At A Healthy Smile Dentistry, we understand how uncomfortable and embarrassing wearing braces can be which is why we offer you an alternative—Invisalign clear aligners. Our patients in Florham Park love Invisalign aligners because they straighten their teeth without all of the hassles associated with wearing metal braces. With Invisalign, you can straighten your smile without anyone knowing you’re wearing the aligners. Visit our friendly staff today for a consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you or your child.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. The clear aligners are worn for two weeks at a time before they are switched out for a new set that helps your teeth move gradually into their designated position. The clear braces are worn for at least 22 hours per day and should only be taken out for eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth. Most patients can have their treatment completed anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. The aligners are clear and comfortable to wear, making your treatment as pleasant and discreet as possible. Invisalign is a perfect orthodontic solution for patients of all ages.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Before we can begin your Invisalign treatment, we must first determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign in the first place. Not all patients are good candidates for Invisalign. First, we must verify that you only have mild or moderate orthodontia issues. If you have severe bite problems, Invisalign most likely won’t be the right treatment for you. For more severe cases, we will recommend an orthodontist to complete the treatment. Candidates for Invisalign must also be responsible enough to wear their aligners as directed. This means they actually wear them for at least 22 hours per day. This is important for completing the treatment in the correct timeframe. Lastly, the patient must have overall healthy teeth. We need to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for your teeth to move properly. Invisalign is perfect for adults and teens who want to keep their orthodontic treatment discreet.
Invisalign Can Correct:
- Crooked Teeth
- Mild Overbites
- Mild Under Bites
- Open Bites
- Cross Bites
- Crowded Teeth
- Gapped Teeth
How Does Invisalign Work?
You might be wondering how Invisalign in Florham Park actually moves your teeth. First, Dr. Gohard will determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. If you are a good candidate, she will move on to take pictures, impressions, and x-rays of your mouth. She will tell you what problems she wants to fix. If you have any concerns or problem areas you want to address, make sure to discuss these with her. Our staff is happy to listen to all your needs and concerns.
Once she has all the information she needs, she sends your impressions and information to the Invisalign lab where they will manufacture all of the Invisalign aligners for the duration of your treatment. When they return from the lab, you will begin wearing your first set of aligners for 22 hours per day for two weeks. Once your two weeks is up, you will throw those aligners away and begin wearing the next set. The next set has small movements in place for your teeth to make. Each new set has small movements that are occurring. This is how your teeth become straight while using Invisalign clear aligners.
About every 6 weeks, you will return to our Florham Park dental office to receive a check-up for your treatment. Dr. Gohard will verify that your treatment is on track. In some cases, she may order additional Invisalign aligners towards the end of your treatment if your teeth are not where they should be.
Benefits of Invisalign in Florham Park
You might be wondering what the big difference between Invisalign and traditional braces are and we can tell you, it’s all the benefits. First, Invisalign is comfortable to wear. Since your teeth are moved gradually every 2 weeks instead of every 6 weeks like with metal braces, you experience less discomfort and soreness when your teeth move. This means the duration of your treatment will be more on the comfortable side.
Not only are straighter teeth more aesthetic, but a straight and properly aligned smile actually makes your teeth healthier and helps prevent uneven wear of your teeth, plaque buildup, and might even help you brush your teeth better. We focus on both the cosmetic dentistry side and the preventive dentistry side when it comes to orthodontics.
Another benefit of Invisalign is the convenience. You can eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth without any trouble because the aligners are removable. This makes your treatment that much easier when it comes to snacks and time to brush and floss. You don’t have to worry that your dental health becomes jeopardized from an orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign is also a discreet treatment. For the most part, nobody will be able to notice that you’re wearing Invisalign aligners because they’re clear and transparent. This is helpful for those who are concerned about feeling self-conscious about wearing metal braces. You can keep smiling in pictures and not have to worry about a mouth full of metal becoming the focal point.
Lastly, Invisalign is affordable. When compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign actually costs only a little amount more. In most cases, your dental insurance can help out with the costs. Experience the benefits of Invisalign for yourself today!
How Do I Care for My Invisalign Aligners?
Taking care of your Invisalign aligners during your treatment is important for the health of your teeth and to make your treatment more enjoyable. It’s important to brush your teeth after every meal and to also clean the aligners before returning them to your mouth. This will prevent plaque, tartar, and staining from sticking to your clear aligners. Clean your aligners with a soft bristle toothbrush with denture cleaner, Invisalign cleaning crystals or even clear anti-bacterial soap. Try to also soak your aligners once a day to remove any lingering food particles or plaque. Brush and floss your teeth normally before putting the aligners back in. With these care steps, you can keep your Invisalign aligners stain, plaque, and smell free!
Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Florham Park Today
If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign treatment at A Healthy Smile Dentistry, give our dental office in Florham Park a call to schedule a consultation. We can be reached via phone at 973-377-2222 or by filling out our online form. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a straighter and healthier smile!