Invisalign Clear Braces – Mt. Holly, NJ
Create a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
In the past, attaining straight teeth meant spending months or years with metal brackets and wires marring your smile. Today, patients have a variety of options that are faster, more comfortable, and cosmetically flawless. At Mt. Holly Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to deliver healthy, flawless smiles, including Invisalign clear braces. If you want to learn more about straightening your smile with Invisalign or any of our other smile perfecting treatment options, call to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation in our Mt. Holly dental office today. During your consultation, we’ll help you determine whether or not Invisalign is the right option for you and create a personalized treatment plan to create a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll be proud to share.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses a series of clear alignment trays to shift your smile into a more desired position. Each set of aligners is created to bring your smile one step closer to being perfectly straight. You’ll wear the aligners for about two weeks at a time. Then, exchange the current set of aligners for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit our office for dental checkups. During these examinations, we’ll monitor the progress of your smile to ensure your teeth are moving according to plan.
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can fix many problems with your dental alignment, such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
Virtually anyone with mildly to moderately misaligned teeth could benefit from Invisalign treatment. However, in certain severe cases, we may recommend traditional braces instead.
Benefits of Invisalign
While Invisalign isn’t perfect for every patient, there are a number of benefits you can expect if you decide that Invisalign is the right treatment to meet your needs, including:
- Saved time – you will complete treatment in just 8 to 18 months with fewer treatment visits throughout the course of your Invisalign plan
- Cosmetic appearance – you won’t be hiding your mouthful of metal brackets and wires during treatment with clear, plastic alignment trays
- Comfort – anytime you move teeth into a new position, there will be some discomfort, but without brackets and wires to irritate soft tissue, Invisalign treatment may be significantly more comfortable
- No hassle – you can keep eating all your favorite foods and brush and floss your teeth as usual with Invisalign because you can simply remove your aligner for complete convenience
Caring for Your Smile During Invisalign Treatment
Maintaining your oral health during Invisalign treatment is significantly easier than it is with conventional braces. Whenever you wake up and before you go to bed, remove your aligners and rinse them off with lukewarm water. NEVER use hot water, as that could warp the shape of the plastic. Take a few moments to clean your aligners with a toothbrush (but no toothpaste, since that could be abrasive to the trays). Regularly cleaning your aligners will prevent food and plaque from building up and causing oral infections.
Every time you eat or drink anything other than water, take your aligners out. After mealtime is over, brush and floss to keep food and bacteria from being trapped against your teeth. This can prevent not only infections, but bad breath and discoloration of your aligners.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Since no two sets of teeth are exactly alike, neither are any two costs of Invisalign treatment. The total amount you end up paying could be influenced by a variety of factors, like your age, the severity of your case, and your willingness to comply with instructions. Ultimately, the best way to determine how much your new smile will cost is by coming in to see us for an Invisalign consultation.
Are you excited to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted with Invisalign clear aligners? We want you to feel 100% confident in any treatment you choose, so we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about this modern orthodontic service. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help!
Does Wearing Invisalign Aligners Hurt?
Invisalign aligners are crafted from a single piece of smooth, biocompatible plastic. Without the sharp metal wires and brackets that come with traditional braces, your soft tissues should remain comfortable and healthy all throughout your treatment. However, it’s completely normal to experience some soreness every time you begin a new set of aligners. Thankfully, over-the-counter pain relivers and ice packs will help you manage your symptoms until they naturally fade away in a few days. Additionally, many patients report that starting a new set of aligners right before bed allows you to sleep through any initial soreness.
How Long Do I Have to Wear My Aligners for Every Day?
While the removable nature of Invisalign clear aligners is one of its best benefits, it is also one of its greatest responsibilities. You’re encouraged to remove them before brushing, flossing, eating, drinking, and enjoying certain activities. However, it’s up to you to wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours every day. This constant pressure is what slowly shifts your teeth in position according to your treatment timeline. Neglecting to wear your aligners often enough may lead to your teeth becoming crooked again. Not only will this make wearing your aligners uncomfortable, it can also increase the length and cost of your treatment!
Will Wearing Invisalign Aligners Change How I Talk?
When first starting an Invisalign treatment, it’s natural to develop a slight lisp. Not to worry—it won’t remain throughout your entire treatment. The change in your speaking pattern is the result of where the aligners are in your mouth. They cover areas that your tongue typically rests against to make certain sounds. While your slight lisp should fade away within a week or so, you can help speed up the process by speaking aloud and repeating words like “sixty” and “Mississippi.”
What’s the Best Way to Store Invisalign Aligners?
Whenever you’re not wearing your aligners, they should be stored safely in their case. You may find it tempting at times to wrap your aligners up in a napkin before eating. However, it’s all too easy to accidentally throw them away or leave them behind this way. Additionally, you shouldn’t leave your aligners out in the open where they can collect bacteria or become a toy for a nearby pet or child.
Can I Get Invisalign Aligners If I’ve Had Traditional Braces Before?
Many patients who didn’t wear their retainer often enough after undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment find that their teeth have become misaligned once again many years later. Thankfully, Invisalign is typically an excellent choice for almost anyone who wants straighter, healthier teeth. During your Invisalign consultation, we’ll closely review your teeth, jaw, and bite alignment to ensure that Invisalign is the most effective treatment for you.