Invisalign in West Orange, NJ
Also Treating Short Hills and Livingston Patients
In the past, if you wanted to straighten your crooked teeth, you had to tolerate wearing a mouthful of metal braces for many months or possibly years. Also, as anyone who has had to put up with traditional orthodontic methods knows, straightening crooked teeth with the use of conventional metal braces can take a toll on a person’s confidence level. These days, however, the dentists at Northfield Dental Group are able to offer patients in Short Hills, Livingston and West Orange treatment with invisalign to straighten misaligned teeth.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that moves crooked or misaligned teeth gradually into the desired position. The best part about the Invisalign teeth-straightening system is it is very inconspicuous, so individuals can smile confidently, even during treatment.
More About Invisalign
Before starting treatment, Dr. Ivan Stein, Dr. Widmayer or Dr. Shapiro takes X-rays, photos and an impression of your teeth, which he relays to the dental lab that crafts the retainers. The technician uses your information to generate a 3D digital image of your teeth as well as to create your custom-made retainers.
Your cosmetic dentist is able to access the 3D illustration to help develop your unique treatment plan. He can also use the illustration to generate a digital simulation of how your teeth will move into place over time.
Once you get your retainers, you should wear the first one(s) for 22 hours each day, taking them out only to eat or to brush and floss your teeth. You should keep the retainers in while drinking — just be sure to stick to cool or lukewarm liquids that are light in color. Drinking hot liquids while wearing your retainers can warp them, and drinking dark-colored liquids can stain them.
You will visit Northfield Dental Group every six weeks, so your cosmetic dentist can monitor your progress and give you any new retainers.
The total duration of your treatment depends on several factors, including how crooked your teeth are when you start treatment. Nonetheless, adults are generally able to straighten their teeth with invisalign in about one year. For adolescent patients, the total treatment time is similar to the treatment time associated with traditional metal braces.
Advantages of Invisalign
Besides the obvious advantage of being able to straighten your teeth nearly invisibly, the teeth-straightening system also makes eating easier. Because you simply remove the retainers while you eat, you do not have to worry about food getting stuck in the brackets. After you are finished eating, you should rinse out your mouth, wash the retainers and then pop them back into place.
Another advantage of invisalign is that they are BPA-free. Also, they do not usually irritate the cheeks or gums the way that traditional metal braces often do.
With invisalign, you get all the benefits of metal braces, without the hassle.
To keep your Invisalign retainers clean and in good shape, brush them each time you remove them, using cool water and toothpaste. Again, do not use hot water to clean your retainers, as it can warp the plastic. You should also avoid wrapping your retainers in paper towels or tissues, as they may get thrown in the garbage by accident. Continue to practice good oral hygiene; simply remove your retainers while you brush and floss your teeth, and click them back in when you are finished.
Determine If Treatment Is Right for You
If you are interested in straightening your teeth, schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Northfield Dental Group. Your dentist will examine your oral health and review your objectives for treatment to determine if it is right for you.
Contact us now at (973) 736-0111 to schedule an appointment with a periodontal dentist at our West Orange office, a quick drive from Short Hills and Livingston.