Invisalign – Houston, TX

Straighter Smiles with No Brackets or Wires

Woman placing an Invisalign clear aligner

Nowadays, there’s absolutely no reason to think that you’re stuck with the smile you have. Cosmetic dentistry offers so many wonderful options to enhance the beauty of your smile. One way is with Invisalign, the orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth rather than bulky and annoying metal braces. At Tamborello Dental Associates, we often use Invisalign in Houston, TX to correct a wide range of misalignment problems. Bring your smile to our dental office and let our dentists work their magic with Invisalign!

Why Choose Tamborello Dental Associates for Invisalign?

  • Advanced Technology for Planning Treatments
  • Three Experts Who Can Use Invisalign
  • Friendly & Skilled Dental Team

The Benefits of Invisalign

As we mentioned, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners, so hardly anyone will be able to tell that you’re even wearing braces. In normal social and business settings, these braces simply allow your natural tooth color to show. This can be a tremendous advantage if you’re at a stage in life when you need to be able to speak confidently without worrying about unsightly metal braces.

Secondly, Invisalign clear braces are removable. What makes this special? You’ll be able to take off your aligners every time you want to eat or brush and floss your teeth. Without anything on your teeth, you can enjoy all the foods you love the most—nothing is off-limits. Typically, people wearing traditional braces must eliminate hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can dislodge a bracket or break a wire. There’s no such concern with Invisalign.

Likewise, without wearing your aligners, you’ll be able to more thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. This is extremely advantageous during orthodontic treatment. The metal brackets and wires of traditional braces create something of an obstacle course that you must maneuver around in order to properly clean your teeth.

Receiving Your Clear Braces in Houston

Once you’ve had a dental checkup to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, we’ll take a series of x-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth. These are used to create a treatment plan that our dentists and the technicians at Invisalign follow in order to correctly align your teeth.

Your customized aligners are sent from the Invisalign lab to our dental office. They are arranged in the order that they need to be worn. As you advance from one pair of aligners to the next, you will begin to see your teeth gradually move. Be sure to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours every day so that you can complete your orthodontic treatment on schedule. Each case is different, but most Invisalign patients can plan on finishing treatment within 12 to 24 months.

Do you have any questions about Invisalign? Are you ready to schedule an appointment? Contact our Montrose, TX dental office today to speak with a dedicated team member who’s happy to help. We welcome new patients from West University, Bellaire, Montrose, River Oaks, Braes Heights, Upper Kirby, and beyond.

Invisalign FAQs

woman smiling while holding Invisalign clear aligner

Want a straighter smile without having to commit to metal wires and brackets? At Tamborello Dental Associates, you can achieve your dream look with Invisalign in Houston! This modern orthodontic treatment is truly one-of-kind, which means we understand completely if you have any lingering concerns you want to address before starting your journey. For your convenience, we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. Should you not find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out for personal assistance!

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on various factors, including the extent of misalignment and your dedication to your treatment plan. On average, it usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete Invisalign. However, if your dental misalignment is minor, you may finish the treatment in as little as six months.

While 18 months may seem like a long time, it’s still 4 months shorter than the average treatment time with traditional braces. Plus, you can speed up the treatment process by staying on top of your routine dental visits and following the provided treatment instructions.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Not at all! The smooth plastic design of the clear aligners ensures a pain-free orthodontic experience. During the initial adjustment period, you might encounter mild soreness. Luckily, it fades as you adapt to the treatment.

Because Invisalign gradually straightens your teeth using a series of plastic trays, you will experience slight pressure during transitions. If needed, you can manage any temporary discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication, cold compresses, or refreshing ice-cold water.

What Happens After Invisalign?

After completing your last set of aligners, you’ll visit our team to confirm your teeth are in their desired position. Then, we will guide you on maintaining your newly aligned smile. You will begin post-treatment with comfortable retainers, which you can choose between wire or clear plastic options similar to Invisalign. Retainers are essential to preserving the results you've worked hard for and invested in. We will personalize a retainer-wearing schedule based on your needs, typically starting with full-time wear and gradually transitioning to nighttime use.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

One significant benefit of Invisalign is its complete removability, allowing you to take out your aligners during mealtime. You should avoid eating with your aligners on, as it can lead to cracks, stains, and unnecessary pressure on your teeth. The only exception is water! You can safely consume it while wearing Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign grants you the flexibility to indulge in any food you desire. Just remember to always remove and store your aligners in a secure place.