Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?


For years, the idea of straightening teeth over time in a discrete manner seemed unfathomable. With Invisalign® clear aligners, available at Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg you can correct common forms of misalignment like overbite, underbite, and crossbite, without wires or brackets interfering with your smile’s appearance. Jeffrey Shapiro, DDS, plans your treatment carefully using digital scanning and impressions. To set up a consultation for Invisalign, call Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg, or book an appointment online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is growing in popularity among teenagers and adults alike, and for good reason. Rather than wearing a network of metal brackets and wires for months or even years at a time, Invisalign allows you to shift your teeth into better alignment with a custom series of removable clear aligners that fit over your teeth. 

During the planning stage of Invisalign treatment, Dr. Shapiro and his team take digital impressions of your teeth. Using the impressions and innovative computer technology, Dr. Shapiro can effectively map out how your teeth should shift during treatment, and you can preview your results in advance. 

How often do I wear Invisalign aligners?

You must wear the aligner for 20-22 hours each day during treatment. Every one to two weeks, you progress to the next aligner in your series. Each aligner places slightly different pressure on your teeth to shift them gradually. You must wear the aligners in the correct order since they each get you a bit closer to having straighter, well-aligned teeth. 

One unique aspect of the Invisalign treatment model is that you can remove your aligners to eat and brush your teeth. Because of this, Invisalign doesn’t require any dietary modifications or restrictions throughout treatment like braces. You can continue to enjoy solid or sticky foods as long as you brush your teeth after since there is no risk of them compromising the treatment. 

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great choice of orthodontic treatment for many patients of Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg. Before you start Invisalign, you attend a brief consultation with Dr. Shapiro and his team so they can evaluate your teeth, your oral health, your medical history, and other details. You may be a candidate for Invisalign if you have:

  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Wide gaps between teeth
  • Generally crooked teeth

If you’re planning on getting restorative treatments like veneers or crowns, Dr. Shapiro and his team can plan your treatments in tandem. Once your comprehensive treatment plan is complete, you enjoy a more uniform smile with straighter teeth that are easier to clean. 

How long does treatment with Invisalign take?

Treatment with Invisalign varies based on the starting alignment of your teeth and how far they are from their ideal positions. After taking digital scans and X-rays, Dr. Shapiro can tell you how long you can expect to use your aligners, given that you wear them consistently. The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12-18 months. 

If the idea of straighter teeth without the hassle of braces appeals to you, call Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg, or book an Invisalign consultation online today.