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Invisalign – Irving, TX

Straightening Your Smile Without Changing Your Image

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile and feel embarrassed by the alignment of your teeth? Living with crooked, gapped, and crowded teeth can have a heavy impact on your self-confidence and make you hyper-aware of your appearance every time someone starts a conversation with you. If you’ve been avoiding orthodontic treatment because you thought the only way to improve your grin was by getting metal braces, you’ll be pleased to know that is no longer the case! With Invisalign in Irving, Dr. Hirji is able to straighten smiles without using metal brackets and wires that can be uncomfortable and unappealing. To learn whether clear braces are right for you, schedule a consultation at Daily Smiles today!

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Clear braces in Irving uses the same orthodontic principles as conventional braces, just with different hardware. You will receive a series of clear aligners that are custom-crafted to comfortably and securely fit over your teeth. Each set is worn for one or two weeks at a time and places a focused amount of pressure on different areas of your mouth to correct the alignment of your teeth. The average Invisalign treatment takes place over the course of eight to 14 months, which is significantly less time than traditional metal braces. Once your treatment is complete, Dr. Hirji will let you know how long you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from drifting back out of place.

Indications for Invisalign

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Invisalign treatment doesn’t just straighten your smile to look prettier, it also can correct several other orthodontic issues. If you suffer from some of the following indications, Invisalign could be a great solution for you.

Crowded Teeth

Having crowded and clustered teeth doesn’t just make your smile appear clunky. This issue can also make it difficult to effectively clear food particles and plaque from your pearly whites, putting you at a higher risk of developing common oral health problems such as dental decay and gum disease. Invisalign can shift your teeth into their ideal positions, making it easier to brush and floss.

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Gapped Teeth

Some patients have gaps between their teeth that make them feel unattractive or cause them to become self-conscious of their smile. Not to mention, having gaping spaces in your mouth can provide harmful oral substances like food particles with a good hiding place. Invisalign aligners can close gaps and make it easier to prevent cavity formation.

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Unaligned Bite

Just like traditional braces, Invisalign can treat bite issues like overbite, underbite, and crossbite, which can result in teeth clenching and grinding. When these orthodontic issues aren’t treated, it can cause them to accelerate the wear and tear of your teeth and create discomfort.

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Benefits of Invisalign

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Clear braces in Irving offer a number of advantages compared to conventional braces. Some of these benefits include the following:

  • Removable aligners should be taken out before you eat or drink anything other than water, so you do not have to modify your diet as you would with fixed braces.
  • You can continue to brush and floss your teeth easily thanks to removable aligners.
  • As long as you wear them for 20 to 22 hours each day, you can take out the aligners for important events as well.
  • Clear plastic aligners are practically invisible when worn.
  • Shorter visits to the dentist are required throughout the treatment.
  • In the end, you enjoy all the benefits of properly-aligned, healthy teeth -- like increased self-confidence, improved oral health, and more.

Cost of Invisalign

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If you’re concerned about the cost of Invisalign treatment, you’ll be pleased to know that Dr. Hirji accepts all PPOs, Medicaid, and CHIP. Some dental insurance plans include benefits that cover orthodontic treatments, although it’s a good idea to double-check with your specific provider beforehand. If you need help learning about whether Invisalign is covered through your insurance, our team of dental professionals will be more than happy to help you find out. We also process and file all necessary claims and paperwork to make sure your insurance reimbursements are maximized.

The only way to find out for sure whether or not you can benefit from Invisalign clear aligners is to schedule an appointment with our office. During a consultation, your dentist in Irving will evaluate your dentition and put together a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Invisalign FAQs

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Do you still have questions about getting Invisalign in Irving? Our goal is to make sure that you feel confident and comfortable in your decision to straighten your smile, which is why we’ve answered some common questions that we receive from our patients below.

What types of bite problems can Invisalign fix?

In the past, the only option to fix bite problems was traditional metal braces. Fortunately, with Invisalign’s modern technology, we’re able to fix mild to moderate overbite, underbite, and cross bite issues to prevent additional oral damage from occurring down the road.

When you visit Dr. Hirji for your initial consultation, our team will capture images of your mouth and facial structure to determine whether the severity of your problem can be addressed with clear braces in Irving. Some more serious cases that we encounter can’t be solved with orthodontic treatment and may require surgery. The aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into their ideal positions, correcting your bite problem.

Will my Invisalign aligners be uncomfortable to wear?

Traditional braces are made from metal, which can stab and cut the inside of your cheeks and lips, causing uncomfortable irritation and wounds. With Invisalign aligners, you won’t have to worry about any of this, because they’re crafted from a smooth, clear plastic.

Even though treatment is virtually discomfort-free, some patients do report feeling slight tenderness when they switch over to the next series of aligners in their treatment. Fortunately, this can easily be remedied with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. You can also switch your trays at night so you can sleep through a majority of the adjustment period.

How often will I need to visit my dentist during Invisalign treatment?

Depending on your treatment plan, we typically have patients visit us every six to eight weeks throughout the process for a quick, 15 to 30-minute progress check. This is to make sure that your mouth remains healthy over the course of the process and to make sure that you remain on-track with your timeline. During your appointment, we’ll also provide you with the next sets of aligners in your series.

How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

Cleaning Invisalign aligners is a relatively easy process, all you need to do is follow these tips:

  • Rinse your aligners before every time you put them in your mouth.
  • Brush and floss your teeth after each time you eat.
  • Soak your aligners in a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar for 15 minutes to sanitize them.
  • Brush your trays using a soft-bristled brush and clear antibacterial soap to regularly remove plaque and food debris.

Regularly cleaning your aligners is important and can help you avoid developing oral health problems over the course of your treatment. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team of professionals.