Properly aligned, straight teeth aren't just beautiful, but they're more comfortable and help improve your overall oral health. An improper bite and crooked teeth may lead to future dental problems that may be expensive to fix and painful. This is why McKinney, TX dentist Dr. Karuna Peravali is pleased to provide Invisalign — clear, removable aligners for her patients. Made custom to fit your teeth and your unique goals, Invisalign is more comfortable and attractive than traditional metal braces because they are hardly noticeable and may also be taken out to make cleaning your teeth and eating easier. If you're interested in having healthier, straighter, symmetrical teeth with the Invisalign system, make an appointment at White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX to get more information and to schedule your appointment.
There are several factors that may decide the alignment of your teeth: if you sucked your thumb, genetics, missing a tooth or multiple teeth, and trauma to your face. Dental misalignment may cause more oral health concerns, such as a bad bite (dental malocclusion), uneven wear on the enamel, difficulty chewing and speaking, plus jaw pain and toothaches. If Dr. Peravali sees one of these issues in your annual examination, she can suggest an orthodontic procedure, like Invisalign.
The Invisalign system is wonderful for both teens and adults who would like straighter, healthier teeth minus the hassle, pain, and look of traditional metal braces. Even though the aligners should be in the majority of the day, Invisalign trays may be removed for cleaning your teeth and eating, plus for special occasions and physical activities. In most cases, your friends and family will typically not know that you're using your Invisalign aligners.
What to Expect
The initial Invisalign aligners will be made with impressions at our McKinney, TX dental office. When they are ready, you will come back to receive your initial trays with instructions from Dr. Peravali. You need to keep your aligners in for at least 20 – 22 hours every day for your treatment to work effectively, ideally taking them out only for cleaning and eating. In time, you'll go to your next set of trays as they carefully shift your teeth closer to alignment. You should have follow-up visits scheduled about every 4 – 6 weeks at White Lotus Dental to have your trays assessed or to move forward to the next round of trays. How long you need to use Invisalign trays and how many sets you will ultimately need will vary, depending on the initial condition of your teeth and your goals. Most patients wear their trays for about a year. The exciting part is that with each new set of trays, patients can begin to see noticeable straightening in their teeth, which always makes it exciting to visit our McKinney, TX dental office for their new set.
When your bite is aligned, it is crucial to stop your teeth from shifting into their original position. Vivera retainers by Invisalign are made using the same materials to keep your teeth in their new position once your Invisalign treatment is complete. Every retainer is made custom at the Invisalign dental lab based on impressions taken after your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Peravali will discuss with you how many hours a day you should wear your retainer, plus how to clean it after it is sent from the laboratory. A fixed retainer may also be discussed for patients who prefer to have a retainer attached to the inside of their teeth. During your annual visits and cleanings, we will keep watching the alignment of your teeth and bite to make sure your teeth stay in their new place.
Many of our patients find that part of their treatment cost is paid by insurance. While not all dental insurance plans offer orthodontic coverage, many do. Our office can determine your coverage and figure out your out-of-pocket fees. White Lotus Dental offers several methods of payment if you are not using insurance. In your consultation, our friendly dental team will discuss an estimate of costs and how our office can help to make your Invisalign treatment affordable for you with payment plans and financing options.
Plan Your Procedure
If you or someone in your family are curious about getting healthier, straighter teeth without the hassle and visibility of traditional braces, make an appointment with Dr. Karuna Peravali at White Lotus Dental to learn if you are a candidate for the Invisalign advanced teeth straightening system. She will create your unique treatment plan with Invisalign at your consultation and help start you on the journey to a beautiful smile.