Straight, properly aligned teeth are more than just attractive, they're a way to keep yourself healthy and comfortable. Crooked teeth and an improper bite can cause bigger conditions that are painful and may need an expensive procedure to restore your oral health. The board-certified doctors of MINT dentistry are pleased to use the Invisalign® removable aligner system for our patients in Richardson, TX. Made custom to fit comfortably and meet your goals, Invisalign® clear aligners are more comfortable and attractive compared to metal braces. Being able to remove them makes brushing, flossing, and eating much easier. If you want more information on having a beautiful, healthy smile, contact us to schedule a consultation for information on Invisalign® at MINT dentistry in Richardson, TX. Our boutique practice in Richardson, TX uses cutting-edge dental technology and techniques such as Invisalign® so you can get a beautiful, healthy smile you'll be proud of.
There are many factors that can determine how straight your teeth are: sucking your thumb as a child, genetics, missing one or several teeth, or a traumatic injury to your lower face. Misaligned teeth often leads to other oral health problems, like a bad bite (dental malocclusion), ground-down enamel, difficulty chewing and speaking, plus jaw pain and toothaches. If your MINT dentist sees any of these problems at your annual examination, we might suggest Invisalign®.
Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign® are wonderful for teens and adults who would like to improve their smile but without the appearance and hassle of traditional orthodontics. Although your aligners should be in at least 20 hours a day, Invisalign® can be removed in order to eat and brush your teeth, plus for playing sports and special events. More discreet than traditional braces, most people won't know that you're wearing your aligners.
What to Expect
After your consultation, your first Invisalign® trays will be made from the digital x-rays taken by your MINT dentistry team. When they are ready, you will come back to get your first aligners and instructions from your dentist. You should to use your aligners the majority of the day for the process to work effectively, with the goal of taking them out only to eat and brush your teeth. In time, you should switch to your second set of aligners so they can continue to shift your bite closer to their final alignment. You should plan to attend appointments as recommend by your dentist so we can check your progress and get more digital x-rays taken, which will be used to make your next set of aligners. How long you will need to wear your aligners will depend on your starting bite and your goals. Most patients use Invisalign® for around one year.
When you have reached your Invisalign® goals, it is crucial to keep your teeth from moving back to their old position. Invisalign® Vivera® retainers help to hold your teeth in place using the same comfortable material as your aligner trays. Your retainer will be made custom at the Invisalign® dental lab from digital x-rays taken after your teeth are in the right position. Your dentist will explain when to use your retainer and care instructions after it's shipped to our office. We will continuously check your bite and alignment during your dental examinations to ensure your teeth remain in the correct position.
The MINT Commitment
Typically, a portion of your costs for an Invisalign® treatment is paid if you are using dental insurance. We will get more information on your specific policy coverage and then determine your remaining bill. We take most payments to cover your out-of-pocket expenses or if you aren't using insurance. At your consultation, we will estimate your treatment costs and how we can help make your treatment fit your budget with low-interest medical financing and flexible payment plans. It's important to remember that a confident smile is an investment in yourself. We are dedicated to helping you achieve this goal in an affordable fashion.
A Sleek, Chic Smile
If you or your child are interested in having straighter, healthier teeth minus the look of traditional braces, contact us to schedule an appointment at our modern dental practice to get more information on the popular Invisalign® orthodontic system. MINT dentistry in Richardson, TX will create your personal Invisalign® plan at your consultation and start you on the path to a more attractive smile.