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Invisalign could help you achieve a beautiful new smile discreetly. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method that utilizes clears aligner trays to straighten teeth, eliminate excess spacing between teeth, and correct certain types of bite alignment issues. If you are ready to straighten your smile the discreet way, Invisalign could be the solution. Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, the skilled family dentists at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, can determine if Invisalign would work for you.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Numerous benefits are associated with Invisalign, making it a popular choice among patients for straightening their smiles. One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that the aligner trays used to move the teeth are made of flexible, clear plastic material, making Invisalign both comfortable and discreet. Some of the many exciting benefits of Invisalign are:
Removable Aligners: The aligner trays can be taken out for up to two hours a day. Patients typically remove them to eat, as well as to brush and floss. They can also be removed temporarily for photos and other events.
Extremely Discreet: Invisalign is extremely discreet. The aligners are clear so they are almost invisible to others.
Comfortable to Wear: Invisalign does not contain any hard or rough edges that could irritate the mouth. The aligners are made from a soft, flexible plastic material that is comfortable to wear.
Improved Oral Hygiene: Invisalign patients enjoy improved oral hygiene since they can remove the trays to achieve more thorough teeth cleaning when brushing and flossing. Additionally, being able to remove the aligners when eating means there is no risk of food getting caught in them.
Fewer Food Restrictions: Since the aligners can be removed when eating, patients can enjoy greater dietary choices without worrying about getting food stuck in the aligners or damaging them.
Protection Against Teeth Grinding: Invisalign’s aligner trays provide protection against excess wear and tear for patients who habitually clench or grind the teeth.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works similarly to braces by exerting gentle pressure on the teeth to move them. The main difference is that Invisalign does it with removable aligners instead of fixed brackets, bands, and wires.
During treatment, patients wear a set of two custom aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. A set of aligners is only worn for a few weeks and is then replaced with the next set. Each set of aligners moves the teeth closer to their final position. On average, patients wear the aligners for about 12 months to achieve the desired results. One of the experienced family dentists at our office in Cohasset, MA, can determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign.
Invisalign could help you achieve a straighter smile. To find out if Invisalign could help you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Chenette, our family dentists, by calling Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, at (781) 383-9393.
Not everyone is content with their smile, and for a lot of people, they will need help achieving the exact smile they want. Because of this, more and more people are turning to clear orthodontic appliances such as Invisalign aligners. Correcting misaligned or crooked teeth is not just about having the perfect smile. It could likewise help safeguard your teeth’s long-term and overall health.
However, Invisalign is not suitable for everyone, and only your dentist can decide whether or not it will work for you. To determine if Invisalign is right for you, you can visit our office, Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, and discuss your case with one of our dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette.
How Invisalign Works to Straighten Your Smile
While braces utilize a combination of wires and brackets to move your teeth into the correct position, Invisalign utilizes a series of custom-made, tight-fitting aligners for moving teeth. Invisalign makes use of SmartTrack aligners crafted from durable thermoplastic material made to fit tightly over your teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed when you eat and brush your teeth.
Once your dentist has determined how Invisalign can correct your misaligned bite, he will draw up a treatment plan specific to your case. Your dentist will also need to fit several versions of the aligners to make slight adjustments for correcting your bite in the course of the entire treatment time. You will get a version of the aligners every couple of weeks until you’ve achieved your desired results.
The Invisalign Treatment Time
In general, the treatment time would significantly depend on how much your teeth should be rotated or moved. For instance, more crooked teeth and misaligned bites would require a longer treatment time than minor crooked teeth and misalignment issues. Treatment times typically take between 10 months and 24 months. On the other hand, if you have already undergone orthodontic treatment when you were younger and your teeth just shifted slightly as you grew older, you may only need to wear Invisalign aligners for 10 to 12 weeks.
Interested in Invisalign?
Schedule a visit with one of our dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas or Dr. Aaron Chenette in our Cohasset, MA, office. Call Cohasset Dental at (781) 383-9393 for more details.
We know that for many teens and adults, the idea of wearing braces a little later in life sounds rather unpleasant—maybe you don’t want to wear braces for your senior pictures or you worry that your braces will be the only thing your colleagues or clients notice about you. Here at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, our family dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, understand these challenges, which is why we offer Invisalign, a nearly invisible way to get a straighter, healthier smile!
A Straighter, Healthier Smile
Let’s acknowledge the most obvious benefit first—Invisalign has the ability to give patients the straighter smile that they’ve always wanted. It can handle a wide range of issues from overbites and underbites to crooked teeth and crowding.
On top of the aesthetic advantages of improved alignment, people with straightened smiles also have a better probability of avoiding the cavities, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and damaged teeth that are more commonly experienced by those with misaligned bites.
Comfortable and Convenient Treatment
The Invisalign system utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligners that are each custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth and apply the pressure needed in order to shift teeth gradually into place. The medical-grade flexible thermoplastic used in the aligners' construction is extremely comfortable and doesn’t cause rubbing or gum irritation in the same way that traditional metal brackets and wires sometimes can.
Another reason why many people turn to our Cohasset, MA, dentist to get Invisalign treatment is that these aligners are removable, meaning that treatment doesn't require a change to your oral care routine or diet. In contrast, traditional braces can often pose an initial challenge on how to adapt your oral care routine to keep your teeth clean.
However, with Invisalign aligners, you can just remove them prior to brushing and flossing. These aligners should also be removed prior to eating or drinking anything other than water.
Faster, Easier Treatment
Invisalign also often offers faster results as compared to other orthodontic options. On average, an adult undergoing Invisalign treatment may receive their final results in about one year, while some patients with minor issues may achieve results in as little as 6 months. With teens, the average length of treatment is comparable to traditional braces (anywhere from 18-24 months).
During your treatment, you will also come in about every four to six weeks to make sure that everything is progressing, as it should. Patients with traditional braces may need to come in for routine checkups more often.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Are you a teen or adult living with a crooked smile in Cohasset, MA? If so, call Cohasset Dental at (781) 383-9393 to schedule a consultation.
Invisalign is a revolutionary solution for patients who need their teeth aligned, but it’s not for everyone. Only certain patients are a good candidate for Invisalign braces as an alternative to standard braces. If you are a candidate for Invisalign, the dental team at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA could have you fitted for a new set of custom aligner trays in a relatively short period of time. Learn more about this orthodontic treatment, which has helped countless patients achieve a better-looking smile.
Invisalign: A Modern Orthodontic Solution
In the late 1990s, Invisalign was developed as a “clear alternative” to regular orthodontic braces. Up until then, patients who had even minor orthodontic problems had to wear metal braces to realign their teeth. With Invisalign, clear removable trays move your teeth gently into the right position. Thanks to a revolutionary computer modeling system, your dentist can see how your smile will look after the treatment period is finished.
Are You a Candidate?
You may be a candidate for Invisalign treatment by a Cohasset dentist if you have any of the following smile problems:
- There are small spaces between your teeth due to misalignment.
- A few of your teeth are slightly overlapping.
- The teeth are pointing in different directions.
- Overbite or overjetting teeth.
- Teeth are slightly turned or protruding out of position.
The main advantage of Invisalign is that it doesn’t interfere much with your daily life. When you’re wearing the trays you might even forget you have them on. They’re clear, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed when you smile in public. When you need to eat your food, just take them off for a short time. Invisalign also requires less of a treatment period compared to regular braces.
Come in for an Invisalign Consultation
You may be a candidate for Invisalign, but you’ll never know until you see a dentist at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA for a consultation. Call (781) 383-9393 today to speak to a friendly staff member and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Thomas or Dr. Aaron Chenette.
Wires and brackets used to be the only way to straighten teeth, but thanks to the ingenuity of a Stanford University student, traditional braces aren't the only orthodontic option any longer. Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, your Cohasset, MA dentists at Cohasset Dental, explain how you can benefit from the Invisalign brace system.
Nothing is attached to your teeth
After being fitted with retainers in 1997, Zia Chishti wondered if the retainers alone could be used to realign teeth. He quickly got to work and soon developed a prototype that did just that. His invention involved using a series of removable aligner trays that gently guided the teeth into the proper position. Not only were the aligners removable; they were also clear, making them practically invisible. Today, Invisalign offers the perfect option for people who want to straighten their teeth without wearing wires or brackets.
Adjustments are easy
If you wear traditional braces, you must visit your Cohasset dentist every four to six weeks for an adjustment, which involves tightening the wires of your braces. With Invisalign, adjustments are made by wearing a new set of aligners. Each set of aligners are worn for two weeks. In some cases, a set of aligners may be worn again later in your treatment. Your dentist creates your custom aligners using images and impressions of your mouth.
You can eat popcorn or chew gum (sugarless, of course)
People who wear traditional braces receive a long list of foods they must avoid for the next year or two. Foods that can get stuck in braces, like popcorn or gum, or foods that can damage wires and brackets, such as apples, carrots, nuts and other hard foods, must be given up during treatment.
There are no food restrictions with Invisalign because you'll remove your aligners to eat. Since the aligners are removable, oral hygiene is also much easier. You'll brush and floss as usual, then rinse your aligners before placing them back in your mouth.
Invisalign makes straightening your teeth easier than ever! Call Dr. Thomas and Dr. Chenette, your Cohasset, MA dentists at Cohasset Dental, at (781) 383-9393 to schedule an appointment to find out more about Invisalign. Change your smile with Invisalign.