Invisalign – Bensalem, PA
Straighten Teeth Without the Brackets and Wires
Is your crooked teeth the only thing you notice when you look at your smile in the bathroom mirror? If so, you may have thought about pursuing traditional orthodontics like metal braces to make them straighter. At Perfect Smiles of Bensalem, there’s another option worth exploring. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can address mild to moderate levels of misalignment and gaps in your smile, complete treatment sooner, and even maintain your current appearance, diet and oral care habits. Call our team today to learn from our dentists if treatment is right for you!
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made trays to gently shift teeth into a straighter position. Through targeted pressure, each pair of aligners pushes your crooked teeth so they are no longer misaligned, gapped or rotated, all without using metal brackets and wires.
During your consultation, we’ll examine your current smile and determine if you are eligible for Invisalign treatment. If so, we’ll capture detailed impressions and send them to an Invisalign design lab for fabrication. Once your custom-trays are created, you’ll need to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours per day over the next two weeks, then move on to the next pair.
You’ll need to visit our office once every six to eight weeks so we can confirm that treatment is working as planned. After about 12 to 18 months of treatment (this can vary depending on your needs), you’ll have to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth do not shift back.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
There are many benefits to Invisalign, but it is important that you wear the aligners for enough time. Therefore, if you believe you will not be able to remain compliant, a fixed option may be more appropriate. Furthermore, if your teeth are still developing (i.e. if you’re a child), you may need to wait a few more years if you’d like to pursue Invisalign specifically. If you have untreated cavities or gum disease, you’ll also need to have these issues handled before beginning treatment.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign uses transparent, FDA-approved, medical-grade plastic to shift teeth, which means you won’t have to change your smile’s appearance just to straighten them. They are also removable, making it much easier to practice brushing and flossing as well as maintain your current diet. You’ll just need to make sure you brush your teeth after eating any richly-pigmented foods as they could transfer to your aligners if your teeth aren’t clean. On average, clear aligners also take a fraction of the time to complete and do so without needing any metal brackets and wires.
What Can You Expect to Pay for Invisalign?
Every patient is different, which means every person will have their own specific costs associated with treatment. The most notable factors that can influence the cost include:
- The severity of your misalignment/malocclusion
- The number of aligners needed to complete treatment
- User compliance
- Whether preliminary work is needed beforehand (i.e. gum therapy, dental fillings etc.)
Invisalign in Bensalem is an excellent option to get the straight smile you crave without the unsightly appearance of brackets and wires. Although you’re excited to begin the transformation process, we know you still have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. We’ll explain the process and what you can expect during your initial consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we’re asked about clear aligners.
Is Invisalign Painful?
The clear aligners apply consistent pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into position. As a result, you can expect there to be some discomfort, especially when switching to the next aligner in the series; however, it can be managed using an over-the-counter pain reliever. In addition, many patients report Invisalign to be more comfortable than traditional braces because there aren’t any brackets or wires irritating the inside of the lips or cheeks.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
There’s no way to determine how long you’ll need to wear the aligners without first scheduling a consultation to determine the extent of your orthodontic needs. On average, most patients are finished with their treatment in 12-18 months. Generally, complex cases will take longer because they require more aligners. You can ensure there aren’t any unnecessary delays in your treatment by wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day and switching to the next one in the series on time.
Will It Be Difficult to Speak?
There will be an adjustment period until you get used to wearing your aligners. You may speak with a lisp for a few days, but it will go away pretty quickly. In fact, most people are speaking normally within a week.
Can My Aligners Discolor?
Your aligners can lose their translucent appearance if you drink anything except water while wearing them. It’s also best to avoid eating with them in your mouth to prevent damage. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene and clean your aligners properly, they can also discolor. When cleaning your aligners, don’t use any abrasive products, which can cause small scratches on the aligners, making them look murky.
What Happens If an Aligner Breaks?
If you lose or break an aligner, you need to contact your dentist in Bensalem right away. If it’s almost time to switch to the next aligner in the series, we may have you move forward with your treatment. If it is still in the beginning of the week, you may need to have the aligner replaced.
Will I Need a Retainer?
After finishing your series of aligners, you’ll need a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions. At first, you’ll need to wear it all the time, but eventually, you’ll only need it at night. If you’re worried about its appearance, there are many less noticeable options available.
How Can I Get Started?
Take your first step toward a straight, healthy smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for Invisalign.