A beautiful smile is a valuable commodity, and one of the key attributes is straight teeth. Of course, not everyone is born with teeth that are perfectly aligned. That’s where orthodontic treatment becomes important. However, for many adults and teenagers, traditional braces with metal brackets and wires are less than desirable. They just don’t want to live with that metal mouth look for two years or more. If you’d like to straighten your teeth but don’t want metal braces, then consider Invisalign. With Invisalign, Newark dentists Dr. Bond and Dr. Ganfield can correct a number of alignment concerns much more discretely.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners. These invisible aligners in Newark are arranged in a sequential order. As patients advance from one pair of aligners to the next, their teeth gradually move into the proper positions. Each pair is designed to build on the progress of the previous so that at the conclusion of treatment, you have a beautifully straight smile.
The primary benefit of Invisalign clear aligners is that hardly anyone will see that you’re wearing braces. Up close and personal they may be noticeable, however, during normal social or professional interactions most patients report feeling completely confident to speak, smile and laugh as usual.
Similarly, you’ll be able to remove your Invisalign clear aligners when you need to brush and floss your teeth. This way, you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and better avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
At White Clay Dental Associates, our dentists work closely with the Invisalign lab to give you aligners that will correct your specific concerns. Invisalign can correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, crooked teeth and teeth that have wide gaps between them.
Using X-rays, photographs, and molded impressions of your teeth, we can develop a treatment plan that guides the manufacture of your aligners. All you have to do is wear each set of aligners for about two weeks and then move on to the next pair. Treatment times vary, but most patients are will achieve a new, straight smile in less than two years.
Have you been feeling self-conscious about your gapped, crowded, or crooked teeth lately? Invisalign in Newark presents a wonderful alternative to the litany of restrictions that comes with traditional metal braces. However, before you undergo the treatment, chances are you have a few questions. That’s why we’ve taken the time to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
In the beginning, it might. Many sounds are created by pressing the tip of your tongue to the place where the back of your front teeth meets the roof of your mouth. Since your top aligner now occupies that space, your tongue may get confused. As a result, it might sound like you have a bit of a lisp when you first begin treatment. Rest assured this should pass within a few days as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance inside it. You can speed this adjustment process along by practicing counting from sixty to seventy over and over again.
Although Invisalign is typically not as uncomfortable as traditional braces, your teeth may temporarily be a bit sore or sensitive when you first switch to a new set of aligners. This is actually a sign that your treatment is working! Invisalign works by applying small amounts of pressure to a portion of your smile at a time to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position.
To minimize this discomfort, it may help to transition to the next set of aligners right before you go to bed. That way you can sleep through the first several hours of the adjustment process. If your teeth are still sore in the morning, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen as instructed on the bottle.
Most likely, yes. After you’ve finished with Invisalign, your teeth will start to slowly shift back into their natural crooked state unless you wear a retainer to keep them in place. For a few weeks or months after you’ve completed Invisalign treatment, we may have you wear a retainer as often as you wore your aligners. After a certain period of time, we might suggest you only wear it to bed.
Right after you wake up, remove your aligners and rinse them out with lukewarm or cool water (don’t use hot water, as that could change the shape of the plastic). Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear hand soap to scrub your aligners clean. You could also soak them in a special Invisalign cleaning solution while you eat.
In order to keep your aligners clear and virtually unnoticeable, you’ll need to brush your teeth after eating and before placing your aligners back in. This prevents food particles from getting trapped against your teeth and staining your aligners, or worse, contributing to infections.
Are you ready to transform your smile with Invisalign? Contact our dental office in Newark to reserve a consultation.