By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you wish you had straighter or more even teeth but dread the thought of traditional metal braces, Invisalign could be the answer you invisalignhave been looking for. Invisalign transforms your smile, straightening teeth and correcting bite. But how do you know if Invisalign is right for you? Your Billerica, MA dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan at One Dental Care, can help you determine if Invisalign is the best course of orthodontic treatment for you.

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign straightens teeth with a series of clear plastic aligner trays. The trays, worn in succession one after another, are customized to fit your mouth, ensuring maximum comfort and wearability. The number of trays and length of treatment depends on your situation and the severity of your orthodontic issues. Tooth-colored bumps called attachments which affix to the teeth allow your dentist to pinpoint the pressure used to move the teeth, moving some more than others into their final positions.

What conditions can Invisalign treat? 
Invisalign benefits patients suffering from most orthodontic issues. However, some severe issues may require more aggressive treatment. Some of the conditions Invisalign repairs include:

  • underbite
  • overbite
  • crossbite
  • crooked teeth
  • overlapping teeth
  • overcrowding and under crowding (gaps)

How do I know Invisalign is right for my teeth? 
Billerica dentists recommend Invisalign for adults and teenagers over the age of 12, as children under 12 have teeth which are still growing. Invisalign should be worn 22 hours a day. This makes commitment to wearing your trays crucial to the outcome of your treatment. At-home care is also important to the Invisalign process as conditions like cavities or gum disease caused by poor hygiene complicate treatment.

How do I care for Invisalign? 
Invisalign is removable, making caring for your trays just as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Simply remove the trays to brush and eat and rinse them before putting them back in. The trays should be worn while sleeping and throughout the day. Every two weeks, a new tray replaces your current one, slowly moving teeth into their correct positions. Most patients see their orthodontist every six weeks for regular checkups to monitor their teeth’s progress.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD at One Dental Care in Billerica, MA. Call (978) 667-0691 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!