At the practice of Dr. Neil S. Stearns, we enjoy watching our patients step out of our office with brighter, whiter smiles. But sometimes the essence of a great smile boils down to straighter teeth. A straighter smile can lead to oral health benefits and more confidence. For those in Englewood, NJ who aren’t looking forward to orthodontic treatment, we offer a solution in the form of Invisalign®. These clear, plastic aligners are a revolutionary new way to correct your teeth without undergoing metal brackets, wires, and spacers.
Invisalign treatment in Englewood, NJ has many advantages over conventional orthodontic treatment, including:
What to Expect During Treatment
Wearing Invisalign braces is quite simple. Your aligners are worn for two weeks at a time (removed only to eat, brush, or floss) and then changed out at home with the next set as prescribed. Every two months or so, you’ll stop by Stearns Dental Excellence to pick up your next several sets of trays and have everything checked to make sure your bite is progressing properly. These follow-up appointments are quite short, so they’re easy to fit into a busy schedule.
By using a series of clear, removable aligners (invisible braces), Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you’ll notice sooner than you think.
Patients truly appreciate that the Invisalign aligners are clear (as the name suggests). Unlike the obvious protrusion of brackets with braces, Invisalign aligners are invisible and lay flat against the teeth. This way, they don’t obstruct you when you’re trying to talk, play a musical instrument, or play sports (although they can also be removed during these events too).
Less Treatment Time
The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.
An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year. You’ll see Dr. Stearns every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments and to check progress. At regular intervals, you’ll receive a new set of custom-molded clear aligners to continue the straightening process. The total number of clear aligners is specific to you, determined by Dr. Stearns for your course of treatment.
One of the worst parts about metal braces is having your cheeks or lips caught in the brackets and wires. This can be embarrassing and painful, or even frustrating for patients who play wind instruments, sports, or do public appearances and presentations.
Since Invisalign is practically invisible, there’s no unwarranted attention to your mouth. In fact, very few people will notice at all – unless you tell them. They’re comfortable to wear and remove easily when you eat, brush, and floss.
While orthodontic treatment is not a 100% guarantee that your smile will be healthier, it definitely helps when it comes to cleaning your teeth. As your teeth straighten, it becomes easier to reach those hard-to-clean places in your mouth and between your teeth. Also, Invisalign aligners are removable for cleaning, whereas metal braces are not.
Properly aligned teeth are far less likely to develop problems like cavities, gum disease, and abnormal wear (reducing the risk of issues such as TMJ disorder.) Even if you’re an adult, it’s never too late to finally take steps to straighten your smile.
Straight teeth can boost your self-confidence and help you make a great first impression. When you don’t feel embarrassed about smiling or talking to new people, you’ll realize that investing in Invisalign is more than just enhancing the appearance of your teeth.
Are you unhappy with your crooked or misaligned smile? Straightening your teeth is not only good for your health, but will help you to feel more confident in your smile too. Contact us today in Englewood, NJ to discover more about what it takes to qualify for Invisalign. We want our patients to feel healthier and empowered about their dentistry treatments. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stearns to find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.