What to Expect From Your Invisalign Treatment
If you’re considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign , there are things about the treatment that are readily apparent, but there are a few hidden benefits to the treatment that we’d also like to discuss today. Dr. Krosser and his Millburn NJ dental team have stayed on the cutting edge of dentistry, using computerized dentistry to help diagnose and plan out treatments.
Invisalign is a proven short-term orthodontic system that can straighten teeth without the burden of brackets or wires. Many dentists began introducing Invisalign in the early 2000s, and now it’s available to communities across the United States.
If you’re interested in Invisalign, give us a call today at 973-957-1604 to schedule your FREE consultation. During that first visit, we’ll discuss the highlights of the treatment and even provide your treatment timeline. By the time you leave, you’ll have everything you’ll need to know Invisalign. Here is what to expect from your Invisalign treatment.
No Fixed Appliances
Invisalign does not use fixed appliances or brackets and wires. The trays are actually removable. You’ll just need to wear the aligners for about 20 hours a day to see optimal results. Warning: Forgetting to wear your aligners for an extended period of time will only lead to a longer treatment time.
Fixed appliances are the standard treatment with metal braces. We dentists use brackets and wires for radical tooth movement or for youngsters (to ensure the treatment stays on course), but having brackets and wires on the teeth brings a few disadvantages:
- The brackets and wires are uncomfortable and can irritate the the gums and cheeks.
- It’s harder to clean around the brackets and wires (Having braces means you’ll need to clean your teeth thoroughly after you eat to reduce the risk of cavities.)
- It’s hard to eat the food you love (Anyone with braces will tell you about the food limitations. When you have Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners and eat whatever you want.
The Treatment is Quick
There are millions of people with crooked teeth, but not everyone with crooked teeth needs extensive orthodontics. The gold standard of orthodontics remains to be metal braces. We can make huge moves with metal braces — whether it’s alignment or bite issues, but the treatment usually takes about two to three years. That’s a long time for people to spend in braces, especially adults who don’t want to deal with the embarrassment of metal braces. Of course, many of us just have mild orthodontic adjustments. Luckily, today we can make big moves with Invisalign, and you don’t have to wear the aligners for two years. In fact, the treatment takes about 18 to 12 months to complete.
Our Invisalign patients don’t have to hide their smile during their treatment either because the aligners are invisible. In some cases, patients undergo their entire treatment without even their closest families members know.
Call Dr. Kross and his Millburn, NJ dental office today at 973-957-1604 or use the online form to request an appointment. We’d love to meet you and discuss your smile goals.