brightonquestionIf you wish you could obtain a straighter smile then you may benefit from orthodontics treatment. Correcting uneven smiles can improve both the appearance and health of your smile. There are a number of orthodontic treatments available, including the practically invisible Invisalign system. Should you consider Invisalign?

Common Questions About Invisalign Clear Braces

Question: How do uneven teeth impact my smile?

Answer: When you have teeth are or uneven, such as crowded or overlapping ones, food can become stuck between teeth. Brushing and flossing can sometimes fail to remove them completely. As bacteria break down the particles the teeth become coated in plaque, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease. The pressure on the jaw joints as a result of malocclusion can also lead to the onset of bruxism (the grinding or clenching of the teeth) and TMJ disorder.

Question: What’s the difference between braces and Invisalign?

Answer: Braces rely on brackets and arch wires, using tension to reposition the teeth into proper placement. Invisalign uses aligners made from clear plastic. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before the patient upgrades to another, correcting the alignment of the teeth.

Question: What are the benefits of clear braces?

Answer: First, they are much less noticeable than traditional braces. In addition, the treatment period is often shorter, on average about a year. Many patients consider the aligners more comfortable than metal orthodontics. Patients can also eat what they want without fear of food becoming stuck in orthodontics or damaging them, since they can be removed before meals.

Question: Who qualifies for clear braces?

Answer: A dentist or orthodontist may recommend this treatment for patients over the age of 16 who have more minor alignment problems. An exam will need to be conducted to make sure they are the best choice for improving misalignment.


Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.