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Call us today at 281-249-9999 for a FREE Invisalign consult. We cover ALL invisalign cases with FREE braces if needed

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Call us today at 281-249-9999 for a FREE Invisalign consult. We cover ALL invisalign cases with FREE braces if needed

Correcting your orthodontic problems will help with your overall oral health.

When the orthodontic dental front first started there were limited options for doctors and patients alike.

From unsightly metal headgear to the more modernized metal braces we know today.
As time progressed dental technologies started to develop.

We were introduced to new ways of straightened teeth with a more conservative approach. Invisalign became part of dental care.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a transparent plastic orthodontic device that forms a series of clear aligners to straighten your teeth. Invisalign works to align your teeth without the use of metal wires or brackets. It was approved by the FDA in 1998.  

This treatment option is for anyone who does not want the visual appearance of metal braces.

It is still an effective way to straighten most of your teeth. here is an example a case that was corrected by Dr. Kanaan using Invisalign clear aligners alone. 

Invisalign Dentists Case


What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign has several advantages most of them deal with appearance and comfort. The main advantage is of course that they are almost invisible.

Other advantages include:

  1. Invisalign is removable and makes eating or brushing and flossing a lot easier. You can also clean the tray to keep your mouth from building up bacteria.
  2. There are fewer food restrictions. Traditional Metal Braces restrict you from eating anything chewy, too hard, or sticky.
  3. Invisalign offers more comfort than metal braces because there are no metal wires that can poke your mouth.
  4. The trays are specially custom made to fit your teeth.
  5. Fewer visits to your orthodontist's dental office. Invisalign aligners only need to be maintained approximately every 6 weeks.

What are the drawbacks of Invisalign?

Invisalign has many benefits but there are a few things to consider before receiving treatment. Some people might be better suited to handle the responsibilities that come with clear aligners.

Ultimately the patient is going to be responsible for keeping the trays for the recommended allotted time.

This can be a challenge for certain people as they lack the discipline needed to have a successful treatment.

Everyone is different and some patients might not mind the required maintenance and responsibility.

Invisalign Drawbacks include:

  1. The patient is responsible for keeping trays in for up to 22 hours a day
  2. Brushing and flossing will be required after every meal before inserting trays again
  3. Tray maintenance will be required to keep the clear aligner clean
  4. Can affect your speech
  5. They are generally more expensive than metal braces

Are Standard Braces Still Preferred to The Invisalign System?

The preference between standard braces and Invisalign mostly comes down to the patient. Patients who select to have clear aligners are mostly worried about cosmetic appearance.

They also like the flexibility of removing the trays.

Invisalign is still very effective in straightening crooked teeth.

However, there are complex cases when traditional metal braces are needed to correct the problem.

Standard metal braces are still one of the best options to correct your teeth and treatment time is also generally faster.

Invisalign is available for patients who don't want the metal mouth appearance. The patient will have to qualify to have their teeth straightened using this method. 

Why Invisalign, not Braces?

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  1. Oral Hygiene: Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing. Therefore, it's easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.
  2. Comfort without mouth sores: Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This short-term effect is typically described as a feeling of pressure. Speech may be temporarily affected at the beginning of treatment.
  3. Efficacy: Invisalign can be as effective as traditional braces for all of the most common teeth-straightening issues when worn according to the recommendation of Dr. Kanaan.
  4. For adults & children: Invisalign is as effective as traditional braces when worn according to the recommendations of Dr. Kanaan for the most common teeth-straightening issues.

Does Invisalign hurt?

When you get Invisalign you will feel pressure and discomfort during the first days. The trays cause the right amount of pressure for your teeth to move into position.

After a few days, you will start to feel the pressure a lot less and discomfort will subside.


Trays will need to be switched out about every 1-2 weeks. Each time the trays are switched you will feel pressure as your teeth shift.

The feeling is about the same as traditional braces in terms of pressure and discomfort.


Can Invisalign make my teeth just as perfect as braces can do?

Yes, Absolutely! Invisalign can give you great results.

Clear aligners are now more able to handle more complex cases than before and they do a great job at correcting a lot of different orthodontic problems.

Dr. Kanaan has had countless great results using Invisalign.

How Invisalign Moves Your Teeth


Should I get Invisalign for my underbite?

In the past, only traditional braces and surgery was used to correct issues like underbites. Invisalign can effectively treat your underbite depending on the severity of the case.

Dr. Kanaan is an expert Invisalign dentist and he can fix even more complex cases using Invisalign. After an initial assessment and 3D Scan, the doctor will be able to determine the best course of action.

How long does one have to wear Invisalign?

Treatment time will vary for each patient depending on the severity of the case. Patients are required to wear their aligners for 20-22 hours a day.

The patient is essentially responsible for the success of the treatment. The average treatment time is 12 to 18 months.

You can remove your Invisalign when you are eating and whenever you brush and floss. For the most part, you will want to keep your trays in your mouth to fulfill the required time frame and get effective treatment.

When should I start seeing Invisalign's results?

Patients usually start to see results within a matter of weeks. The better the patient is at keeping the trays in for the required time intervals the faster results will be seen.

When patients don't follow the recommended wearing time progress will be slow and can take longer to see results.

 

Should I visit a dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign?

The best choice will be a specialized orthodontist like Dr. Kanaan. A general dentist can offer Invisalign services.

However, they are limited in knowledge and will not be able to handle more complex cases using Invisalign.

Visiting our specialists will ensure you get the best possible treatment using Invisalign.

Why do so many people use braces and not Invisalign?

Traditional metal braces have been the only method of correcting orthodontic problems for a long time. In 2001 Invisalign went public and began to gain popularity due to the cosmetic appearance.

Invisalign is still generally more expensive than traditional metal braces.

Most people opt to get traditional braces because they are still generally the most effective way of treating ortho problems and it is not as expensive.

What should I expect after Invisalign treatments?

Knowing what to expect after your treatment is over can help make your treatment more effective.

A lot of patients are really satisfied with the result that comes with clear aligners. Some patients get comfortable and do not follow the aftercare.

You will be issued a retainer after you are done with your Invisalign treatment. Wearing your retainer will ensure that your teeth do not shift back and will keep your treatment from being in vain.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of your invisalign treatment usually varies, but the average price is between $3,500 - $8,500. Treatment cost varies depending on the complexity of your case and your insurance provider.

It is always best to consult with your orthodontist first to determine the actual cost of your treatment and check your dental insurance plans.

Invisalign Dentist

Dr. Kanaan is one of the best Invisalign dentists in Houston, TX.

He has even developed ways of correcting extreme overbite and underbite cases without the use of surgery.

Invisalign Dentist in Houston


Our doctor is an expert on Invisalign and he uses the most advanced methods to help correct your ortho problems.

Kanaan Invisalign

Going with a specialist will ensure that you will get the best possible dental care using this treatment. There are also great financing options available for you. 

​Anterior open bite correction with Invisalign

You are here because you do not like your open bite and you do not like braces. You want to correct the open bite with Invisalign but your dentist/orthodontist told you that you are not a candidate for Invisalign clear aligners. 

Do not worry.

In this article, I will share how to correct open bites with Invisalign. I will also share some actual cases that were corrected with Invisalign.

Can Invisalign fix an anterior open bite? 

When Invisalign was introduced in 1997, open bite cases were not recommended to get treated with Invisalign. Only moderate teeth straightening was possible in the past using Invisalign for orthodontic treatment. 

Invisalign is now capable of correcting the anterior open bite. With the advancement of Invisalign technology came a better understanding of different treatment options. Modified Invisalign trays can now direct forces in a more favorable direction to proper positions.

This was first reported in 2010 by Schupp et al where they successfully treated 2 open bite cases with Invisalign (REF). 

However, this should not be mixed with the harder cases of posterior Open Bite. Invisalign might not be the best option to correct these dental issues.

Always make sure you consult an experienced orthodontist for your open bite case. Dr. Kanaan always offer a FREE consult for Invisalign cases 281-249-9999 

How to correct an open bite with Invisalign 

Your experienced orthodontist needs to program and design the Invisalign trays to do ALL the following: 

  1. Extrude the anterior teeth. Make sure you consider the smile line to determine how much the upper and the lower teeth need to be extruded. Over extruding the upper teeth can cause the unwanted ugly side effect of a gummy smile.
  2. Intrude the posterior teeth. The Invisalign tray thickness will help to achieve at least 0.5 mm of posterior intrusion. We also might need to remove the wisdom teeth in cases of early contact.
  3. If a more posterior intrusion is needed to prevent gummy smile development, two mini-implants might be needed in the upper posterior area to help to intrude the posterior occlusion (REF).
  4. The use of rubber bands to induce a counterclockwise mandibular rotation[iii]. 
  5. IPR might be needed if a tooth-size discrepancy exists. This requires careful measurement of existing basal bone. 

Open bite correction with Invisalign in Houston Sugar Land

Invisalign for Open Bite before and after 

invisalign open bite correction before and after

Invisalign for Open Bite before and after 

How long does it take for open bite correction with Invisalign?
This depends on the age of the patient and how big the open bite is:

For adult patients with moderate open bite “2-3 mm”, it will take between 18-24 months
For growing patients with moderate open bite “ 2-3 mm”, it will take between 12-18 months
If the open bite is more than 4 mm or the use of mini-implants is needed; 24-28 months and more. 
Please note that Dr. Kanaan will divide your Invisalign treatment into stages. This technique is better to make sure your teeth are responding to the programmed trays with no delays. 

How long does it take for open bite correction with Invisalign?

This depends on the age of the patient and how big the open bite is:

  • For adult patients with moderate open bite “2-3 mm”, it will take between 18-24 months
  • For growing patients with moderate open bite “ 2-3 mm”, it will take between 12-18 months
  • If the open bite is more than 4 mm or the use of mini-implants is needed; 24-28 months and more. 

Please note that Dr. Kanaan will divide your Invisalign treatment into stages. This technique is better to make sure your teeth are responding to the programmed trays with no delays. 

How many clear aligners are needed to fix the anterior open bite?

Research has shown that on average 73 aligners are needed to get the open bite corrected (REF). This is only an average as the precise number of aligners might range from 40 trays to 100 trays. 

What are the advantages of using Invisalign over braces to close the Anterior open bite?
Better vertical control. Traditional braces tend to have an extrusive effect on the back molars.

This side effect is better controlled with the Invisalign since each tray has a minimum thickness of 0.5 mm, Less root resorption. Correcting anterior open bites might be associated with various degrees of root resorption.

Because the Invisalign trays are removable, this will give the front teeth some break to relax and minimize the chances of getting root resorption.
Control bad habits that might contribute to the open bite such as thumb sucking and tongue thrust.

Surgical/Invisalign open bite correction

In extreme cases, surgery might be the only option to get the open bite corrected. In order for the oral surgeon to correct the open bite perfectly, teeth needed to be straight and aligned. This is usually accomplished with a period of braces treatment before the surgery.

With Dr. Kanaan, you also have the option to use Invisalign, rather than braces, before the surgery. Digital simulation, will give you the benefit of making sure the teeth will fit perfectly after the surgery. Below is a case that was treated with both Invisalign and surgery.

The case was treated with braces before and surgery was preferred due to gingival recession.

Invisalign process

What is the process to get Invisalign?

1.Talk to Dr. Kanaan

Your treatment begins after you select Dr. Kanaan as an experienced Invisalign Provider. 
During the consultation, you and Dr. Kanaan will discuss your case in detail to determine how Invisalign will make your teeth straight. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns.

 

Dr. Kanaan with Invisalign Patient

 

   

2. A Customized Treatment Plan is created for you


Dr. Kanaan will take x-rays, pictures and a 3D Scan of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images Dr. Kanaan will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology, Dr. Kanaan will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.  

 3-D Image Invisalign

 

   

3.Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan


Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won't irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. You need to wear them at least 22 hours each day. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they're virtually invisible, most people won't even notice you're wearing them

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4. Wear a New Aligner Every 1-2 Weeks


Approximately every 1-2 weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you

 7 days trays

 

   

5. Reveal Your New Smile & Keep It Looking Great


Congratulations! This is the time when you celebrate. You have reached the end of treatment and you will be smiling more than ever.
Once your treatment is complete, protect the beautiful new smile you have invested in. Ask your doctor if you will need retainers to keep your teeth in their new position.

 Guy Smiling

 

 


 

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