Invisalign/Orthodontics – Austin, TX

Creating a More Uniformly Attractive Smile

Having crooked teeth can often make life challenging. Not only can they make you feel self-conscious about showing your smile, but they’re also harder to clean. As a result, the bacteria-filled plaque has an easier time building up in your gums and teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and infections. Fortunately, orthodontics can fix both of these issues, and our team at Derby Dental is here to help! Dr. Meghan Kilkelly and Dr. Erika Whitehouse would love to give you a straighter, more confident smile with orthodontic treatment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to discuss Invisalign in Austin, TX!

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Why Choose Derby Dental For Invisalign/Orthodontics?

  • Friendly, Helpful Dental Team
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
  • Reasonable Prices with Zero Hidden Fees

How Invisalign Clear Aligners Work

Patient placing an Invisalign tray

Instead of needing metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth, you’ll use a series of plastic clear aligners during your Invisalign treatment. You’ll wear each set for a couple of weeks before progressing to the next pair. These trays are meant to gradually move your teeth into a more ideal position until your smile is perfectly straight. Since there won’t be any wires or brackets to adjust, you also won’t require as many checkup appointments. You’ll still need to visit your dentist about every six weeks, but this will only be to pick up your new set of aligners and to ensure your smile is progressing smoothly!

Indications for Invisalign

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Various orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign, including the following conditions:

Crowded Teeth

Having crowded teeth can also put you at risk of complications like tooth decay and gum disease. For this reason, you can benefit from Invisalign treatment if you feel like you have too many pearly whites in your mouth. By applying focused pressure to different sections of your smile throughout the process, your clear aligners will gradually move your teeth into a more properly aligned position.

Gaps Between Teeth

Spaces in your smile can not only feel embarrassing or unattractive, but they can also increase your risk of cavities and gum infection. This can be due to food debris and particles having easier access to the areas between your teeth, making you vulnerable to decay and even bad breath. With Invisalign, you can effectively close any space for a more appealing and healthier smile.

Bite Alignment

Bite misalignment issues can place excessive pressure on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), increasing the chances of TMJ disorder or teeth grinding/clenching. These conditions may include an overbite, underbite, or even a crossbite. By undergoing Invisalign treatment, you can avoid any additional complications in your bite pattern.

The Benefits of Invisalign

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When Invisalign technology was first introduced a couple of decades ago, it took the world by storm. Invisalign remains wildly popular to this day because of the many benefits it provides, in addition to being virtually unnoticeable. For example:

  • Invisalign has a shorter average treatment timeline than traditional braces.
  • Because the aligners are made from smooth plastic, they shouldn’t irritate the soft tissues in your mouth as metal brackets and wires do.
  • The trays are removable, so you won’t have to change your diet or your daily oral care routine.
  • Your regular progress checkups will be much shorter since there are no braces to tighten.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

man thinking about the cost of Invisalign in Austin

Since various factors can impact the cost of Invisalign, there isn’t an exact price for the treatment. The only way to get an estimate is to schedule a consultation with our team. We’ll examine your dental situation and determine how we can best achieve your smile goals. With the numerous advantages that come with Invisalign over traditional braces, it can be easy to see how this treatment is a worthwhile investment. Feel free to reach out to us if you wish to discuss your options and the overall cost of Invisalign today!

Invisalign FAQs

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Ready to get the smile you’ve always wanted? With Invisalign, you can discreetly and comfortably move your teeth into a straighter position. Since it’s such a unique process, it’s completely normal to have a few concerns before committing to treatment. That’s why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions we receive from patients. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact our friendly team for personal assistance!

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

It depends! Factors like the severity of your dental misalignment and your commitment to the treatment plan will affect the amount of time it’ll take to complete Invisalign. On average, most patients can expect to finish their treatment within 12 to 18 months. While that may seem like a long time, it’s still four months shorter than the average treatment time with traditional metal braces. You can speed up the Invisalign process by visiting your orthodontist regularly and diligently following your treatment instructions.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Absolutely not! The smooth plastic design makes it one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment options. When you first get the clear aligners, you may experience mild soreness or discomfort. However, it should go away as you adjust to your treatment. Since Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into proper alignment, you may feel a small amount of pressure each time you advance to a new set. Luckily, you can manage your discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication or using a cold compress.

What Happens After Invisalign?

When you’re done with your Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer to preserve your hard-earned results. They’ll ensure your teeth remain in a straight position for years to come. Based on your specific needs, your dentist will recommend how often you’ll need to wear your retainer and which type is best for your smile. In many cases, you’ll need to wear it full time before graduating to wearing it only at night.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

Since Invisalign is completely removable, you can eat pretty much whatever you want! All you have to do is take out your clear aligners before eating or drinking anything that’s not water. If you choose to eat with the plastic trays in your mouth, it will put unnecessary pressure on them, damaging them by causing cracks and stains. Whenever your aligners are out of your mouth, make sure you keep them in a safe place.