Invisalign® and Clear Braces
How Does Invisalign® Treatment Work?
Invisalign® treatment uses a series of personalized, clear aligner trays to gradually shift your teeth into the correct position. Similar to traditional braces, the aligners use gentle pressure to move the teeth. During your treatment, you will switch to the next set of aligners in the series about every two weeks.
How Much Will a Complete Invisalign Treatment Cost?
Without a thorough examination with one of our dentists, we won’t be able to provide a cost estimate. We can tell you the cost will be based on the length of time you are required to use Invisalign and the severity of your misalignment.
What Is the Difference Between Invisalign and Clear Braces?
Clear braces use brackets and wires that are affixed to the teeth, similar to traditional metal braces. The Invisalign system uses clear aligner trays that are removed when eating, brushing, and flossing. Invisalign trays are less conspicuous than clear braces; however, clear braces typically only require adjusting every four to six weeks compared to aligners that must be changed every two weeks.
How Do Clear Braces Straighten Teeth?
Clear braces essentially work the same way as traditional braces. The brackets and wires place gradual pressure on the teeth so that they shift into the correct position.
Are Clear Braces Expensive?
Clear braces typically cost more than traditional braces; however, most patients find that their discreet appearance is worth the extra money. Your final cost will depend on your specific orthodontic issues.
Are Clear Braces More Effective Than Metal Braces?
Both types of braces are an effective way to correct alignment and bite issues. Clear braces are a good option for individuals who want discreet orthodontic treatment, but who have issues that are too complex for Invisalign aligners.
Metal, Ceramic and Self-ligating Braces
How Do Metal Braces Work?
Traditional orthodontic treatment involves applying metal brackets to the teeth that are connected by wires. These brackets and wires exert continuous pressure on the teeth, which gradually shifts them into alignment.
How Much Will a Complete Set of Metal Braces Cost?
The price for your metal braces will mostly be less than the cost of Invisalign, but you’ll need to attend a consultation with one of our orthodontists before we can give you an exact price estimate.
Is There a Difference Between Metal Braces and Other Orthodontic Treatment Options?
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Ceramic and clear braces are more discreet than metal braces, but are more visible than Invisalign. It is also possible for your treatment time to vary slightly based on the type of treatment that you choose.
What Are Self-Ligating Braces?
Unlike traditional braces that use elastics to hold the archwire in place, self-ligating braces use a small, spring-loaded door. This can shorten your treatment time and make the treatment process more comfortable.
What Will Self-Ligating Braces Cost?
Of all the different kinds of braces, self-ligating can be more expensive. However, we will be able to tell you more when you complete your complimentary consultation and we know more about your alignment and bite issues.
Orthodontics - Phase 1
What Is Phase One and Phase Two Orthodontic Treatment?
Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is for children with moderate to severe orthodontic issues. Treatment usually begins between the ages of 6 and 10 before all of the permanent teeth have erupted and can last up to a year. After completing phase one, the child will typically wear a retainer until all of their permanent teeth have erupted. The second phase of treatment usually begins between the ages of 11 and 13. We recommend that all children receive an orthodontic screening by the age of 7 to determine if treatment is necessary.
How Long Is the Phase 1 Process of Orthodontics?
Children typically undergo Phase 1 treatment in 6-12 months, but the actual length of time might vary due to alignment or bite issues and the age of the child.
What Is the Cost for Phase 1 Orthodontics?
Depending on the dental issues facing your child, the cost will vary. Our orthodontists recommend a consultation by the time children are 7 years old to catch problems early and develop a comprehensive treatment program.
Where Can I Find Orthodontic Services in Spring, TX?
If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, it is never too late to consider orthodontic treatment. Our dental professionals can help you find the orthodontic treatment option that will give you the smile that you have always wanted.
Should I See a Dentist or an Orthodontist?
Both dentists and orthodontists can provide treatment to improve alignment and bite problems. Severe orthodontic issues may require the services of an orthodontist who has additional training in the practice of straightening teeth.
Is Orthodontic Treatment in Spring, TX Expensive?
Treatment needs and costs vary from patient to patient based on age, the severity of the orthodontic issue, the type of treatment chosen, and the extent of any insurance coverage. We accept a number of popular insurance plans and offer payment options to make your treatment as affordable as possible. Call today for more information.