Having teeth that are straight and properly aligned are not only attractive, they are important to keeping your whole mouth healthy. Gaps, crooked teeth, and a misaligned bite can cause bigger conditions that may become painful and may need an expensive procedure to restore your oral health. The board-certified doctors of MINT dentistry are proud to offer the Invisalign® clear and removable teeth aligners for our patients in Houston, TX. Custom made to fit comfortably and meet your goals, Invisalign® clear aligners are more attractive and comfortable than metal orthodontics. Being able to remove them makes brushing, flossing, and eating much easier. If you want more information on getting a beautiful, healthy smile, contact us to schedule a consultation for information on Invisalign® at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX. Our boutique facility in Houston, TX utilizes cutting-edge dental technology and techniques such as Invisalign® to help you obtain an attractive, healthy smile you'll love.
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Your dental alignment will be influenced by several factors: sucking your thumb as a child, genetics, missing one or several teeth, or a traumatic injury to your lower face. The misalignment of your teeth often leads to other oral health problems, like dental malocclusion (a bad bite), abnormal enamel wear, trouble speaking and chewing, as well as jaw pain and toothaches. If your MINT dentist notices early signs of one of these issues during your dental exam, we may recommend an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign®.
Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign® are wonderful for both adults and teens who want straighter teeth without the hassle and appearance of traditional braces. Although they do need to be worn most of the time, Invisalign® can be taken out in order to eat and brush your teeth, 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 aligners.
What to Expect
After your consultation, your first Invisalign® trays will be created using digital impressions taken by your MINT dentistry team. When they are ready, you will come back to receive your first aligners and instructions from one of our skilled doctors. You should to wear your aligners the majority of the day for the process to work effectively, ideally taking them out only to eat and brush your teeth. In time, you will move to the next set of aligners as they gently move your teeth closer to their final 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, which will be used to make your next set of aligners. The length of time that you will use Invisalign® will vary based on the original position of your teeth and your goals, but most patients wear aligners for around 1 – 2 years.
When 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 help to hold your teeth in place using the same comfortable material as your aligner trays. Each retainer will be made custom at the Invisalign® dental laboratory based on digital impressions taken after your teeth are in the right position. Your dentist will explain how often to wear your retainer and how to care for it once it is shipped to our facility from the Invisalign® dental lab. We will continue to check your bite and alignment at your dental exams in case there is any movement.
The MINT Commitment
Typically, a portion of the cost your Invisalign® treatment is covered if you are using dental insurance. Our front office will confirm your benefits and calculate your remaining bill. We take most payment methods for patients who don't have dental insurance. During your consultation, we will estimate your treatment costs and ways to make your treatment fit your budget, including flexible payment plans and medical financing. It is important to keep in mind that a confident smile is an investment in yourself. We are committed to helping you afford the smile you want.
A Sleek, Chic Smile
For teeth that are healthy and straight without the look of traditional braces, schedule a consultation at our well-appointed dental practice to get more information on the popular Invisalign® system. 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.