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Invisalign – Milford, MA

Make Your Orthodontic Treatment Removable

Pursuing traditional braces means learning how to accommodate them into your daily life. This includes paying close attention to your hardware when practicing your oral care routine and modifying the foods you can eat. However, if your orthodontic issues are less severe and you don’t need braces to treat them, Invisalign’s clear aligner can offer you more freedom! Invisalign is considered one of the most trusted and customizable treatments out there for mild to moderate levels of misalignment. Call Simply Orthodontics Milford and we’ll help you learn more and get started with Invisalign in Milford, MA!

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How Does Invisalign Work?

Closeup of patient placing Invisalign tray

Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic trays which are worn for about two weeks at a time. Each pair of trays is designed to represent a certain stage of your realignment and must be worn for about 22 hours per day to shift teeth properly. Once the treatment is complete and your teeth have straightened, you will need to wear a retainer regularly for the next year so you can keep your teeth straight. After a year has passed, you only need to wear it to bed to prevent potential any relapse. The entire series is made from the beginning, so you can expect fewer dental visits compared to using traditional metal braces.

What Should I Expect from Invisalign Treatment?

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Over the course of you treatment, it’s very important that you wear the aligners for a specific amount of time per day, typically between 20 and 22 hours for best results. You’ll need to wear them for the amount of time as recommended by our orthodontic office because this what forces teeth into a straighter and healthier position. With that in mind, removable trays means you can eat the foods you enjoy and won’t have to completely transform your oral care routine like you would need to with traditional braces. As long as you properly clean your aligners and keep them in their case when not in use, they will shift your teeth while also keeping a very low profile.

Am I A Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?

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While Invisalign is a great solution for resolving a number of issues, it is not designed for those with severe cases of misalignment or significantly uneven bite. If you need to realign back teeth, Invisalign is not the best option compared to traditional braces. Furthermore, we also recommend Invisalign treatment for patients who have fully erupted permanent teeth. Invisalign is a great option for teenagers, but younger patients who still have developing and growing teeth should not complete treatment. If you struggle to wear the aligners for enough time per day, which is a common concern for younger patients, we will discuss other treatments that may be more appropriate for your needs.

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’re ready to make your orthodontic treatment removable, comfortable, and easy, give us a call today to schedule your consultation! During this initial visit, we’ll give you all the information you’ll need about your journey towards a straighter smile with Invisalign. In the meantime, we invite you to look over the following Invisalign FAQs. As always, if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Does Wearing Invisalign Aligners Hurt?

While traditional metal braces are highly effective, their wires and brackets are notorious for causing soreness and irritation. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can expect a much more comfortable experience! Since each one is crafted out of a single piece of smooth, biocompatible plastic, they’ll glide past your lips, cheeks, and tongue instead of rasping against them.

However, you’ll likely feel some soreness after starting a new set of aligners as your teeth begin to adjust. Thankfully, any discomfort should fade very quickly. If needed, you can easily manage your symptoms with an ice pack, over-the-counter pain relievers, or by starting each new set of aligners right before bed.

What Happens If I Don’t’ Wear My Aligners Enough Every Day?

The removable nature of Invisalign aligners is one of their most popular benefits. However, it’s also one of its greatest responsibilities. Wearing them for 20-22 hours every day should give you plenty of time to take them out for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and a few special occasions. If you don’t wear your aligners for enough time every day, your teeth will begin to shift back out of place. Not only will this make wearing your aligners uncomfortable, but it can increase the length and cost of your treatment. Invisalign aligners may not be the best choice for patients who struggle with self-discipline.

What Foods Can I Eat During My Invisalign Treatment?

Eating with your aligners in can easily break them and exposing them to beverages other than water can stain them. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods and drinks during your Invisalign treatment! To keep them safe and clean, simply remove your aligners before enjoying your snack or meal. You should only store your aligners in their case—wrapping them up in a napkin makes it all too easy to accidentally throw them out or leave them behind!

Then, once you’re done eating or drinking, give your teeth a quick brush before popping your aligners back into place. As long as you follow this pattern and continue to practice great oral hygiene, you can enjoy apples, gum, popcorn, and anything else on your plate.

Can I Get Invisalign If I’ve Had Metal Braces Before?

It’s not uncommon for patients to find that their teeth have drifted out of alignment again years after finishing their traditional orthodontic treatment, especially if they neglected to wear their retainers. If this sounds familiar, you may be able to regain your results with Invisalign. A variety of factors like your age and the severity of your case will determine whether Invisalign or traditional braces are the most effective way for you to get the straighter smile you deserve.

If you’re ready to get a straighter smile or would like to learn more about Invisalign, give us a call today to schedule your consultation!

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