It’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Adults with crooked or awkwardly spaced front teeth now have a fast, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic solution. Invisalign® clear aligners discretely realign teeth to create beautiful, healthy smiles, all without interfering with your day-to-day life. Using the latest technology, Dr. Salivonchik can help you achieve the smile of your dreams without the hassle or time need for regular braces. To get started, contact us today.
As an Invisalign-certified dentist, Dr. Salivonchik will examine your teeth and assess your straightening needs at your orthodontic consultation. You may qualify for Invisalign if your teeth are crooked, widely space, or crowded, or if you have a slight bite misalignment. Invisalign® employs custom-made, plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. Each pair of comfortable aligners exerts gentle pressure to shift teeth into their ideal presentation. Because the aligners are removable, patients eat what they want and easily clean their teeth. The smooth edges of the aligners mean that sensitive oral tissues won’t become irritated – a side effect that often occurs with traditional orthodontia.
To plan your treatment, Dr. Salivonchik will take a dental impression to send to the Invisalign lab. After you receive your custom series of aligners, you’ll wear each pair for about two weeks until you achieve your treatment goals. Many Invisalign patients complete treatment in less than a year, although individual treatment time depends on the unique requirements of each patient.
Call our Lehigh Valley dental office today to schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Salivonchik. Our practice serves the Whitehall-Coplay area, the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton area, the Poconos, and surrounding areas. We’re ready to provide the general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures you and your family need to maintain optimal oral health and an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Taking the first step toward a straighter smile can seem like a big commitment. Our team can give you the information you need about Invisalign in Lehigh Valley so that you feel confident moving forward. Below you’ll find our answers to some of our patients’ most asked questions. If you would like to talk about this treatment option in person, just contact us for an appointment. We can evaluate your teeth and find the perfect solution to make your dreams smile a reality.
If you want to stay on track with your treatment, you’ll need to wear your aligners for the prescribed amount of time each day. You should keep your aligners in for 22 hours every day, only removing them for eating, drinking beverages other than water, and routine oral care. Never eat with your aligners in because bits of food or liquids can get stuck between the plastic and your teeth, allowing bacteria to cause decay. Before you place the aligners in your mouth following a meal, always brush and floss your teeth to keep them strong and healthy throughout treatment.
Compared to metal brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are much gentler on your lips and cheeks. However, it’s important to remember that, in order to shift your teeth around, there may be a little bit of discomfort involved in the process. The good news is that it should only last a day or two every time you switch to a new set of aligners. To help ease any mild pain you may experience, you can eat soft foods or use over-the-counter pain medication.
Even though you’ll only be wearing each pair for two weeks, you must take good care of your aligners. Without the proper maintenance, they can collect bacteria and plaque, increasing your chances of getting cavities and gum disease. Every morning when you wake up, be sure to rinse your aligners with warm water. After you eat, be sure you brush and floss your teeth, so food debris isn’t left behind, before you put the aligners back in. Before you go to bed, gently brush your aligners without toothpaste because toothpaste can be too abrasive.
No two sets of teeth are exactly the same, which means that the time it takes to realign them can vastly differ from each other. As a result, before we provide a quote for treatment, we need to examine the current alignment of your teeth and bite. Once we know how much work you’ll require, we can then estimate the cost of your treatment.