April 18, 2016
What do you dislike about your smile? Gaps, crowding, overbite–these common defects mar appearance and self-confidence. Older teens and adults alike correct their dental alignment with Invisalign clear aligners from Dr, Mark Fried in Framingham.
What are Invisalign aligners?
Invisalign clear braces are Framingham orthodontic appliances. Instead of the usual metal or ceramic brackets and wires, the Invisalign system uses 18 to 30 pairs of upper and lower appliances which move teeth into better-looking and functioning positions.
Resembling professional teeth whitening trays, Invisalign aligners are custom-fabricated from BPA-free acrylic. They snugly fit over the patient’s teeth but are fully removable for easy cleaning and eating.
Perhaps best of all, the aligners are almost invisible. Patients report that few people notice them, and if they wish to, Invisalign wearers take out their appliances for important events such as job interviews, school dances or wedding pictures. That’s why Invisalign appeals to teenagers and adults alike.
Who can get Invisalign?
Drs. Mark Fried, Julie Werman and Sarah Shih, Framingham dentists, evaluate patients to see if Invisalign clear braces would work for them. An oral exam, x-rays and other kinds of precise imaging help doctor and patient decide on an orthodontic treatment plan. A specially-trained Invisalign technician crafts the actual aligners.
Fortunately, Invisalign works on a wide variety of orthodontic issues, including:
- Open bite
- Tooth rotation
Living with Invisalign
Typically, treatment lasts 9 to 15 months, a shorter time than traditional braces. Plus, patients check into Dr. Fried’s office every 4 to 6 weeks for fast progress checks and to pick up the next pairs of aligners. There are no complex and uncomfortable adjustments with Invisalign invisible braces.
Compliance to the individualized care plan keeps treatment on track. That means the Invisalign patient in Framingham must wear his or her aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. For teens, aligners may come equipped with compliance tabs that tell dentist, parent and patient if the individual wears his or her appliances for the correct amount of time daily. Also, the patient should rinse and brush aligners after each meal and snack, and keep up with twice daily toothbrushing and daily flossing.
After completing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, the patient wears a customized retainer for a prescribed amount of time each day. Typically, the dentist recommends a Vivera retainer from Invisalign to keep the newly aligned teeth in their proper positions.
Think you’re too old for braces?
Think again because Invisalign invisible braces have helped thousands of individuals across the country enjoy the health and aesthetic benefits of straight smiles. Why not contact the offices of Mark Fried DMD to set-up an Invisalign consultation? Learn how these innovative acrylic aligners could help your oral health and sense of well-being.
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