Although many patients need orthodontic treatment, it is common that teenage and adult patients prefer to avoid metal braces, if possible. With Invisalign®, our patients can achieve straighter teeth with a more subtle treatment. Invisalign® uses customized clear trays that help shift the teeth into the desired position, addressing multiple issues, such as crossbites, overbites, underbites, and misaligned teeth.
Benefits of Invisalign®
The most obvious benefit of Invisalign® is that the aligner trays are able to go unnoticed while you are wearing them, due to their clear appearance. Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign® offers some other important advantages, as well:
- Ability to remove the aligners for brushing and flossing teeth, as well as eating and drinking
- Invisalign® can often be a more affordable form of orthodontic treatment
- More comfortable than metal braces – no wires or brackets to cause irritation
- Generally less follow-up visits required throughout the treatment process
- Many patients complete treatment in a year or less
The Invisalign® Process
To create customized aligner trays for you, our experienced dentist will use a 3D imaging computer program. The program will create a series of trays that are designed to gradually straighten your teeth. The number of trays and length of time required for treatment will vary depending on your needs. Most patients are able to achieve straighter teeth within 9-12 months, although in some cases, patients complete their treatment within as little as six months. Each tray must be worn on average 20-22 hours per day, but your dentist will instruct you on how long to wear each tray before switching to the next tray in the series. Periodically, you may be asked to come in for a quick check-up, in order to monitor your progress. These appointments are generally fairly brief, and are significantly less frequent than regular check-ups required for traditional metal braces. Overall, Invisalign® can help you achieve a healthier, straighter smile in a convenient and discreet manner.
Just like with Invisalign®, Invisalign Teen® allows young patients to discreetly straighten their teeth. Your teenager won’t have to worry about having braces in their yearbook photos or at the prom, and you won’t need to worry about making sure your daughter or son is avoiding foods that traditionally cannot be eaten with metal braces. Teenagers can also maintain good oral hygiene, since the clear aligners are able to be removed to continue regular brushing and flossing throughout their treatment. Parents also find that Invisalign Teen® has an additional benefit for lost or broken aligners – Invisalign Teen® users can request up to six replacement aligners at no additional cost. (Please note that this benefit is only for Invisalign Teen®, and does not apply to Invisalign®.)
Schedule a Consultation
For more information about Invisalign®, or to schedule a consultation to see if it is right for you, please contact Dental Professionals of Fair Lawn today.