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By Personal Choice Dental
May 22, 2018
Category: Oral Appliance
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign TrayMetal braces can be visually unappealing. Older teenagers and adults don't want to deal with them because of their appearance, but the doctors at Personal Choice can help patients in Old Bridge and Parlin, NJ, know this very well, which is why they recommend Invisalign.

More On Invisalign

Your Old Bridge and Parlin dentist creates custom aligners using a specialized computer software. The clear aligners comfortably snuggle over your teeth and function just like traditional braces work, applying pressure on teeth to move them into their proper position.

People don't need to know you're wearing braces, unlike traditional metal braces. The clear plastic aligners are made of polyurethane plastic, which means they're flexible and great for straightening teeth discreetly.

The clear braces need to be worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day. You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Make sure you remove the clear aligners and rinse them with lukewarm water. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events, but that's unnecessary since they're transparent.

Benefits of Invisalign:

There are several advantages to using Invisalign such as:

  • Dental/Oral Regimen: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you have traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign clear aligners are thin and flexible, so they don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike wires of metal braces.
  • Transparent Braces: Invisalign is clear, so no one will notice if you have braces.
  • Protects Teeth From Bruxism: If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, Invisalign can be used as a nightguard to protect your teeth.
  • Eat What You Want: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Old Bridge and Parlin, NJ, dentist, then call today.

April 11, 2017
Category: Oral Appliance
Tags: Clear Braces  

You are never too old to get that beautifully straight smile. We can help!

You couldn’t imagine going into a room full of coworkers wearing metal brackets and wires on your teeth. Of course, you still dream of having a straight smile that you can’t wait to flash to coworkers, but you just don’t want to have to wear braces in order to achieve the results you want. Fortunately, our Old Bridge, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Anthony Vitale, and periodontist, Dr. Jin Yoo, are offering Invisalign so teens and adults can get the straighter smiles they want more discreetly.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses customized clear aligners that are made to fit over upper and/or lower teeth to fix common issues such as overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, spacing issues and even crowding. Our dentists in Old Bridge specially design each aligner to gradually shift certain teeth into the ideal position to give you the straighter smile you’ve always wanted.

Aligners are worn for about two weeks at a time, after which they are replaced with the next set of aligners in your treatment. As your treatment progresses, you will even be able to see the changes to your smile (which can be extremely rewarding). While aligners can be removed before meals and also before caring for your teeth, it’s up to you to be dedicated to wearing your aligners as much as possible to ensure that you get the results you want.

Who should consider getting Invisalign in Old Bridge, NJ?

Children are not ideal candidates for Invisalign, but teens and adults are. Invisalign can handle a variety of tooth movements but won’t be able to make serious changes or shift jaws into the proper position to correct a bite (traditional braces will be the best option for these cases). When you come in for a consultation we will be able to determine whether your smile could benefit from Invisalign.

Another factor to consider before deciding whether Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment to fit your needs is your dedication to treatment. It can be tempting to leave these aligners off whenever you feel like it, but it’s important to wear them for at least 22 hours out of the day. A good rule of thumb is to wear these aligners whenever you aren’t brushing your teeth or eating something. The more often you wear them the more successful and efficient your Invisalign treatment will be.

Do you have questions about what it takes to get Invisalign in Old Bridge, NJ? Then call Personal Choice Dental today to schedule your no-risk consultation to find out if you are an ideal candidate.