If you’re considering Invisalign® clear aligners, then you’ll probably want to find the most qualified Invisalign dentist Dallas, TX, has to offer. Luckily, Lakewood Family Dental is home to two of the most qualified, trusted, and skilled dentists in the Dallas area, Dr. Shaun Sigurdson and Dr. Mihir Patel.

Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel have years of experience crafting clear aligners from high-quality materials with precision technology. As a result, our patients can feel confident that they are getting the most from their Lakewood Invisalign treatments.

Do you need more information about this transformative orthodontic treatment? Stick around–we’ll answer some of the most common Invisalign FAQs so that you can make the right choice for your oral health and smile goals.   

Does Invisalign work as well as metal braces?

Yes! For patients with mild to moderately crooked teeth, Invisalign works just as well as traditional metal braces. Invisalign and metal braces both work by applying constant force on the teeth to move them into proper alignment. The main difference? Invisalign clear aligners are much more discreet and comfortable compared to metal braces.

How does Invisalign work?

First, Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel will take digital impressions of the patient’s mouth using 3D scanning technology. They will use these images to craft custom-made aligners that patients must wear for 20 to 22 hours a day. Approximately every two weeks, patients will swap their old aligners for a new set, according to their unique treatment schedule. 

Each new set of trays will make tiny adjustments to the patient’s dental alignment. With consistent wear, Invisalign trays can deliver beautifully straightened smiles in just six to 18 short months!

How do I care for my clear aligners?

Caring for Invisalign clear aligners is easy, but they do require some additional effort, such as:

  • Patients should remove their aligners while eating
  • Patients should brush their teeth and rinse their aligners thoroughly before placing them back in their mouths after eating
  • Patients should avoid rinsing their aligners with extremely hot water because it can warp the plastic trays 
  • Patients should brush their aligners with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day

Additionally, patients should continue practicing good oral hygiene every day, such as:

  • Brushing at least twice a day
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Rinsing with an alcohol-free, antiseptic mouthwash

Will it hurt to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?

Because Invisalign trays put constant pressure on the teeth, many patients experience mild discomfort, especially with a new set of aligners. This discomfort usually dissipates after 48 hours, but patients can take over-the-counter painkillers to reduce their discomfort.

Can I smoke with Invisalign?

Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel strongly recommend quitting tobacco products while undergoing Invisalign treatment. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes can turn clear aligners yellow, and the heat from drawing in smoke can warp or ruin the plastic trays.

For patients who do not want to quit, our team recommends:

  • Removing Invisalign trays before using tobacco products
  • Thoroughly brushing the teeth before replacing the aligners back in the mouth
  • Switching to vape products for a cooler smoke that won’t warp the plastic trays 

I’ve had braces before–can I still get Invisalign?

Absolutely! It’s not uncommon for patients’ teeth to shift after orthodontic treatment if they don’t wear a retainer. So, rather than getting metal braces for a second time, many patients choose to restore their dental alignment with clear aligners.

Ask Us If Invisalign Is Right for You

If you’re ready to verify your candidacy for Invisalign, then call the compassionate team at Lakewood Dental Group today. New and existing patients can call our Dallas dental office at (214) 827-1885, or they can send us a private message online here.