Invisalign® is a Clear Alternative to Traditional Braces
If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, but would prefer an orthodontic treatment that is more discreet than traditional braces, Invisalign® might be right for you. Invisalign® straightens teeth gradually using a series of clear, removable aligners. It can be a great option for anyone who desires straighter teeth, but does not wish to stop eating their favorite foods or change their brushing and flossing habits. At Alpha Dental Center, Dr. Munal Salem can help you achieve the beautifully straight smile you want with Invisalign®. Contact one of our offices in Southshore, MetroWest, South Coast, or Cape Cod to learn more about this discreet treatment option.
How Invisalign® Works
During your initial consultation, Dr. Salem will take digital impressions of your smile. He will send this data to the Invisalign® laboratory, where technicians will create your custom series of aligners. Dr. Salem can also use the digital impressions to provide you with a preview of the results you can expect to achieve following treatment.
Every two weeks, you will begin wearing the next aligner in the series. Each aligner is slightly different, designed to apply gentle pressure that shifts your teeth closer to their proper position. Throughout treatment, most patients only need to visit their dentists about every six weeks.
You should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Because they are removable, brushing and flossing are as easy as ever, and you can enjoy all the tough, sticky, and chewy foods you love.
Once your Invisalign® treatment is complete, you will wear a retainer to maintain the results. Dr. Salem might provide you with a permanent or removable retainer, depending upon your needs. In most cases, Invisalign® works in about the same amount of time as traditional metal braces. Depending upon the complexity of your case, your treatment may take more or less time. Meanwhile, Invisalign® costs about the same as traditional braces.
Conditions Invisalign® Treats
Invisalign® can treat most of the types of misalignment that traditional braces treat, including:
- Overly Spaced Teeth
- Crowded Teeth
- Cross Bite
During your consultation, Dr. Salem will conduct an in-depth analysis of your bite to determine if Invisalign® is right for you.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
Invisalign® provides many benefits when compared to traditional orthodontic options:
- Invisalign® aligners are very discreet. Those around you probably will not notice you are wearing them.
- Invisalign® is made from smooth plastic, which will not irritate gums and soft tissues.
- Invisalign® can address most of the issues that traditional braces can.
- Invisalign® is comparable in cost and treatment time to traditional braces.
- Because Invisalign® aligners are removable, most patients find it much easier to maintain good oral health during treatment.
- Patients are not restricted from eating certain foods during treatment.
As with traditional braces, the results you can achieve with Invisalign® make it easier to clean your teeth, helping you maintain excellent oral health the rest of your life.
Invisalign® is a simpler, more discreet way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. To learn more about Invisalign® treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Salem today.