By Great Meadows Dental Group
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Straight Teeth  

Find out whether or not Invisalign is the right way to fix your smile.

All of your life you’ve been wanting to have a straighter smile. Perhaps you were never afforded the opportunity to get braces as a child, and now that you are an adult you may feel as if that ship has sailed. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Our Bedford, MA, dentists are here to tell you how Invisalign could finally give you the smile you’ve always wished for.

People often look at an Invisalign aligner and wonder how on Earth it will straighten their teeth. It may look no different than the trays you get in whitening kits, but Invisalign aligners are completely different. In fact, when you get Invisalign in Bedford, MA, you will be given a series of aligners. Each aligner is custom designed to move certain teeth around until you achieve the finished results.

How does Invisalign move teeth?

Each aligner is uniquely crafted to fit snugly over the upper or lower teeth. By applying a slow, controlled amount of force in the proper direction, teeth will begin to shift. The power lies in how the thermoplastic of the aligners flexes to generate the force needed to move teeth. Pretty neat, huh?

Smiles that don’t require a lot of movement won’t need as many aligners that require more significant tooth movements. Whether you want to close up gaps between teeth, reduce crowding or improve overbites, there are many malocclusions that Invisalign can handle.

How often do I wear these aligners?

Aligners should be worn as often as possible. Yes, we know they are removable (and we know that’s a big selling point), but you sill need to be committed to wearing your aligners for about 22 hours out of the day. A good rule of thumb is to only remove your aligners prior to eating or before brushing and flossing your teeth. The rest of the time those aligners should stay in your mouth.

Aligners are worn for about 2 weeks at a time, after which they will be replaced with the next set in your treatment. You will notice how snug each new aligner is when you first put it on. This is necessary to help move the teeth closer to their ideal position.

Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA, is here to give you the dental care you need. Whether you want to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign or you want to find out what other treatment options are right for you, we are happy to sit down with you and help you create a treatment plan that works for you.