Invisalign: The Clear Way to Jaw-Dropping Results

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When you’re ready for Invisalign, McKinney Smiles is the place to go. 


Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment option that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. 


There are plenty of reasons why you and your McKinney family dentist might choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces:


  • Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so they’re a more discreet option for anyone who’s self-conscious about wearing traditional metal braces.
  • The aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic material that is gentle on the cheeks and gums. No poky wires.
  • Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want during treatment. Bring on the popcorn!
  • Invisalign treatment may be faster than traditional braces in some cases.
  • Invisalign aligners are easier to clean than traditional braces, which can be challenging to brush and floss around.


If you’re interested in straightening your teeth and are considering orthodontic treatment, consult with your McKinney family dentist to determine the best treatment plan for your family. 


Here are some common questions we get about Invisalign at McKinney Smiles:


Common Questions About Invisalign Treatment


How long does treatment take?

The length of treatment depends on how far the teeth need to move, and how well the patient complies with wearing the aligners. On average, treatment takes about 12-18 months.


How much does Invisalign cost?

In general, the cost of Invisalign is similar to traditional metal braces. Some dental insurance plans may cover part of the cost of Invisalign treatment. McKinney Smiles offers an Invisalign payment plan as low as $169/month.


How much do I need to wear the aligners?

The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day for optimal results. They can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.


Can I eat with the aligners in?

No, the aligners should be removed when eating and drinking anything other than water. Brush your teeth before replacing the aligner in your mouth to avoid damage and stains.


How often do I need to see the dentist in McKinney?

Typically, patients will see the dentist every 6-8 weeks for progress checks and to receive new sets of aligners.


Are there any restrictions on activities while wearing Invisalign?

While wearing Invisalign, you should avoid activities that could damage the aligners, such as contact sports or biting on hard objects. You should also remove the aligners when participating in activities that could cause them to become lost or damaged, such as swimming.


Who’s a good candidate?

For the most part, the best candidates have a fairly straightforward crowding or bite issue with their teeth. 


Teenagers feel less self-conscious about the look of Invisalign over traditional metal braces, but you know your child best. Will they be able to take care of the Invisalign? Will they wear it 20-22 hours a day? How prone are they to losing things? 


Will I have to wear a retainer when I’m done?

In most cases, retention is important to keep teeth from shifting back. Dr. Lawrence will let you know the treatment plan that works best for your teeth. It might mean keeping a retainer in full-time for a few months, then cutting back over time.


Invisalign: McKinney Smiles Is Your Go-To

Looking for a family dentist in McKinney who does Invisalign? Make an appointment with McKinney Smiles today, and Dr. Lawrence and his team will talk you through your options. When you’re happy with your smile, we’re happy.