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Are you interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign but have a few questions about the process? Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley III, Edwin Riley IV and Rita Han explain how Invisalign works and share a few benefits of this innovative orthodontic treatment.
Straightening your teeth without wires
Twenty years ago, the only way to straighten teeth involved threading wires through brackets cemented on to the fronts or backs of teeth. Periodic adjustments to the wire tension gradually realigned teeth. The system was, and is, very effective, but it isn't the most attractive option.
Back in the 1990s, Stanford University student Zia Chishti had just had his braces removed and had been fitted with retainers to prevent his teeth from shifting. He theorized that it might be possible to use retainer-like trays to not only prevent shifting after orthodontic treatment but to actually move the teeth.
In 1997, his company introduced Invisalign, the first clear, removable brace system. Your dentist designs a series of aligner trays created to address your particular orthodontic issues. Trays exert gentle, continual pressure on the teeth, gradually changing their position. Each set of trays is designed to accomplish a specific straightening goal and is worn for two weeks.
Invisalign offers many benefits
The appearance of metal braces makes many people hesitate to straighten their teeth. Because Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic, they're virtually unnoticeable when you wear them. Invisalign offers other important benefits, including:
- Simple Oral Hygiene: You won't have to buy any special flossing tools or spend 10 minutes cleaning your teeth when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. In fact, you'll remove your trays, then brush and floss your teeth the same way you always have.
All the Apples You Want:
- Wires can break when you eat hard foods, like raw apples and carrots. Invisalign trays are also removed when you eat, making the food restrictions common with metal braces unnecessary.
- Remove Your Aligners When Needed: No matter how unobtrusive your Invisalign trays, they can still get in the way sometimes. If you need to wear a mouthguard while playing sports or want to enjoy a special event in Boston without your trays, you can leave your aligners at home. Although it's fine to occasionally remove your trays, you'll normally wear them 20 to 22 hours per day.
Invisalign can transform your smile. Call Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley III, Edwin Riley IV and Rita Han at (617) 723-4032 to schedule an appointment to discuss Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign offers a cosmetic alternative to metallic wires and brackets, and can cut down on the treatment time (approximately 18 months to three years for braces). The dentists at Riley Dental Associates LLC, located in Boston, MA, recommend Invisalign for adults and older adolescents who need to straighten their teeth, but may not want to commit to traditional braces.
Over 4 million people receive orthodontic treatment in the United States every year according to the American Association of Orthodontists. The majority (approximately 78%) are children between the ages of 9 and 14. However adults are not immune to the need for orthodontic treatment later in life, and many are understandably hesitant to commit to traditional metallic braces. Orthodontic treatment with traditional braces can take longer for adults, whose teeth and bone structure have long settled into place.
Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Boston, MA
Invisalign consists of a set of custom designed clear plastic aligner trays, which gradually shift the teeth into place, just like braces. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and can be removed for up to two hours a day, making it easier to maintain a normal oral hygiene and dietary routine. Because the trays are removable, there are no dietary restrictions. However, in order to be eligible for Invisalign, patients must be willing to commit to wearing the trays for at least 22 hours per day, every day.
The duration of treatment varies from person to person depending on their specific orthodontic needs, but the typical length for Invisalign users is 15 months.
Find a Dentist in Boston, MA
Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment for adults and older teenagers looking for a discreet and effective method for getting straighter, properly aligned teeth. For more information and to find out if Invisalign clear aligner trays are right for you, contact Riley Dental Associates, LLC by calling (617) 723-4032 to request an appointment today.