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Invisalign®- Invisible Braces

Invisalign®- Invisible Braces

Everyone seems to want straight, white teeth these days no matter what age or gender. One of the primary concerns people often have about straightening teeth, is the esthetic impact of the metal brackets and wires on their teeth. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging.

Invisalign® offers an almost invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Using its patented computer software, patients can preview how their teeth will move before starting. Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made clear aligner trays. The treatment is “patient-controlled” in that you can remove these trays at will at any time. You must, however,  wear these trays at least 22 hours a day, only removing them to brush, to drink and to eat, for the treatment to proceed properly.

Invisalign® can correct most cases of overcrowding, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. Depending on the severity of teeth movement, you can expect most treatment to last between 6-24 months. Your progress will be monitored by your dentist every few weeks. The initial visit will consist of photos and impressions. Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is custom made. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case.

Invisalign® can be an effective treatment from teens to senior adults. Your teeth must be examined to ensure that they are healthy and free from dental disease—such as gum disease or cavities—before starting treatment. Once treatment is complete, you will need to wear retainers.

If you have any questions about Invisalign®, please contact our office at 973-838-1177.

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