Maple Avenue Family Dentistry Offers Invisalign in Barrington, RI

Get Straighter Teeth Thanks to Discreet Invisible Braces

Catering to the dental and orthodontic needs of patients of all ages, Maple Avenue Family Dentistry is proud to offer Invisalign® in our Barrington, RI office. A modern marvel for patients young and old yearning for straighter teeth, Invisalign® clear orthodontic aligners allow you to perfect your smile discreetly and confidently with invisible braces. Say goodbye to awkward-looking metal wires or bands and join the growing Invisalign® revolution of satisfied patients around the world!

What is Invisalign® treatment?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth gradually using custom-made, clear aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Invisalign® clear aligners are made from BPA-free plastic (BPA is an industrial chemical called bisphenol A that’s found in certain plastics including many water bottles). Whether your teeth are crooked or overcrowded or you have a bad bite, you may benefit from this innovative method of orthodontic treatment.

What should I expect during the Invisalign® treatment process?

It all begins with a consultation with your Invisalign® provider to develop a treatment plan that works for you. During your initial consultation, x-rays and a digital 3D scan of your teeth are taken to determine approximately how long your course of treatment will take to yield desirable results. Custom clear aligners are then crafted using a state-of-the-art printing process. The Invisalign® treatment process is gradual, meaning your teeth will be gently shifted into a straighter position over time. Each set of custom clear aligners should be worn 20-22 hours a day for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next set of aligners in your treatment plan. Follow-up appointments with your provider are used to evaluate your progress and assess your needs for any adjustments.

Invisalign® vs traditional braces?

When it comes to orthodontic treatments, you have many options available depending on the severity of your condition and your personal preferences. Both Invisalign® invisible braces and traditional metal braces are effective. Many patients prefer Invisalign® because it offers a more discreet, convenient way to straighten their teeth without others knowing. Invisalign® won’t affect your speech or inhibit you from eating the foods that you love. However, those with more complex dental issues may still prefer to use traditional metal braces because they sometimes work faster in extreme cases.

What’s the average cost of Invisalign®?

You should expect Invisalign® invisible braces to cost a little more than traditional braces on average, although this can vary greatly. Invisalign® can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000, but it varies on a case-by-case basis and the number of aligners you’ll need throughout the course of your treatment. Always check with your insurance provider to determine what’s covered under your family’s dental plan to determine the option that best fits your budget.

How painful is Invisalign®?

Any orthodontic treatment will include a certain amount of discomfort at first while your teeth and gums adjust. However, many patients report that Invisalign® aligners hurt less when compared with traditional metal braces due to the lack of uncomfortable metal wires and brackets. You may also experience minor discomfort whenever swapping out your aligners, but it usually subsides. There are many over-the-counter products to help you alleviate pain, ranging from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to orthodontic wax and Orajel™ ointment. Invisalign® chewies (soft cylinder-shaped chewing devices that help you bite the aligners into place) are another popular option that come in many fun colors and flavors, including pineapple, mint, or bubblegum. Ask your provider for details!

How long do you need to wear Invisalign®?

Treatment time for Invisalign® will vary on a case-by-case basis, taking anywhere from 3-24 months. The average treatment time for most adults is about 12 months, while teens may require longer than that because they’re still developing. You’ll need to commit to wearing your Invisalign® aligners 20-22 hours a day, removing them only to brush, floss, eat, or drink.

How long does it take Invisalign® to straighten teeth?

The recommended course of Invisalign® treatment will vary patient by patient depending on the severity of their dental condition, overall health, and age. Some patients may notice results within as little as two to three months, while others may require longer to see straighter teeth.

What happens if you don’t wear your Invisalign®?

Failing to wear your Invisalign® aligners as instructed can hinder your treatment’s progress. According to the manufacturer, you should plan to wear Invisalign® aligners an average of 20-22 hours per day for the best results. Forgetting or refusing to keep them in as instructed may make your treatment take longer.

Can you sleep with Invisalign®?

Invisalign® aligners need to be worn about 20-22 hours a day to be the most effective, which includes sleeping in them. It’s best if you only remove them when brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking.

Can you eat with Invisalign®?

Invisalign® clear aligners are removable to make maintaining them convenient and should be removed whenever eating or drinking. This allows you to continue to enjoy your favorite foods!

Have Additional Questions About Invisalign®?

Are you wondering if Invisalign® is the right choice for you? Maple Avenue Family Dentistry welcomes additional questions about Invisalign® from our Barrington, RI patients. Please contact us today at 401-237-4038 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced family and cosmetic dentists ready to assist with all of your Invisalign® needs!