Invisalign® Clear Braces - Lakewood, Dallas, TX
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For the fast-paced lifestyle for some of our patients, the thought of having to wear noticeable braces for a significant amount of time can keep them from pursuing the orthodontic care they need. After all, the last thing someone in the professional world wants is to feel like they’re back in grade school. Thankfully, Invisalign can help you accomplish the same, beautiful changes for your smile in a virtually seamless fashion. Dr. Patricia Simon and the rest of our team at Lakewood Orthodontics are happy to provide multiple aesthetic-minded orthodontic solutions, so patients can maintain their confidence throughout the treatment. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign clear braces in Lakewood, Dallas, TX.
Why Choose Lakewood Orthodontics for Invisalign® Clear Braces?
- No Diet Restrictions
- removable Aligners for Easy Maintenance
- Smooth, Comfortable Treatment
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Once Dr. Simon has determined that you’re a viable candidate for Invisalign treatment, you’ll be provided a set of clear, customized aligners that are virtually unnoticeable when worn. The patient’s job is simple—wear each aligner for one to two weeks before switching to the next set, only removing them for eating and practicing oral hygiene. Each aligner represents a different stage of your teeth as they move closer to their ideal alignment, so with every new aligner you switch to, you’re that much closer to achieving a gorgeous, straight smile. Patients also need to attend regular check-ups with Dr. Simon about every six to ten weeks so that she can monitor your progress.
With Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions or special oral hygiene instructions to keep in mind. Their smooth plastic makes the aligners feel very comfortable within the mouth. Best of all, the treatment is usually no longer than traditional orthodontic methods. Contact Lakewood Orthodontics today to set up a consultation! We are happy to serve patients from Dallas, East Dallas, Lakewood and all surrounding areas.
Learning you are eligible for treatment with Invisalign in Lakewood can be an exciting discovery, especially if you feared the only way you’d ever see straight teeth is with metal brackets and wires. But before you start the process of wearing your clear aligners, you probably have some questions about treatment and what you can expect before, during, and after. Dr. Simon and her team want you to feel completely confident in your decision to move forward with Invisalign, which is why she has compiled some FAQs. After reviewing the following information, should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Will my dental insurance cover the cost of treatment?
You will need to check with your insurance company to find out if they offer orthodontic coverage or not. You’ll be pleased to learn that most dental plans do offer available coverage. So when you are preparing to begin treatment, you can trust that our team of experts will file any necessary claims on your behalf as well as more thoroughly explain your coverage should you be required to pay anything out of pocket.
How often will I be expected to see the orthodontist while wearing Invisalign?
You will likely need to see your orthodontist in Lakewood every 8-10 weeks while undergoing Invisalign treatment. Most visits are quick and easy, as Dr. Simon will simply need to examine your teeth and determine if the aligners are moving your teeth as planned. Should any adjustments need to be made, we’ll get a scan for new aligners and schedule a longer appointment to place new attachments as necessary.
How should I clean my aligners?
If you would like to purchase the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals to keep your trays free of debris, you’re more than welcome to do so. However, you can also opt for a more cost-effective solution that involves using a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water. By gently cleaning your trays throughout the day, you can remove dried saliva, bacteria, and other debris from your aligners, reducing the risk of transferring anything harmful to your teeth. Just remember, never use hot water when cleaning your trays, as this can warp the plastic and damage your aligners.
What should I do if I accidentally damage or lose an aligner?
Should you accidentally throw away your aligner or damage it, don’t worry. While it’s not an ideal situation, it’s certainly nothing that should launch you into panic mode. Depending on where you are in your treatment, it may be fine to go ahead and start wearing the next set in the series. However, if you just recently started wearing this new tray, it may be necessary for us to create a replacement one for you. No matter the timeline, make sure to contact us. We will be able to determine your next steps based on how long you’ve been wearing the current tray.
Will I need to wear a retainer?
Every patient who completes any sort of orthodontic treatment needs to wear a retainer in order to help keep the teeth in their new position. Depending on your needs and preference, Dr. Simon will choose the right form of oral retention for you. Why is it necessary? Because your teeth can easily begin to shift back into their original position if you’re not careful. A retainer helps to keep your smile in place. In the beginning, you will need to wear it full time. As the months go by, it may be possible to wear it only at night while you are asleep.
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