Invisalign Straightens Richardson Smiles

Dr. Richards can help improve your smile with Invisalign

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom made series of aligners created for you.  These trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.  Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist prescribes for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten.  You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.  You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life.  The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

One of the best things about Invisalign is the minimal impact it has on your everyday life.  Since the aligners are comfortable, you should be able to wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day without much effort.  The aligners are easily removable, so you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.  Cleaning the aligners is as simple as brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.  That’s it!  Achieving that great smile couldn’t be easier! You’ll also remove the aligners each time you eat.  This means you can continue to eat all the foods you love without any restrictions or worrying about food getting stuck in your wires and brackets.  With other teeth-straightening methods, the simple act of eating can often be troublesome.  For those who are active in contact sports, Invisalign allows you to continue wearing your aligners without having to worry about any sharp brackets cutting your mouth.  If your sport requires wearing a protective mouthguard, simply remove your aligners and yo8up’re good to go!  Your bedtime routine can continue as before, with simple addition of cleaning your aligners.  You won’t be struggling with trying to floss and brush in between brackets and wires, which can be time-consuming.

Clear Braces as a Viable Orthodontics Option

Your treatment begins during the initial consultation; you and Dr. Richards will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.  Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex.  He will determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Dr. Richards and his team will then take x-rays, pictures and digital impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a 3-D image of them.  After reviewing all diagnostic information, a precise treatment plan can be created, including the exact movements of your teeth and the approximate length of treatment.  Using the same technology, Dr. Richards will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.

Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are 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.  As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place.

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.  Choosing the correct type of retainers to keep your teeth in their new position is critical.  Vivera® retainers are custom made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign.  Vivera® retainers lock in your beautiful smile.

Reasons for Invisalign Treatment


One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay.  With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.


Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body.  Your teeth and gums and how they look to others when you smile – say a lot about your overall health.  If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.  Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria.  Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss.  Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to or enhance other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes.  Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems.  And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bit5e, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased war on the tooth enamel.  Invisalign effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.