The Leader In Invisalign In Oakland, NJ

At Loeb Orthodontics, we uphold a superior standard in quality orthodontic care. As a leading orthodontic practice serving patients of all ages, we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments, including braces, clear braces, and Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Allison Loeb & Dr. Robert Loeb work with each patient to customize a treatment plan suited to each patient's orthodontic needs and unique lifestyle. If you've been considering improving your oral health with a beautiful new smile, Invisalign is an excellent choice. 

What is Invisalign?

When you hear the word "orthodontics," what comes to mind?

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You most likely imagine a teenager with a mouthful of metal, but think again. Today's orthodontics isn't like the past, thanks to a revolutionary alternative treatment called Invisalign.  If you want to straighten your teeth, improve your smile and oral health, Invisalign may be the treatment for you.

Invisalign is a convenient, virtually invisible alternative to traditional metal and ceramic braces, which uses a system of removable clear plastic trays, or aligners. They function similarly to conventional braces but without the uncomfortable brackets and wires. While Invisalign technology keeps advancing, there are still some situations where traditional braces are the best treatment option. We will review all of your options during an orthodontic consultation.

What Are The Advantages Of Invisalign?

As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being bonded to the teeth like metal or clear braces are, the clear aligners are completely removable. This means you can take them out for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, brushing and flossing. Here are some of the benefits of the Invisalign system:

  • A Discrete Look — If you've considered orthodontic treatment but don't want everyone to see that you are wearing braces, Invisalign is a discrete option that will not be visible in photographs or for important social or professional occasions.
  • Improved Oral Hygiene — With a removable orthodontic appliance like the Invisalign aligners, you can brush and floss your teeth as you usually would, making it much easier to maintain good oral hygiene compared to metal or clear braces. 
  • More Dietary Choices — When you wear braces, diet modifications are necessary to avoid damaging the wires and brackets. With Invisalign, you remove the clear aligners when you eat, so you can still enjoy harder foods, like apples and crispy pizza crust, or even chewy and sticky foods.
  • Comfort — The soft, flexible material of Invisalign will not irritate the mouth's soft tissues, as braces sometimes do.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can also function as a nightguard that can protect your teeth from excessive wear and may provide some relief from jaw symptoms.

How Invisalign Works 

Invisalign works the same way traditional braces do by carefully applying controlled forces that move your teeth to the desired position. The treatment time for Invisalign varies based on the patient's individual orthodontic needs, but the amount of time is typically the same if not less than metal or clear braces.

With Invisalign, patients receive multiple sets of clear, plastic aligners that are custom made to fit comfortably over your teeth. The aligners are crafted using specialized computer software to design a plan for moving your teeth from their current position into the best possible alignment. You will wear this first set of trays for 1-2 weeks for a minimum of 22 hours per day. You will then continue to move to the next set of aligners in your series until your teeth are correctly aligned.

Invisalign Just for Teens

Invisalign Teen works the same way, but it is specific to the needs of teenagers. Teens often have teeth that have not grown in, so the aligners are made with "eruption tabs" that hold the appropriate amount of space open for growing molars. Additionally, Invisalign Teen aligners come with optional "compliance indicators, which fade with wear to ensure the trays are being worn as prescribed, which is critical to successful treatment. With Invisalign Teen, you will have two plastic aligners at a time, one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom.

Introducing Invisalign First Just for Kids

Invisalign First is a breakthrough in early orthodontic treatment. Based on the same revolutionary Invisalign clear aligner system, Invisalign First is explicitly made for pediatric orthodontic care. Previously, metal braces and appliances like palatal expanders were the only options for early treatment, but now kids have an easier and convenient option. We recommend that children be seen by an orthodontist by age seven to identify and treat orthodontic issues early before becoming a more serious problem.

During and After Invisalign Treatment

Taking care of your teeth and aligners is essential during your treatment. You should brush your teeth after every meal or snack, so that food particles and plaque do not get trapped, which could lead to tooth decay and gum disease. You should also clean your aligners when brushing your teeth. Just brush them and rinse them with lukewarm water. Never use hot water because it can damage the shape of your aligners.

After your treatment is complete, you will be given retainers that will need to be worn as prescribed so that your teeth maintain their new position. The retainers will protect your investment in that beautiful new smile by ensuring that your teeth do not move back to where they were before treatment.  

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation with Your Oakland, NJ Orthodontists Today!

If you've been searching for "Invisalign in Oakland, NJ," or "Invisalign Near Me," you've landed at the right place. Loeb Orthodontics is a leading provider of Invisalign, as well as other orthodontic treatment. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a consultation. Our doctors and highly-trained staff work hard to provide superior orthodontic treatment to our patients, and we will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and results in a beautiful new smile.