What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment made specifically for adults and older teens. As opposed to wires and brackets used with traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of customized alignment trays to gently straighten your teeth. These trays are made of clear plastic and can be removed for tasks such as eating and tooth cleaning.
What can Invisalign correct?
Invisalign is intended to correct certain cases of moderate to severe malocclusion. Occlusion is the term for the alignment of the teeth, and how your upper and lower jaws come together. Malocclusion is any imperfection that may result in an uneven bite. This can include gaps or crowding along with things such as overbite, under bite, cross bite, and over jet.
Why should I choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is more aesthetically pleasing than traditional braces. However, this is far from their only benefit. Our Medford cosmetic dentists prefer Invisalign because it is faster, more comfortable, and more hygienic than other options.
Invisalign trays can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning. This prevents your trays from interfering with your diet and dental hygiene. In addition, Invisalign trays are made of soft plastic so they will not cut lips or irritate sensitive gum tissue. All of the benefits of Invisalign can be discussed in full during your initial consultation.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Every mouth has unique needs and it is difficult to determine how long your treatment will take without a comprehensive evaluation. However, most adults are able to complete Invisalign treatment in 12 to 18 months. Your treatment time will be dependent on factors specific to your smile, but you can expect a much shorter treatment than the average 36 months traditional braces take.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is best for adults with moderate to severe malocclusion. If you have only minor malocclusion, porcelain veneers or other cosmetic options may be better suited to meet your needs. If your malocclusion is extremely severe, you may require full mouth reconstruction or traditional braces. This will be based on your unique needs and discussed in detail following your initial examination.
If you live in or around Medford, Massachusetts and have questions about Invisalign, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule an initial consultation.