Having teeth that are straight and properly aligned are not only attractive, they are healthier and more comfortable. Gaps, crooked teeth, and a misaligned bite can turn into future problems that may become painful and possibly expensive to fix. Our MINT dentistry professionals are proud to offer the Invisalign® removable, clear teeth aligners for our patients in Houston, TX. Custom made to gently and comfortably meet your aesthetic goals, Invisalign® dental aligners are more attractive and comfortable than metal orthodontics. Since you can remove them, you'll find it easy to eat, brush your teeth, and floss. If you're excited about the idea of getting a smile that's both healthy and beautiful, make an initial Invisalign® consultation at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX. Our modern facility in Houston, TX utilizes state-of-the-art dental tools, techniques, and technology including Invisalign® to help you obtain an attractive, dazzling smile you'll love.
Your dental alignment will be influenced by several factors: if you sucked your thumb as a child, hereditary traits, losing a tooth or several teeth, or an injury to your jaw. The misalignment of your teeth may cause other oral health problems, such as dental malocclusion (a bad bite), abnormal enamel wear, trouble speaking and chewing, as well as toothaches and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). If your dental team notices early signs of one of these issues during your dental exam, we may recommend an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign®.
Clear Invisalign® aligners are good for both adults and teens who want straighter teeth without the hassle and appearance of metal braces. Even though they do need to be worn most of the time, Invisalign® can be taken out to brush your teeth and eat, as well as for special events and playing sports. Far more discreet than metal braces, other people usually will not be able to tell that you are wearing your Invisalign®.
What to Expect
Once we have created your treatment plan, your first Invisalign® trays will be created using digital impressions taken at our office. Once they are sent to our office, we will contact you to receive your first aligners and instructions from one of our skilled doctors. You need to wear your aligners every day for at least 20 hours for the treatment to work, ideally only taking them out to brush your teeth and eat. After about two weeks, you will move to the next set of aligners as they gently move your teeth closer to proper alignment. You will need to schedule appointments every 4 – 6 weeks to have the fit of your aligners checked and have more digital impressions taken that will be sent to Invisalign® so they can make your new aligners. The length of time that you will use Invisalign® will vary based on the original position of your teeth and your cosmetic goals, but most patients wear aligners for an average of 1 – 2 years.
As soon as you are done with your last set of Invisalign® trays, it's important to make sure your teeth stay in their new position. Invisalign® Vivera® retainers are specially made to hold your teeth in place after your complete your final set of aligning trays. Each retainer will be specially made for you at the Invisalign® dental laboratory based on digital impressions taken at our office. We will tell you how often to wear your retainer and how to care for it once it is returned to our facility from the Invisalign® dental lab. Your dentist will continue to assess your alignment and bite at your annual dental exams in case there is any movement.
The MINT Commitment
Usually, some of the cost your Invisalign® treatment is covered if you have insurance. Our front office will confirm your benefits and calculate your costs. Our office takes several payment methods for patients who don't have dental insurance. During your consultation, your dentist can discuss estimates and ways to make your treatment easier to afford, including flexible payment plans and medical financing. It is important to keep in mind that a healthy smile is part of a happy, healthy life. Our office is committed to helping you afford the smile you want.
A Sleek, Chic Smile
For teeth that are healthy and straight without the visibility of metal braces, schedule a consultation at our well-appointed office to get started with the advanced Invisalign® system. The board-certified doctors of MINT dentistry in Houston, TX can develop your custom Invisalign® plan during your appointment and get you started on the path to your best smile.