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Invisalign® Specialist

Flossmore Dental

Hank Chang, DDS

Dentist located in Richardson, TX

Invisalign® is a popular alternative to traditional braces, helping teens and adults in Richardson, Texas, enjoy straighter teeth and more beautiful smiles. Scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Chang is the first step toward determining if Invisalign® could be right for patients.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment system that’s a convenient alternative to traditional braces. The Invisalign® system uses a series of custom-fit aligners or trays designed to move patients’ teeth into position over time. The number of trays and the length of treatment will depend on their specific needs and treatment objectives.

Is Invisalign® better than traditional braces?

Invisalign® offers several advantages over traditional braces:

  • The aligners are clear, so they’re virtually invisible while worn.
  • The aligners are also removable, which makes it much easier to brush, floss, and have routine dental care such as regular cleanings to ensure the teeth stay healthy. Plus, they can be removed for eating so there are no dietary restrictions during treatment.
  • Because Invisalign® aligners are custom-designed for the individual patient, most patients can achieve results faster compared to traditional braces.
  • The clear plastic design means no sharp edges or wires will irritate gums and lips.

Invisalign® does cost more than traditional braces, and depending on the patients’ insurance plan, out-of-pocket costs may be higher. Also, while the Invisalign® aligners can treat most orthodontic issues, for some patients, traditional braces may be a better choice.

What happens during treatment with Invisalign®?

First, the patients’ teeth will be carefully assessed to ensure Invisalign® is the right choice to help them reach their goals. Once it’s been determined that the patient is a good candidate for Invisalign®, treatment begins with dental impressions, which are sent to the lab where custom aligners will be made. The impressions are scanned into a computer, and special software is used to create 3-D models that show the movements the teeth will need to make over time to come into alignment. The aligners will be made based on these models. During treatment, patients will wear each aligner for about two weeks before swapping it for the next one in the series. Patients need to be seen about every six weeks or so to make sure their treatment stays on track. Most treatments take two years or less to complete.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Please contact the office to find out if your specific plan is accepted.

Assurant Employee Benefits
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Delta Dental
Dental Network of America
Dental Select
MCNA Dental