Your West Orange dentists at D&G Dental detail advantages of Invisalign versus traditional braces. Read about these invisible orthodontic appliances.
The West Orange dentists at D&G Dental say that many older teens and adults desire straight smiles. Boosting self-confidence and improving oral health, well-aligned teeth are a tremendous personal asset. However, people are dissuaded from traditional orthodontic correction because of the appearance, discomfort and treatment time of metal wire and bracket braces.
Is there another option?
Crooked smiles become straight and beautiful with innovative Invisalign clear aligners. Individually crafted from BPA-free acrylic, Invisalign aligners help mild to moderate orthodontic cases. Practically invisible, the aligners discreetly move teeth into healthier positions in less time and with far less discomfort and lifestyle change than metal braces.
Treatment with Invisalign
- under bite
- open bite
- tooth rotation
- many alignment issues
After careful assessment with oral exam, x-rays and other modern imaging techniques, the dentist formulates a treatment plan and sends the information to a special Invisalign lab. A trained technician crafts 18 to 30 pairs of aligners. Designed to fit tightly over top and bottom teeth, the aligners move teeth into better positions gradually with minimal discomfort.
Treatment time is typically less than with metal braces–9 to 18 months on the average for the clear aligners versus 2-½ years or more for bracket and wire appliances. In addition, because there are no complicated or painful adjustments with Invisalign, the routine progress checks take less time in the dental chair and are less frequent. Patients simply receive new aligner pairs and change them every 2 weeks or so according to their customized treatment plans. For best and on-time results, aligners are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day.
Living with aligners
Invisalign aligners are completely removable. This means oral hygiene is as simple as twice daily brushing and flossing, unlike the complex and time-consuming methods of keeping traditional braces clean. Also, Invisalign patients remove their aligners to eat; so there are no dietary restrictions whatsoever. Finally, people take aligners out for special occasions such as weddings and professional presentations, and self-confidence soars.
LIfe after Invisalign
Upon completion of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, your West Orange dentist asks patients to wear custom-made retainers continuously for 6 months to maintain the new dental alignment. After that, many patients wear their retainers at night only on a permanent basis.
D & G Dental of West Orange offers Invisalign clear aligners to qualified orthodontic patients. If Invisalign sounds interesting to you, contact the office staff for a one on one consultation with one of our experienced dentists. Find out if Invisalign is your alternative to metal braces.