Do you dream about having a smile full of sparkling, straight teeth, but you just can’t imagine yourself wearing traditional metal braces to get them? You’ve probably invested in a professional, mature image and feel like you shouldn’t have to look like a teenager to straighten your teeth. We agree. Now, your dreams can come true!
Invisalign, an orthodontic treatment approved by the FDA, is a virtually unnoticeable method to straighten your teeth without conventional metal braces. A custom-molded set of transparent, removable aligners is used to progressively reposition your teeth. Even better, you can remove the aligners before eating, brushing, flossing, or even for special occasions. This technology is more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces. Patients do not experience the mouth abrasions caused by metal wires and brackets, and Invisalign aligners are easy to clean. Adjustment appointments aren’t necessary, either!
How does Invisalign work? First, we use 3D computer imaging to design a comprehensive treatment plan. This allows you to preview the final positioning of your teeth before you start treatment. Yes, you will see your future smile before treatment even begins!
Then, the Invisalign lab will create a series of aligners to reposition your teeth over one to two years. You’ll change aligners every two weeks until your smile is straight and beautiful. Typically, you will need to visit us every six weeks in order for us to check your progress.
Transparent, removable, no-hassle orthodontia – now that should put a smile on your face!
Call our North Kingstown office to schedule your Invisalign appointment with Dr. Verbeyst or Dr. Morisseau. All patients from North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, East Greenwich, and other Rhode Island communities are welcome to seek care from our practice.
Millions of teens and adults alike have elected to straighten their smiles with Invisalign instead of noticeably awkward metal braces. After all, it allows you to achieve a perfectly straight smile much more discreetly than traditional orthodontic treatment. However, because this technology is still relatively new, many patients have questions about it. That’s why your dentist has decided to answer some of our Invisalign frequently asked questions below for your benefit.
There is no fixed timeline of Invisalign treatment because every patient’s smile is different. However, the vast majority of our patients are finished with Invisalign within 12-18 months, which is only a fraction of the 24-36 typically required of traditional braces. When you’re finished with your last set of aligners, we’ll give you a retainer that will help you maintain your results for a lifetime. At your consultation, we can go over a detailed, personalized treatment timeline to give you an idea of how long the whole process will take.
While traditional braces come with a litany of foods you can’t eat without compromising your treatment, Invisalign comes with no such restrictions. Because you can remove them before eating or drinking (anything besides water), you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods while undergoing Invisalign treatment. It’s worth noting, though, that after eating or drinking, you should always rinse your mouth out with water and brush your teeth before placing your aligners back in your mouth.
Oral hygiene is so much easier with Invisalign because there are no metal brackets and wires to brush and floss around. To prevent your aligners from staining or accumulating plaque that could contribute to tooth decay, you’ll need to clean them daily. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a clear antibacterial hand soap to scrub all the surfaces of your aligners. Be sure to rinse them in lukewarm or cool water. Hot water could permanently warp the plastic and jeopardize the effectiveness of your treatment.
The wires and brackets of conventional braces are notorious for irritating your tongue, gums, and the insides of your cheeks. Invisalign’s aligners, on the other hand, are designed with your comfort in mind. The smooth edges of the plastic trays fit snugly around your teeth and should cause no irritation. While it may take a few days to get used to wearing them, eventually you’ll grow so accustomed to the aligners that it’ll feel like you’re not wearing them at all!