Russell B. Fox, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentists located in Middleboro, MA

Having bulky braces can impede your speaking abilities and impact your self-image, especially if you’re starting high school, college, or a new job. The team of dental experts at Fox Dental in Middleboro, Massachusetts, wants their patients to have the option to achieve a straighter smile without many of the negative effects of braces. To find out if you’re a good candidate for the Invisalign® system, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative option to braces that continues to grow in popularity. The system involves a series of strong, clear plastic appliances that fit perfectly over your teeth. Every two weeks, you get a new aligner that moves your teeth into a slightly straighter position as you wear it. 

The whole process starts with a consultation. During this appointment, the Fox Dental team examines your teeth’s current position to decide whether or not Invisalign is the best alignment option for you. Then they create a 3D digital image of your teeth and map their projected movement with Invisalign using a computer.

How often will I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?

Unlike traditional wire braces, your Invisalign appliances are removable. You may take your Invisalign aligners out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. In total, you can expect to wear them for 20-22 hours per day. 

Depending on the starting position of your teeth, the entire alignment process usually takes between 12 and 18 months. Your dentist tells you how long your treatment plan will take based on your needs, but you’ll start seeing an improvement in just a matter of weeks.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is the better option for many, but not all, patients. Notable benefits of Invisalign include:

  • No dietary restrictions
  • No poking or wires
  • Removability
  • Invisibility
  • Easy cleaning

When discussing your teeth-straightening options, your dentist helps you explore the benefits and drawbacks of all of your choices. They choose the best option for you based on the starting position of your teeth, your goals, and your lifestyle.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great option for patients of all ages who want straighter teeth, but it isn’t for everyone. The team may decide that you’re a candidate for the system if you:

  • Don’t have cavities
  • Don’t have gum disease
  • Have alignment issues that don’t require orthodontic surgery to correct
  • Want to maintain your confidence as you straighten your teeth
  • Aren’t allergic to the plastic in the aligners

The only way to find out if Invisalign is an appropriate option for you is to consult with your Fox Dental provider.

If you’re interested in straighter teeth without the hassle of braces, call Fox Dental or book your Invisalign consultation online today.