Dr. Kathleen Mullaney • DDS • FAGD

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Top 6 questions we get about Invisalign

If you live with crooked teeth, you may have considered orthodontics in the past. However, the appearance of metal braces does not sound appealing. Now, individuals can get a better smile in less time with Invisalign. This system uses a series of removable aligners to gradually shift your teeth. Invisalign has quickly become one of the most preferred teeth-straightening options for adults.

But is Invisalign safe, and how do aligners work? Dr. Mullaney understands you may have some questions before making a decision about treatment. These are the most common questions she geta about Invisalign treatemnt.

 

  1. Is Invisalign safe?

Invisalign is safe for  adults who want a straighter smile without braces. They can be worn at work and when participating in everyday activities.

  1. How do aligners work?

Unlike traditional braces that use a wire to move teeth into proper alignment, Invisalign uses invisible aligners. These are custom made using the digital impressions, yes digital impressions-no messy, gaging impressions here. Aligners should be worn for 20 – 22 hours each day to be effective. Over time, patients move on to the next set of aligners. Patients generally schedule follow-up appointments every 4 – 6 weeks to make sure we are on track to meet their goals.

  1. What issues can be treated with Invisalign?

There are a number of common problems Invisalign can fix. This includes issues like underbite and overbite. Invisalign can also successfully straighten crooked teeth and close small gaps in your smile.

  1. Can I eat with Invisalign?

The most important thing to remember about eating with Invisalign is that you must remove your aligners before you eat. This is because food can get get stuck in the aligners and this can cause cavities. Dr. Mullaney recommends brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal to achieve the best results.

  1. What can I drink while wearing Invisalign?

Water is the only approved beverage patients can drink while wearing Invisalign aligners. This is because hot drinks, like coffee and tea, can stain and warp the aligners. Not only that, but sugary drinks, such as juice and soda, may also seep into the small space between your teeth and the aligners. This can cause issues like dental decay or cavities.

  1. How long is Invisalign treatment?

Many of our patients want to know – how long is Invisalign treatment? In our practice most patients complete their treatment in a year.  Sometimes, patients require more time, especially if their aligners are not worn as directed.

 

Call us now and let’s get the conversation started about how Invisalign can benefit you!

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Had my first visit to Dr. Mullaney’s office this month since the pandemic and the experience was gold standard. The safety processes and clean office environment were impeccable. Dr. Mullaney and staff were, as usual, amazing. Every step was explained, the protective garments worn by staff were the best I have experienced. It was a safe and positive visit and I recommend making an appointment!!

I am a new patient. After my first dentist appointment with Dr. Mullaney, I left feeling very informed and in control of ultimately making decisions about the care and treatment I receive. The staff is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I love that they participate in helping veterans through The Freedom Day USA program. They are committed to providing a very clean and friendly atmosphere. In addition this practice goes out of its way to bring comfort and the latest in dentistry to all their patients.

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Dr. Mullaney and her staff are absolutely wonderful. They are very professional, personable and greet you by name when you walk in the door. Dr. Mullaney is very talented and really has perfected her craft. Even with a last-minute treatment change, she is unwavering in performing the highest quality treatment available. I am extremely grateful to you all for making my visit pleasant and even fun!