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Invisalign Treatment for Hammonton, NJ Area Residents

​When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? You probably envision a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework of metal. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description. However, there’s now an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign® clear aligners.

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Benefits of Invisalign®

As the name implies, Invisalign® clear aligners are made of nearly invisible polyurethane plastic. As opposed to metal or clear braces, which are permanently cemented or bonded to the teeth, clear aligners are completely removable. Invisalign® users show off their natural smiles during important social occasions, and they do not face any restrictions while eating, brushing, or flossing. To experience all of the benefits of Invisalign® fully, you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than your orthodontist advises. Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign® system:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene – Compared to metal braces, an orthodontic appliance that is removable allows for much easier teeth cleaning.
  • A Discreet Look – If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.
  • More Dietary Choices – To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.
  • Comfort – The soft, flexible Invisalign® material will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as can metal wires and braces.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection – If you have a teeth grinding or a clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin night guards to protect your teeth from excessive wear.

Clear aligner technology has improved over the years. With modern advancements, Invisalign® can now correct many malocclusions that were once considered too complicated. There are still, however, some situations in which traditional braces are the best treatment option. We would be happy to discuss this and all possibilities, including affordable financing options, in detail during a consultation.

How Invisalign® Works

Invisalign® clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do – by carefully applying controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position.

Here are the details: Specialized computer software helps us design a plan to move your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into, perhaps, dozens of stages. For each stage, the Invisalign® company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and another for the bottom. The first set of trays will be utilized for two weeks with 20 hours per day minimum wear time. To accomplish the next stage of gradual movement, you will then begin using the next set of aligners in your series. This process will continue until your teeth are correctly aligned.

Logo Image Of Invisalign Teen For Hammonton, NJ Orthodontist - DeFelice OrthodonticsIn the past several years, two features have been added to make Invisalign® a more appropriate orthodontic treatment for teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” hold open the appropriate amount of space that molars need to fully develop. Invisalign® for teens also comes with “compliance indicators” built into the aligner material, which fade with wear. This allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves to make sure the trays are worn as prescribed. These features have increased the success rate of Invisalign® for teens.

Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment

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As mentioned above, the Invisalign® trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don't neglect to do this! You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners will also have to be cleaned regularly; you can do this by brushing and rinsing them with lukewarm water.

Also, retaining post-treatment results for both Invisalign® and braces requires the use of retainer(s). It’s important to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed. Proper care and attention will help protect your investment and maintain your beautiful new smile.

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