For the most ingenious and discreet orthodontic treatment, explore the possibilities Invisalign clear aligners deliver. Offered by your dentist in Holliston, Dr. Barbara Preussner, the Invisalign system straightens teeth comfortably, efficiently and quickly. Here's what Invisalign could do for your smile.
FAQs about Invisalign
What are Invisalign aligners made of? FDA-approved in 1997, Invisalign aligners are custom- made from biocompatible acrylic. Super-thin and shaped to shift your teeth into healthier and better-looking positions, the appliances look like teeth whitening trays. However, when you insert an Invisalign aligner, only you and your dentist can tell you're wearing it.
What can Invisalign aligners correct? Dr. Preussner recommends Invisalign to older teen and adult patients who have mild to moderate smile alignment and bite issues. Tooth rotation, overbite, protruding front teeth and more respond well to the 18 to 30 aligners in a typical treatment plan. Some problems, however, are too complex for Invisalign and require more conventional orthodontic appliances.
Does treatment take long? Average treatment time is about one year, much shorter than metal, lingual or ceramic braces take.
I hear the appliances are removable. Is that true? Yes, patients remove their aligners to eat, brush their teeth, and floss. As long as they have them in 20 to 22 hours a day, the care plan should move along on schedule. Dr. Preussner asks her patients to check into the office every month or so for a progress update and to receive the next aligner pairs in the prescribed sequence.
Will treatment hurt? Most Invisalign patients report feeling pressure on their teeth as they wear their aligners. So, no, there is no true pain, and best of all, there are none of the soft tissue irritations people may experience with wires, brackets and ligatures. Also, Invisalign treatment does not restrict your food choices in any way.
At my age, I feel embarrassed to see a dentist about any kind of braces, including aligners. Good dental alignment spells healthier tooth enamel and gum tissue and a vibrant, long-lasting smile. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists offers this surprising statistic: one out of every five dental patients receiving orthodontic treatment in the United States is an adult over the age of 18.
Surely, you have some; so why not bring them to a consultation with Dr. Barbara Preussner? She enjoys talking with her patients and strives to help them make excellent oral health decisions. Call the office for an appointment at (508) 429-7125.