Invisalign/ Braces


At Hebron Smiles, patients find the solutions they seek for dental concerns ranging from tooth pain to overcrowding and crooked teeth. We are pleased to offer one of the most convenient, efficient methods of straightening teeth available today, as well as traditional orthodontic treatment that may be best suited to more severe cases of misalignment and malocclusion.


We often think of braces for teens, but research suggests that more adults are handling issues such as overcrowding or a bad bite with conventional orthodontic treatment. The traditional program is warranted when it is necessary to adjust the way that opposing teeth fit together. Braces also straighten teeth to give the appearance patients desire. Once brackets and wires are in place, periodic visits will be scheduled to maintain the gentle force needed to keep teeth moving in the right direction. Most patients complete treatment within 24 months.


The Invisalign system appeals to teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without the signs of braces. Rather than cementing metal brackets onto teeth to achieve movement, this method places gentle force onto teeth through clear plastic aligners. The trays that are worn through the course of treatment look similar to those used for teeth whitening. However, their custom design gradually moves teeth into proper alignment.


Like braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through constant pressure. The series of trays is developed from records taken in our office, then processed in sophisticated software that patterns individual aligners. Each aligner will fit in a unique way that prompts the desired movement. Every two weeks, a new set of aligners is inserted, progressing alignment toward the predicted outcome.


The discreet nature of Invisalign makes this system appealing to adults who would like to correct overcrowding, spacing issues, and certain bite problems. Braces, even those that are colored to blend in, tend to be noticeable. Brackets and wires create an obstacle to brushing and flossing, and may be damaged by certain foods. Invisalign aligners are not affixed to teeth. They are designed to be removed for meals and for oral care. This makes the teeth straightening process more convenient and comfortable, and it decreases the risk of problems such as cavities and gum irritation.


There are really no disadvantages to Invisalign treatment! However, it is important that patients understand that their results are contingent on complying with the treatment plan. Trays may be accidentally lost or thrown out if not carefully stored during meals. If aligners are not worn the prescribed amount of time, at least 22 hours each day, the overall course of treatment may need to be extended, resulting in a higher cost and unnecessary time.

These services are provided by specialist who is trained in orthodontics and has treated hundreds of patients.

What is Invisalign, and how does it work?

The Invisalign clear aligner treatment requires you to wear a series of removable, comfortable, and clear aligners that steadily shift your teeth into their proper alignment. No metal wires or brackets are necessary. The result would be a smile full of perfectly aligned teeth with a proper bite. You will begin with the first set of aligners in the series and, every few weeks, progress to the next set of aligners until you reach the end.

Are Invisalign aligners visible when worn?

Invisalign clear aligners are manufactured via Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack technology, resulting in aligners that are durable, clear, and comfortable. Nobody will be able to tell you are wearing your Invisalign aligners unless you choose to make it known. It is one of the leading reasons so many patients elect this treatment. 

Can I remove my Invisalign aligners to eat and drink?

One of the great benefits of Invisalign is the lack of restrictions they will impose on your life. Because you can remove your aligners when eating and drinking, there is no limitation on foods and drinks. This is the opposite of metal braces, which have a lengthy list of restrictions due to the metal brackets and wires traditional braces comprise. You must always put your aligners back on as soon as possible after eating or drinking to ensure that you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day. Failure to comply with this requirement can have a negative impact on your treatment.

Will dental insurance cover any part of the Invisalign cost?

Each dental insurance is different, and coverage will vary from patient to patient. However, most dental insurance companies will cover some portion (if not all) of the cost of your Invisalign treatment, which is very similar to how they do for traditional metal braces. You will want to work with your insurance company to determine how much of the treatment cost will be covered.

Is a retainer required following my treatment?

It will likely be recommended that you use a retainer following your treatment. This will prevent your teeth from gradually shifting back to their pre-treatment position and alignment. Every case will be different, but our team will let you know if this will be necessary.

Dr. Adnan Saleem best dentist in Carrollton, TX

Adnan Saleem, DMD - Hebron Smiles

Dr. Adnan Saleem, having graduated with a DMD degree from Temple University School of Dentistry began his career as a general dentist. For over a decade he has continued to advance his education and skillset through numerous training courses and his membership with Modern study club. Dr. Saleem is known for treating his patients both respectfully and compassionately. Connect with Dr. Adnan Saleem on Linkedin.