Dr. Raj Upadya is an Invisalign® Preferred Provider in East Hanover, New Jersey. Invisalign® invisible braces are clear, removable, and comfortable. Invisalign is best for patients who need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. Invisible braces are one of the cosmetic dentistry treatments we provide to the public in East Hanover, New Jersey.
One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign® in East Hanover, NJ is that it will gently reposition the teeth without causing damage to tooth enamel, gum tissue, or a TMJ disorder.
Is Invisalign® the Right Orthodontic Treatment For Me?
Invisalign® clear aligners are a great orthodontic treatment for teens and adults. Dr. Upadya will evaluate your condition to determine if it can treat your orthodontic concern. We utilize Invisalign® to treatment a variety of conditions including:
- Crooked teeth
- Spaces between teeth
View Invisalign before and after photos on our Smile Gallery.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
Because Invisalign® aligners are removable, you can brush and floss teeth normally, unlike traditional metal braces which can be difficult to care for and often trap food particles between the braces and teeth. In addition, you can remove Invisalign aligners to enjoy the food and drinks you like without restrictions.
Invisalign® is virtually invisible; almost no one can tell you are wearing clear braces. Invisalign® aligners are made of ultra-thin, ultra-clear, hard-soft plastic. Depending on your case, you will wear a series of aligners for approximately two weeks each. Most patients complete treatment in 6 – 12 months.
In addition to the esthetic and comfort advantages, Invisalign® offers several significant clinical benefits, including:
- Improved gum and tooth health during treatment because of better oral hygiene
- No metal allergies due to brackets and wires
- More predictable treatment planning with Invisalign® software
- Custom aligners tailored to fit your teeth precisely for reduced irritation and fewer scratches
- Little dietary restrictions
Invisalign® & Acceledent®
Dr. Upadya offers accelerated orthodontic treatment with AcceleDent. This unique enhancement to your Invisalign treatment will accelerate the natural bone modeling that occurs as a result of teeth repositioning.
In many cases, it can reduce your time in braces by almost 50%. Dr. Upadya will discuss the benefits of AcceleDent and explain how it can help you to achieve a straighter smile- faster!
The Invisalign Process
After a consultation to determine that Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Upadya will create a customized treatment plan. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send them to the Invisalign laboratory to have a series of custom, clear aligners made for your teeth.
Most patients will receive several sets of trays, each pair is worn for about two weeks to gradually reposition the teeth. The aligners are to be worn about 23 hours per day, leaving plenty of time remove them so you can enjoy the foods you love and maintain good oral hygiene with thorough brushing and flossing.
The length of treatment depends on your condition as well as your goals. Treatment is typically 6 to 9 months, but some patients may achieve the results they want in as few as 3 or 4 months.
Special retainers and follow-up visits with Dr. Upadya will help ensure you maintain your straighter smile.
Invisalign offers a discreet and convenient way to achieve a straight smile. You can get the smile you have always wanted without the use of metal braces. Let’s address some of the common questions about this popular orthodontic treatment. If you have still have questions, please contact us during our regular office hours.
Does insurance cover invisible braces?
Invisible braces are typically not covered by insurance. Esthetic Dental Care will help you with billing and paperwork to maximize your dental insurance benefits. We also offer third-party financing and payment plans for patients concerned about the cost of Invisalign treatment.
Can I calculate the estimated cost of treatment?
Invisalign is often more affordable than patients realize. Dr. Upadya can help you find the monthly payment that fits your budget. Calculate your cost at Invisalign.com/cost.
What happens after Invisalign?
When you complete Invisalign treatment, we may require you to wear a discrete retainer so that your teeth stay in their new position. You want to avoid orthodontic relapse because it can undo Invisalign results and you will have to start back at step one.
How long does it take to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?
Typically, patients complete Invisalign treatment with permanent results in about a year. This does not mean that your treatment will last over a year or that you might complete treatment within a year. It will heavily depend on how severe your issues are.
What happens if I don’t wear my Invisalign for 22 hours daily?
Invisalign treatment requires patients to wear their aligners for 22 hours per day. If you do not do this treatment will take longer, and your aligners may feel uncomfortable.
Can I drink water with Invisalign?
Patients can drink water with their Invisalign aligners, but the trays should be removed to eat or drink anything else. Food can get stuck between the trays and your teeth, increasing your risk of cavities and tooth decay.
Do I need to avoid certain foods with Invisalign?
During your treatment, we recommend that you avoid foods that could damage or stain your aligners. This includes sticky candies, hard nuts, and colored drinks such as coffee and red wine. You should remove your aligners while eating to prevent damage and ensure an effective treatment. Good oral hygiene practices and following the cleaning guidelines will help maintain the aligners.
Can I drink hot beverages like tea or coffee while wearing Invisalign?
We highly recommend avoiding hot beverages like tea or coffee while wearing Invisalign aligners. Heat can warp the aligners, compromising their effectiveness. Instead, remove the aligners before consuming hot drinks and reinsert them once your mouth is cooled off. Practicing this habit this will ensure that your aligners remain intact and functional during the treatment process.
How often do I need to visit the dentist during Invisalign treatment?
During Invisalign treatment, you will need to attend regular dental check-ups, about every 6 to 8 weeks. Dr. Upadya will monitor your progress, provide new sets of aligners, and ensure the treatment plan aligns with the desired results. These visits are crucial for adjusting your treatment, ensuring your teeth are shifting correctly, and to address any concerns you have to guarantee a successful outcome.
Can I smoke while wearing Invisalign?
It’s strongly discouraged to smoke while wearing Invisalign aligners. Smoking can stain and damage the aligners, affecting their transparency and effectiveness. Additionally, smoking can contribute to oral health issues. To maintain the aligners’ integrity and overall oral health, it’s best to refrain from smoking during the Invisalign treatment period. If you must, remove the aligners before smoking.
Will Invisalign affect my speech?
Initially, Invisalign may slightly affect your speech as your mouth adjusts to the aligners. You may experience a minor lisp or find it difficult to pronounce certain words. With practice, most individuals adapt quickly, and speech improves within a few days to a week. Clear speech resumes as the tongue adjusts to the aligners’ presence.
Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign East Hanover, NJ
If you are looking for a dentist that offers Invisalign® near Summit, NJ, and East Hanover, NJ, area, contact the Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry to request a consultation. Dr. Upadya will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if Invisalign clear aligners are best for you.