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By Barbara Preussner, DMD
October 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

For the most ingenious and discreet orthodontic treatment, explore the possibilities Invisalign clear aligners deliver. Offered by your dentistInvisalign 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.


More questions?

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.

By Barbara Preussner, DMD
May 14, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: Invisalign  

Have you always just assumed you were too old to get braces? That may have been true back when the only option was traditional metal invisalignbraces. Now, however, you can fix your crooked and misaligned smile without other people noticing. This is possible with Invisalign, and our Holliston, MA, dentist, Dr. Barbara Preussner, can tell you how it might be just the answer you’ve been looking for.
Invisalign has given countless teens and adults a new lease on life with the straighter smiles they’ve always wanted. Having a beautiful smile is a game changer, and here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you turn to our Holliston general dentist for this clear orthodontic treatment:
A Clear Difference
Instead of having to wear metal brackets on your teeth, you’ll be wearing a set of clear aligners (aligners look similar to whitening trays). Each aligner is custom-made based on impressions taken of your smile and the treatment plan that we mapped out during your consultation. Each aligner is made from thin translucent medical-grade plastic and fits snugly against the teeth, making them significantly less visible to those around you.
Removable Trays
While it’s important that you wear your aligners as often as possible (aim to wear them for about 22 hours each day), you do have the convenience of removing them prior to meals, before brushing and flossing, or if you have an important meeting, job interview, or event. The more often you wear your aligners, the sooner you'll see results and finish your treatment. Having this freedom can also be very important to patients considering braces.
As we mentioned above, removable aligners certainly make treatment more convenient. Aligners can easily fit into your schedule since you won't have to make several appointments with your dentist for your treatment (this is key, particularly for working professionals!). Furthermore, having to brush and floss around precarious wires and brackets can be stressful, and having to completely change your diet to protect your braces can also be a major nuisance. You don’t have to worry about these problems with Invisalign. Just remove your aligners and enjoy your favorite foods and brush and floss as you normally would.
Whether you have questions about getting Invisalign or you are ready to find out if your smile is right for this clear orthodontic system, don’t hesitate to call our dental team to schedule a consultation in Holliston, MA, today.