Perhaps your crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth have always bothered you, but you have not taken steps to correct them because the last thing you want is a bunch of brackets and wires in your mouth. For adults who feel like you do, New Haven Dental Group offers Invisalign® in Hamden. Discreet, effective, and comfortable, this remarkable system is the premier way people around the globe are choosing to straighten their teeth.
The reason Invisalign® is so popular is that instead of using brackets and wires to move the teeth, it employs a series of clear, lightweight plastic aligners. A patient simply wears an individual set of aligners for about 2 weeks for 20 – 22 hours each day before moving onto the next. Once you have gone through the entire series, your teeth should be right where they should have been all along. Our team will support you during every stage of your treatment, especially when you visit us every 6 weeks or so for an Invisalign® checkup.
To find out if this treatment would work for you, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with your dentist in Hamden. We will perform a brief exam and discuss your options; if Invisalign® is one of them, we can get started on your treatment right away. Invisalign® is often able to address many common orthodontic issues, including the following:
Crooked, crowded teeth can trap food and pose hygiene challenges. They can also interfere with your bite. Invisalign®, perhaps along with extractions, can help each of your teeth have the space it needs to function well.
Large gaps between the teeth may be unsightly, and they can increase your risk of gum problems. Invisalign® may be able to move your teeth closer together, creating a more attractive, healthier smile.
Underbite, overbite, open bite, and cross bite are all types of malocclusions. Left untreated, they can lead to numerous problems, including pain, aesthetic issues, and more. With the help of appropriate accessories, Invisalign® may be able to correct most cases of mild to moderate malocclusion.
It is easy to understand why so many patients are opting for Invisalign® rather than traditional braces:
The cost of Invisalign® varies from case to case. It depends primarily on how many aligners you need. Generally speaking, Invisalign® tends to cost at least a few thousand dollars. When you visit us for your FREE consultation, we will provide you with a candid price estimate and help you explore your payment options. We are happy to file insurance claims for patients, and we accept financing through CareCredit.
Invisalign® in Hamden is one of the most convenient and discreet ways to straighten teeth. We hope you visit us to learn more about it. In the meantime, though, you may have some questions weighing on your mind. To help you out, we have put together a list of FAQs about this treatment, along with succinct answers. Give us a call if you would like further explanation on anything you read here — our team is looking forward to speaking with you!
Invisalign® aligners are constructed out of clear, thin plastic. However, they are not invisible. Outside of the mouth, they are quite easy to see. Once they are on the teeth, however, they are very subtle. Although onlookers will be able to tell that something is on your teeth, Invisalign® is unlikely to be the first thing they notice about your smile. If you require attachments, such as buttons or elastics, those may be easier to spot than the main body of your aligners. Patients tend to love Invisalign® because it is much more aesthetically pleasing than the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces.
The average treatment time with Invisalign® is one year (12 months). Your treatment time may be longer or shorter, though — it all depends on the specifics of your case. Some patients with mild dental misalignment need to use Invisalign® for only 6 months or so before they achieve their final results. Other individuals must undergo treatment for 18 months or longer. Although 18 months may seem like a long time, most patients with Invisalign® have a shorter treatment than they would with traditional braces.
Invisalign® aligners are made out of smooth plastic. They are trimmed to rest comfortably against the gums, and they have no metal brackets or wires to irritate your tongue and cheeks. Most patients find that they are easy to wear.
However, keep in mind that orthodontic treatment applies pressure to the teeth, which can naturally cause some tenderness and soreness. You might notice this particularly when you switch to a new aligner. You can mitigate your discomfort by:
Your cosmetic dentist in Hamden can give you pointers on how to clean your aligners. We might recommend that you purchase Invisalign’s brand-name cleaning system, which uses special cleaning crystals and a unique cleaning solution. These products are easy to use and will not damage your aligners.
If you do not have Invisalign® products on-hand, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild, clear soap to clean your aligners. You should also make sure to rinse them several times a day to get rid of any food particles that might have transferred to them from your teeth.
Additionally, you should keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing after each meal, before you put Invisalign® back in your mouth.
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