Beautiful Smiles With Invisalign In Houston, TX | Nu Dentistry
Stunning Smiles With Invisalign In Houston, TX
Nu Dentistry makes straightening your teeth painless!
If you have overcrowded, gapped, or crooked teeth, Invisalign© may be a great choice for you! Nu Dentistry is a certified Invisalign provider and can work with you to create your beautiful smile! While many believe that braces are only for teens, Invisalign is the treatment for everyone. Available for tweens, teens, and adults, it is an excellent cosmetic dentistry option for people who want straight teeth but don't like the look of traditional braces.
Invisalign has been the top choice in alternatives to traditional orthodontic treatments for a good reason. These clear aligners are virtually invisible, removing the issue of aesthetics when it comes to teeth alignment.
Instead of using bulky metal brackets and wires, Invisalign's clear aligner trays are custom designed to meet your desired smile goals discreetly. New trays are used approximately every two weeks to move your teeth to their desired position successfully. Give us a call today at (832) 916-4144 to set up your Invisalign consultation.
Invisalign vs. Braces
How do you decide which is right for you?
Clear aligners and braces both serve the same purpose and address the same problems: crowded or crooked teeth, overjet, over and underbite, and even incorrectly aligned jaws. However, their different approaches are about more than just aesthetics. Traditional braces, which can use materials like metal, porcelain, and plastic, are composed of brackets, wiring, and elastic bands that stand out front and center on your teeth. Since they're cemented to your teeth throughout the process, wearers have to be careful about their diets and oral hygiene habits. Otherwise, they risk damaging their braces. Clear aligners, however, are easily removable, making eating and caring for your teeth a breeze in comparison.
With traditional orthodontics, patients often find it more challenging to keep up with their dental hygiene, considering it a hassle. Poor oral hygiene often leads to cavities and other dental issues, which can be complicated to treat when maneuvering around their braces. A major benefit to clear aligners is their ability to be removed. Invisalign is at its most effective when it's worn at least 22 hours every day. You can remove them, so you don't have to be self-conscious about your smile at special outings or while eating with friends and family. However, the more you leave your trays off, the more slowly your treatment will progress.
Sit Back And Relax With Us
Just like your clear aligners, we're gentle with your teeth. Here at Nu Dentistry, we understand that your time with us is about more than just the treatment. It's about you. Our Invisalign-trained dentists and orthodontists stop at nothing to ensure you're always comfortable and excited about your next steps.
How long do you have to wear Invisalign?
In many cases, Invisalign works faster than traditional braces. The complexity of your specific dental situation can greatly determine your treatment length, but the average time is 12 to 18 months. However, some patients have been able to correct their teeth alignment in as little as 6 months.
Is Invisalign as good as braces?
Invisalign holds its mettle against braces, though they each have their advantages over the other. For Invisalign, the invisible braces not only straighten your teeth but are also much more comfortable to wear without needing to change your lifestyle. However, there are some cases for which Invisalign is not appropriate and traditional braces must be used.
Do clear aligners really work?
Yes! Clear aligners have been helping people straighten their teeth since 1997. Over 3 million dental patients across 2 decades have proven that they not only look good but are super effective. You'll be amazed by your Invisalign before and after!
Can clear aligners fix overbite?
Absolutely! Clear aligners shift teeth to their proper placement, both sideways and upwards. While correcting your overbite, they also have the advantage of moving the gums with your teeth, meaning you won’t have to worry about losing the proportions of your smile.
How should I clean my clear aligners?
When you remove them, rinse them in cold water before cleaning them with antibacterial soap. Do not use hot water or toothpaste when washing as these can damage your aligners. As an alternative, you can also soak them in retainer cleaner for 15-20 minutes. Once clean, rinse your aligners and pop them back in your mouth, good as new.
What happens if I don't wear my Invisalign for 22 hours a day?
Each time you remove your aligners for an unrecommended amount of time, your teeth will want to shift back to their original position. Not wearing yours for the full amount won't stop your teeth from straightening, but your progress will be much slower. Many patients who haven't worn them for days or weeks in a row find that their current tray no longer fits. If that's the case for you, try the previous tray and consult your orthodontist.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign and other clear braces often have a similar cost to that of traditional braces. Price is determined by the length of the treatment needed. Nu Dentistry is determined to make sure you receive the treatment you deserve in a manner you can afford. We're prepared to work with you to find a payment plan that is comfortable for you.
Are there other options for straightening my teeth besides braces?
We understand that not everyone wants to wait to enjoy straight teeth. For those patients, we offer veneers. This cosmetic dentistry service involves bonding a thin porcelain veneer to your existing tooth to change its appearance to exactly how you want it. Veneers can not only straighten crooked teeth but whiten and lengthen them too.
Is early orthodontic treatment necessary?
If your orthodontist says that your child needs braces, then you should listen. Early detection and treatment before your child's adult teeth fully come in can prevent future problems and save you time and money.
Caring For Your Invisalign
Keeping your aligners clean makes for better teeth
To take care of your teeth, you also need to take care of your equipment. After all, no jockey enters a horse race without tending to their prized stallion—not if they want to cross the finish line in first place—and the same is true for your clear aligners. They need proper upkeep and maintenance to ensure your path to perfect teeth is quick and straightforward.
Clean your Invisalign at least once a day. We recommend you do this in the morning to both set a routine for yourself and to make sure you maintain healthy oral hygiene habits.
There are a few different methods for cleaning your aligners:
- Rinse with water. Every time you remove your Invisalign, make sure you rinse them with cold water, never hot. Rinsing stops saliva and plaque from building up.
- Antibacterial soap. Gently wash your aligners with soap and water, preferably using a toothbrush. Do not use toothpaste as it can scratch the plastic.
- Retainer or denture cleaner. Mix either a drop or tablet in water, and let your Invisalign soak for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to clear any food or plaque with a toothbrush before soaking.
- Cleaning crystals. Similar to cleaners, you can soak your aligners using approved cleaning crystals mixed with water. Let them sit for 15 minutes before rinsing and returning them to your mouth.
Each time you take out your clear aligners, don't leave them out to collect bacteria and germs. Put them in your aligner case until you're ready to wear them again. We also recommend that you brush and floss before putting your Invisalign back in to keep both your teeth and your aligners in peak condition.
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