Interested in straightening your teeth? Contrary to popular belief, you do not need metal braces to accomplish this goal! Invisalign® clear braces are a tried-and-true, FDA-approved orthodontic system that uses a series of clear, customized aligners to gradually reposition the teeth. By using three-dimensional computer imaging, a patient’s entire treatment plan can be precisely mapped out before it even begins, ensuring success. On this page, you can learn more about Invisalign® and how it may benefit you.
We will provide you with a series of custom-made tooth aligners. You will wear each aligner for 20 – 22 hours each day for about two weeks. The aligners will apply gentle pressure to your teeth and move them little by little. After you work your way through all of the aligners, your teeth should be in their correct positions. You will visit out office for periodic checkups throughout your Invisalign® journey.
Invisalign® is able to address most types of dental misalignment. Whether you want to straighten your teeth for purely cosmetic reasons, or you are aiming to improve your oral health, Invisalign® might be ideal for you.
Teeth that are too close together are both unsightly and dangerous to your oral health. Invisalign®, along with possible extractions, may be able to alleviate crowding and give you more attractive, more functional teeth.
Large gaps between your teeth may make you feel self-conscious. Invisalign® can gradually move your teeth closer together, resulting in a more confident, more comfortable smile.
If you have an overbite, underbite, or other type of malocclusion (bite problem), your teeth are at a higher risk of breakage. Invisalign® is often able to shift the teeth in a way that results in a more comfortable, more functional bite.
When you commit to Invisalign®, you can expect to receive numerous benefits, including:
When you visit Dr. Graicerstein for your Invisalign® consultation, he will evaluate your dental misalignment and map out your treatment plan. Then, our team will be able to give you an accurate estimate for the cost of your treatment. In many cases, dental insurance is willing to cover at least a portion of the cost of Invisalign®. We can also help you to apply for low-interest financing through CareCredit if necessary.
As your general and cosmetic dentist in Torrington, our team is ready to help you take advantage of Invisalign®. However, we completely understand if you would like more information before you commit to a consultation. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about this treatment. If you do not see your specific questions addressed, feel free to give us a call — our team will be happy to speak with you!
The average treatment time with Invisalign® in Torrington is 12 months. However, your case may require more or less time. It depends on factors like the extent of your dental misalignment, how many aligners you require, and how well you comply with treatment instructions. During your consultation, we will be able to estimate how long Invisalign® will take to straighten your teeth. For the majority of patients, Invisalign® is a faster option than traditional metal braces.
Invisalign® aligner trays are made out of a smooth plastic, which is designed to rest comfortably against the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. There are no metal brackets and wires to irritate sensitive areas like the cheeks and tongue.
However, it is important to keep in mind that orthodontic treatment can be successful only if it applies adequate pressure to the teeth. Naturally, this process can cause some discomfort, particularly when you first switch to a new aligner. You can make your treatment as easy as possible if you switch aligners at night (so you can sleep through the first part of the adjustment period). Sipping on cold water and taking painkillers may also be helpful.
After you have finished wearing all of your aligners, we will verify that the results are what we hoped for. Then, we will provide you with a retainer. There are a few different types of retainers, but they all serve the same purpose; they prevent the teeth from drifting back out of place following orthodontic treatment. If you have a removable retainer, you must wear it full-time at first (20 – 22 hours each day). After a few months, however, we may give you the go-ahead to wear it only at night. You should not underestimate the importance of using your retainer as recommended; it could ultimately determine the success or failure of your Invisalign® treatment.
Invisalign® aligners are generally quite durable. However, accidents can happen that cause them to incur damage. If your aligner has small hairline cracks, you might be able to continue wearing it — just be extra careful when you are putting it in your mouth and taking it out. If the damage is more severe, do not try to wear the aligner, and do not try to repair it on your own. Instead, give our office a call. We might advise you to switch to a new aligner a few days early. It is also possible that we will tell you to go back to wearing your previous aligner until we can order a replacement for the one that is no longer usable.