Invisalign

Lily Morgan, DDS -  - General Dentist

Ellem Dental

Lily Morgan, DDS

General Dentist located in Richardson, TX

InvisalignⓇ is a revolutionary teeth straightening system that can help you achieve your best possible smile. Using clear plastic aligner trays, Invisalign gently moves teeth into optimal positioning, giving you excellent results without the hassle of traditional metal braces. Dr. Lily Morgan offers Invisalign through her practice at Ellem Dental. To learn how to straighten your smile without the inconvenience of metal braces, schedule an appointment at the Richardson, Texas office today using the online scheduling tool.

Invisalign Q & A

What’s Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth alignment system that uses clear plastic trays to reposition your teeth. The system is available through licensed dental professionals who’ve undergone special training in the use of Invisalign.

The clear plastic trays are custom-fit to your unique dental structures. As you move through the treatment process, you’ll change your aligners every couple of weeks as your teeth shift into their new position.

Invisalign is appealing to many people who want to avoid the inconvenience and discomfort of traditional metal braces. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t damage the soft tissues in your mouth, requires no special dental hygiene efforts, and doesn't cement to the surface of your teeth.

How does the Invisalign process work?

Dr. Morgan offers complimentary consultations in which she examines your teeth and takes special imaging that allows the lab to create your custom aligner trays.

She also discusses how to wear your new aligners, and when to come back to the office for routine check-ups as your treatment progresses. It’s important to keep your aligners in place for approximately 23 hours each day, taking them out only to eat and perform dental hygiene.

Your aligners fit snugly over the surface of your teeth. When you start a new set of trays, they’ll feel tight, and you notice the tension they place on your teeth. Over the next week or so, that tension will lessen until it’s time to start with the next set.

During routine check-ups, Dr. Morgan examines your teeth to make sure that they’re moving into position correctly. You’ll even be able to see computer imaging of what your smile will look like once treatment is complete!

Is Invisalign the same as mail-in braces?

Multiple companies offer tray-based alignment systems online that claim to provide the same results as Invisalign. You use a kit to make an at-home mold of your teeth, which is sent to a lab to create plastic trays.

These systems are similar to Invisalign in design, but they lack the professional guidance that makes Invisalign so effective.

Mail-in braces don’t provide office visits to check your progress or dental professional to ensure that your teeth are moving correctly. If you put too much pressure on your teeth at the wrong time, permanent damage can occur.

When you’re ready for a beautiful smile, schedule a complimentary consultation at Ellem Dental to learn how Invisalign and Dr. Lily Morgan can help you reach your goals.