You won’t need to travel into the heart of Dallas to find an excellent Invisalign dentist.
If your family lives in Garland and is seeking a dentist that offers Invisalign to adolescents and teens, look no further than Rio Dental & Orthodontics. Our mission as orthodontists is to find a solution that fits your family’s dental health needs and smile goals.
Evaluating For Invisalign
Traditional metal braces are not for everyone, especially as we age. While some misalignment circumstances can only be resolved through braces, a more subtle case could be resolved with clear aligners.
There are also several requirements for a candidate who is eligible for Invisalign. These include:
- Having a moderate or lower-grade case of crooked teeth
- Being responsible enough to wear aligners for 22 hours per day
- All of your adult teeth have grown in.
- Having good oral hygiene
- No smoking
While most children have adult teeth around age 12, some braces or alignment candidates can be as young as seven. The decision to approve and move forward with an Invisalign treatment is ultimately up to the orthodontist, but the patient’s wants and needs are taken into consideration as well. Within Rio Dental & Orthodontics, here’s what that process typically looks like:
Initial Consultation: The first step toward straightening your teen or child’s teeth is to schedule an appointment for an orthodontics consultation. During this visit, our dentists and orthodontists will assess the child’s dental condition and determine if they are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
Comprehensive Examination: We will perform a thorough examination of your teen or child’s teeth, gums, and jaw alignment. This may involve taking X-rays, photographs, and impressions of the teeth to create digital models.
Treatment Planning: Based on the examination results, we will develop a personalized treatment plan for your teen or child. Taking the requirements and restrictions listed above, our orthodontists will determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. They will discuss the specific goals of this treatment, the estimated duration, and the expected outcome with the child and their parents.
Once You’re Approved
After our team approves your child for this orthodontics treatment and establishes a timeline for straightening your teeth, they will conduct a digital scan of their current smile. By creating this precise 3D model of your child’s teeth, our orthodontists will send off the results to a laboratory that creates the custom sets of aligners.
Typically the lab takes a few weeks to make the aligners. Once the aligners are ready, you will return to the dentist’s office for a fitting. Our team at Rio Dental will ensure that the aligners fit properly and provide instructions on how to wear and care for them.
Your child will typically wear each set of aligners for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next set. Similar to the care we provide for patients switching out rubber bands as well as adjusting the metal brackets and wires of braces, our team will provide the same level of routine check-ins and adjustments to our Invisalign patients.
Your child will be able to eat, brush and floss their teeth generally since one of the many benefits of Invisalign is that they are removable. For them to work properly, your child must be dedicated to wearing them for at least 22 hours per day and maintain good oral health through routine brushing and flossing.
If you’re ready to see us in Garland for Invisalign, then contact Rio Dental & Orthodontics now to schedule an appointment.