Invisalign in Temple, TX

If you think you’re stuck with crooked teeth because you’re too old or don’t have the time or patience to deal with traditional braces, we’ve got good news! Straightening your teeth in Temple, TX has never been easier; Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable and discreet and can help you achieve a perfect smile in as little as a year.

Dr. Richard Leung is an Invisalign Preferred Provider, meaning he has extensive experience in completing Invisalign cases for our patients. Because of his expertise in the area of orthodontics, he is also able to offer Six Month Smiles and traditional braces to straighten teeth.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

At Temple Dental Trails, we offer many options and the solution you need to straighten crooked teeth in Temple, TX. Please contact us at (254) 595-4304 to arrange a time to meet with Dr. Rich to discuss your needs.

We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!

 

The Benefits of Choosing Invisalign

Dr. Richard Leung has the training and skill needed to help patients of all ages straighten their teeth quickly, and without the need for bracket-and-wire braces. For this reason, Invisalign in Temple, TX offers numerous benefits:

  • Unlike traditional metal braces, comfortable Invisalign aligners use a smooth plastic material, to eliminate irritation of tender mouth tissue.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are completely removable for eating, brushing and flossing, and athletic activities.
  • Oral hygiene is much more efficient and effective since there are no metal brackets and wires where food particles can become lodged.
  • In many cases, Invisalign treatment can be completed in as little as 12 to 15 months.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are similar to ClearCorrect and can correct a wide variety of problems, from simple cosmetic adjustments to more complex alignment concerns.

If you would like more information about Invisalign clear braces in Temple, TX or would like to schedule a dental appointment, please call Temple Dental Trails today!

Invisalign Treatment, Step by Step

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The first step in the Invisalign process is your decision to seek treatment to straighten your crooked or crowded teeth. If you’ve lived with tooth misalignment your whole life, you may have avoided treatment because you didn’t want to wear braces. But Invisalign provides a way to get a straighter smile without the typical inconveniences of metal braces.

The Invisalign Evaluation

Your Invisalign treatment begins with a visit with Dr. Rich so he can perform a comprehensive exam. He’ll evaluate your orthodontic needs by taking photos, x-rays, and impressions to create a 3-D virtual model of your teeth.

Using Invisalign’s proprietary software, Dr. Rich can plan out your entire treatment, step by step, so a custom dental lab can fabricate your customized aligners.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners

When your Invisalign aligners are ready, we’ll have you return to our Temple dental office. Dr. Rich will send you home with your customized aligners and instructions for wearing them. 

You’ll receive a series of crystal-clear aligners that will move your teeth progressively over about 12 to 15 months. Wear each set for two to three weeks (we’ll tell you exactly how long depending on your needs), then switch to the next in the series.

Set the goal of wearing your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day. They’re convenient because you can remove them for brushing and flossing, but it can be tempting to take a break and remove them for more extended periods.

Don’t do this! The longer you wear your aligners each day, the faster you’ll achieve the desired results. And wasn’t that the whole point of choosing Invisalign in the first place?

Problems That Invisalign Corrects

As an Invisalign Preferred Provider, Dr. Rich has completed over 100 cases and continues to perform 50 a year. With this experience and expertise, he can use Invisalign to correct numerous orthodontic issues:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

The first step is to call Temple Dental Trails to arrange a dental appointment with Dr. Rich. He’ll evaluate your needs and explain all your options to straighten crooked teeth including Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, and traditional braces.

Call us today to arrange an appointment to learn more about Invisalign treatment in Temple, TX.

Invisalign Improves Your Oral Health

A straight, proportionate smile is beautiful to look at, but it’s also optimal for your oral health for two reasons:

Straight Teeth Are Easy to Clean

If your teeth are crooked, crowded, or overlap each other, you know it can be difficult or impossible to brush and floss them adequately. Your toothbrush can’t reach all the surfaces, and you can’t slide the floss easily between crowded teeth.

The results of inadequate oral hygiene are cavities and periodontal (gum) disease. So you’re not just dealing with an orthodontic problem when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign in Temple, TX; you’re also protecting your oral health because your toothbrush and floss can reach all tooth surfaces.

A clean smile is a healthy smile, which is much easier to achieve with straight, perfectly aligned teeth.

The Problem with a Misaligned Dental Bite

Your dental bite is the way your upper and lower teeth meet when you bite down. Crooked teeth are often the result of a misaligned dental bite, which can lead to several oral health problems:

  • Dental wear and chipped or broken teeth – If your teeth don’t evenly meet when you close your jaw, you bite down harder on one side of your mouth than the other. Your teeth are very durable, but they’re not meant to absorb so much biting force, and they may chip, break, or fracture.
  • Problems with your jaw joint – The joint that controls the up and down and side-to-side movement of your jaw is called the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. When there’s a problem with this joint, we call it TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. Problems with your TMJ can occur because of a misaligned dental bite and cause pain in your face, neck, or jaw.

Since Invisalign straightens your teeth and corrects overbites, underbites, and crossbites, it minimizes the risk of dental wear and TMJ problems.

Why You Must Wear Your Retainer

You wore your Invisalign clear aligners religiously for 22 hours every day as instructed. You couldn’t be happier with the results, and the process was much easier than you thought it would be. But you’re glad it’s over, and you love your new, straighter smile.

Now you want to maintain those results by wearing your retainer as instructed by your Temple, TX Invisalign dentist. You see, your teeth have the ability to move throughout life. This continuous movement is why we can straighten teeth for patients of all ages.

And the fact that teeth move is why you need to wear your retainer. Simply put, a retainer “retains” your teeth in their newly straightened position. If you don’t wear it, your teeth will relapse into their original crooked position, and you’ll undo all the results you worked so hard to achieve.

How long you’ll need to wear your retainer depends on your individual needs. Some Invisalign patients need to wear them overnight while others may only need to wear them a few hours a day.

Is Invisalign Treatment Right for You?

Invisalign is an excellent option for adults and teens who want a straighter smile, and if you have mild to moderate tooth misalignment, it might be the right solution for you.

But your needs are unique, and we want to be sure we match them with the appropriate treatment. If your needs are purely cosmetic, Six Month Smiles moves only the teeth that show when you smile so that treatment can take as little as six months. If you have more complex bite problems to correct, traditional orthodontics might be the way to go.

If you need orthodontics in Temple, TX but aren’t sure which approach is right for you, please call Temple Dental Trails to arrange an appointment with Dr. Rich. After meeting with you, he can tell you what your options are and if Invisalign is the best choice for you.