An Alternative To Metal Braces, Invisalign Can Give You Perfectly Straight Teeth Without Anyone Knowing. Learn More About Invisalign & If It's Right For You!

Invisalign

At Loeb Orthodontics, we provide our patients with only the latest and greatest in orthodontic treatments, utilizing state of the art equipment and techniques to create the most radiant smile possible. Drs. Allison & Robert Loeb, along with their talented orthodontic staff, have crafted a safe, friendly, and comfortable office environment where you can be confident that your family will get the most effective orthodontic treatment available.


Out of our local office in Oakland, we work with the families of Franklin Lakes, Wayne, and Wyckoff and the surrounding communities, helping our patients achieve new, healthy smiles that will last for a lifetime. We offer a wide range of advanced orthodontic treatment options, such as Invisalign, so we can create a treatment plan that will best suit your needs.

About Invisalign

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal and ceramic braces. They are a clear aligner that is completely removable. Invisalign offers various advantages such as improved oral hygiene, a discreet look, more dietary options, and comfort. The function in the same way as traditional braces, but their clear, flexible plastic is practically invisible! When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? Probably a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework of metal. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description, but what choice do you have if you want to straighten your teeth, but having a mouth full of metal does not sound appealing to you? With Invisalign, you can get a new smile discreetly, with no metal or wires necessary.

As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic.  Invisalign works the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position and give you a perfect smile.  The treatment time for Invisalign varies based on the patient’s individual orthodontic needs, but the amount of time is typically around the same, if not less, than is necessary with metal or clear braces.

What Are The Advantages Of Invisalign?


Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. This advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised if you want straighter teeth, otherwise your teeth will return to their original position. Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system:


  • Improved Oral Hygiene — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable like the Invisalign aligners, you can brush and floss your teeth and as you normally would, making it much easier to maintain good oral hygiene compared to wearing metal or clear braces.


  • A Discreet Look — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.


  • More Dietary Choices — With metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary to avoid damaging the appliance. With clear aligners, you can remove them when you eat, allowing you to enjoy harder foods like an apple or a crispy pizza crust.


  • Comfort — The soft, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.

  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.

Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment. Yet there are still some situations for which traditional braces would still be best. We would be happy to discuss this in detail with you and see if you are eligible for Invisalign, so just schedule an appointment with us at Loeb Orthodontics for an initial consultation.

How Invisalign Works

Unlike metal braces, where patients typically receive one set of brackets and wires that will last throughout the entire treatment cycle, Invisalign patients will receive multiple sets of clear, plastic aligners that are custom made to fit comfortably over your teeth.  To craft the aligners, specialized computer software helps us design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into perhaps several dozen stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic aligners, one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned.

Invisalign teen.
In the past several years, two features have been added to make Invisalign a more appropriate orthodontic treatment method for teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” hold the appropriate amount of space open for molars that have not fully grown in. Invisalign for teens also comes with “compliance indicators” built into the aligner material, which fade with wear. This allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves, to make sure the trays are being worn as prescribed. Treatment with Invisalign can only be successful if this is the case.


Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment

How to Clean Clear Aligners

As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of the Invisalign system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don't neglect to do this! You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food particles and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly; you can do this by brushing them and then rinsing them with lukewarm water.


Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You'll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile. If you do not wear your retainer, it is possible for your teeth to move back into their old positioning before treatment.

Have A Question About Invisalign? Contact Loeb Orthodontics In Oakland, NJ Today!

If you have any questions about Invisalign, or would like to get started on the path to your new smile, just contact us at Loeb Orthodontics to schedule an appointment, or use our online appointment request form. Our orthodontic staff is always ready and willing to help you get the information you need to ensure that you and your family are getting the quality orthodontic treatment that you deserve. While Our office is located in Oakland on Ramapo Valley Road, we have patients come from all over Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties coming to us to transform their smiles, including Wayne, Franklin Lakes, and Wykcoff, NJ.  Drs. Allison & Robert Loeb have helped countless patients achieve the healthy, brilliant smiles that they have always dreamed of, and we look forward to doing the same for you. Contact us and join our growing family of smiling patients today!

 

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