Whether you’ve never had your teeth straightened or if your teeth drifted back after braces, Invisalign can help. To learn whether Invisalign is right for you, please call (201) 343-4044 or email the River Edge Dental Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry for an appointment with New Jersey cosmetic dentist Dr. Marlen Martirossian.

Benefits of Invisalign

In a short time, Invisalign has become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments because it offers so many advantages over traditional orthodontic braces, such as:

  • Practically invisible
  • Completely removable
  • No diet restrictions
  • No special cleaning techniques
  • No wires or brackets to irritate cheeks and tongue
  • Works for most crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth

Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners aren’t just nearly invisible, they’re completely removable, so you can take them out if you want or need to. Because you can remove them, you don’t have to stop eating any of your favorite foods. And you don’t need to learn how to clean around wires and brackets — you brush and floss your teeth normally while the aligners are out.

The aligners are also smooth, BPA-free plastic, so they won’t irritate your cheeks or tongue.

And if you follow the treatment guidelines, you’ll get good results for most orthodontic treatments in about the same time as traditional braces.

Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces in River Edge

How Invisalign Works

All orthodontic treatments work using the same mechanism. Your body is constantly removing and remaking your bones, especially your jawbone. By putting pressure on your teeth, we can control the way that the bone is reshaped, allowing the teeth to move. Traditional braces apply this pressure with brackets and wires, but Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to apply the pressure.

Invisalign treatment begins with digital imaging of your teeth. A three-dimensional image of your current alignment of teeth is taken. Then one is constructed of what your smile would look like if your teeth were straight. A computer program plans the movement from your current smile to your desired smile. This plan is then broken down into a series of treatment steps, each one taking about two weeks to accomplish. Invisalign then creates an aligner for each of these steps.

Once your aligners are ready, you will come to our office to have the first one fitted. You will likely feel the pressure being put on your teeth. Like braces, this can cause soreness, but it’s typically mild and controllable with over-the-counter pain medications. You will wear each aligner for two weeks, then switch to a new one. At first, we may want to see you for each aligner fitting. Later, we may give you several aligners at once.

If you follow the treatment plan, when you get to the last aligner, your teeth will be where you want them. You will then have to wear a retainer to help your new bone become dense and strong enough to hold your teeth in place.

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?

Most people are candidates for Invisalign, but there are a few reasons why you might not be. Some types of tooth movements are harder for Invisalign, so you might not be a candidate if you have:

  • Rotated teeth
  • Teeth pushed too far into the gums
  • TMJ or other bite problems

You also need to be committed to your treatment. Although aligners are removable, you have to wear them for at least 20 hours a day to make treatment successful. You also need to brush and floss after every time you eat. If you’re not prepared for that level of oral care, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign. If you have significant gum disease, we might also recommend treatment before you get Invisalign.

The best way to learn whether you are candidate is to talk to a cosmetic dentist in person. Please call (201) 343-4044 or email River Edge Dental Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry in River Edge, NJ today for an appointment.