Thanks to advancements in dental technology, properly aligned teeth are more within reach for patients of all ages. Some individuals, however, do not like the idea of traditional orthodontic braces, even though they produce excellent results. For this reason, the professionals at Made Ya Smile offer Invisalign® as a teeth-straightening solution. Invisalign has clear aligners that gradually move the teeth into their correct positions without needing metal brackets and wires. Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly has completed the advanced training required to be a preferred provider of Invisalign as an orthodontic approach. At Made Ya Smile, we use this method to correct common issues such as crowded or crooked teeth. These clear aligners are easily removed and cleaned as well as comfortable to wear. Best of all, they are custom made specifically for each patient with computer-generated images by our partner Invisalign lab. Learn more about Invisalign for yourself or your teen at our clinic in Missouri City, TX. We have the expertise to help you achieve the smile you want through high-quality orthodontic care.
Invisalign Teen is uniquely designed to meet the specific orthodontic needs of adolescents. This option helps teenagers who may be hesitant about the look and feel of traditional metal braces but still desire to have a straighter, more beautiful smile. If they are involved with certain activities in school, such as sports or playing an instrument, metal brackets and wire can interfere with their performance and increase their risk for oral injury. Instead, Invisalign aligners are clear, removable, and easy to use with blue dots that will fade over time to indicate when to wear the next set of trays. This feature helps parents and Dr. Ly know that the aligners are being worn properly and will create the desired outcome.
Best Candidates for Invisalign
Invisalign may be an excellent option for you or your child if you want straighter, more aligned teeth without the look of metal braces. Clear aligners are made with advanced dental technology for a personalized approach to fixing orthodontic problems such as small gaps in the teeth. These discreet aligners are made of smooth, nearly invisible plastic that should be work for 20 – 22 hours a day. They are easily removed for eating, brushing your teeth, and playing sports. For some, traditional metal braces are the best appropriate for orthodontic care. Invisalign, however, can address the following concerns:
- Teeth that are overcrowded, crooked, or rotated
- Gapped or protruding teeth
- Overbite, underbite, and crossbite
Dental issues due to genetics, thumb-sucking, tooth loss, or facial trauma can lead to more serious problems when left untreated. This includes chipped or worn down teeth, gum recession, or TMJ disorders. If you or your child is affected by any of these issues, Invisalign may be the solution you need to straighten your smile and correct your bite.
What To Expect with Invisalign®
An orthodontic consultation with Dr. Ly will help you learn if Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is the right approach for you or your child. We will transfer 3D images of your jawbone and teeth along with an advanced intra-oral scanner to our state-of-the-art software program to see the details of your mouth and plan your treatment. The system uses a set of clear aligners that apply pressure to the teeth to guide them into the correct locations. Once our laboratory creates your custom trays, we make sure they fit securely and comfortably while we give you instructions about how to use them.
Each individual tray is worn for two weeks before being changed out for the next one, and they are numbered so you can identify which one needs to be worn. Patients will visit Dr. Ly at Made Ya Smile every 4 – 6 weeks so we can assess your progress and make any adjustments as needed. Most individuals can complete their Invisalign treatment in about a year but the results may vary based on your unique situation.
When your treatment is complete and your teeth have shifted into the right position, Made Ya Smile will create a custom retainer for you to wear at home. Retainers are necessary to keep your teeth in place while your jaw stabilizes. Dr. Ly provides Invisalign Vivera® retainers as part of your orthodontic plan made from the exact same materials as your aligner trays. You may need to wear the retainer at all times for a few months after the initial Invisalign process, but our staff will let you know for sure. Please wear your personalized retainer exactly as recommended to prevent the teeth from moving back to their original positions. When you schedule your yearly exam and twice-yearly cleanings, bring your retainer for an evaluation as well so we can monitor your progress.
Invisalign Insurance Coverage
Patients with dental insurance may have some coverage for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or Invisalign Teen. Made Ya Smile will call your insurance provider to understand your benefits before we take any impressions for your custom aligners. Our clinic tries to offer convenient and affordable payment options so you can have a healthy, gorgeous smile. This is why we are pleased to provide you with helpful information regarding no- or low-cost financing with CareCredit®.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening
The benefits of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen go beyond just having a beautiful smile. Straighter, more aligned teeth serve a better purpose for eating, chewing, and speaking with confidence. At Made Ya Smile in Missouri City, TX, Dr. Ly and his staff can help you overcome misaligned or crowded teeth with discretion as an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces. Schedule a quick Invisalign consultation at our friendly clinic to see if this option is the right option for you and your family.