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Invisalign® Clear Braces – Wayne, PA

Achieve Straight Teeth Without Metal Braces

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Crooked teeth certainly fall short of their aesthetic potential; they can cause you to hold back from showing off that charming smile of yours. Moreover, misaligned teeth pose a real danger to your oral health. For example, they may be more likely to develop cavities because they are difficult to clean, and they can contribute to TMJ disorder.

Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer through the annoyance and embarrassment of traditional metal braces if you want to achieve a healthier, more attractive smile. Invisalign in Wayne may be perfect for you. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment option and the many advantages that come with it!

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Invisalign utilizes a system of clear braces that are designed to gradually shift the teeth into place. Each tray represents a different position of alignment. You’ll wear each aligner for about 2 weeks before moving on to the next in the series. For a successful treatment, it’s vital that you wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day—whenever you’re not eating, brushing, or flossing.

After about 10 to 18 months, you’ll notice a dramatic difference in your smile. The problem you started with will no longer be an issue, and you will get to enjoy a longer-lasting, healthier, more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Before you can be officially done with Invisalign, you will need to wear a retainer. It will be up to our team to determine how long you will need to wear it, but most likely, you will wear your retainer full time in the beginning. After 6 months or so, it may be possible for you to only wear it at night.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

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We offer Invisalign because of the many benefits it brings our patients, including:

  • Comfort: Designed with smooth plastic, you won’t have to worry about Invisalign cutting or catching the inside of your mouth like with metal brackets and wires.
  • Appearance: Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without the noticeable appearance of metal in your mouth.
  • Speed: Typically, Invisalign treatment can be completed months before you would be able to get your braces off.
  • Diet: Enjoy all of your favorite foods because Invisalign is completely removeable so you won’t get debris caught or stuck in your orthodontics.

If you’re ready to enjoy these advantages, don’t hesitate to contact our office today!

Indications for Invisalign

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You may be wondering if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. While it comes with many benefits, Invisalign does require some commitment and responsibility on your part, which is why this treatment is better for adults and older teens. Typically, we can correct mild to moderate misalignment with Invisalign. However, the best way to know if this treatment is right for you is to visit our office for a consultation. We will carefully examine your smile before developing your personalized treatment plan. Should you have tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease, it will be necessary for us to address these issues before moving forward with Invisalign.

If you have any of the following problems, you may be eligible for Invisalign treatment:

Crowded Teeth

When teeth are too close to each other, this makes it nearly impossible for you to clean between your teeth by brushing and/or flossing. As a result, this can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can move teeth and create the necessary space for a healthier smile.

Spaces Between Teeth

Should you find that there are gaps between your teeth, you can also be at risk for many of the same dental problems (i.e. tooth decay, cavities, gum disease). Food and bacteria can become trapped and make it difficult to effectively clean between teeth. By choosing Invisalign, the clear aligners will slowly move your teeth closer together to ensure a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Bite Alignment

No matter the type of bite alignment issue you might have (i.e. overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite), Invisalign can bring your teeth into proper alignment, eliminating chronic jaw pain and reducing your chances of continued wear and tear on your teeth.

Cost of Invisalign Treatment

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The cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on how many aligners you need, whether you need any attachments for your aligners and the severity of your orthodontic problems. In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is in the same ballpark as traditional metal braces.

During your Invisalign consultation, we’ll be happy to provide you with a personalized estimate of the cost of your treatment. We can also help you explore ways to fit Invisalign into your budget. Insurance coverage and financing may be able to help you afford your procedure.

Invisalign FAQs

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Are you excited about comfortably and discreetly straightening your teeth with Invisalign in Wayne, but still have a few questions? That’s completely normal! For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we receive about this modern orthodontic treatment. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for below, feel free to contact your friendly dental team at Wayne Family Dentistry and we’ll be happy to answer your questions!

Will Wearing Invisalign Aligners Hurt?

Numerous studies have found that patients undergoing Invisalign treatment report less intense and less frequent levels of discomfort than those with traditional metal braces. However, all forms of straightening teeth cause some soreness, and Invisalign is no exception. You’re likely to experience some tenderness in your mouth when you first begin your treatment and each time you start a new set of aligners. Any discomfort should quickly pass on its own as your teeth adjust to your aligners, but you can apply a cold compress, suck on ice cubes, or take over-the-counter pain relivers for additional support.

Will Invisalign Change How I Talk?

When you first begin to wear your aligners, it may sound like you have a slight lisp. Making certain sounds requires touching your tongue to specific parts of your mouth, like the roof of your mouth or the back of your teeth. Now that your aligners rest in these places, your tongue needs a little bit of time to readjust. Thankfully, this should only take a week or so, and you can speed up the process by speaking out loud and repeating words like “sixty” and “Mississippi.”

Will Wearing Invisalign Aligners Make My Breath Smell Bad?

As long as you keep your aligners clean, they should have no impact on the freshness of your breath. Be sure to brush your aligners every morning and night as well as clean your teeth off before replacing your aligners after eating. These simple habits play a key role in preventing plaque, bacteria, and food debris from accumulating on and inside your aligners. Inadequate oral hygiene will allow these particles to build up, which can discolor your aligners and cause your breath to smell bad.

What Happens If I Don’t Wear My Invisalign Aligners Often Enough Each Day?

Remember, your aligners can only straighten your teeth if you wear them. While you can certainly take them out to eat, play sports, and practice your brass or woodwind instrument, you should wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day. If you don’t, the lack of consistent pressure will let your teeth slowly shift back out of place. Not only will this make your aligners uncomfortable to wear again, but it will increase the time and cost of your treatment as well.

Can I Get Invisalign If I’ve Had Metal Braces in the Past?

Many patients who had traditional metal braces in childhood find that their teeth have become crooked again later in life, especially if they didn’t wear their retainer faithfully. Thankfully, Invisalign can help almost anyone with a misaligned smile, including many of those who’ve had orthodontic work in the past. Your Wayne dentist will closely inspect your teeth during your consultation to ensure that Invisalign is a good choice for you.

If you’re ready to start your journey towards a straighter smile with Invisalign, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule your consultation today!