Brad Barker, DDS, LVIF -  - General Dentistry

Houston Dental Smiles

Brad Barker, DDS, LVIF

General Dentistry located in Houston, TX

If you want a straighter and healthier smile without having to endure the discomfort of a mouth full of metal, then Invisalign® clear aligners may be the perfect solution. Brad Barker, DDS, LVIF, and the team of dental professionals at Houston Dental Smiles offer Invisalign for their patients who want to correct their teeth without going through the hassle and embarrassment of traditional metal braces. To learn more about how Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted, schedule a consultation online or call the Houston office today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic system that straightens your teeth and improves your smile with a series of comfortable and removable clear plastic aligners. It offers an incredible upgrade from traditional braces in terms of comfort, convenience, and discretion.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic treatment solution for teens and adults. It’s effective at correcting many of the same conditions that are usually treated with braces, such as:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

Invisalign is also a popular choice for men and women looking to get generally straighter teeth. 

Why should I straighten my teeth?

Because crooked or crowded teeth have more difficult-to-reach crevices, they can be more challenging to keep clean, which leads to higher instances of cavities and tooth decay. 

Misaligned teeth and jaws also do a bad job at properly distributing the force in your bite, which causes excessive and uneven wear and tear in certain areas of your mouth. This improper distribution of force can also lead to jaw problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

How does Invisalign work?

Dr. Barker takes an impression of your mouth that’s uploaded to a computer, where it becomes a virtual model of your smile. 

That model is manipulated to map out a series of phases that can get your teeth into their target alignment, and those phases are turned into a set of clear aligners. 

Your aligners fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth, where they exert a small but consistent amount of pressure that gradually pushes your teeth into alignment. You wear your aligners all day, every day, only taking them out to brush, floss, or eat. 

You move on to the next set of aligners in your series every two weeks until you’ve reached your target alignment, which can happen in as little as nine months.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are:


The clear plastic on your aligners is smooth and won’t tear up the inside of your mouth like braces do.


Because your aligners are removable, you don’t need to modify your diet or use any special tools to keep your teeth clean. Just remove your aligners and eat, brush, and floss like normal.


Your clear aligners are virtually invisible in your mouth, unlike the shiny metal of traditional braces.

What other orthodontic options are available?

In addition to Invisalign, Houston Dental Smiles offers other corrective services like ClearCorrect and Six Month SmilesⓇ. 

To learn more about how these systems can comfortably and effectively improve your smile, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.