Invisalign Specialist

My Dentist

Christine Hervas, DDS

General Dentist located in Austin, TX

If you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® can make your smile appear more balanced and symmetrical. At My Dentist, general dentist Christine Hervas, DDS, offers Invisalign to adults and teenagers. Treatment is quick, convenient, and more discreet than traditional braces. To make an appointment, call the practice in Austin, Texas, or click the online booking feature today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is an advanced type of orthodontic treatment. Instead of using brackets, wires, and rubber bands to improve the position of your teeth and bite, it relies on a series of removable, plastic mouthpieces. 

Each mouthpiece fits snugly over your teeth. They contain no latex, BPS, or gluten, making treatment safe for individuals with allergies as well as pregnant people.

What types of alignment issues can Invisalign correct?

At My Dentist, Dr. Hervas uses Invisalign to correct various alignment issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

You might also qualify for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign if you have a malpositioned or misaligned jaw.

What happens during Invisalign treatment?

Before recommending Invisalign treatment, Dr. Hervas conducts an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays. If your teeth and jaw aren’t properly aligned and Dr. Hervas thinks you can benefit from orthodontics, she takes digital impressions of your teeth and jaw.

Dr. Hervas uploads your impressions to a computer-aided design (CAD) program and develops a custom treatment plan that maps the step-by-step movements of your teeth and jaw. After finalizing your plan, Dr. Hervas explains the treatment process. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. 

Lastly, Dr. Hervas sends your impressions to an Invisalign facility. Technicians at the Invisalign facility use your digital scans to design and manufacture your first set of Invisalign aligners.

During treatment, you return to My Dentist every few weeks. At each checkup, Dr. Hervas monitors your progress and has you change into a new set of aligners. Each new set places slightly different pressure on your teeth and jaw. 

Once you achieve the desired results, you transition to an orthodontic retainer. The retainer holds your teeth in the optimal position and prevents them from shifting.

How long does treatment with Invisalign take?

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign typically takes 12-18* months, but it can take longer depending on the alignment issues addressed. To ensure the process goes smoothly, wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day, only removing them to brush and floss or eat.

Do I need to clean my Invisalign aligners?

Yes. To keep your Invisalign aligners in optimal condition, it’s essential to clean them regularly. Dr. Hervas recommends rinsing them several times a day in cool tap water. Also, brush them with a soft-bristle toothbrush before going to bed.

To see if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, make an appointment at My Dentist by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.

*Individual results may vary.