Invisalign is a convenient and simple way to straighten teeth that many teens and adults are turning to instead of traditional metal braces. In the past, metal braces were patients’ only option in terms of orthodontic treatment, but Invisalign is now just as effective with many benefits. dotSmiles in Boston, MA, lead by Dr. Joffre, offers Invisalign treatments for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth and avoid bulky, uncomfortable metal braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works through a series of clear plastic aligners worn like retainers or teeth-whitening trays to slowly shift the teeth to a preferred alignment. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for each patient, and treatment is managed by a professional dentist or orthodontist. Most patients complete Invisalign treatment over a course of 12-15 months. Younger patients can also choose Invisalign Teen to straighten their teeth.
Invisalign is Nearly Invisible
One of the most common reasons to choose Invisalign is that the aligners are virtually invisible compared to traditional metal braces. The clear aligners are usually not noticeable at all. Most people will not be able to tell you’re wearing Invisalign aligners throughout the course of your treatment, and you can feel confident while improving your smile.
Invisalign is More Comfortable than Braces
Traditional braces can be uncomfortable because of metal brackets and wires that can rub on the soft tissues of the mouth. Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, which is much more comfortable to wear. In addition, eating with traditional braces can be tricky or uncomfortable. Invisalign patients can remove their aligners to eat, meaning there is no restriction regarding the foods and drinks you can choose. Patients should still be careful to wear their aligners for at least 20-22 hours every day.
Invisalign is Affordable
Invisalign treatment is usually slightly more expensive than metal braces, but the cost is overall comparable. Many people are surprised to learn how affordable Invisalign treatment can be, and health insurance sometimes covers the cost. A consultation with an orthodontist like Dr. Joffre is necessary to determine the cost of your custom Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign Requires Fewer Appointments
Traditional braces must be adjusted by your orthodontist periodically, and these frequent appointments can be difficult to fit into a busy schedule. Invisalign works through a series of aligners that you will progress through according to your orthodontist’s treatment plan for you. Invisalign Teen includes indicators that fade from blue to clear over time, signaling when it’s time to switch to the next aligner. Patients will still require appointments with their orthodontist to check in on their progress throughout treatment, but these are usually scheduled for every four to twelve weeks, depending on the patient and treatment plan.
Invisalign is Effective
Most importantly, Invisalign is an effective treatment option for patients seeking straighter teeth for both cosmetic and dental health reasons. Invisalign can fix issues including crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, or misaligned bites including crossbite, open bite, overbite, or underbite.
Schedule a Consultation
Patients in the Boston area can schedule a consultation with Dr. Joffre at dotSmiles to learn more about Invisalign and find out if the treatment is right for them. Call (617) 533-8058 or request an appointment through our site.