to take some x-rays and photos of your teeth and smile as part of the treatment planning process.

All of the information that we gather goes straight to Invisalign. Together, their lab and our dental team will design an individual orthodontic plan for your bite.  If you’d like, you can return for a second consultation to preview a simulation of what your new smile will look like before you even start treatment. We’ll also be able to give you an estimate of how long your Invisalign process will take to complete. If you’re ready to proceed, your custom aligners will be ordered. Once they’ve arrived at our office, you’ll stop by to be fitted and start treatment the same day.

What to Expect at My Initial Placement Appointment

Invisalign works by using aligners that are smooth on the outside and rigid on the inside. The consistency, along with the use of buttons (which take the place of metal brackets in traditional braces), is what allows your teeth to move where we want them.

At your first delivery appointment, we’ll need to place a few buttons.  No drilling or needles are required for this process; it’s a quick and easy procedure.  The front of a select number of teeth will be prepped and conditioned, making it easy for the material to bond to your enamel.  Then the tooth-colored button is adhered in place. Don’t worry – they’ll be as invisible as the aligners themselves!

If your teeth are very crowded, they may require interproximal reduction (IPR).  This is painless procedure and essentially means that we are slightly opening up the space between the teeth with a thin sanding strip, creating more room. IPR or button placement/removal may be required throughout the process, but it’s not very often.  Most of it is done at this initial visit.

Once the teeth are prepped, we’ll insert the first set of aligners.  Before you leave the office, we’ll help you practice taking the trays in and out and give you a set of home care instructions to follow.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners

Since you shouldn’t wear them to eat, drink and brush, removing and reinserting Invisalign is something you’ll get the hang of very quickly.  Always remember to brush your teeth after you eat and drink, and immediately place the aligners back in. In order to stay on track with your treatment, the trays need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day.

Each aligner is shaped slightly different as you progress through the treatment.  They’re worn for 1 – 2 weeks (we’ll be sure to let you know specifically). We’ll give you a few sets of aligners to take home with you and you’ll come in periodically for us to check your progress and deliver your additional aligners.

What Happens When I’m Done with Invisalign?

Once everything is in its optimal position, we’ll remove the buttons that were bonded on your teeth.  You’ll also be provided with a maintenance protocol so that the teeth don’t revert back to their previous locations.  You’ve invested the time and money to straighten your teeth, so you’ll want to make sure your new smile stays looking its best!

Retainers are used to hold your teeth in place.  They look much like the Invisalign aligners and are made using the same digital technology. Usually, they’re only worn while you sleep. If for some reason you do need to wear them during the day, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that other people can’t see them.  Since you can take them out, unlike permanent lingual wires (another form of retention), it makes cleaning your teeth much quicker and easier. No special brushes or flossers are required.

Get the Smile You Deserve

It’s never too late to enjoy a straighter smile.  Every day, more adults are making the decision to straighten their teeth with clear and tooth colored braces.

Dr. Cornelius and Dr. Belman are happy to answer any Invisalign questions that you may have, including whether or not you’re a candidate for this unique treatment. Call us today to schedule a no-hassle consultation. We proudly the serve the residents of Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Southlake, North Richland Hills, and all surrounding communities. We look forward to meeting you and your family!