Plenty of adults wish they could straighten their teeth to improve their smile, but few want to deal with the metal brackets and wires employed by traditional braces; not only can they affect your professional appearance, but treatment can last 2 to 3 years, and you’re limited in what you can eat in the meantime. Fortunately, Dr. Savas can offer a more convenient, image-friendly solution in the form of Invisalign in Worcester. Contact our practice today for a consultation to decide if Invisalign’s a good fit for your mouth.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays that can gradually shift the teeth into the proper alignment. Each tray represents a single step towards your goal; when worn for about two weeks, they move the teeth to a new position. Then a new tray is placed, and the process continues.
While Invisalign won’t require adjustments the way traditional braces do, you will need periodic checkups to make sure the treatment is proceeding as expected. The trays need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day, but you can take them out for meals or to brush your teeth.
Indications for Invisalign
Here are some of the orthodontic issues that Invisalign can correct.
If your mouth is too small, your teeth might be crowded together. This can make it harder to clean them thoroughly, leading to plaque and tartar buildup. With Invisalign, space is created for the teeth to move to their proper position.
Spaces Between Teeth
Not only can gaps between your teeth make you self-conscious about smiling, but they can also create a space to trap food particles, leading to bad breath. Invisalign can help you get rid of these spaces.
A poorly aligned bite might lead to teeth grinding and jaw clenching that can result in a painful TMJ disorder. Whether it’s an overbite, underbite or crossbite, Invisalign can make the corrections you need to avoid such issues.
Benefits of Invisalign
- An Invisalign treatment typically lasts about 12 months; in comparison, traditional braces may require 2 to 3 years to make the necessary adjustments. Furthermore, while traditional braces require frequent adjustments, Invisalign patients will only need an appointment with their cosmetic dentist in Worcester every 6 to 8 weeks.
- The alignment trays are far more comfortable than metal brackets and wires and don’t cause as much irritation to the gums.
- Invisalign trays can be removed, meaning there are no diet restrictions; you can eat whatever you like!
- Most people won’t notice the see-through trays, making it easier to smile with confidence.
How Much Will Invisalign Cost?
Each case is unique; the severity of orthodontic problems, the number of aligners required, and the age of the patient are all factors that can affect the course of treatment. As such, precise costs can be difficult to predict. The best way to get an accurate estimate is a consultation with Dr. Savas.