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5 Helpful Tips for Easing New Aligner Discomfort

August 23, 2022

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Closeup of woman putting on new clear aligner

Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is significantly more comfortable. After all, there aren’t any brackets or wires, the trays are crafted from smooth plastic, and each one is custom-made just for you. Since your teeth are being moved into entirely new positions, however, there you may experience some Invisalign discomfort, especially when you switch to a new aligner. The good news is that the soreness is temporary and can easily be alleviated with these helpful tips!


Can Someone with Veneers, Crowns, or Bridges Get Invisalign?

July 4, 2022

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You may need dental restorations or decide to get cosmetic dental treatment as you get older. Some common examples include dental crowns, bridges, or veneers. While these all serve their purpose when it comes to keeping your smile healthy and aesthetically pleasing, you may be wondering if they will interfere with the Invisalign treatment that you want to straighten your smile. Continue reading to learn from your orthodontist in Plano how each of these restorations could affect orthodontic treatment.


Can I Get Invisalign After Traditional Braces?

May 4, 2022

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young woman holding clear aligner

Remember when you finished treatment with metal braces and your orthodontist talked about how important it was for you to wear your retainer to preserve your straightened smile? Unfortunately, a study revealed that one in five patients stops wearing it within 19-24 months of completing orthodontic treatment. Were you one of those patients that gave up on your retainer? If so, your teeth may have shifted back to their pre-braces position. Having experienced traditional braces, you may be considering Invisalign but is that possible? Read on to learn more from your orthodontist in Plano about wearing Invisalign after braces.


5 Factors That Affect How Long You’ll Need to Wear Braces

April 20, 2022

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young girl getting braces in Plano

Before committing to orthodontic treatment, there are many factors you must take into consideration. For example, you must think about the overall expenses and the time it’ll take to complete your treatment. Since every patient is unique, it’s impossible to say the required duration for braces to straighten teeth because it truly varies on a case-by-case basis. Even though the average amount of time is between one and three years, several factors can make it shorter or longer. Read on to learn which elements contribute to the time it takes to achieve your desired results!


Why You Should Invest Your Tax Refund in Your Smile

April 14, 2022

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Smiling couple talking to dentist in office

Although it may be hard to believe, Tax Day is already here! Even if you consistently procrastinate, you’ve likely filed your taxes by now. As a result, your refund may be already on its way to you. While you could use that money to buy a new pair of shoes or schedule an appointment for a massage, there is a better place to invest it: your smile. Here are a few reasons to consider using your tax refund to enhance your smile!


How to Survive Cold and Flu Season with Invisalign

February 25, 2022

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Patient blowing his nose while eating soup

Once the temperature drops, cold and flu season is never far behind. Cue the runny nose, sinus pressure, and annoying cough. Typically, when these symptoms arise, you can lay back and focus solely on recovering. When you’re in the middle of orthodontic treatment, however, it’s important not to fall off-track. With this in mind, here are some tips for surviving cold and flu season with Invisalign!


Dating with Invisalign: What You Should Know for Valentine’s Day

January 25, 2022

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couple on Valentine's Day date

We’re officially nearing the end of January, which means Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! If you’re currently undergoing Invisalign treatment, you may be wondering if it has an impact on your dating life. The truth is, even though the aligners are convenient and discreet, they can certainly affect any social situation. With that in mind, here are a few things you should know about dating with Invisalign.


Braces Survival Kit: 5 Must-Have Tools If You Have Braces

November 30, 2021

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Closeup of woman smiling with metal braces

From slightly misaligned teeth to severely rotated ones, metal braces can address all kinds of orthodontic issues. While keeping your smile happy and healthy will require a bit more work, your oral hygiene routine will be much less cumbersome with the right tools. Keep reading for five must-haves!


You Asked, We Answered: How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

July 23, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — willowbendbraces @ 6:42 pm
Closeup of patient holding up Invisalign clear braces

Unhappy with crooked, gapped, or otherwise misaligned teeth? You don’t have to endure years of metal brackets and wires to get the smile of your dreams. Thanks to Invisalign, effective, discreet, clear aligners can gradually move your teeth into a healthier position! However, one of the biggest benefits is that Invisalign often delivers results in a fraction of the time. Keep reading to learn a few important factors that will determine the length of your Invisalign treatment timeline.