For adults and many teens, the prospect of wearing metal braces to straighten teeth is likely unappealing. Fortunately, there is an alternative solution. Every year, thousands of people opt for treatment with “clear braces,” otherwise known as Invisalign® clear aligners. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable trays that gradually straighten your teeth and shift them into the proper position.
If you are interested in clear aligners treatment, Invisalign® is available at Bucks County Smiles. We are Invisalign®-certified, meaning we have been trained in the use of advanced Invisalign® technology. Dentists who are not certified cannot offer the Invisalign® system to their patients. With our Invisalign® expertise, we have successfully helped many patients get the smile of their dreams!
You or your child may be a candidate for Invisalign® if your teeth are unevenly positioned, crowded, or spaced too far apart, or you are having bite problems due to unevenness.
While Invisalign® is appropriate for cases of mild to moderate spacing and bite issues, severe underbites, overbites, or crossbites may require the next level of treatment or referral to a specialist for surgery or advanced orthodontic techniques.
Some types of misaligned teeth can be corrected with veneers. Teeth that are damaged and crooked may also need to be replaced with dental implants or dentures.
Yes, but Invisalign® is best for older kids. Typically, younger kids may not be the best candidates for Invisalign® because the trays are removable. Kids may forget to wear them or lose them on the playground! For this reason, more mature kids and teens are better candidates for Invisalign® clear aligners.
Invisalign® treatment takes anywhere from two to 36 months, depending on your smile’s needs. You will first have digital scans taken of your teeth and mouth. The impressions help to form the basis for the development of your custom-made clear aligners.
Once your aligners are ready, we will dispense them during regular check-up appointments. You will need to wear each upper and lower aligner for a period of one to two weeks and then switch it out with the next set in your series. We will request that you come in periodically so we can check your progress and make any minor adjustments should the need arise.
Invisalign® clear aligners should be worn most of the day and night and should be removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of Invisalign® clear aligners over traditional metal braces is that they are virtually undetectable when worn. If you are an adult in the workplace who doesn’t want to feel embarrassed by the conspicuousness of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign®’s discreteness is advantageous.
Invisalign® clear aligners may also be more comfortable than traditional metal braces. There are no wires that can pop out and poke your gums. There are fewer “moving parts” and thus fewer things to break. Clear aligners are also much easier to clean and maintain because they can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth.
While there has been a prevalence of do-it-yourself mail-in clear aligners, Invisalign® is superior to them all. With Invisalign®, you will be working closely with your dentist. They will supervise your progress to avoid any unwanted consequences of incorrect tooth movement, such as a poor bite or even tooth loss. This supervision is paramount to the success of your treatment and will help ensure you are left with a straight smile.
Unsure if Invisalign® is right for you? We offer a complimentary consultation, during which a computer simulation of your straightened smile is available in minutes after a quick digital scan of your teeth. We offer convenient appointment hours for working adults at our clean, modern dental office in Yardley, PA.
Call Bucks County Smiles at (267) 365-3004 to reserve your Invisalign® clear aligners consultation today!