We are a Certified Invisalign® Provider. Whether you are considering Invisalign® or are already in treatment, it’s important to understand how Invisalign works.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment plan that uses a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually straighten your teeth over the course of treatment. The virtually invisible clear aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign® aligners are custom-made from scans and/or molds of your mouth.
Why Would I Want Invisalign®?
More than 2 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign®. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
Invisalign® offers many benefits over traditional braces. First, Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible—people may not even notice that you’re wearing them. In addition, Invisalign® aligners are removable, making eating and drinking less of a chore than it is with metal wires and brackets. You can also remove them to brush and floss as you normally would. Finally, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair and less time in pain as your teeth adjust to the sudden change in tension.
Is Invisalign® an Option for Everyone?
Anyone with mild to moderate teeth-straightening needs is likely a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment. However, in specific cases, Dr. Joffre may not recommend Invisalign® for treatment because of tooth position, size and shape, or type of correction needed. To find out if Invisalign can help you get the smile and self confidence you want without the need for braces, schedule an appointment today.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
The treatment time depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined after a consultation visit; however, the average case takes about 12-15 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary.
How Often Must I Wear My Aligners?
We find that aligners are most effective at straightening your teeth when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.
How Often Must I Come In for an Office Visit?
We will schedule regular appointments usually about once every four to twelve weeks, depending on your treatment plan. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
What are “Attachments” and Why Would I Need Them for My Invisalign® Treatment?
Depending on your specific treatment, some of the movements may require either “attachments” or “ridges” to help the aligner grip the teeth. These bumps, or wells, are where the aligner grips the attachment the we place on your teeth. The attachments are actually small pieces of enamel-colored composite that affixes to your teeth that are then gripped by bumps on your aligners. The ridges are slim indentations in your aligners. We will use one or both of these features to attempt to achieve the desired tooth movement.
Invisalign Treatment in Boston, MA
Invisalign®’s clear teeth straightening system has helped millions of people worldwide achieve a smile they love. To find out if this convenient and effective orthodontic treatment is right for you, contact the specialists at dotSmiles Orthodontics today. Our friendly staff, led by Dr. Joffre, will examine your teeth and determine whether Invisalign® is right for you.