Invisalign® clear aligners: The comfortable path to straighter teeth, without braces, in Boston, MA
Traditional orthodontics involves metal brackets fixed to teeth and threaded through wires. To move teeth into proper alignment, orthodontists or dentists tighten the wires regularly throughout treatment. These conventional braces can only be removed by your doctor. Patients have to “re-learn” how to clean around brackets and wires and how to eat with braces in their mouths. Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. uses removable clear aligners in Boston, MA, to straighten teeth comfortably. Plus, since these aligners are clear, they don’t stick out in your mouth like silver-colored hardware. You can smile confidently, eat meals, brush and floss your teeth and gums effortlessly.
Clear aligners: The “magic” behind Invisalign® treatment
To effectively straighten your teeth, you will wear several sets of aligners. Each aligner is associated with a different phase of Invisalign® treatment. So, it’s important that you wear the aligners in the correct order.
The aligner itself is made from an advanced SmartTrack® thermoplastic. This proprietary material is smooth, flexible, and BPA and latex-free. These features add up to a comfortable and safe experience. There are no wires to contend with, which may rub up against the insides of your mouth. Furthermore, without these components, you don’t have to worry about wires breaking. This minimizes urgent trips to the doctor’s office for repairs.
Care is simple. Wear the aligner throughout the day and night, for at least 22 hours. When not wearing your aligners, store them in an appropriate aligner case. Aligners should be rinsed off with warm water and brushed gently as instructed by Dr. Ansari. Hot water can warp the plastic. Failure to clean properly can also attract disease-producing bacteria and can stain your aligners.
Since 1997, Align Technology reports that 9 million adults worldwide have successfully straightened their teeth with Invisalign®. Of those patients, 1.4 million are teenagers. Through the years, more features have been added to treat different types of misalignment and, in turn, to treat many more patients. Generally, the aligners place gentle forces on the teeth to gradually reposition them.
Some patients may benefit from tooth-colored SmartForce® attachments. These tiny components blend in with the surrounding teeth and help your aligners in applying the correct force on the teeth to precisely move them in the right direction. So, complex movement can be facilitated without braces.
Schedule an appointment
Invisalign® starts with an evaluation at the office of Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. General & Cosmetic Dentistry. If Dr. Ansari determines you are an appropriate candidate, she’ll design a digital model of your mouth. She can actually show you how your smile will look virtually before the first aligner is made. This model is also used to make your aligners. Call (617) 581-0689.