If you’re searching for a solution outside of braces to achieve straighter teeth, Invisalign clear aligners may be a good option for you or a family member. Abington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry and Dr. Charles Dennis is a Certified Invisalign Provider for Invisalign in Scranton and surrounding areas at our convenient Clarks Summit location.
Read this page for more information on how Invisalign can positively impact your life, with frequently asked questions on clear aligners. Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to our office during business hours to schedule a consultation.
How does it work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of custom-made removable, clear aligner trays to fit snugly over your teeth. Every two weeks, you will put on a new set of trays that work to shift your teeth gradually with gentle pressure until you reach your achieved position.
Achieve your smile makeover without the inconvenience
You can get a stunning smile quickly and discreetly without metal braces or going to an orthodontist. Your Invisalign treatment will be monitored by Dr. Dennis & his team, a Certified Invisalign Provider at Abington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.
How is Invisalign different from metal braces?
Invisalign aligners, crafted from durable, transparent, BPA-free plastic, offer a modern twist to traditional orthodontic treatments. These aligners are not only safe but also present a viable option for adults and teenagers who suffer from metal allergies, eliminating the potential risks associated with metal braces.
One of the standout differences between Invisalign and metal braces is the comfort factor. Traditional metal braces, with their wires and brackets, can sometimes cause discomfort, irritation, or even minor injuries to the inner cheeks and lips. In contrast, Invisalign trays are smooth and custom-fitted, reducing the chances of any discomfort.
Maintenance and hygiene are other areas where Invisalign shines. Metal braces can be challenging to clean, often requiring specialized tools to ensure food particles don’t get trapped. This can sometimes lead to inadequate cleaning, increasing the risk of dental issues. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, can be easily removed, allowing for a thorough and regular brushing and flossing routine. This ensures better oral hygiene throughout the treatment period.
Aesthetically, Invisalign offers a discreet alternative. While metal braces are easily noticeable and can sometimes impact one’s confidence, especially in adults, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. This subtlety allows users to undergo orthodontic treatment without drawing undue attention to their mouths.
Invisalign vs. Online Clear Aligner Companies (aka: “Do It Yourself”)
In recent years, the orthodontic landscape has seen a surge in online clear aligner companies offering “do it yourself” solutions delivered straight to your doorstep. While these services’ convenience and often lower cost can be tempting, there are significant differences and potential pitfalls when comparing them to established treatments like Invisalign.
Professional Supervision: One of the primary advantages of Invisalign is the continuous oversight by a dental professional. Regular check-ups ensure the treatment progresses as planned and any issues are promptly addressed. In contrast, online clear aligner companies often lack this hands-on approach, which can lead to complications or unsatisfactory results.
Customization: Invisalign treatments are tailored based on detailed dental scans and orthodontists’ expertise, ensuring a precise fit and effective treatment. Many online companies rely on DIY dental impressions, which can be prone to errors and might not capture the intricacies of one’s dental structure.
Potential for Harm: Without professional guidance, there’s a risk of the aligners not fitting correctly or the treatment plan being unsuitable for the individual’s specific needs. This can lead to improper tooth movement, gum problems, or even bite misalignment.
Treatment Complexity: Not all dental misalignments are the same. While some might require straightforward corrections, others can be complex. Invisalign providers can handle various orthodontic issues, from simple to complex, with the added benefit of other dental interventions if needed. Online clear aligner companies might not be equipped to deal with more complicated cases, potentially leading to incomplete or inadequate treatment.
Post-Treatment Care: Aftercare is crucial in orthodontics to ensure teeth don’t revert to their original positions. With Invisalign, the post-treatment plan is as comprehensive as the treatment itself. Online options might not offer the same level of post-treatment support, risking the longevity of the results.
While online clear aligner companies seem convenient and cost-effective, the potential risks and lack of professional oversight can outweigh the benefits. With its comprehensive approach and professional supervision, Invisalign remains a trusted choice for those seeking effective and safe orthodontic treatment.
Braces take, on average, around 18-24 months to produce results, while Invisalign can recreate your beautiful smile in as little as 6 months and, on average, 12-18 months- nearly half the time traditional orthodontic treatments take.
The time it takes to straighten your teeth is different from person to person, but you will start to see results generally within 3 months or sooner.
What can I expect at my Invisalign appointment?
At your initial consultation, we explain the Invisalign process and answer your questions. Next, we do a dental exam to determine if Invisalign is your best orthodontic option. You will also learn the following information at your appointment:
- Digital 3D imaging
- Types of problems it will correct
- Expectations and desired treatment results
- The time it will take for the treatment to work for you
How much Invisalign will cost
If you are a good candidate, a customized treatment plan will be created that shows how your teeth are expected to adjust. Once you have your aligners, wear them for 20-22 hours daily. You will likely have a dental checkup every six weeks to evaluate your progress.
What kinds of dental problems can Invisalign fix?
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Open bites
Note: While Invisalign can correct nearly all of the problems that braces can, the expected results vary.
Invisalign in Scranton, PA
If you’re considering braces for yourself or your teenager, call the office or schedule a consultation online to learn if Invisalign is the best option for your dental needs and lifestyle. Abington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is located in Clarks Summit, PA, and serves the greater Scranton area.