Invisalign Clear Aligners – Weatherford, TX

Your New Smile Awaits

Are you considering a straighter smile? If you’ve avoided orthodontics in the past because of the appearance and hassle of traditional braces, we have the answer: Invisalign in Weatherford. We offer Invisalign to our patients to give them a way to straighten their teeth with beauty and comfort. These clear, smooth plastic aligners are completely removable and incredibly discreet! Read on or call our dental office to learn more about this orthodontic treatment option and its benefits.

Why Choose Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Weatherford for Invisalign Clear Aligners?

  • Highly Accurate Digital Impression System
  • Qualified & Trained Dentist
  • Locally Owned & Operated Dental Practice

How Invisalign Works

CLose up of person placing Invisalign aligner in Weatherford in their mouth

Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear plastic aligners that are designed to slowly shift your teeth into place. After we’ve taken special impressions and images of your smile, we will create your Invisalign aligners. You’ll wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day, for about 2 weeks, switching them out for the next in the series to progress your treatment. After about 10 to 18 months, you’ll have a perfectly straight smile. Dr. Decker will recommend that you wear a retainer to ensure the results of your treatment for a lifetime.

Who Can Invisalign Help?

Blonde woman putting Invisalign tray over her teeth

Many patients wonder whether or not Invisalign treatment is right for them. Fortunately, this process is incredibly versatile and can help address various mild to moderate bite alignment problems. You may be a candidate if you have any of the following orthodontic issues:

Crowded Teeth

a person showing crowded and crooked teeth

Few people have naturally straight teeth. Too often the teeth are too close together. When your teeth aren’t in their proper positions, it makes them more difficult to clean, especially in areas where they overlap. Even the best brushing and flossing habits can leave behind harmful food particles, plaque, and bacteria, significantly increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. With Invisalign, you can minimize these complications while straightening your pearly whites.

Gaps Between Teeth

Close up of mouth with small gap between two front teeth

If you have gaps in your smile, you may be all too familiar with the effects that missing teeth can have on your appearance. However, gapped teeth are also home to bacteria and plaque that can cause a whole new set of issues. Typically, gapped teeth can be the result of:

  • Thumb-sucking or using a pacifier beyond the age of 3
  • Having small teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Experiencing tongue thrust
  • Having a large frenulum

Regardless of why your teeth are gapped, Invisalign will align your smile to eliminate gaps for a healthy set of teeth.


Illustrated mouth with overbite

Also known as “overjet,” an overbite is when your upper teeth stick out too far from your lower arch. This can negatively impact your bite, as your teeth won’t be able to meet properly or comfortably. Without treatment, you might experience issues like jaw pain, speech difficulties, and uneven wear and tear of your enamel. By wearing Invisalign aligners and using elastic bands, you’ll be able to properly align your upper and lower arches.


a 3 D illustration of an underbite

Similar to an overbite, an underbite is when your lower teeth protrude further out from your upper ones. This condition can lead to complications like trouble speaking, jaw discomfort, and even an increased chance of sleep apnea. With elastic bands and Invisalign aligners, you can correct the position of your lower arch so that it rests properly against your upper teeth.


Illustrated mouth with overcrowded teeth

Sometimes the lower teeth can stick out in front of the upper ones and vice versa whenever you close your mouth. Even if there’s no discomfort, a crossbite can pose risks to your oral health, such as a higher chance of gum disease and tooth decay, especially since it’ll be more difficult to clean the services of every tooth. Invisalign can gradually and effectively move both upper and lower pearly whites so that they’re uniform and comfortable.

Open Bite

a 3 D illustration of an open bite

Whenever you bite down, do your upper and lower teeth refuse to touch? This is what’s known as an open bite, which can raise the risk of multiple oral health problems, including halitosis, speech difficulties, and excessive wear and tear on the molars. For more mild situations, Invisalign can reliably shift your arches to close the gap between your upper and lower teeth.

Benefits of Invisalign

Smiling blonde woman holding Invisalign clear aligner

For years, traditional braces have been the only solution to removing gaps in your smile. It was the only solution to improve your overall bite, make your teeth more aligned, or reduce the negative effects of crowding. Now, thanks to clear aligner technology from Invisalign, you no longer have to settle with the pitfalls that come with traditional orthodontic treatment. Dr. Ashley Decker is prepared to examine your issues in great detail and put you on the best path toward a more attractive and healthier smile.

Maintain Your Appearance

Young woman with long brown hair grinning outdoors

The plastic used for clear aligners is incredibly transparent. In fact, it is so transparent, that no one around you will even notice that you’re wearing the aligners unless you tell them, or you remove your trays in front of them. As long as you clean them and brush your teeth after eating richly pigmented foods, you won’t leave stains on them, nor will they lose their transparency. If you’re someone who relies on their appearance for their job, you don’t have to sacrifice it just to achieve a straighter smile. And if you have an important occasion coming up, such as a wedding, your wedding photos don’t have to include a metal mouth.

Improved Comfort

Close up of person with Invisalign aligner over their upper teeth

Invisalign clear aligners are made from smooth plastic, which fits snugly around each of your teeth. Since you’re going to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours per day for several months, it’s incredibly important that they feel comfortable. As a metal-free solution to orthodontics, clear aligners are truly ideal for long-term use. There’s no risk of metal components (i.e., brackets and wires) breaking or bending. Dental emergencies can easily happen if metal orthodontics get damaged, but clear aligners prevent this issue in the first place.

Freedom to Eat the Foods You Want

Close up of person biting into a red apple

Clear aligners from Invisalign are completely removable. This makes sense since you’ll have to remove them to eat meals and practice oral care, but it’s quite a major benefit when compared to traditional orthodontics. Braces force you to constrict your diet and avoid eating foods that could get caught in or even damage your hardware. With clear aligners, you simply remove them and place them in your protective case. You can even chew gum! Just make sure to never eat with the aligners still in, as they are not strong enough to withstand daily chewing forces.

Faster Results

Woman with curly brown hair holding Invisalign tray

Traditional braces require a minimum of two years of wear before any results can occur. With Invisalign clear aligners, your treatment only takes between 10 and 18 months. It’s one of the fastest orthodontic treatments on the market that keeps aesthetics, comfort, and functionality in mind. On top of that, because you’re getting the entire series of aligners upfront, you don’t have to visit the dentist as often as you would if you had traditional braces.

Types of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners in their carrying case

If it sounds like Invisalign is right for you, contact our office. Your dentist in Weatherford offers various types of clear aligners to provide a stylish and comfortable solution for more patients. Whether you need Invisalign, you have a teen at home with a misaligned smile, or you need an accelerated treatment plan, we have multiple options to provide you and your family with the care that you need.

Traditional Invisalign

Hand holding an Invisalign aligner outdoors

Traditional Invisalign treatment is recommended for adult patients in their mid-20s or older. These treatment plans use a series of clear, plastic aligners to gently shift teeth into the ideal alignment over the course of about twelve months. Each set of alignment trays represents the smile as it moves one step closer to the ideal alignment. You’ll wear the aligners for about two weeks. Then, simply exchange the aligners for the next set in the series. Rather than frequent office visits to adjust brackets and wires, you will simply need to attend short checkup visits in our practice every six to eight weeks to ensure your smile is progressing according to plan.

Invisalign Teen

Teenage girl with glasses holding Invisalign

For busy teens and those who want to keep their smiles looking great throughout treatment, Invisalign Teen may offer an ideal solution. The system works the same way as traditional Invisalign, but there are many features especially beneficial for teens, including:

  • These systems offer as many as six complimentary replacement aligners because Invisalign on cafeteria trays often ends up in the trash.
  • There are indicators in place to allow parents and dentists to tell whether or not the teen is wearing their Invisalign trays for the necessary amount of time to achieve the desired results.
  • Unlike traditional braces that are often complicated by the teen’s growing smile, Invisalign Teen allows the dentist to guide newly erupting teeth into alignment.

The Propel Accelerated Orthodontic Plan

Hand holding an Invisalign tray

Whether you choose to straighten your smile with Invisalign or traditional bracket and wire braces, you may want to consider speeding up the process with Propel. This system of accelerated orthodontics offers patients quicker and more comfortable tooth movement throughout their orthodontic plan. In addition to the traditional Propel Excellerator treatment to speed the orthodontic process, we also utilize the innovative VPro5 tool to help patients make the most of their Invisalign treatment plan. You’ll use the VPro5 tool at home. For about five minutes each day, the tool is placed to ensure the Invisalign trays are properly seated to ensure maximum effect. We encourage patients to complete their VPro5 therapy immediately before going to sleep. For most patients, this is the longest consecutive wear time, so the VPro5 treatment can offer maximum efficacy.

Living with Invisalign Aligners

smiling man pointing at Invisalign aligner

For between 10 and 18 months, Invisalign will be a constant part of your life, and it’s essential that you follow our instructions. Otherwise, you won’t see your smile changing and will only prolong your treatment. Before we send you on your way to get started, we’ll give you detailed advice that will help set you up for success.

Wearing Your Trays

closeup of Invisalign aligner being put in

As previously mentioned, you’ll need to wear your clear Invisalign aligners for at least 20 hours every day. It may be tempting to “take a break,” because your teeth temporarily feel sore, you want to eat frequently, or another reason, but the longer you don’t have them in, the more uncomfortable the aligners will feel and the less progress you’ll make. On the other hand, keeping them in your mouth means your smile has more time to get used to the feeling of the aligners and direction where they should go.

Cleaning Your Aligners

toothbrush with clear aligners

Although your aligners are meant to be worn for about two weeks before being switched for the next set, these clear trays can become discolored if you don’t take care of them. They need to be cleaned on a daily basis, but the good news is this maintenance is pretty simple. Usually, all you need to do is rinse them off with clean water and gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

To prevent your aligners from becoming yellow or cloudy, you also need to keep your teeth clean. In fact, you need to brush and floss any time you eat before putting the aligners back in to stop plaque buildup.

Eating & Drinking

aligners going into their case

The plastic in your aligners is strong enough to exert force on your teeth, but it cannot withstand the pressure of biting and chewing without breaking, scratching, or staining. That’s why you need to take them out whenever you eat or drink anything other than water. While you eat or drink, store your aligners in your case—you don’t want to lose them! Once you’re done, and you’ve cleaned your teeth, put your aligners back in.

Losing or Damaging a Tray

woman covering her mouth

No one is perfect, and you may encounter an issue like losing or breaking an aligner. If this happens, reach out to us immediately. Depending on where you are in treatment, we may recommend wearing your last set of aligners until a replacement tray can be ordered and sent to you, or we may tell you to switch to your next set a little early.

Routine Check-Ins

woman holding Invisalign at a check-in appointment

With Invisalign, you’ll have fewer check-in appointments than if you had traditional braces, but these appointments are important to keep. Most of the time, the treatment plan needs to be slightly adjusted at some point during the process. During these check-in visits, we make sure your teeth are moving as they should and adjust your treatment plan if necessary, keeping you on track.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

Mother and daughter talking to dental office receptionist

When preparing to start your Invisalign treatment, one of your first questions will likely be “How much will it cost?” There are numerous factors involved with each case, so while you’re meeting with our expert team of professionals, they will be happy to provide you with a more thorough explanation of how much your Invisalign treatment will cost and offer ways you can begin to think about creating a budget for your brand-new smile. Should you need assistance in paying for your Invisalign, financing is available.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Invisalign?

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When you arrive for your initial consultation, our team will start by examining your smile and determining if Invisalign is right for you. Should you be given the green light to move forward with treatment, you can expect that you’ll not only receive personalized treatment during this visit but also a cost estimate of how much you can expect to spend for a straighter smile.

Some of the factors that are considered include:

  • The number of aligners you will need throughout treatment
  • The severity of your dental problem (i.e., overcrowding, spaces between teeth, bite alignment)
  • If you require only a top or bottom aligner or both
  • The retainer you’ll need to wear once you are finished with Invisalign
  • If you need any pre-orthodontic dental work (i.e., tooth extraction)

Is Invisalign Worth the Investment?

Smiling brunette woman holding Invisalign outdoors

If wearing a mouth full of metal doesn’t sound like a great time to you, the opportunity to receive treatment by wearing clear aligners might sound more appealing. Invisalign offers a wide array of benefits that cannot be achieved with any other orthodontic treatment, such as:

  • Improved confidence and appearance
  • Better oral health
  • Ability to eat whatever you like without restrictions
  • Flexibility and convenience
  • No chance of irritation
  • Minor discomfort
  • Shorter and fewer dental visits
  • Faster treatment

What Can I Expect at the Invisalign Consultation?

Young woman at Invisalign consultation

During your initial consultation, your dentist will want to look at your smile in its entirety to get a better understanding of how severe your particular problem may be. Whether you have overcrowding, spaces between your teeth, or a bite alignment issue, it’s important that one of our dentists evaluate your smile and determine if Invisalign or traditional braces will help you reach your desired goals.

After a visual exam, digital impressions will be taken of your smile as a way for us to map out your smile sequence. This will not only allow us to determine how it will develop over the course of treatment, but these images will also help dental lab technicians create your customized aligners so that they fit your mouth comfortably.

You’ll also receive a breakdown of how much you can expect to pay for your Invisalign treatment. After looking at all the factors your dentist is taking into consideration, you are more than welcome to speak with one of our team members about available financing as well as any other options that can help make the process to straighten teeth in Weatherford possible.

Invisalign FAQ’s

What Does Invisalign Look Like?

Invisalign is designed with clear plastic, so it is difficult to detect when they are being worn. When maintained properly, patients can keep their aligners clean and discreet by preventing discoloration. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign allows patients to achieve straighter teeth without compromising their appearance. In some cases, patients may require attachments, buttons, or elastics that may be more visible than the rest of the aligners, but for the most part, it will be difficult for others to tell that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign is not painful. Its smooth plastic design makes it one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment options out there. When you first get your Invisalign, there will be an adjustment period where you may experience some soreness, but this will go away as you get used to the treatment. Invisalign works by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment by using a series of aligners. Each time you switch to the next set, you may experience some pressure, but this just lets you know that your treatment is working. To help with any discomfort, try taking over-the-counter pain relievers or using a cold compress.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

One of the greatest advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are completely removable, so you’re able to take out your aligners when it comes time to eat. Eating with your Invisalign can cause damage to your aligners by cracking and staining them. It also puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth and can cause discomfort. The only thing that you should be consuming while you wear Invisalign is water. For everything else, take your aligners out and store them in a safe place.

Can You Get Invisalign After Braces?

This all depends on your specific needs. If your teeth have become crooked over time after you’ve already completed orthodontic treatment, Invisalign will likely be able to help to fix any new issues and align your smile. However, some misalignment issues are too complex to be fixed by Invisalign alone. Traditional braces can correct more severe overbites, underbites, and crossbites than Invisalign can. This is why many patients elect to get traditional braces until they can make the switch to Invisalign. During your consultation, we will be able to determine the best approach for your individual needs.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Although there is an average treatment timeline (12-18 months), the length of yours can be shorter or longer. Ultimately, it depends on important factors like the complexity of your case, how many aligners are needed, and how well you follow the guidelines!

Note: If you want to stay on-track with your treatment plan, and see the results as quickly as possible in the process, then we recommend wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day, prioritizing your check-in visits, and taking great care of your teeth and trays.

What Happens After Invisalign?

After your Invisalign treatment, you’ll switch from wearing your trays to wearing your retainers. This is important because upwards of 50% of patients experience orthodontic relapse, which is when your teeth begin to move out of their perfectly aligned positions. Your retainer is custom-made to fit your smile perfectly, preventing any movement in the process. Don’t worry – there are retainers that are as discreet as your aligners were, so you’ll be able to preserve your smile in an equally as discreet way!

How Do I Clean My Invisalign?

You really only need two things to effectively clean your aligners: clean, cool water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Most of the time, the discoloration of your trays is the result of bad habits, like drinking coffee with them on or not cleaning them after each meal. So, if yours are starting to yellow, it’s a good idea to go back to the basics: rinsing your trays off every time you take them out, storing them properly, cleaning them three times a day, and not keeping them on while you eat or drink anything other than water.

Does Invisalign Give You a Lisp?

No, Invisalign will not give you a lisp. In fact, the large majority of patients who choose to straighten their teeth with clear aligners don’t experience any changes to their speech at all. If you do experience a slight learning curve, there’s no need to worry either: it’s temporary. Plus, if you have an important presentation or speech, you can always take them out!

What if My Invisalign Broke?

Let’s start with what you shouldn’t do, like trying to repair them with super glue or simply moving onto the next tray in the series without consulting your dentist. Instead, we recommend calling our Weatherford dental team ASAP. Depending on where you’re at in your treatment timeline, we’ll determine the best course of action, like wearing your previous set until the replacement aligners arrive.

Can I Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

Yes, you can drink coffee throughout your Invisalign treatment. There’s just one rule: you have to remove your aligners first. If you don’t, your trays will quickly turn yellow (even if you use a straw).