Are you plagued by misaligned teeth? You may find that maintaining oral hygiene is a challenge, that your bite is uncomfortable, and that you hold back from smiling in social situations. Seeking orthodontic treatment could dramatically increase your confidence and spare you from painful dental issues. At Family Dental Practice of Newington, we’re proud to offer a discreet and efficient way to correct orthodontic problems — Invisalign®.
Invisalign® is cosmetic and oral health-promoting treatment that uses a series of clear, thermoplastic aligners to apply gentle, sustained pressure to the teeth. You wear each aligner for 20 – 22 hours each day for about two weeks, and as you graduate from one aligner to the next, your teeth slowly move into their ideal positions. After you finish using all of your aligners, a retainer helps you keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
The Invisalign® process begins when you visit us for a consultation. One of our dentists will evaluate your smile’s alignment problems. Then, your dentist will recommend a treatment plan that fits your circumstances. If Invisalign® is right for you, we can get to work on designing and ordering your aligner trays. Throughout the course of your treatment, you’ll need to visit us for periodic checkups.
Invisalign® offers a number of remarkable benefits:
The cost of Invisalign® is generally in the same ballpark as that of traditional braces. The exact price of your treatment will depend on how many aligners you need and whether you need any special attachments for them. Many dental insurance plans offer some coverage for orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign®. We can also work with you to arrange a payment plan.
Are you ready to discover whether Invisalign® is right for you? Contact us today to learn more about this amazing treatment or to schedule your consultation.
The team at our practice is ready to help you take advantage of Invisalign® in Newington. Before you contact us to schedule your consultation, however, you may want to learn more about the journey ahead of you. To help you out, we have compiled a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this treatment. If you do not see the information you were hoping to find, give us a call — we look forward to speaking with you and sharing our knowledge.
Invisalign® aligners are constructed out of a patented form of plastic that is designed to be as discreet as possible. Onlookers are likely to notice your smile well before they notice your orthodontic treatment. However, Invisalign® is not totally invisible. It may make your teeth look slightly larger or subtly different than usual. Also, keep in mind that some patients require attachments and accessories to enjoy a successful treatment. Such additions are often more visible than the clear aligners that they accompany.
The average treatment time with Invisalign® is 12 months, which is several months shorter than the average treatment time with traditional braces. However, your case may require more or less time — it depends on the degree of your dental misalignment, how well you comply with treatment instructions, and other factors. Your cosmetic dentist in Newington will be able to give you an estimated timeline when you come in for your consultation. Most patients begin to see a noticeable difference in their smile within a few months of starting Invisalign®.
Invisalign® aligners are constructed out of a smooth plastic that is designed to be as comfortable as possible. There are no metal brackets and wires to irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. However, it is important to bear in mind that orthodontic treatments work by applying pressure to the teeth. You can expect this to cause a degree of discomfort, particularly when you first switch to a new aligner. You can keep your pain to a minimum by switching to a new aligner at night so you can sleep through the first part of the adjustment period, sipping on cool water, and taking medication if necessary. If you ever experience any severe pain with Invisalign®, call our practice right away. You may be experiencing a problem that requires professional assistance.
After you have worked your way through all of your aligners, your dentist will verify that your results are what was originally expected. Then, we will provide you with a retainer. If you have a removable retainer, you should wear it as much as you wore your Invisalign® aligners — that is, for 20 – 22 hours each day. After some time, you may be able to graduate to wearing your retainer only at night. Complying with retainer wear is critical. If you do not use it as much as recommended, your teeth could begin to drift out of place, effectively undoing your Invisalign® treatment.