Now there is a way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of bulky metal wires and brackets. Invisalign® clear aligners are the discreet way to realign crooked teeth. These removable aligners are comfortable, discreet, and easy to use. Dr. Robert Gauthier offers Invisalign is Northborough, MA for patients who do not want to wear traditional metal braces.
Invisalign clear braces are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that is ideal for teen and adult patients. It can effectively address mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Invisalign can treat a range of cosmetic problems and spacing issues while helping improve the patient’s oral health. The clear aligners can be used to treat underbite, overbite, crossbite, gaps between teeth, and crooked teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers patients many more benefits when compared to metal braces. The removable, clear aligners improve oral hygiene and allow patients to enjoy a varied and healthy diet without restriction. Invisalign aligners are less invasive treatment options that produce quality and lasting results.
Benefits of Invisalign include:
- Discreet- because they are clear, the aligners are barely noticeable to others
- Removable- patients can remove the aligners to brush and floss normally, eat a healthy diet without restrictions, and get regular teeth cleanings
- Improve Oral Health- removable aligners reduce tooth discoloration and tooth decay associated with metal braces
- Efficient & Effective- in about one year, you can enjoy straighter, healthier teeth
- Comfort- there are no metal brackets scraping the inside of your mouth, and the soft plastic material will not irritate the gums or soft tissue
Using state-of-the-art 3D digital scanning and CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Gauthier will custom design a treatment plan to help align crooked teeth and address malocclusion issues. An ultra-thin and very durable clear plastic called SmartTrack® is the material we use to fabricate the aligners. They fit firmly against your teeth and avoid irritation of your lips, tongue, and gums.
Dr. Gauthier will conduct a thorough oral health exam and bite analysis to determine if this clear aligner system is the right solution for you. If he determines if the Invisalign treatment is the best option for improving the appearance of your smile and your oral health, Dr. Gauthier will map out your treatment plan.
The treatment planning will begin with 3-D images of your teeth, mouth, and jaw being taken using digital scanning technology. Dr. Gauthier will use these sophisticated images to map out a custom treatment plan that will gently move your teeth into alignment.
These images will be sent to the Invisalign lab, where a trained technician will create your series of clear aligners. Each aligner is carefully and custom-designed to gradually and comfortably shift teeth further into proper alignment. We will contact you when your first set is ready and give you specific directions on how to wear and care for them.
Treatment times for Invisalign will vary depending on the advancement of orthodontic concerns and your cosmetic goals. Treatment typically lasts up to 12 months. You will need to switch to your next set of aligners about once every one to two weeks. Dr. Gauthier will discuss your individualized treatment with you during your Invisalign consultation.
How do I take care of my Invisalign® aligners?
Your clear aligners will require special care. This help keep you remain in good oral health and your aligners in good shape. You will need to brush them every night with a soft bristle tooth brush to keep them clean and bacteria-free. Rinsing them several times throughout the day will also help with this.
There is also an Invisalign cleaning system that you can purchase to help take care of them. Consuming hot beverages with the aligners in your mouth can cause them to warp and change shape. You will need to remove them or avoid hot drinks altogether. Never eat or drink anything other than water while wearing them. This will keep them from staining and remain in good condition.
How To Care For Your Smile After Invisalign
To maintain your results after Invisalign, there are a few very basic things that you must do. First, you must take good care of your oral health. This includes brushing your teeth and flossing every day as well as visiting your dentist twice a year for a regular dental checkup.
These are basic oral care steps that you should already be taking. However, they are especially important now because they will prevent serious dental problems from developing that may affect your results.
The second thing you must do is wear a retainer. This is a vital part of maintaining your Invisalign results. A retainer will help prevent your teeth from slowly shifting back into their original position. Once you force your teeth to shift into a new position, they will inherently want to go back to their original position once the force stops.
We will custom-create a retainer for you by taking dental impressions of your teeth. You will wear your custom retainer at night while you sleep. This is something that you will have to do for the rest of your life to maintain a straight smile. By wearing a retaining nightly it will prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position.
To learn more about Invisalign treatment, please read through our frequently asked questions section. If you have more questions or concerns about this discreet orthodontic treatment, please feel free to call our dental office.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign may be right for you if you have crooked teeth, are experiencing an orthodontic relapse, or would like to close small gaps between your teeth in a short period of time. Not many patients aren’t eligible for Invisalign treatment. It is best for mild to moderate orthodontic problems.
Does Invisalign treatment hurt?
Most patients report feeling little discomfort during their Invisalign treatment. Aligners are made from a clear durable plastic that reduces soft tissue irritation and protects your gums and soft tissue from cuts, often associated with metal braces.
What can I eat and drink while wearing Invisalign?
There are no strict dietary restrictions that you have to follow during Invisalign treatment because the aligners are removable! Make sure to remove your Invisalign aligners before eating anything, and rinse your mouth before putting the aligner back on. Follow the instructions provided by your dentist, and you should have no issues.
What will I have to do once my Invisalign treatment is done?
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, you will need to take steps to maintain your results. This includes keeping up with your oral health and wearing a retainer. Many people believe that once their teeth are moved into the proper position that they are done forever.
However, that is not true. Once you are done with your orthodontic treatment, wearing a retainer will help you maintain your results so that you can keep your straight smile forever.
How long do I have to wear my Invisalign aligners a day?
You will have to wear the aligners for about 22 hours a day. You can only take them out to brush and floss your teeth, drink non-clear fluids, and eat. To cut down on the amount of times you remove them, we suggest brushing your teeth after each meal.
How long will my Invisalign treatment last?
Your treatment time is determined by the severity of your condition, your cosmetic goals, and the compliance to your treatment. However, most patients achieve the results they want in under a year. After your consultation, Dr. Gauthier should be able to give you an estimated timeline.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign treatment?
Good candidates for Invisalign are patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as gaps, crowded teeth, or mild overbites. They should also be responsible individuals and have good oral hygiene. Invisalign is usually appropriate for older teens and adults with fully developed jaws.
However, not all patients are candidates for Invisalign. Patients with more complicated alignment issues that require significant adjustments may not be good candidates for Invisalign. Schedule an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist to determine if Invisalign is the right solution for you.
Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Northborough, MA
Contact Apex Dental today by calling (508) 506-1691 to book your consultation with Invisalign provider, Dr. Gauthier. You can also request an appointment online with him by filling out the form on our our website.