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Will Invisalign Be Able to Correct My Smile?

Invisalign is a popular option for orthodontic treatment, especially among teens and adults. Some patients are skeptical about the Invisalign process because it is a relatively new technology. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham is an expert with Invisalign near Southborough, MA.

A question for many is “Does Invisalign work better than braces?” Well, they work differently but achieve the same desired effect.

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a practical alternative to traditional metal braces. Like braces, Invisalign will align and straighten your teeth and will help position your teeth properly for your bite. The clear aligner trays are made from a high-quality thermoplastic material that will slowly move your teeth into place over time. Because they’re completely transparent, they disguise well and nobody will know that you’re wearing them. The aligners need to be worn consistently, taking them out only to eat, clean the tray, brush, and floss. Approximately every two weeks, you’ll change your aligners to a new pair that is slightly different from the last.

The Process
Invisalign is just as effective as braces for treating gapped or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and open bites. There are some cases that only metal braces can tackle. Ask Dr. Deborah Himelhoch if Invisalign is right for you. If you are identified as a candidate for treatment with Invisalign, you can start the process almost immediately. Your orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan for you to help you achieve the maximum treatment goals possible.

A computer program then plots the gradual course your teeth will move in and creates sets of aligners that correspond with the intended movement of your teeth. Each aligner can move your teeth anywhere from .25 to .33 millimeters. Treatment with Invisalign typically takes a little more than a year’s time. Once your treatment is over, your orthodontist will give you a retainer to wear at night.

Costs
The costs of both traditional metal braces and Invisalign depend on the individual patient and how much work they need done. Check with your health or dental Insurance plan for information on coverage for orthodontic procedures. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham will be able to project how much your treatment will cost after all of the factors are taken into consideration.

If you’ve been looking to correct your smile without undergoing treatment with , Invisalign may just be the right option for you. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch is a certified provider of Invisalign near Southborough, MA, and frequently uses the system to help patients achieve the most functional and most attractive smile possible. Contact Smiles in Framingham at: 508.872.0555

How Do I Know If My Braces Are Working?

How Do I Know If My Braces Are Working?

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the staff at Smiles in Framingham provide their patients with the best orthodontic care in Framingham, MA. They work hard to ensure that every patient is provided with the appropriate, gentle, and affordable care they need and expect to solve any orthodontic problem.

Braces are made with three basic parts: a bracket, a bonding mechanism or band, and an archwire. These all work to help with improving the development of your teeth, bite and jaw. If you’re experiencing a difference in the function of your braces, such as a loose brace or bracket, your braces may be broken and thus aren’t delivering the effective treatment your teeth need. The team at Smiles in Framingham in Framingham, MA are experts in informing and guiding patients on how to keep their braces in good working order and on track to deliver the best treatment outcome possible.

What can cause harm to my braces?

  • Hard candies
  • Ice cubes
  • Gum, gummies, and other hard or sticky foods
  • Injury to the face

There are several factors that can ultimately cause damage to your braces and prevent them from working as designed. The team at Smiles in Framingham know that sticky substances such as gum or hard foods can cause damage to the brackets and/or the wires of your braces. When adjusting to a newly fitted set of braces, it’s important to stay proactive and keep them safe, for instance, by eating softer foods at least initially. Stay aware of what foods you’re eating and what activities you are participating in. Not only will this keep your braces safe, but it will ensure your continued oral health, as well.

Some signs that your braces need to be fixed.

  • Loose or missing bracket
    Broken or loose wire
  • Severe discomfort or pain in your teeth, mouth, and/or jaw

Ways to avoid discomfort while wearing braces.

  • Create a diet of soft food diet (e.g., pasta, soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and other soft stuff).
    Rinse with warm salt water 2-to-3 times a day.
  • Consult with your doctor and take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed.

It’s normal to feel discomfort in and around your mouth while wearing braces, especially if they’ve been newly fitted. This pain doesn’t necessarily mean your braces are broken or ill-fitting. However, Dr. Deborah Himelhoch says that if you continue to experience pain in your teeth, mouth or jaw, call your orthodontist immediately.

Don’t wait.

If you are an orthodontic patient and you think you’re experiencing a problem with your braces, waiting for your next appointment with your orthodontist may do more harm than good in the progress of straightening your smile. Don’t wait. Call Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham in Framingham, MA at: (508) 872-0555.

Why Get Invisalign as an Adult?

Why Get Invisalign as an Adult?

For adults, metal braces may not be a treatment option. Braces are obvious, can be uncomfortable, and require conscientious care. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham in Framingham, MA knows that nearly twenty percent of people wearing braces today are adults, and not all of them are obvious braces wearers. For these patients, Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces. Invisalign offers these patients:

Comfort

Treatment with Invisalign is more comfortable than treatment with traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners can be removed by the wearer as often as necessary. This makes eating and drinking, brushing and flossing, and cleaning the aligners much easier. Patients being treated with Invisalign also avoid any cuts or sores due to the absence wires and brackets.

Appearance

Traditional metal braces are associated with awkward teenage years. A smile full of metal may be considered charming on a teen, but they can be inhibiting to an adult wearer. Invisalign aligners are clear, not metal. They don’t have bands or wires attached to teeth. The aligner trays are made of a thin, clear plastic. They are virtually invisible when being worn. All the way, Invisalign is straightening your teeth in the same manner as .

Shortened Treatment Time

With Invisalign, the time that it will take for the teeth to move into their proper positions is greatly reduced. The course of treatment with Invisalign is typically one-and-a-half years. Metal braces can take up to five years to be effective.

Treatment

With Invisalign, a computer program analyzes the current position of your teeth and formulates a corrective treatment plan. A series of aligners are then manufactured to these specifications that will work to straighten teeth into their correct position.

Insurance Plans

Most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment just as they would other orthodontic treatment options like metal braces. Speak to someone at the Smiles in Framingham team as well as your insurance provider to determine what financing and insurance options are available.

If you’re an adult looking to improve your smile without any of the discomfort or self-consciousness associated with , Invisalign might be the perfect option for you. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham can help; they are experts in treating their adult patients in Framingham, MA with Invisalign for adults. For more information about Invisalign and if it’s right for you, call: (508) 872-0555.

 

5 Problems That Braces Can Correct

5 Problems That Braces Can Correct

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment with braces, Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham in Framingham, MA provide complete information to their patients considering treatment with braces. If you are curious if braces can help you achieve your orthodontic treatment care goals, here are five common orthodontic problems that braces can correct.

What Are the Top Five Problems That Braces Can Correct?

Braces are indicated for correcting several orthodontic issues. The top five orthodontic problems that braces can correct are:

  1. Misaligned jaw
  2. Misaligned teeth due to:
    • Overcrowding
    • Spaces between teeth
    • Misshapen teeth
  3. Misaligned bite due to:
    • Overbite
    • Underbite
  4. Periodontal (gum) problems
  5. Dental hygiene issues due to poor orthodontic conditions

Braces slowly move the alignment of your teeth through the strategic placement of the brackets and bands. This movement realigns the overbite/underbite and helps close the gaps between the teeth. The specialists at Smiles in Framingham in Framingham, MA stress that if these problems are left untreated, you may run the risk of permanent damage to your teeth, jaw, and mouth.

What Long-Term Health Benefits Do Braces Bring?

  • Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, thus reducing tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis.
  • A correct bite allows your teeth and mouth to chew food the way they’re supposed to.
  • Improper teeth alignment puts extra wear and pressure on adjacent teeth, causing them to wear faster.
  • Correct teeth alignment may also help to correct associated speech issues.

If braces are new to you, it is normal to feel some discomfort in and around your mouth during the first few weeks of treatment. The alignment of your teeth and jaw are just beginning to change and improve the overall structure of your mouth and jaw. Over-the-counter pain medication may help to alleviate some of the pain that you might experience after your initial orthodontic treatment. Remember to avoid any hard or sticky substances, such as gum and hard candies, which can cause harm or damage to your braces.

What are Braces Made of?

Through both the major dental and orthodontic enhancements we’ve seen over the years, braces have become more comfortable and less noticeable than they’ve been in the past. However, if you’re thinking about getting treatment through , they are made up of their three basic metal parts:

  • A bracket
  • A bonding mechanism or band
  • An arch wire

How Do Braces Work?

Braces work by gradually being tightened throughout the course of your treatment, creating a shift in the alignment of both your teeth and jaw and slowly moving them toward their healthy and proper position.

Braces can help virtually every patient achieve the healthy mouth and picture-perfect smile they have always wanted. For more information regarding braces in Framingham, MA, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and Smiles in Framingham, please call (508) 872-0555.