Invisalign & Invisalign Alternatives

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You decided you were ready for a better smile and you had your heart set on Invisalign — until your dentist told you that you weren’t a good candidate. Now what? You don’t want to keep hiding your teeth from the world, but you don’t want metal braces either!


First, you should get a second opinion from an orthodontist. Orthodontists are dentists who’ve completed additional schooling focused on the position of your teeth and jaw. Dr. Leiker is the only orthodontist in Montgomery County who has completed Invisalign masters training. He is also the only orthodontist in Montgomery County who completed a two-year training program to offer the Roth Technique at his practice.

By using the Roth Technique, Dr. Leiker takes your lower jaw into account when planning your treatment to correct your bite, so that pressure is spread out evenly across all of your teeth. Otherwise, you could experience TMJ problems and even fracture a tooth.


Dr. Leiker is an experienced orthodontist serving The Woodlands, Conroe, and surrounding areas. He has advanced training in Invisalign treatment. As an orthodontist, he can read Invisalign’s ClinCheck report and tell you what movements your teeth are capable of making.



Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign braces use an aligner system to correct your teeth. The aligners are see-through trays custom shaped for your teeth. You’ll wear your aligner set 20 or more hours a day. The aligners place pressure on your teeth to push them into a straighter position. About every two weeks, you will wear a new aligner. With each aligner set, you move one stage closer to a beautiful smile.


Caring for your teeth is easy with Invisalign. You can remove the trays when you eat, while brushing and flossing, and during any other activities necessary. Invisalign makes it easy to clean your aligners with their kit. Or if you’re on the go, you can brush your aligners with a toothbrush, then rinse them with lukewarm water.  


Although Invisalign is a popular choice, if Dr. Leiker feels like you aren’t a good candidate for it, our office offers a few other understated choices for braces that can give you that straight smile you want without the look of traditional metal braces.


Lingual Braces

Dr. Leiker is the leading lingual braces orthodontist in Montgomery County. Lingual braces are hidden behind your teeth, so your braces stay out of sight while shifting your teeth into the smile you want.


Lingual braces work just like traditional braces. They apply consistent, moderate pressure on your teeth to correct their positioning. You’ll care for them by brushing twice daily and flossing regularly, and we can teach you in our office how to floss with braces. You’ll still want to watch what you eat so you don’t damage your braces.


Lingual braces are custom-made for your teeth. They’re able to correct a wide variety of bite issues. They self-ligate, so there’s less friction, which means you’ll experience less discomfort. Dr. Leiker is able to treat your entire mouth with lingual braces or just the front teeth if that’s all that’s needed.


Clear Ceramic Braces

Another option that might be right for you are our self-ligating braces with clear ceramic brackets. The ceramic is a translucent color that blends nicely with your teeth, so it’s far less noticeable than metal brackets. This option is very popular with patients who are concerned about their appearance during treatment.


Our clear ceramic braces are also self-ligating. Self-ligating braces hold your wire in place with a clip instead of a bracket. This means it takes less force to move your teeth and your teeth can move faster. Keeping your teeth brushed and flossed is also easier with clips than brackets. So, your smile will be nice and clean when your braces come off.


No matter what choice you and Dr. Leiker decide is best for you, your new smile will be back by Dr. Leiker’s lifetime guarantee.


If you’re interested in treatment for your children, we are a certified Invisalign Teen provider, and Dr. Leiker has specialized training to treat patients 6 and older. Our office is very family-friendly with smiling staff and a new arcade room. Our new headquarters in The Woodlands neighbors McCullough Junior High.


Dr. Leiker, who received orthodontic treatment in junior high, knows firsthand how a confident smile can carry you toward the life you want. He has more than 20 years of experience seeing patients just like you. You deserve a smile that brings you joy. Call us at 832-510-6678 or use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment today!