If you desire a straight, symmetrical smile, Dr. Joseph J. Portale can help you achieve your goals with Invisalign® clear orthodontics at his Ridgefield practice. No matter how simple or complex your specific case is, the Invisalign® system is able to adjust almost anyone’s smile in a discreet manner.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign® Treatment?
From teens to adults, nearly everyone is a candidate for Invisalign® clear orthodontics. This dental option for straightening the teeth can work for just about anyone because it is able to be utilized for various orthodontic issues. If you’re a teen that enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, and participating in other extracurricular activities, metal braces could be a hindrance to your social life. On the other hand, if you’re an adult that is looking to improve your smile and self-confidence, metal braces may make you self-conscious. The nearly invisible aligners used in the Invisalign® system will allow you to achieve that ideal smile without the inconvenience of displaying the process.
How Invisalign® Works
When you have made the decision to use Invisalign® Dr. Portale will create a personal and precise treatment plan for your unique teeth. He will take impressions, perform X-rays, and take digital pictures to ensure that the perfect approach is taken. From there, the Invisalign® system will be used to create a 3-D projection of your mouth so that Dr. Portale will be able to anticipate the movement of your teeth.
Using this information, a series of custom-made aligners will be created specifically for your mouth. The aligner trays are made of a smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you will wear daily. Every two weeks, you’ll replace the aligners you’re currently wearing with the next in the series, and throughout the process your teeth will gently shift toward their ideal positions in the mouth.
Aesthetic and Oral Health Benefits of Invisalign®
There are quite a few benefits that come along with choosing Invisalign® over traditional metal braces to straighten your teeth. Both treatments will result in an amazing smile, but the benefits of using Invisalign® truly lie on the road to that straight, confident smile. Besides being virtually invisible, Invisalign® offers many other advantages, such as:
- There are no restrictions on food as there would be with metal braces. You can continue to eat popcorn, apples, and other hard or sticky foods.
- You have the freedom to remove the aligners whenever you want, as long as you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day.
- Because the aligners are removable, you can brush and floss normally.
- The aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your mouth than braces with metal brackets and wires.
- Invisalign® treatment requires minimal office visits.
Risks of Invisalign®
As with all medical procedures, there are potential risks associated with the Invisalign® process. The potential risks are few and rare, but patients should still be aware of them. These risks include allergic reactions to the polyurethane of the aligners that may cause nausea, sore throat or a cough. In very rare cases, patients experience swelling or pain in the throat.
In addition to having four decades of experience in the field of dentistry, Dr. Portale is also fully certified to perform the Invisalign® procedure. Dr. Portale has completed the Invisalign® Certification Course, and his staff is properly educated to assist him in the Invisalign® process.
During your consultation with Dr. Portale, you will be discussing your particular case in detail, and he will help you determine whether you’re a good candidate for treatment. Fortunately for patients of our Ridgefield practice, Invisalign® can cover many cases, ranging from simple to complex. Throughout the consultation, you’re more than welcome to ask Dr. Portale any questions that you may have. If any questions slip your mind during your consultation, we’ll be more than happy to answer them over the phone or by e-mail
Cost of Invisalign®
The cost of Invisalign® treatment varies from patient to patient. Many factors, such as the complexity of the patient’s particular case and the length of the treatment, will play a part in determining the cost of the treatment.
Learn More about Invisalign®
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign®, contact our Ridgefield practice serving Cliffside Park, Edgewater, and North Bergen today.