Invisalign: Fact or Fiction?

So you’ve decided that you want to learn more about Invisalign. That’s great! 

Everyone here at Hunter Family Orthodontics is thrilled that you’ve decided to take the time to research the latest treatment options available to you and your loved ones. And of all the newer orthodontic treatments, Invisalign is undoubtedly one of the more exciting! 

Who wouldn’t want to avoid the hassle associated with traditional braces? While it is 100% true that braces have gotten a lot more comfortable than you may remember, there are still plenty of benefits associated with Invisalign. 

But just what is Invisalign? And will it work for me? And how long will it take? 

Dr. Hunter took the time to sit down with us and lay down the law regarding Invisalign: Fact or Fiction. So please read on, friend, and let’s get down to brass tacks! (That is, metaphorically speaking).

What is Invisalign, anyway? 

Great question! Invisalign is an advanced set of clear aligning trays that fit snugly over your teeth and gently move them into position over time. Much like traditional bracketed braces, they can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to render a full course of treatment. 

Also, much like traditional braces, they are prescribed and administered by a trained orthodontist (or at least, they should be!). 

While it might be true that any doctor or dentist technically could provide Invisalign treatment, the fact is that you are much better off coming in to see a specialist like Dr. Ross Hunter of Hunter Family Orthodontics. He has the experience and the latest in cutting-edge imaging and 3D printing tech (So you get your devices fast).

How does Invisalign work? 

To start with, you’ll come into Hunter Family Orthodontics for a free consultation. Then, Dr. Hunter and our skilled team will leverage the latest imaging technology to take a detailed scan of your teeth and jaw, at which point he will determine if Invisalign is right for you. 

Isn’t Invisalign only for mild cases? 

Wrong! While every smile is different, and there are cases in which traditional metal braces are more appropriate to unlock your best possible smile, Invisalign is much more flexible than many think when treating moderate to complex cases. 

Invisalign has been around for over 20 years. Thousands of case studies of missing teeth, extractions, surgery, corrections of bad bites, and more have been successfully treated with Invisalign! 

Invisalign: Fact or Fiction?

I’m cleared for Invisalign: now what? 

Now Dr. Hunter will print your first set of Invisalign trays, and your treatment can get started! He’s developed an individual treatment plan to ensure the best possible outcome for your treatment. After about two weeks, you’ll come back for a new set of aligners, making tiny micro-adjustments to your teeth, bringing them closer and closer to your perfect smile! 

The process will repeat every 2 weeks, and after what generally runs from 9-15 months, you’ll be finished! 

Wait – Isn’t Invisalign shorter than a course of braces? 

Nope! It turns out that what determines the length of your corrective treatment is your own biology and initial conditions. Invisalign can be shorter than a course of traditional braces, but Dr. Hunter will work hard to develop the best treatment plan for your particular case.  

It’s time for Invisalign! 

That is, if Dr. Hunter and you, working together, decide that it is. 

And that’s what separates the people here at Hunter Family Orthodontics. The family. We know you have options regarding your or your loved one’s treatment, and we’re thrilled you’ve taken the time to research them with us. 

Dr. Hunter is Texas born-and-raised. He grew up in Midland, and after receiving a Master’s in Biomechanics from Arizona State, an inspirational talk with his family orthodontist eventually led him right here to The Woodlands. 

And it’s right here that he couldn’t be happier to raise his three children alongside his wife, Natalie. So you’ll know when you come into Hunter Family Ortho, that’s not just a word to us. That’s a promise.