Beacon Dental Center

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Brookline, MA

When you need a straighter smile, Invisalign® offers an attractive way to improve your smile without the inconvenience of traditional braces. Lihua Zhang, DMD, of Beacon Dental Center, provides the innovative, customized Invisalign braces to adults and children in Brookline, Massachusetts. To discuss if Invisalign is right for you, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that uses a clear aligning device custom fit for each patient. Without using wires or metal brackets, the device gently and discreetly realigns the teeth, treating a range of mild-to-moderate misalignment problems.

The innovative Invisalign device gently, gradually shifts your teeth as you wear your custom device 20-22 hours a day. You receive a new device about every two weeks as the shape of your bite changes. With each new appliance, your teeth move slightly closer to perfect alignment.

Unlike traditional braces, you can remove the device when eating and for regular dental hygiene. You check in with the Beacon Dental Center team every six weeks to make sure you are on track with your treatment plan and to ensure your optimal results.

Why do I need Invisalign?

The team at Beacon Dental Center uses Invisalign to correct the underlying issues of misalignment for the sake of your oral health. Invisalign can help prevent further trauma to your oral health and reduce the need for more dental procedures.

If your teeth are misaligned, it can cause long-term problems, including damage to the jaw bone or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), premature wear, and increased risk for tooth decay.

Invisalign can help improve misalignment issues, including:

  • Crowded mouth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps between teeth

The ultra-thin, comfortable Invisalign system is custom made to fit your mouth and to correct your specific problem. Dr. Zhang oversees the entire process from misaligned teeth to perfect smile.

What does the Invisalign treatment entail?

Your Invisalign treatment begins with digital imaging that creates a 3D map of your mouth. Highly accurate and specialized software uses digital images to develop your treatment plan and create your customized alignment devices.

Typically, treatment plans span 6-18 months. Once you’ve reached your ideal alignment goals, you may need to wear a retainer or final set of aligners overnight to maintain the new position of your teeth.

At the beginning of your treatment, Dr. Zhang gives you an estimate of how long treatment may last and gives you a digital image of the expected results once your treatment is complete.

For a consultation about how Invisalign can help improve your smile, call or schedule an appointment online with Beacon Dental Center today.