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What You Don’t Know About Invisalign Braces

Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen Braces

Invisalign braces have entirely transformed the way orthodontic therapy is performed and perceived by others. Many adults and teens alike are choosing Invisalign braces due to the almost invisible appearance of the alignment trays that are worn (“aligners”). Each set of aligners gently moves your teeth into a more appropriate position without the use of brackets or wires. Invisalign laboratories uses images and models to create a computer generated alignment tray system offering the most custom fit possible.  After a few weeks, Parkview Dental patients change out their own alignment tray to the next tray in the series.  At Parkview Dental we send these trays home with the patient in advance for convenience.

Appearance of Invisalign

An Invisalign alignment tray is a smooth, clear plastic device that is similar in appearance to a retainer or whitening tray. Most people cannot tell that you are wearing an aligner during casual conversation or when you’re smiling. Each aligner fits so precisely, that patient discomfort so often seen with orthodontic treatment is greatly reduced. The smooth edges of Invisalign aligners prevent gum and cheek irritation.

Caring for Invisalign Braces

There are no dietary restrictions for Invisalign users. This is another advantage to Invisalign: traditional braces require elimination of numerous foods from your diet due to their potential to disrupt the bonding of the brackets. Invisalign patients simply remove their aligners during meals, and eat whatever they like.

Caring for your teeth during treatment is easy: just brush and floss as normal. There are no extra areas to clean around. Nor are there brackets or bonding which prevent you from accessing places that are hard to reach. To clean the aligners just brush with tap water and a toothbrush.

Fewer Appointments

Patient appointment times for Invisalign treatment are much shorter and less frequent than traditional orthodontic patients. Because no adjustments are needed to the aligners, less time is spent in Dr. Vasani’s office. Several sets of trays are sent home with the patient at one time, eliminating their need for monthly appointments. Busy adults and teens absolutely love Invisalign!

Invisalign Teen in Westfield, New Jersey

Invisalign Teen is similar to traditional Invisalign, but features a wear indicator on the alignment trays to signal whether or not the tray is being worn for the appropriate length of time. The small blue dot begins to fade after the completed duration of wear has been achieved, serving as a reminder to teens that they need to be replaced, and parents who want to make sure their teens are wearing the aligners.


Parkview Dental offers no fee Invisalign consultations to patients that are interested in determining if they are a candidate.  Most treatment can begin within 2-3 weeks after a successful consultation at Parkview Dental of Westfield.