Invisalign in Austin, TX
Get Straight Teeth in Austin
Achieving a life-long smile that you love may incorporate straightening your natural teeth with Invisalign wireless braces, and completing the treatment with whitening or veneers. Invisalign allows you the options for cosmetic dentistry straightening for your smile without unsightly brackets and metal wires.
Invisalign gradually moves your teeth through a series of custom-made, removable, nearly invisible aligner trays. These trays are worn daily and you upgrade to a new aligner approximately every two weeks.
Utilize this system to close gaps, fix crowding, even repair front teeth that have relapsed from your first orthodontic treatment. Brush and floss normally, maintain healthier gums, no irritation like traditional braces can cause, and you can still eat what you want because the aligners are removable.
Visit www.invisalign.com for more details, and call us to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Before & After Cases
Who is Invisalign treatment for?
Invisalign treatment is for anyone. Literally, teenagers and grandparents can all benefit from Invisalign.
What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?
Invisalign is fast becoming the most popular option for straightening teeth and mild to moderate movement of the teeth. We’ve definitely seen that same trend at The Hills Dental Spa in Austin. The key is wearing the aligner trays from 20-22 hours every day, but that’s easy because once the trays are on their teeth patients usually forget about them.
Here are four reasons why our patients love Invisalign:
- First, their most obvious reason is that no one knows you’re having your teeth straightened. This is because the aligners are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible when on the teeth. Even a person talking to you in close proximity can’t see the aligners on your teeth. This is a dramatic contrast to the metal bands, wires, and colored rubber bands of traditional braces. The removal of the “metal mouth” stigma of braces is the most popular benefit of Invisalign.
- Second, Invisalign is comfortable. Metal bands rub on your cheeks and lips. Wires poke your tongue and cheeks. Monthly “adjustments” usually call for some ibuprofen for one to two days afterwards to deal with the serious aching. If you play an instrument or sports, metal bands can be a serious pain.
- Third, keeping your teeth clean with braces is quite difficult. Removing food stuck on the bands and under wires requires diligence. To floss, you need a threader. Often teens with traditional braces find there was an area of decay under a band or between teeth when they have those braces removed. With Invisalign, you simply remove the trays and brush and floss your teeth normally. You also lightly brush the aligner trays, or clean them with a couple of other options.
- Fourth, with traditional braces, some foods are off limits. Corn on the cob has to be cut off. Very sticky or chewy foods are not OK as they can dislodge or break a band. With Invisalign, you simply take out the trays and eat whatever you want.
Can Invisalign fix an overbite?
People can assume that a problem such as an overbite is too complicated for Invisalign, but that’s not the case. The Invisalign clear plastic aligners are very comfortable, but they work hard. The aligners progressively shift your teeth and bite into alignment. While Invisalign cannot be used in cases where severe problems exist, it can work for most mild to moderate conditions such as:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowded teeth
What is the treatment process?
We begin the process here in the office by taking special digital scans of your teeth which are then sent to Invisalign. They make a series of aligners that are worn for two weeks each. Each tray gradually moves your teeth into the proper alignment.
How long does Invisalign treatment usually take?
An interesting fact about Invisalign is that most patients assume their treatment will take longer than traditional braces simply because Invisalign is so comfortable. The opposite is true. Invisalign treatments average about one year, while traditional braces require from 18 months to over two years. Less severe alignment issues may take less time. If, at the end of your treatment, Dr. Winters and you agree that more movement is needed, then we can order more aligners.
How much does Invisalign treatment cost and what are the payment options?
Costs are a per case basis but can range from $2500 to $6500. We do offer payment options. Be sure to ask for details.
Is Invisalign covered by insurance?
Most dental insurance covers a part of your Invisalign cost (which is basically the same cost as traditional braces). This is the same arrangement as for traditional braces.
What if I’ve had braces or other types of dental work?
Previous dental work does not affect using Invisalign.
What happens when I’m done with Invisalign treatment?
When you are done with your aligners, you will need to have retainers made to make sure your teeth stay where they are
How do I keep my Invisalign aligners clean?
It’s easy to keep both your teeth and your aligner trays clean because you simply take out the aligner trays to brush and floss your teeth. At this time you also clean your aligner trays. This is also simple.
You have some options when caring for your aligners. You can remove them and gently brush them every night with a toothbrush. You can also soak your aligners in denture cleaner, Retainer Brite®, or the official Invisalign crystals to keep them clean and sanitized. Another option is to use clear anti-bacterial soft hand soap to clean your aligners.