Invisalign – Marlborough, MA
See-Through, Removable Orthodontic Options
Instead of avoiding certain foods and changing their oral health routine to clean around metal brackets and wires, patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems may be able to get Invisalign clear aligners. Since the trays are removable, you’ll enjoy much more freedom and convenience throughout your treatment. Wondering if you’re qualified? Call Simply Orthodontics Marlborough today and schedule a consultation to find out more about Invisalign in Marlborough, MA!
Why Choose Simply Orthodontics Marlborough for Invisalign Clear Aligners?
- A Faster, Image-Friendly Alternative to Braces
- No Diet Restrictions
- Easier Oral Hygiene Routine
How It Works
Each set of Invisalign trays will move the teeth a certain distance; you’ll switch out for a new pair after about two weeks. The treatment itself normally takes about 12 to 18 months (depending on the exact number of trays needed, which can vary), and after that you’ll need to wear a retainer to stop the teeth from moving back to where they were positioned originally. You will need to visit our orthodontic office periodically, but since there’s no need to tighten Invisalign trays, you’ll only need to come in every six weeks or so.
Life with Invisalign
The aligners can be taken out before meals so that you can eat anything you want. This also makes oral health care much easier, as you won’t have to brush or floss around any metal hardware. However, it’s important not to take your aligners out unnecessarily; they need to remain in your mouth for at least 20 or 22 hours every day in order not to interrupt the treatment schedule. To make sure that the aligners don’t become discolored, remember to clean them whenever you take them out. Finally, be sure to store them in their case when not wearing them so you don’t accidentally break or lose them.
Am I Eligible for Invisalign?
As convenient as Invisalign is, it’s not as effective for particularly severe cases of misalignment or for patients with crooked back teeth that need to be moved. Younger children are normally unable to get Invisalign since they don’t have all of their permanent teeth yet and often struggle to leave the aligners alone for the required 22 hours each day. In general, as long as you’re a teenager or adult with a full set of developed teeth that doesn’t require particularly complex corrections, you might be a viable candidate for Invisalign, although we can only make the judgment after we examine your mouth.
When choosing Invisalign, you may have many questions about the process and what you can expect while wearing your new aligners. At Simply Orthodontics, our team of expert dentists will be here to help you as you move through treatment from start to finish. Offering insight and assistance along the way, they will be happy to answer any of your questions as well as address any concerns to better prepare you for life before, during, and after Invisalign treatment. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions many of our patients have posed. If you have additional inquiries and would like to speak to a member of our team, contact our office today.
What kind of problems can Invisalign fix?
Considered to be a versatile orthodontic solution, Invisalign is capable of address many of the most common dental problems, some of which include:
- Spaces between teeth
- Open bite
Does it hurt wearing Invisalign aligners?
The clear, plastic aligners you will receive as part of your Invisalign treatment do place continuous pressure on your teeth; however, the discomfort you may experience can be easily managed with the help of an over-the-counter pain reliever. Although minimal soreness and discomfort are normal, this typically only occurs when switching to a new set of aligners after 1-2 weeks of wear.
After a few days, you should feel less discomfort and sensitivity. Why is this? The reason is that your teeth will quickly adjust to the new aligner trays, allowing them to shift into the desired location and feel less pressure with each passing day.
Why is it necessary to wear aligners 20-22 hours a day?
At Simply Orthodontics, we recommend that you wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day because this is the minimal amount of time needed to achieve a straighter, more perfectly aligned smile. Yes, you will be required to remove your trays when eating, drinking (anything but water), and cleaning them; however, it is imperative that you reinsert your trays as soon as possible to avoid a potential delay in your treatment.
Most patients choose Invisalign because of the quick results that can be achieved. To do this, you will need to wear the aligners for the designated amount of time each day.
Will I need a retainer?
Individuals who complete Invisalign treatment are required to wear a retainer. Depending on your individual needs, you will likely receive an oral device that looks similar to your Invisalign trays. In the early phase of post-Invisalign treatment, you will likely need to wear your retainer full time to ensure your teeth do not begin to shift back into their original position. Once our team believes your teeth are more firmly in place, you may only need to wear your retainer at night while you sleep. Each patient is different, so the timeline for wearing your retainer may vary.