Dr. Ratti Handa offers Invisalign in Acton, MA. This clear aligner system is a comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth gently. Patients with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite are good candidates for this cosmetic treatment option.
Dr. Handa also offers an airway approach to dentistry. Patients who receive Invisalign will benefit from airway-centered care. Learn about these benefits and more below.
The Many Benefits of Invisalign®
Because Invisalign aligners are clear, they are nearly invisible. Many patients enjoy this benefit of Invisalign, as metal braces are bulkier and more noticeable. You can also remove your aligners throughout your treatment. It’s easy to remove aligners to clean your teeth and gums as you normally would. There are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign. You can eat a normal diet.
The treatment timeline for Invisalign is faster than traditional braces and can correct alignment issues. This is because Invisalign is best for mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Fixing crooked teeth with Invisalign can improve your confidence in your smile. You can confidently smile after Invisalign treatment if you’re used to hiding your teeth.
Invisalign is a highly beneficial treatment used in Airway and Biorejuvenation Dentistry. It can help prevent several problems caused by crooked teeth. Patients with a misaligned bite are more likely to develop conditions such as teeth clenching and grinding, sleep apnea, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Jaw and palate development impacts how teeth grow. If you have crooked teeth, you are more at risk of developing dental problems.
Dr. Handa offers an Airway-centered approach to her dental treatments. She focuses on treatments that offer more comfort to patients for improved aesthetics and oral health. Treating crooked teeth with Invisalign can reduce the risk of airway problems.
Treatment with Invisalign in Acton, MA, from Dr. Ratti Handa
During your evaluation, Dr. Handa or a member of her dental staff will discuss your goals for your smile and take dental impressions and photographs of your teeth. We will create a treatment plan using the information gathered at the exam. We will be able to digitally move the teeth in your bite model so that you can see the result.
Once you receive your aligners, you will wear each set for about two weeks for 20-22 hours daily. You should only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. With each new set of aligners, your teeth will move closer to optimal positions.
Some patients will experience mild discomfort from the pressure on the teeth. However, this should fade quickly. You should clean your clear aligners daily with gentle brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also clean them with a prescribed solution or warm water.
Financing Your Orthodontic Treatment
Many insurance plans now cover at least a portion of the cost of orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign®. Our Acton, MA, staff would be happy to speak to your provider on your behalf. We can help you maximize any available coverage for this treatment.
If you need assistance financing any portion of treatment not covered by insurance, please speak with our staff. We will work with you to develop a payment plan that fits comfortably within your budget.
Learn more about Invisalign with answers to these commonly asked questions from patients:
Does Invisalign give you bad breath?
If your Invisalign gives you bad breath, it is probably due to poor oral care. Another reason may be that you are not cleaning your aligners well enough. If your aligners smell bad, develop a more frequent cleaning routine. Soaking your Invisalign aligners longer than usual can also provide a deeper clean.
How often should I soak my Invisalign?
You can soak your aligners in a cleaning solution twice daily. This is a great way to maintain them, prevent stains, and ensure they are always clean. You should brush your aligners after removing them and before putting them back on your teeth.
What happens if I don’t wear my Invisalign for 22 hours daily?
If you cannot wear your aligners for 22 hours daily, it will extend your treatment time. Your teeth will not shift at their expected times. You will need to wear your aligners for a longer period, thus prolonging treatment.
What can you not do with Invisalign?
You should avoid eating or drinking with aligners on your teeth. This may transfer bacteria to the aligners, which can cause damage to both teeth and your Invisalign trays. You should also be careful when removing their aligners.
Additionally, toothpaste can be too abrasive for Invisalign aligners. Instead, brush with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap. We recommend using a case to protect the Invisalign aligners. Lastly, you should brush your aligners daily to keep them clean.
Should I drink through a straw with Invisalign?
If you choose to drink with your aligners, we recommend doing so through a straw. This allows the liquid to contact the aligners and your teeth less. It also prevents the transfer of any bacteria in the drink. Generally, we recommend not drinking anything other than water with your aligners on your teeth.
Can I eat with Invisalign trays in?
We recommend that you remove your Invisalign aligners before eating. It will be difficult to chew with aligners in, and there is potential for them to break under pressure from chewing. Food may also stain your aligners. It may affect your appearance since they are clear and “invisible.”
Request a Dental Exam Today
Do you want to correct your misaligned bite? Straighten crooked teeth more efficiently with Invisalign in Acton, MA. Schedule a dental exam with Dr. Handa online today. You can also call our office at 978.212.3783.
Dr. Handa and her professional team of dentists aim to give patients advanced care in a friendly and warm office environment. Ask one of our dentists if you have questions about your current dental problems or possible solutions. They will be happy to help you find the best treatment.