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Invisalign FAQs

Invisalign FAQs

Does the thought of getting braces make your child nervous? Even as an adult you may be hesitant to get the orthodontic treatment you need because of how traditional braces look.

What if we here at Heroes Dental told you that straightening the alignment of your teeth can be much simpler than having clunky braces in your mouth?

You may be wondering how. One word – Invisalign.

Our Heroes Dental orthodontists at our various Rio Grande Valley dental offices receive questions about Invisalign on a daily basis, and in order to shed some light on the subject, we have created this list of frequently asked questions to soothe any concerns you may have about you or your child’s dental alignment when it comes to these amazing orthodontic tools.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a brand of aligners that aid in straightening out your teeth. These aligners act as an alternative dental alignment treatment to traditional braces.

What are the aligners made of?

The substance that Invisalign aligners are created with is a special thermoplastic material. These custom made aligners somewhat resemble teeth-whitening trays.

How does it work? What is the treatment process?

Your Invisalign-trained orthodontist maps which teeth the aligners should gently shift into the correct position with the appropriate placement of controlled force and which other teeth need to stay in place. A specially designed set of aligners are then created for you.

Every two weeks, a new set of aligners are then sent to you with further adjustments to continue the realignment of your teeth.

Do I have to wear them for a long time?

Our patients participate in this treatment for an average of 12 months. However, this time frame is dependent on the severity of the misalignment of you or your child’s teeth. Our Heroes Dental orthodontists will be able to provide you with a more accurate time frame.

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I’m considering getting braces. Would it be better to get Invisalign instead?

It depends on what’s right for you or your child. Naturally, you will want to take the advice of an experienced orthodontist before making a decision, as they’ll be able to provide you with a greater level of insight.

But there are a few benefits of Invisalign that are worth noting:

  • Invisalign is comparable to the price of braces.
  • They are invisible in the sense that they are completely see through. No embarrassing metallic grin.
  • They are removable, unlike braces.
  • You aren’t restricted on what you eat during treatment.
  • They are removable when brushing and allow flossing, something difficult to do with braces.
  • No metal or wires to irritate the mouth or gum.
  • They are a great alternative to those who suffer from metal allergies.
  • You will spend less time in the orthodontist’s chair because you aren’t constantly having them tightened like traditional braces.

With all of these benefits over traditional braces, Invisalign is quickly becoming the go-to choice for many patients.

Are there certain items that I cannot eat when I’m wearing my Invisalign aligners?

Unlike with metal braces, with Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions. You can eat anything so long as you remove the aligners.

Also, the aligners have to be removed for proper oral hygiene such as brushing after a meal.

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How will it affect my life?

There may be some discomfort during the first 2 to 3 days as your mouth becomes accustomed to the aligners.

In order to be truly effective, the aligners must remain in place for 20 to 22 hours a day. You or your child may experience a slight lisp when speaking the first few days, but after you have become accustomed to the aligners, speech should return to normal.

I have braces now. Can I switch to Invisalign?

Although it may be a possibility, you should always consult with your orthodontist first to see if switching from braces to Invisalign is the best option for you.

What about the bridge work I have on several of my teeth?

Since bridge work connects a few of your teeth together to other surrounding teeth, the aligners may not work effectively. Invisalign aligners are designed to shift teeth individually, following what your orthodontist has mapped out for you.

How do I take care of my aligners?

The go to method for cleaning your aligners would be with the Invisalign Cleaning system.

Or if you prefer, you can brush the aligners and rinse them off with lukewarm water.

What happens after the treatment?

As with braces, you may need to wear a retainer to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

Vivera creates their retainers in the same innovative, state-of-the-art fashion as Invisalign aligners by either scanning your teeth or building the retainer off of an impression. The two together are compatible as they are 30% stronger than other leading retainers on the market.

Consult with your Invisalign-trained orthodontist to confirm if post-treatment is needed to secure that perfect smile.

Is it expensive?

Invisalign is comparable to braces in terms of pricing, but as other medical treatments, pricing is susceptible to specifics that could determine costs such as:

  • Where you live.
  • Severity of the misaligned teeth.
  • Treatment goals.
  • How long you are in treatment.

However, payment plans may be an option you can discuss with our orthodontists.

Also, Invisalign is covered by many dental insurance policies, so refer to your particular personal plan to see if you are covered.

How do I get started?

Aligners are the future of dental correction and we want to help all heroes – big or small – get the best smile possible.

If you have any additional questions about our Invisalign orthodontic treatment plan, then contact us today at any of our offices located in Laredo, Mission, San Juan, Pharr, and Edinburg.

Whether you are looking for traditional braces or Invisalign, we will help you develop the perfect smile for you or your child.


Feel Great with Invisalign

Feel Great with Invisalign

Many of us search for the best method to correct pesky problems that we may have with our unaligned teeth. While traditional metal braces have always been the number one choice for many, now with so many options available at our fingertips, we have the upper hand.

Wearing metal brackets, for sometimes a few years, is not something that many people look forward to. The time needed to care for them and the changes they cause to our physical appearance can be a bit unappealing.

Luckily, if you are considering other options for you or a family member, Invisalign can be a fantastic choice and Heroes Dental can provide them. With Invisalign you have the best of both worlds; you get your teeth fixed and no one can even tell you are in the middle of a treatment.

There are many advantages of having Invisalign rather than traditional braces, from easier cleaning to overall treatment time. Let’s take a closer look as to why you should choose Invisalign with us here at Heroes Dental.

Cleaning Made Easier

We all know that braces can be a challenge to keep clean. It can be a tedious task brushing and flossing after every single snack and meal. In order to prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay with braces, you need to keep up cleanliness like clockwork.

With Invisalign, having your mouth clean is a simpler process. Since the aligners are removable, all you have to do is take them off before you eat. Once you are done munching down just brush and floss like usual (believe us…it’s a lot easier than trying to get into all the nooks and crannies of traditional metal braces). Put your Invisalign retainers back on and voila, back to treatment.

Stay Comfortable and Save Time

With brackets and metal wires in your mouth, as well as frequent adjustments, traditional braces can be uncomfortable at times. There can be moments where wires break and cause small lacerations in your mouth. The last thing you want to have to worry about is heading back to your orthodontist to correct these issues, especially as we are all busy with our day to day routines.

Invisalign, on the other hand, offers comfort at every turn. With no sharp or protruding edges that can cut your gums, and no great deal of force to straighten your teeth, Invisalign helps to reduce the damage normally caused by metal braces, including gum disease and cavities.

Plus, you have the advantage of removing them for brief periods of time when eating throughout the day.

Physical Appearance

It’s not a secret that many people feel like braces change their entire look. We might not feel as confident with metal braces in our mouths and at times a little over conscious that people are looking at us.

Invisalign is the perfect option when it comes to not changing your physical looks. The clear aligners are hardly noticeability, making it nearly impossible for others to even know you are going through treatment. You even have the option of removing them for a few hours for that special event you are attending. Whether you choose to smile or not, the choice is yours, but with Invisalign, you will feel at ease knowing you can show your best grin!

Treatment Time Reduced

Having to constantly attend appointments can be tiresome and time consuming. Traditional braces can take up to two years or more for proper treatments to be in full effect.

Invisalign treatment can be over, in some cases, within a year to a year and a half. Your teeth will be straight in no time and you will feel better than ever.

Health Benefits

Metal braces can put you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you aren’t effectively maintaining your oral hygiene, leftover bacteria can cause unwanted mouth sores, bleeding gums, bad breath, and tooth loss.

Invisalign can decrease your risks for such infections with the easy removal of the aligners, making it easier to keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria.

With Heroes Dental your orthodontic options are endless.

Choosing Invisalign with us here at Heroes Dental will be one of the best decisions you will make for you or your loved one. With three locations to choose from, convenience is at your fingertips.

Schedule a consultation today and start your treatment soon. You’ll be showing off your perfect smile in no time!