Have a Healthier, More Beautiful Smile

Properly aligned, straight teeth are not only attractive, but they are also healthier and more comfortable. Crooked teeth and an improper bite can lead to long-term dental problems that can become painful and expensive to fix. This is why Dr. James Peterson is pleased to offer Invisalign® removable, clear teeth aligners for his patients in Coppell, TX. Custom made for your teeth and your specific needs, Invisalign® is more attractive and comfortable than traditional metal braces. They are removable, making it easy to clean while undergoing treatment.

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Invisalign® Teen

Many patients are wary of trusting their teen with the responsibility of expensive aligners for their orthodontic treatment. It’s a huge investment in time and money, but Dr. Peterson is aware of these factors when it comes to teenage patients. Invisalign® Teen has three great features that ensure your teen ends up with a straight smile:

  • Compliance indicators: Non-compliance means your child will be in treatment for a longer amount of time. To combat this issue, Invisalign Teen has a spot on the back part of the aligner tray that wears off with use. Dr. Peterson can tell if your teen isn’t wearing the aligners enough or if they are even wearing them at all. This helps keep treatment on schedule by holding your teenager accountable for wearing the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.
  • Eruption tabs: The makers of Invisalign understand that not all our adolescent patients will have in their last molars, a.k.a. wisdom teeth and have added eruption tabs to leave space for the last molars. This is so they can grow in properly without crowding the other teeth. This feature is exclusive to Invisalign Teen.
  • Extra replacement aligners: We plan for mishaps and lost aligners by building six replacement aligners into your teen’s treatment plan. Accidents happen, and we all misplace things from time to time. Just contact our office in Coppell, TX if you have any concerns or need to replace a set of aligners.

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Best Candidates

There are several factors that can determine your teeth alignment: genetics, thumb sucking as a child, the loss of a tooth or teeth, and trauma to your face. Dental misalignment can end up causing other oral health problems, including dental malocclusion (a bad bite), abnormal enamel wear, trouble speaking and chewing, as well as toothaches and jaw pain. If Dr. Peterson sees any of these issues during your annual exam, he may recommend an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign®.

The Invisalign® system is wonderful for adults and teens who want straighter teeth without the pain, hassle, and visual impact of braces. While you do need to wear them for 20-22 hours a day, Invisalign® trays can be taken out for eating and brushing your teeth, as well as for special events and playing sports. Invisalign® clear aligners are far more discreet than traditional metal braces and do not use metal that can cut or poke your cheeks. Your friends and family will barely notice when you’re wearing your Invisalign® trays.

What To Expect

Your first set of Invisalign® trays will be created using digital impressions taken at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Once they are ready, you will return to get your first sets of aligners along with care instructions from Dr. Peterson. You need to wear your aligners at 20-22 hours each day for the best results, removing them only for eating and cleaning. You will need to schedule a follow-up every 4-6 weeks so that Dr. Peterson can check the fit of your aligners and make additional digital impressions for your next set of aligners. The length of time that you need to use Invisalign® trays will vary based on the original position of your teeth and your cosmetic goals, but most patients can expect to wear them for about a year.

After Treatment

When your teeth are in alignment, it’s crucial to stop your teeth from moving back to their old position. Invisalign’s Vivera retainers are made with the same comfortable materials to help keep your teeth in their new position after your treatment is complete. Each retainer is custom made at the Invisalign® dental laboratory based on digital impressions taken once your treatment is complete. Dr. Peterson will talk to you about how many hours a day you should wear your retainer, plus how to care for it. He will also continue to monitory your teeth alignment and bite during your annual exams to ensure your teeth remain in the correct position.

Straightening Teeth with Invisalign®

Want straighter, healthier teeth without the hassle of traditional orthodontics? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Peterson to decide if you are a candidate for Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen. After a thorough exam and consultation, Dr. Peterson will create a unique treatment plan for you (or your teenager) and get you started on the path to a beautiful smile.

If you are interested in getting straighter teeth with the Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen system, schedule a consultation at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more.

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