Invisalign – Rutland, MA
Convenient, Removable Appliances
Getting traditional braces means learning to live with them 24/7; you’ll have to work around the appliance whenever you brush your teeth, and you’ll need to be very careful about what you eat. But if your orthodontic issues aren’t particularly severe, you might be able to enjoy a much more convenient alternative: Invisalign clear aligners. This treatment is highly customizable and will offer more freedom during your everyday life. Call Simply Orthodontics Rutland today to learn more about Invisalign in Rutland, MA!
How Does Treatment Work?
You’ll be given a series of clear alignment trays that fit over your teeth. Each tray is designed for a specific stage of the realignment process, and you’ll typically wear them for about two weeks at a time (possibly longer). Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn’t need to be adjusted, so you won’t need as many appointments at our orthodontic office as you normally would. Bear in mind that once the main treatment is complete, you’ll need to wear a retainer; otherwise, the results could be undone, and your teeth could shift back towards their original position.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
Since your Invisalign aligners are removable, you can eat any kinds of food you want, and you won’t have to change your brushing and flossing habits to accommodate for your appliance. Keep in mind, however, that for the treatment to be successful, the aligners must be worn for most of the day, usually between 20 and 22 hours. This way they’ll exert the required amount of pressure to force your teeth to move towards a healthier alignment. It’s important to remember that while traditional braces are cleaned during regular oral hygiene purposes, you’ll need to take Invisalign aligners out of your mouth in order to remove any plaque and food particles that have built up on them.
Am I A Candidate for Invisalign?
Not every orthodontic patient is a candidate for Invisalign. Severe misalignment and badly uneven bites both usually require traditional braces. Also, Invisalign doesn’t generally work as well on the teeth near the back of your mouth. Still, the treatment should still be effective for addressing a wide variety of mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Clear aligners generally aren’t recommended for younger patients. Not only are their teeth still developing, but they tend to lack the discipline to leave the aligners in their mouths for the required 20 to 22 hours a day. As such, Invisalign will normally be offered specifically to adults and teenagers.
Whether you are just considering Invisalign or preparing to start treatment, you likely have many questions. At Simply Orthodontics, Dr. Moon and Dr. Alkhoury are here to provide you with valuable insight and knowledge on what you can expect when beginning treatment with Invisalign. Considered a versatile orthodontic solution for individuals with overcrowding, gapped teeth, or even poorly aligned bites, we can address your concerns and provide additional clarity when it comes to wearing these clear aligners. Below are just a few FAQs we’ve compiled from our patients. After reviewing, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.
What should I do if I accidentally damage or lose an aligner?
Although you are instructed to keep your aligners in a protective case while eating and/or drinking, you may accidentally damage or lose one or both of your aligners. If this happens, make sure to always keep your previous set and notify our office immediately. To avoid a significant delay in treatment, we may recommend that you wear your previous aligners until new ones are created for you, or if you are far enough along in the process, you may be able to start wearing the next set in the series. Our team will examine your progress and recommend which option is right for you.
Why is it necessary to wear the aligners 20-22 hours a day?
One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign is that you achieve results much quicker than with traditional metal braces. The reason this is possible is that patients are required to wear their trays 20-22 hours a day. Since these are a more flexible solution and are to be removed when eating, drinking, and cleaning your trays, you are expected to wear them the remainder of the day and night. This ensures that gentle, yet continual pressure is placed on your teeth so they will move in the right direction more quickly.
How often will I be expected to see the dentist while wearing Invisalign?
You can expect to have a scheduled appointment with Dr. Moon or Dr. Alkhoury every four to six weeks while wearing Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces that require timely appointments resulting in forceful tightening and adjusting, these visits are quick and only require that we examine your smile and progress to ensure everything is moving along properly.
What are these “attachments” my dentist mentioned?
If your case involves more complex tooth movement, it may be necessary for our team to place SmartForce® attachments to your teeth, which are natural in color and make it possible for your aligners to gently push against. They allow your teeth to move in the right direction and are hardly noticeable. Not all patients require attachments, but if you do, we will apply them at the right time and remove them once they are no longer necessary for successful treatment.
I had braces in the past. Since my teeth have shifted, can I undergo treatment with Invisalign?
Yes! Even if you wore braces as a teenager, if your teeth have shifted over time, Invisalign can be an ideal solution for you. Whether you’re a working professional, stay-at-home parent, or you just want to realign your smile for greater confidence, we can create customized aligners to help you achieve the permanent and more aesthetically pleasing smile you desire.