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Invisalign  – Avenel, NJ

Clear Solutions for Straighter Teeth

 

You want to do something about your crooked and misaligned smile, but the idea of wearing metal braces seems unappealing. At White Oak Dental & Orthodontics, we understand that traditional brackets and wires aren’t for everyone, which is why we are pleased to offer Invisalign in Avenel as an alternative and effective solution. Using clear aligners that are customized to your smile, you can easily watch as your teeth move into their new position, creating a more balanced and beautiful aesthetic. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Why Choose White Oak Dental & Orthodontics for Invisalign?

  • Connie Lai is a board-certified orthodontist with years of experience
  • Convenient appointments on evenings and weekends
  • Dental insurance welcome and financing available

How Invisalign Works

An up-close image of a dentist preparing to insert a clear Invisalign aligner into a patient’s mouth during a fitting in Avenel

Instead of relying on a traditional bracket and wire system, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners that are crafted using SmartTrack technology. Designed for predictable outcomes, you will be required to wear your trays 20-22 hours each day for 1-2 weeks at a time. Depending on the recommendation of Dr. Lai, this timeline may be shorter or longer. With each new set, you’ll notice gradual pressure placed on your teeth as they shift in the right direction toward their new location. Throughout treatment, you’ll be expected to maintain regular follow-up appointments with our team to ensure everything is moving along smoothly.

Indications for Invisalign

A digital image of an Invisalign aligner being used to straighten crooked teeth in Avenel

Invisalign is known for being a versatile form of orthodontic treatment, capable of addressing multiple issues, including:

Crowded Teeth

When it appears there are too many teeth along an arch, you can be faced with an increased risk for tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Fortunately, Invisalign can help to create the necessary space. By applying appropriate pressure, your teeth will begin to move in a way that brings them into better alignment.

Gaps Between Teeth

Gapped teeth may be cute when you’re little, but as a teenager or adult, they can pose a significant risk to your oral health. Because food and bacteria can become easily trapped, you may find yourself more vulnerable to periodontal disease and decay. With Invisalign, your clear aligners will move your teeth to close the unnecessary space, creating a more even, complete, and beautiful aesthetic.

Bite Alignment

Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, Invisalign can minimize the potential for worsening oral health conditions, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Instead of living with chronic jaw pain and excessive wear and tear to your tooth enamel, Invisalign can correct the problem and allow for improved functionality.

The Benefits of Invisalign

A young female with glasses holds a clear aligner in preparation for inserting it into her mouth in Avenel

When discussing with your orthodontist in Woodbridge about the potential of moving forward with Invisalign, she will likely go over the many great benefits you can expect, such as:

  • An orthodontic solution that is capable of producing faster results than if you were to be treated with traditional braces. Although different for every patient, Invisalign often takes only 12-18 months versus the traditional 2-3 years with metal braces.
  • Aligners that do not rub or cause oral sores or irritation to your soft oral tissues. Unlike brackets and wires that protrude and irritate your gums, cheeks, lips, and tongue, Invisalign aligners are smooth and fit snugly against your teeth.
  • The aligners you’ll receive are made of clear plastic, which allows them to blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. This is a great benefit if you want to keep your treatment a secret from others.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

A person holding an Invisalign tray to show its customization in Avenel

The cost of Invisalign in Avenel is dependent upon many different factors. Every patient is different, as is the severity of each case. When meeting with your orthodontist for your initial consultation, you can expect Dr. Lai to consider different components that will make up the cost of your new smile. It’s important to remember that your decision to move forward with orthodontic treatment is well worth the investment. By addressing many of the issues now, you can avoid spending additional time and money fixing common oral health problems later on.