These days, patients have more treatment options than ever before when it comes to orthodontics. Some of these treatments are safer, more comfortable, and more effective than traditional methods. This is largely thanks to advancements in technology and techniques.
At Thomas P. Rafferty, DDS, we strive to provide premier orthodontic care and a supreme experience. Our cutting-edge treatments have both children and adults leaving our state-of-the-art facility with straighter smiles and improved oral health. One of the most popular options among our adult patients is Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear plastic aligner trays that are designed to move your teeth to their proper positions. It all begins with a consultation, during which we will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. The next step is treatment planning.
Dr. Thomas Rafferty will take an impression of your teeth and gums, usually with digital technology, that will be used to create a 3D model of your mouth. This information will be sent to Invisalign headquarters, where they will use it to fabricate your personalized series of aligner trays. Each tray is designed to apply pressure on your teeth, gently moving them to a slightly straighter position.
The number of trays you receive and the length of your treatment is dictated by the type and severity of your orthodontic problem. You will be asked to wear each tray about 20 to 22 hours a day for two weeks. Once you are finished with a particular tray, you simply move on to the next one in your series.
Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign is generally used for patients who have mild or moderate crowding or spacing issues. If you suffer from severe crowding, spacing, or malocclusion (misaligned bite) issues, traditional braces may be a more suitable option. Only Dr. Thomas Rafferty will be able to determine which type of treatment is right for you.
Most people are familiar with traditional braces, which are much more obtrusive than clear aligner trays. Braces have even been stigmatized in popular culture. While there is no shame in bettering your oral health and achieving a more beautiful smile, some adults fear that wearing braces may have adverse effects on their personal or professional lives. If this sounds like you, Invisalign may be the answer.
Benefits of Invisalign
The Invisalign system is designed with comfort and convenience in mind. When compared to traditional braces, treatment with Invisalign is practically painless. Traditional braces can be quite uncomfortable after the wire is tightened. The appliance itself can also irritate your inner lips and checks.
Invisalign trays are much more gentle, because the soft, smooth plastic eliminates irritation issues. The trays are also removable, making eating, brushing, and flossing much more convenient. Traditional braces can trap food debris and prevent you from properly cleaning your teeth.
Above all else, most patients find the discreet nature of Invisalign treatment to be the biggest benefit. The trays are fabricated using a special type of clear plastic, which is virtually invisible when placed over the teeth. Most people will not be able to tell you are wearing an appliance unless you point it out.
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To learn more about the wonderful benefits of Invisalign call (978) 720-9009, and schedule a consultation appointment today!