Dr. William Shattuck is pleased to provide Invisalign — clear, removable aligners — for his dental patients at his Haslet, TX practice. Properly aligned, straight teeth aren't just beautiful; they're healthier and more comfortable. An improper bite and crooked teeth may lead to future dental problems that may be painful and expensive to fix. Customized to fit your teeth and your unique goals, Invisalign is more comfortable and attractive than traditional metal braces because they may be taken out to make cleaning your teeth and eating easier. If you're interested in having healthier teeth with the Invisalign system, make an appointment at Radiant Dental Care to get more information from Dr. Shattuck.
There are several factors that may determine the alignment of your teeth: sucking your thumb as a child, genetics, missing a tooth or 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. Shattuck sees one of these issues in your annual examination, he can suggest an orthodontic treatment 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 braces. Even though the aligners should be worn for the majority of the day, Invisalign trays may be removed for cleaning your teeth and eating, plus for special occasions and physical activities. Because Invisalign aligners are much less obvious than traditional metal orthodontics that poke and cut your cheeks, your friends and family will typically not know that you're using them.
What To Expect
The initial Invisalign aligners will be made with impressions at Radiant Dental Care. When they are ready, you will come back to receive your initial trays with instructions from Dr. Shattuck. You need to keep your aligners in for at least 20 hours every day for your treatment to work, 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-ups about every 4 – 6 weeks at Radiant Dental Care to have your aligning trays assessed and to get new impressions done so your next trays can be ordered. How long you need to use Invisalign trays will differ depending on the initial condition of your teeth and your goals; however, many patients need to wear trays for around a year.
When your bite is aligned, it is crucial to stop your teeth from shifting into their original positions. Vivera retainers by Invisalign are made using the same materials to keep your teeth in their new position once your Invisalign treatment is done. Every retainer is made custom at the Invisalign dental lab based on impressions taken after your orthodontic treatment is done. Dr. Shattuck 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. Dr. Shattuck will keep watching the alignment of your teeth and bite during your annual examinations to make sure your teeth stay in their new places.
Many of our patients find that part of their treatment cost is paid by insurance. Our office can determine your coverage and figure out your out-of-pocket fees. Radiant Dental Care offers several methods of payment if you are not using insurance. In your consultation, we can discuss an estimate of costs and how our office can help to make your Invisalign treatment affordable for you with payment plans and medical financing via CareCredit.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening
If you or someone in your family is curious about getting healthier, straighter teeth without the hassle and pain of traditional braces, make an appointment with Dr. Shattuck to decide if you are a candidate for the Invisalign advanced teeth straightening system. He will create your unique treatment plan with Invisalign at your consultation at Radiant Dental Care and help start you on the journey to a beautiful smile.