Invisalign® Clear Braces
Invisalign® clear aligners are the most versatile and convenient choice among all orthodontic treatments. Aligners offer a discreet, removable way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal brackets and wires. Moreover, aligners treat the same bite and alignment issues as traditional metal braces.
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How do Invisalign® Aligners Work?
A series of custom-made aligner trays are used to gradually shift your teeth into place. Made through a combination of Smileboston’s expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology, each tray is designed to move just one tooth or one section of teeth at a time. Once the tray’s work is complete (typically every two weeks), we move on to the next.
Pain and Soreness
Because there are no brackets or wires, clear aligners do not cause significant pain or soreness. In some cases, patients feel temporary discomfort (pressure) for the first few days after switching trays. That pressure may be uncomfortable but is actually a good sign that the trays are doing their job!
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Caring for Aligners
Aligners are worn for 20-22 hours per day and are only removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. To clean, simply brush and rinse your aligners each time you brush your teeth (using cold water and no toothpaste, as that can scratch the aligners). During your treatment, you’ll visit Smileboston about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
Treatment time typically falls within the range of 9-16 months. Some patients may also benefit from wearing a retainer after treatment is complete to prevent regression. This will all be discussed as part of your overall treatment plan.
To learn more about Invisalign® clear aligners in our Brookline, MA office, contact Smileboston at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Phone Number 617-277-4100.