Invisalign in Billerica, MA
When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? Probably a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework of metal. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description. However, there now exists an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign® clear aligners.
What’s So Special about Invisalign?
Invisalign is the newest, most modern way to give you a straight smile. What makes Invisalign unique is that there are no unsightly, uncomfortable metal wires or brackets. Instead, Invisalign appliances are made of clear, comfortable plastic virtually invisible to you and everyone else. Dr. Kunio Chan of One Dental Care, in Billerica, MA wants you to know- what is so special about Invisalign.
Dr. Chan wants you to know the facts about Invisalign and the many benefits of Invisalign treatment. When compared to conventional brackets and wires, Invisalign is:
- More cosmetically beautiful because Invisalign is clear plastic and virtually invisible
- More comfortable because Invisalign is made of smooth material, with no sharp metal parts to irritate your soft tissue
- More convenient because you can remove the appliance whenever you want
- More satisfying because you can eat whatever you want without food getting caught in your braces
- Better for your oral health because you can brush and floss without using floss threaders and other clumsy tools
Dr. Chan will begin your Invisalign treatment by creating your first set of trays, called aligners. You wear the first set for two weeks and then change to a new set which you wear another two weeks. You continue changing aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually shift into their correct position. Treatment typically takes nine to fifteen months. Just imagine nine to fifteen months of comfortable movement, and then you have a straight smile!
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But they are not made of metal; instead, they are made of clear, flexible plastic.
Here's how it works: Specialized computer software is used to design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into perhaps several dozen stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned.
In the past several years, two features have been added to make Invisalign a more appropriate orthodontic treatment method for teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” hold the appropriate amount of space open for molars that have not fully grown in. Invisalign for teens also comes with “compliance indicators” built into the aligner material, which fade with wear. This allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves, to make sure the trays are being worn as prescribed. Treatment with Invisalign can only be successful if this is the case.
Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment
As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of the Invisalign system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don't neglect to do this! You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly; you can do this by brushing them and then rinsing them with lukewarm water.
Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You'll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile.
Invisalign can help fix overlapped or crowded teeth, close gaps, and poor bite alignment.
Call One Dental Care in Billerica, MA at (978) 667-0691 to get started on your new smile!
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