Clear aligners are an excellent way to get straighter teeth without the embarrassment or discomfort of wires and brackets. For patients looking for an alternative to traditional braces, Bella Smiles is proud to offer Invisalign® clear aligners. We know how difficult it can be to wear traditional braces, so we offer Invisalign as a different option for all eligible patients.
When you visit us as your local orthodontist in Sugar Land, TX, we’ll start with an evaluation to see if Invisalign is the right fit for your teeth. Depending on the amount of correction your teeth need, the dentist will determine whether you are eligible for Invisalign. If you are eligible for Invisalign, the dentist will work with you to create a custom plan for your realignment.
Each patient receives sets of custom aligning trays that are clear and made to fit over the existing teeth. The trays are typically worn for one week before changing for a new tray set. The trays gradually and gently shift and adjust the patient’s teeth over time until the desired correction is complete. The process can take from 6 to 18 months on average, and the results can be quite dramatic, though they vary by patient.
There are many reasons why patients opt for Invisalign clear aligners over traditional braces.
For starters, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that are nearly invisible. One of the main complaints from patients, especially teens and young adults, about traditional braces is the look of all those metal wires and brackets. With the clear aligning trays of Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about the look of wires and brackets. Most folks won’t even know you’re wearing anything over your teeth.
Another benefit of clear aligners is that they are much more comfortable than braces. Because braces are fixed to the teeth and can only be adjusted by a dentist, they can become quite uncomfortable. With Invisalign, each tray is custom fitted for the patient’s mouth and molded for a more comfortable fit. Not only that, the trays only have to be worn for 22 hours a day. Patients can remove them for up to 2 hours daily while eating, brushing, and flossing. Patients can wear trays throughout their correction and feel much more comfortable.
Lastly, the time you have to wear Invisalign trays compared to traditional braces is much shorter. A person’s average time to wear traditional braces averages about two years: by comparison, the average for Invisalign patients is 12 months or less. This alone makes them a much-preferred option over braces.
It’s important to remember that only some are eligible for Invisalign, so be sure to talk with your local orthodontist near me about your eligibility and what options you may have.
Fast braces are a relative innovation on the traditional braces system that drastically reduces the time it takes to shift teeth into the proper position with minimal discomfort. The system is so fast that eligible patients can see complete results in weeks to just a few months.
Much like traditional braces, fast braces use brackets and a wire to correct the position of the teeth. However, instead of large square brackets and multiple wires, fast braces use specially designed triangular brackets and a singular wire to move teeth from the root system first rather than trying to shift the tooth and then move the roots gradually.
By using this new approach, fast braces can achieve dramatic results in a fraction of the time of regular braces.
Fast braces have several benefits over traditional braces.
For instance, fast braces can work in as little as a few weeks, compared to 2 years on average with traditional braces. Second, there’s less overall pain and discomfort thanks to the design of the bracket system and the use of only one wire, making it easier for patients to wear them. The reduced timeframe also increases the chances of success.
Lastly, once the process is complete, patients only have to wear a retainer for a few minutes each day to maintain the results, compared to a 24/7 retainer that has to be worn after having gotten traditional braces.