Invisalign Clear Aligners – Lawrence, MA
Convenient, Removable Orthodontic Options
Traditional braces are highly effective, but they also affect your appearance and can get in the way during meals and your oral hygiene routine. If you have less severe orthodontic issues, you can opt for Invisalign as a more image friendly option that also gives you more freedom in general. When you call Super Braces of Lawrence to schedule an orthodontic consultation, don’t forget to ask about Invisalign and whether it’s suitable for your unique grin!
How Does Treatment Work?
You’ll be given a series of clear trays that were designed based on impressions of your mouth as it is now. Each tray needs to be worn for around two weeks for at least 20 to 22 hours every day; during this time, your teeth will shift closer to their ideal position. Once you’re done with your trays, you’ll wear a retainer so that a relapse doesn’t occur. You don’t need to visit our orthodontic office as often as you would for braces; you’ll be given all of the necessary trays up front, so you only have to return periodically so that we can make sure the treatment is going as planned.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
While Invisalign trays are removable, they absolutely need to be worn for a specific amount of time each day to make the necessary changes. If they don’t stay in your mouth long enough, they won’t be able to exert the amount of pressure needed to move the teeth into their new and improved position. You can take your aligners out during meals, letting you eat whatever you want. You’ll also be able to brush and floss like you normally would, so there’s no need to change your oral health habits. Don’t forget to clean and rinse your aligners on a regular basis and store them safely whenever you’re not wearing them.
Am I A Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can make many of the same corrections as braces, but it’s not usually suited for the most severe cases of misalignment or bites that are too uneven. It also doesn’t work as well on the back teeth. That said, if you have mild to moderate corrections to make and have a full set of permanent teeth, you could be a potential candidate. We generally recommend Invisalign to teens and adults. Children are less suitable because their teeth are still developing, and they often lack the discipline to leave their trays in place for the required 22 hours a day. We can discuss the different factors during your appointment.
While Invisalign is ideal for resolving a number of issues, it is not intended for those with severe cases of misalignment or a significantly uneven bite. If you need to address back teeth, it also won’t be as effective as traditional braces. We also recommend Invisalign treatment to those whose permanent teeth have fully erupted. While the treatment is great for teenagers, we do not recommend it for younger patients whose teeth are still developing and growing. Furthermore, if you cannot wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day you might be better off pursuing more traditional methods.