Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Cold sensitivity
- Teeth chipping or wearing
- Food getting caught between teeth
- Difficulty flossing
- Self-conscious when smiling for photos
- Biting lips, cheek, or tongue
- Indentations of teeth at gum line
- Speech changes or lisping
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth or mouth breathing
- Jaw or muscle pain or headaches
- Receding gums
These are all potential signs of malocculsion, or abnormal tooth alignment. When teeth are correctly aligned, they protect each other. If teeth are misaligned, they lose their protective properties and can lead to premature wear, gum disease, tooth loss, and the accumulation of bacteria that can be harmful to your systemic health.
Invisalign® can treat the cause of your problems, not just your symptoms. Invisalign® uses a series of customized, clear, removable aligners that are designed to gradually and predictably move your teeth with less discomfort and greater esthetics than metal braces.
The first step is to schedule a free consultation with our dentist to determine if Invisalign® is the right treatment for you. Next, Dr. Sara Samaha will send your records with a detailed description of the desired treatment outcome to Invisalign®, where your unique series of clear aligners will be developed to move your teeth in a comfortable, stepwise manner. The number of aligners that each patient is prescribed will vary (often 14 or greater), but with advances in the Invisalign® technology, most patients are able to switch their aligners on a weekly basis. Both our patients and dentist are able to assess and re-evaluate treatment at subsequent check-in visits to ensure that the patient’s results are exactly as they had envisioned. In our practice, patients will always see our dentist during their Invisalign® checks, not support staff.
Common Questions about Invisalign®
Q: Who is a candidate for Invisalign®? Is there an age restriction?
A:In general, Invisalign® is appropriate for adults and children whose permanent dentition has finished erupting (up to second molars). Children who are still transitioning from their primary dentition are not appropriate candidates for Invisalign® treatment. Our dentist is able to evaluate your dentition during our no-charge consultation and recommend the best course of treatment for each patient.
Q: How many hours per day do I need to wear my aligners?
A: To ensure the best results and proper progression of tooth movement, we recommend wearing the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
Q: Can I eat or drink with my aligners in?
A:You should remove your aligners when you eat or drink anything except water.
Q: Will the treatment be painful?
A:Each new aligner shoudl fit snugly, which indicates that it is doing its job to move your teeth! Any discomfort associated with changing aligners should resolve after one to two days.
Q: Will the aligners affect my speech?
A:The aligners will take time to adjust to, as does any new appliance in your mouth. Every patient is different, but most do not find that their speech is affected once they are used to the feel of the aligners.
Q: How long will I need to be in aligners?
A:Duration of treatment varies by patient. A patient’s treatment could involve a series of anywhere from 14 to 40+ aligners. Most, but not all, patients are able to switch aligners weekly. Our dentist will be able to give each patient a better idea of their duration of treatment at their consultation visit.
Q: How much does Invisalign® cost? Will my insurance contribute to my treatment cost?
A:Just as treatment plans vary by patient, so does cost. Our dentist will give an estimate of what your treatment will cost after your initial consultation. Many insurances will contribute to orthodontic treatment. Our staff is happy to assist our patients with determining the estimated contribution from their insurance.
Q: HOw can I maintain my results after I’m finished wtih my Invisalign® treatment?
A:Once treatment is complete, patients are given retainers that they should wear every night for life. The retainers have a very similar look and feel as the clear aligners. Retainers are incredibly important to maintaining your new, healthy, and beautiful smile!
If you are interested in treatment with Invisalign® in Essex Junction, Vermont, or if you have any other questions about Invisalign®, please call our office to schedule your free consultation.