What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is an innovative, state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to gently and consistently move your teeth into a new position to give you your perfect smile.

What can Invisalign® treat?

Like traditional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign® can straighten your teeth and fix:

  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned bite
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth

It is important to note that Invisalign® does have limitations, and more complex cases may need to be treated with traditional metal braces. Dr. Mark Shalaby and Dr. Mike Shalaby will be able to determine whether Invisalign® is an appropriate treatment for you during your consultation.

How does Invisalign® work?

The clear aligners that Invisalign® uses gently and consistently forces your teeth to move into a new position. Every couple of weeks, you will use a new set of trays that are specifically designed to continue the movement progression set up in the previous trays. Although you are not using the same method, Invisalign® relies on the same basic principle as metal braces: you push the teeth into a new position by stretching the tissue around the tooth to create new bone growth to support your tooth root in its new position within your jaw.

Because the aligners are not quite as strong as metal braces, Invisalign® tends to take a little longer than braces. However, the underlying biological mechanisms behind the treatment are the same. Since your Invisalign® aligners can be removed, you do need to be diligent about wearing them to encourage the remodeling of the bone. Wearing your aligners less than 22 hours a day can delay your treatment time.

Benefits of Invisalign®

Investing in straightening your teeth isn’t just about getting a more beautiful smile; it’s about getting a healthier smile. Invisalign® gives you the same oral health benefits as traditional braces with the added advantage of their discreet and removable aligners.

  • The clear aligners mean that no one has to know you’re straightening your teeth
  • Removable aligners make dental hygiene easy and you can eat whatever you want
  • Reduce your probability of gum disease and tooth decay by making your teeth easier to clean
  • Supports oral health by reducing undue stress to your teeth from overcrowded or crooked teeth
  • Helps align your bite to relieve uneven pressure on your teeth, prevent premature, uneven wear on your teeth, and prevent TMJ pain

What to expect during treatment

Treatment with Invisalign® typically lasts between 12-18 months. However, your dentist will be able to give you a more personalized, realistic timeline based on your specific case. Every few weeks, you will get a new set of aligners to continue moving your teeth in the right direction. You will periodically visit our office to ensure that the aligners are working properly and to make any necessary adjustments to your Invisalign® treatment plan.

Compliance is one of the biggest factors in determining your treatment time. Any non-compliance with the requirements of wearing your aligners can delay your treatment completion time.

Who is Invisalign® for?

Although Invisalign® is usually a great option for almost anyone, it is not for everyone. People with more serious or complex orthodontic concerns should consider traditional braces. Additionally, you need to wear your aligners between 20-22 hours a day in order for your treatment plan to be effective. This diligence and time commitment might be a deterrent for some patients, particularly teenagers. However, almost anyone willing to commit to the diligence that Invisalign takes to be successful is a great candidate for Invisalign®.

How much does Invisalign® cost in Austin, TX?

Although Invisalign® is a pricier treatment, dental insurance typically covers or contributes to Invisalign® the same way it would contribute to traditional braces. The actual cost of your treatment will depend on the complexity of your case, and Dr. Mark Shalaby or Dr. Mike Shalaby will be able to give you a more accurate cost estimate following your initial evaluation.

We understand how important it is to love your smile, and we know that the financial cost of cosmetic dental work can be a burden. To help you get the treatment you really need, we are proud to partner with CareCredit and offer in-house payment plans on a case-by-case basis to help you get your best smile at a monthly price that works within your budget.

Why choose Paradigm Dental for your Austin, TX Invisalign®

At Paradigm Dental, we offer a concierge experience that keeps your happiness, smile, and satisfaction with your treatment at the core of our mission. Dr. Mark Shalaby and Dr. Mike Shalaby are committed to making sure you have the information and support that you need to make your treatment successful and enjoyable. When you visit our office, you are guaranteed a different kind of dental experience.

Don’t wait any longer. Get your best smile today by calling Dr. Mark Shalaby and Dr. Mike Shalaby at (512) 992-2822 or request an appointment online.

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