Achieve Straight Teeth In Half The Time as Braces
Your smile is something to be proud of. If you’re struggling with confidence in your misaligned teeth, Invisalign may be an excellent orthodontic solution for you. These discreet, custom-fit aligners can straighten your teeth in half the time as traditional metal braces.
Many patients believe that metal braces are the only treatment for misaligned teeth. At DeQuattro Orthodontics, Dr. Frank DeQuattro and our Wakefield and Westerly team are proud to offer a comfortable alternative with Invisalign transparent aligners. Discover why our patients trust their smiles with Dr. DeQuattro.
Why Choose Dr. DeQuattro for Invisalign?
Dr. DeQuattro is a Top 1% Diamond Invisalign Provider, signifying he maintains 200 yearly Invisalign patients. Throughout his career, he has provided at least 800 patients with Invisalign. When you choose a Top 1% Diamond Invisalign Provider, you’re going to someone with experience. The coveted recognition is awarded for his experience working with Invisalign and delivering high-quality care.
In addition to being a Top 1% Diamond Invisalign Provider, Dr. DeQuattro is also an orthodontist, making him especially qualified to handle your orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists specialize in ensuring your teeth and jaw properly fit together. With the help of special orthodontic appliances like Invisalign clear aligners, Dr. DeQuattro can transform your smile into one that looks as good as it feels.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are popular because they can straighten teeth up to two times faster than metal braces. We use cutting-edge technology, designing the aligners to meet each patient’s unique oral health needs. The exact timeline of this treatment depends on each patient’s needs, but the average time it takes to achieve your smile goals with Invisalign is about 12 months. You may even begin to see results as early as the first few weeks of treatment!
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners provide numerous advantages that make them an attractive alternative to metal braces. Some of these benefits include:
- No Dietary Restrictions
- Comfortable Wear
- Discreet Appearance
- Improved Oral Hygiene
- Fewer Office Visits
The Advantages of Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional braces, such as:
- Aesthetics: Invisalign aligners are made with virtually invisible clear, smooth plastic. This makes them a more attractive option for people self-conscious about wearing braces.
- Comfort: Invisalign aligners don’t have any metal or wire components. This means they are less likely to cause irritation or discomfort in the mouth.
- Removability: Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat, brush and floss your teeth without restrictions. With traditional braces, food can get caught in the wires and brackets, making it more challenging to clean your teeth properly.
- Customization: Each set of Invisalign aligners is custom-made to fit the unique shape of your teeth, making them more effective in correcting bite problems and straightening teeth.
- Predictability: Invisalign treatment is designed with a clear plan and defined outcomes, so you know exactly what to expect throughout the process.
- Faster treatment time: In many cases, Invisalign can achieve results in a shorter time compared to traditional braces, often in as little as 12 to 18 months.
- Convenience: Invisalign aligners are easy to use and don’t require regular appointments with Dr. DeQuattro. You simply switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete.
Ideal Candidate For Invisalign
Invisalign can treat various dental conditions that impact the function and appearance of your teeth. Dr. DeQuattro may recommend Invisalign aligners for patients with:
- Crooked Teeth
- Crowded Teeth
- Gapped Teeth
- Open bites
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign Process
To create your Invisalign aligners, Dr. DeQuattro will first take a 3D impression of your mouth using an iTero digital scanner. We’ll use this impression to customize your aligners to comfortably fit your mouth. Along with delivering a perfect fit, the Invisalign software allows Dr. DeQuattro to plan and monitor your unique treatment from beginning to end.
Wearing Your Aligners
To complete your Invisalign treatment, you’ll wear a series of removable aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place. The number of aligner trays you’ll require will depend on your individual needs, though most patients wear 18 to 30 sets of trays throughout their treatment. You’ll receive several sets at a time between visits to either our Wakefield or Westerly office.
You’ll wear each set of aligners for two weeks at a time before moving on to the next phase. During this time, you’ll remove the aligners to eat, brush, and floss as you normally would. The thin plastic trays slowly widen your periodontal ligaments, allowing your teeth to loosen and shift into proper alignment. You’ll be showing off a straighter smile in no time!
Maintaining Your Aligners
Your aligners don’t require special care to keep them in good condition. Simply remove your aligners before meals and before brushing your teeth. Rinse the aligners before placing them back in your mouth — this will reduce the chance of bacteria accumulating.
When not in use, store your aligners in their trays to prevent contact with any airborne germs. You should also clean your aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush to ensure they stay in great condition. However, you should avoid using toothpaste to clean your aligners as this can cause clouding.
Frequently Asked Questions
While Invisalign lacks the painful metal brackets and wires of braces, you may experience some discomfort when wearing them for the first few weeks. It’s common to experience mild pain with this treatment as your aligners gradually guide your teeth into their new position.
You can alleviate any pain you may experience with over-the-counter pain medications. However, if the discomfort or pain caused by your aligners interferes with your daily life, contact your orthodontist’s office so they can make sure your treatment is on the right track and help relieve any pain you’ve been feeling.
In some cases, Invisalign can help patients suffering from pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Misaligned teeth may be the cause of your TMJ issues, and Invisalign can help reduce that pain by slowly straightening your teeth. Even if your jaw pain isn’t completely cured, you may notice an improvement.
Yes, you can continue to play sports while undergoing Invisalign treatment. The aligners are removable, so they can be taken out while playing sports or participating in other physical activities. It’s crucial to take out the aligners and keep them in a safe place while playing sports to prevent damage or loss. Additionally, your orthodontist will recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth during physical activities, regardless of whether or not you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Yes, you should wear your Invisalign aligners while sleeping. To effectively move the teeth into their desired position, clear plastic aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours daily. Wearing the aligners while sleeping is part of the recommended treatment plan and can help ensure the teeth are moving at the desired rate. However, it’s important to take the aligners out while eating or brushing your teeth to maintain good oral hygiene.
Say Goodbye to Misaligned Teeth
With a host of benefits that make them the superior alternative to braces, it’s no mystery why Invisalign aligners have been used by millions of patients around the world. For straighter teeth without the hassle and discomfort of metal braces, schedule an appointment with DeQuattro Orthodontics to discover if Invisalign is right for you.
You can contact us at our Westerly office at (401) 596-2264 or our Wakefield office at (401) 783-9890 to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our online contact form, and a team member will get back to you shortly. We look forward to helping you achieve the straighter teeth you deserve!