Having misaligned teeth can really detract from a sophisticated, attractive smile. However, many adults don’t consider braces because they simply do not want to wear metal brackets and wires for two or more years. Dr. David Salibian understands this concern, which is why he is pleased to offer Invisalign in our Belmont, MA office. This treatment is just one of many options in cosmetic dentistry that can be found at EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont.
The Invisalign system consists of a set of clear, removable aligners that fit comfortably in the mouth and place gentle pressure on different areas of the bite to gradually reposition teeth. Because the trays are made out of high-quality clear plastic, most people won’t notice you’re wearing clear braces. You are able to remove the aligners for limited special occasions, to clean your teeth, and when you eat. Most patients complete the Invisalign treatment in 12 to 18 months – usually less time than traditional orthodontic treatment.
Because the treatment can usually correct the same issues that are treatable with conventional braces, many patients are eligible candidates for Invisalign. The most common orthodontic issues are treatable with clear braces, but more significant misalignments may still require treatment with conventional braces.
Invisalign can successfully treat overcrowding, spaces between teeth, and bite alignment issues. You should be in good oral health, free from tooth decay and gum disease, before beginning any elective treatment. We will schedule a checkup and hygiene appointment first to ensure you start Invisalign with clean, healthy teeth and gums.
Teeth that sit too close together make you susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. By using Invisalign, you can expect to see greater space between your teeth and a more uniform smile.
When too much space exists between your teeth, the same problems of decay and disease can become a possibility. Invisalign clear aligners work to bring your teeth closer together, eliminating gaps and improving the health and aesthetics of your smile.
Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or an open bite, Invisalign can shift your smile and realign your top and bottom bite to reduce pain and excessive wear and tear on your teeth and jaw.
Invisalign is a preferred orthodontic treatment among teens and adults because it has a variety of unique benefits to offer, like a shorter average treatment time and more comfortable orthodontic appliances. Here are some additional advantages that you can experience while undergoing the process:
Invisalign is more costly than regular metal braces; however, every patient is different. When providing a cost estimate for your treatment, we will consider a variety of factors, including:
It’s important that you review your dental insurance policy with our staff to allow us to determine if your insurer will cover any or all of your treatment.
Many older teens and adults are hesitant to undergo orthodontic treatment because they want to avoid dealing with metal wires and brackets. Fortunately, Invisalign allows you to discreetly and comfortably achieve a straighter smile in record time. Since the process is unique, it’s normal to have a few concerns before committing to it. To help you out, our team at EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont has decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see your specific question, feel free to reach out!
It depends! Generally, it takes about 12 to 18 months to complete Invisalign treatment. Of course, factors like the severity of your dental misalignment and your commitment to the treatment plan will affect the exact amount of time it takes. You can speed up the process by staying on track with your Invisalign treatment plan and visiting our team regularly to ensure everything is moving accordingly.
The smooth plastic design of Invisalign’s clear aligners makes it one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment options available today. Although treatment is not painful, there is an adjustment period you have to go through. When you first get your aligners, you’ll likely experience mild soreness and discomfort that some may characterize as pain. However, it should go away once you get used to your treatment. The plastic trays apply gentle pressure to move a portion of your smile at a time until the entire thing is aligned. Because of that, you might also experience pressure every time you advance to the next set of aligners. You can manage your discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication as needed, using cold compresses, or drinking ice cold water.
At your last orthodontist appointment, we’ll examine your teeth to ensure they’re in their final desired, straight position. Once we’re satisfied with your results, we’ll explain how to maintain your newly aligned smile. You’ll need to wear a retainer post-treatment to preserve your hard-earned results. After examining your case, we’ll recommend how often you’ll need to wear your oral appliance. Typically, patients start wearing it full-time before gradually decreasing to only wearing it at night.
Since Invisalign is removable, there are no dietary restrictions while you undergo treatment. However, you need to make sure you remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything that’s not water. If you fail to do so, you can damage your plastic trays by causing cracks or stains. Eating with your aligners also puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth. That’s why you should take them out before every meal and snack. Don’t forget to store them in a safe place when they’re not in your mouth!
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