Invisalign – New Bedford, MA

Straighten Your Teeth Without Brackets and Wires

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Invisalign has completely changed the field of orthodontic treatment, giving people a way to straighten their teeth without the many drawbacks of metal braces. At Clear Coast Dental, we love helping our patients get great results, comfortably and discreetly, and enjoy all the benefits that come with having a beautifully even smile. If you’d like to know how Invisalign can work for you, give us a call today to schedule a consultation with one of our talented cosmetic dentists in New Bedford!

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Invisalign moves your teeth into position through a series of smooth, plastic aligner trays, and each set is usually worn for two weeks at a time. Once we’ve made sure that Invisalign is right for you, we’ll take digital impressions of your teeth that the Invisalign lab will use to custom-make your trays.

Then you’ll return about three weeks later to pick up your first set of aligners and we’ll put small knobs of tooth-colored material on your teeth. These temporary “buttons” are used to anchor your trays and help them create movement. Next, you’ll try in your first set of trays and we’ll give you instructions for wearing and maintaining them. Throughout your treatment, you’ll return for progress visits every 4-8 weeks to pick up additional sets of trays.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

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  • Flexible and convenient – While you do have to wear your trays for 22 hours per day, you’ll be able to take them out before special events like weddings or giving a presentation at work.
  • Comfortable – Since Invisalign trays are smooth and comfortable, you won’t have any irritation from metal brackets and wires.
  • Improved oral hygiene – Because you’ll remove your trays beforehand, it’s much easier to brush and floss. This greatly reduces your risk of cavities and gum problems.
  • Less treatment time – In many cases, people can complete treatment faster than they could in metal braces (the average Invisalign treatment time is 12 months).

Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

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Although Invisalign works for most patients, severe issues may be better addressed by traditional braces. Having said that, Invisalign is usually perfect for mild to moderate crowding, gaps, open bites, overbites, underbites, and more.

Also, Invisalign often works better for adults because they tend to be more disciplined and committed to wearing their trays as directed. Good candidates also need to have reasonably good oral health, so we’ll make sure that you don’t have cavities or gum problems that need to be addressed first.

If you’d like to know if Invisalign is right for you, start by scheduling a consultation. We’ll thoroughly evaluate your needs and recommend the treatment that will give you the best results. If Invisalign is a good option for you, we’ll also give you an estimate of your treatment time and answer any questions you have about the process.

Also, it’s worth noting that insurance plans that cover orthodontic treatment typically cover Invisalign at the same rate as traditional braces, so we’re happy to take a look at your benefits as well. If you’re uninsured, we also offer financing options to break up your payments into monthly installments.

Frequently Asked Questions - Invisalign®

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As you prepare to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, Clear Coast Dental wants you to feel comfortable and confident about your upcoming treatment. You’ve made the right decision and will soon begin to see an improvement in your smile and overall oral health, but before you get started, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions about Invisalign that might prove beneficial. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our office.

How long does Invisalign treatment take? 

The average treatment time for Invisalign is between 12-18 months. Much of this depends on the severity of the problem and how committed you are to wearing your clear aligners for 20-22 hours each day. The only time they should be removed is while eating, drinking, or cleaning them. 

How often will I need to see the dentist during my Invisalign treatment? 

Surprisingly, you will have fewer visits to the dentist during your treatment simply because there is no wire adjusting necessary. With traditional braces, the wires must be tightened every few weeks to forcibly move the teeth; however, with Invisalign, switching your trays gently shifts your teeth, requiring no special visits for adjustment. It is important that you keep your regularly scheduled appointments, as this will allow our team to examine the progress you’re making and ensure everything is moving along smoothly.

How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?

Fortunately, cleaning your aligners is quite easy. While you can go out and purchase the special Invisalign cleaning system, you can also opt for a more at-home approach. With a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear antibacterial soap, and lukewarm water, you can brush off any dried saliva and harmful bacteria from your aligners. It’s important to remember to never use hot water on your trays, as it can warp the plastic.

You should also remember to keep your aligners in a protective case when taking them out to eat or drink. This will protect them from bacteria floating around in the air as well as potential damage.

What happens after my Invisalign treatment? 

Once you are finished with Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer for an allotted amount of time. Typically, a retainer is a lifelong commitment, but in the beginning, you’ll be expected to wear it all day, every day. Eventually, you’ll only be expected to wear it at night while you sleep, but this will prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position.

It’s important that you wear your retainer so that the investment you made in your new smile isn’t all for nothing.

Do I have to wear Invisalign aligners all day? 

We understand that Invisalign offers a much more flexible option; however, it also requires a greater level of responsibility. It is required that you wear your aligners at least 20-22 hours each day. The only time you should remove your Invisalign is while eating, drinking, or cleaning your trays. It is imperative that you wear them the appropriate amount of time, so you don’t run the risk of delaying your treatment.

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