Invisalign® in Post Office Square, Boston, MA
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of clear, snap-on, custom-fit, removable trays. Each set of trays applies a controlled amount of force to your teeth, gently causing them to shift until they reach their optimal position. The results patients achieve with these orthodontic appliances are just as beautiful as what is achieved with traditional braces.
Why Choose Invisalign®?
There are multiple reasons why Invisalign® is such a great option for kids and adults alike.
- Comfort: Traditional metal braces are not comfortable for all patients. Due to the metal edges, some patients experience soft tissue soreness, particularly of their lips, tongue, and cheeks. While you can place wax onto the metal brackets to make them more comfortable, that is just one more step that not everyone has time to do. Invisalign® aligners are far more comfortable than traditional braces. They fit over your entire tooth and are smooth to the touch.
- Invisibility: This is the main reason people love clear aligners. They are virtually invisible. Clear aligners are ideal for people who are insecure about their appearance. They are also a great option for adults who feel that metal braces might adversely impact their professional appearance. And if you have special events or presentations, no one will know you are wearing your aligners.
- Ease of use: Another perk of investing in Invisalign® is that they can be removed. The goal is to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Anything less, and you will start to slow your results. However, you can remove the aligners to eat with ease. You can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth like normal (no floss threaders!). If you have a special event in which you want to remove your aligners for pictures or a speech, you can do so.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
We start by taking impressions of your teeth to create a model. The Invisalign® company will create custom aligners off the model. Every couple of weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners, one for your upper teeth and one for the lower. Each set will fit a bit differently. They will feel tight the first few days. That is because your teeth need to shift, and the aligners are guiding them into the proper space.
Every six weeks, your Post Office Square dentist will evaluate your progress to make sure your teeth are shifting as planned.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the complexity of your case, how long you will need treatment, and how many aligners are necessary. Typically, the aligners cost more than traditional braces due to the lab and fabrication costs.
If you have dental insurance that covers orthodontic treatment, they will likely cover Invisalign® treatment at the same percentage that they would cover traditional treatment. However, it is best to contact your insurance company to see if there are any limitations on coverage, as some companies only cover ortho treatment for patients up to 18 years of age.
Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign® in Post Office Square?
Invisalign® is a good fit for patients with mild to moderate occlusion issues. If you have a very complex case, traditional braces may be indicated. Along with traditional braces, you may need the following treatment and appliances to achieve ideal teeth and jaw alignment.
- Palatal expanders
- Jaw surgery
Your Post Office Square dentist will take the time to discuss your case and all your options thoroughly.
Take Time to Maintain Your Smile After Invisalign® Treatment
Orthodontic care is an investment. You will spend a good amount of time and money on this treatment. Make sure you protect your investment by maintaining your straight smile after you have completed your treatment. Talk to your dentist about maintenance options, such as removable or permanent retainers.
Are you wondering if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®? Contact us for an orthodontic consultation by calling (617) 426-6011.