The name, a combination of invisible and align, says it all. Invisalign is the clear method to straighten teeth – without braces. That’s because Invisalign features aligners that are just about invisible.
Invisalign is designed to straighten misaligned teeth, but because of its clear appearance, patients are less self-conscious and embarrassed than patients who opt for traditional metal braces.
Pre-teens and teens are great candidates for Invisalign – as they already are dealing with the academic and social pressures that adolescence can bring. Not having metal braces, and the teasing it can bring, makes treatment easier.
At Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, we offer the latest Invisalign products and treatments at our offices in Lakewood and Preston Hollow. Contact Ragan Orthodontics today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
A great benefit of Invisalign is that aligners can be removed and it’s a clear approach to orthodontic treatment. You can have your teeth straightened and many people will never even know!
Other benefits include no diet restrictions. Patients can drink and eat what they want. Invisalign also benefits patients by allowing them to brush and floss like they normally would. This maintains healthy teeth and gums during treatment. And Invisalign features no wires, brackets or metal – features that can lead to painful abrasions.
At Ragan Orthodontics of Park Cities, East and North Dallas, Dr. Michael Ragan and our friendly and professional staff are ready to answer any questions you may have and to determine whether Invisalign is the best treatment for you or your child.
Here are some Invisalign basics:
- Each set of aligners are worn for around two weeks.
- Aligners can be taken out to eat, drink, brush and floss.
- Teeth will realign gradually every week as treatment progresses.
You will likely need to visit Ragan Orthodontics every month to two months so Dr. Ragan can make sure treatment is working properly, and to make adjustments if necessary. The total Invisalign treatment lasts anywhere from six to 15 months, depending on the needs of the individual patient.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign employs a series of aligners that are created just for you. These plastic aligner trays are comfortable and nearly invisible to others. You wear them over your teeth, and as time passes, the aligners move teeth into place – gently and comfortably. After treatment, you will be proud of your new, confident and healthy smile.
Invisalign is a relative newcomer to orthodontic care. According to Align Technology – Invisalign’s parent company – Invisalign became available for the first time in 1999. In 1998, Align gained federal clearance and began commercial sales to orthodontists the next year.
By 2002, Align had manufactured one million clear aligners and the new orthodontic treatment continues to grow in popularity because of its effectiveness. Invisalign is now available in almost 50 countries and has benefitted 1.5 million patients.
Invisalign has helped patients, from children to adults, all around the world. Join the increasing number of people who have had Invisalign improve their lives and dental health. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact Ragan Orthodontics today.