Posts for tag: invisalign

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
October 18, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

You've probably heard about Invisalign, the revolutionary way to straighten your teeth with lightweight, flexible plastic aligners that are invisalignpractically invisible to other people. If you've considered Invisalign, you probably have a lot of questions, most likely including, "will Invisalign work for me?" Read below to learn some of the criteria that will determine if Invisalign is a good fit for you and call Dr. Robert LaRocque, your dentist in Nashua, New Hampshire, if you think you qualify!

Degree of misalignment

Teeth with gaps, rotation, or mild crowding typically respond very well to the process behind Invisalign. However, severe overbites and underbites are usually due to an abnormality in the way the jaw has grown rather than the position of the teeth. In cases such as these, traditional braces and other orthodontic treatments are more appropriate. With X-rays and an examination, your Nashua dentist can determine the extent of your alignment issues and the most effective treatment for them.

Age

During childhood and the early teen years, the jaw is still growing and the placement of the teeth is still unfinished. Therefore, people are advised against Invisalign until they have reached the late teens or early twenties. Prior to that, misalignment should be treated with the goal of guiding the growth pattern of the teeth and jaw.

Commitment

Another age-related issue to consider before choosing Invisalign: the amount of commitment needed to make it work! For best results, your Nashua dentist will recommend wearing your aligners for no less than 20 to 22 hours each day. For younger patients, it may be too tempting to remove them more often, interrupting the treatment process. Because the aligners are lightweight and thin, misplacing or losing them is also a risk.

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If you'd like to learn more about Invisalign from Dr. Laroque, contact our office in Nashua, New Hampshire at (603) 883-6010 to set up an appointment today!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
June 05, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign TrayIf you are a teenager or adult in need of orthodontic treatment, the decision can be complicated. On the one hand, there is a straighter, more attractive smile on the other side of braces. But the drawbacks that come with getting braces after a certain age often scare people away from getting the dental care they need and want. If you need orthodontic treatment but don't want to get braces, Invisalign might be exactly what you've been looking for. Dr. Robert LaRocque, a dentist in Nashua, NH, recommends Invisalign for teenagers and adults looking for a more discreet and less invasive alternative to braces.

Get a Smile Makeover with Invisalign in Nashua, NH

In addition to the cosmetic issues, braces can affect everything from your diet to your oral hygiene habits. Because Invisalign trays are removable for up to two hours each day, you can continue to eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth, as usual, to protect your oral health during the treatment period.

How Invisalign Works

Once your dentist determines that Invisalign is a good option for you, a series of custom aligner trays will be designed for your specific needs. Each tray is typically worn for approximately two weeks, gradually shifting your teeth into alignment. Once the two week period is up, you replace the old tray with the next one in the series, until the treatment is completed. Depending on your situation and particular alignment needs, an Invisalign treatment can be as short as 12 months. Even if your treatment time with Invisalign is slightly longer than a year, it will still be shorter than what you might expect with traditional metal braces depending on your teeth. With Invisalign, you can continue to smile and enjoy life while your smile gradually begins to improve.

Find a Dentist in Nashua, NH

To learn more about Invisalign clear aligners, contact our office by calling 603-883-6010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. LaRocque today.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
August 23, 2017
Tags: invisalign   Clear Braces  

Discover how this nearly invisible aligner system could straighten your smile.Invisalign

 

You’ve decided it’s time to say goodbye to your crooked smile but maybe you are worried about getting braces as an adult. While more and more adults are choosing to get braces later in life, the idea wearing metal braces is not very appealing. Our Nashua, NH, dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque knows this, which is why we are pleased to offer a much more discreet solution.

How Invisalign Works

Instead of the bracket-and-wire approach that traditional braces take, Invisalign uses a set of custom-made clear aligners that are made specifically to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth. Since aligners are created based on digital images of your teeth, they will provide the proper force they need to shift teeth into the proper position.

Each set of aligners is designed to shift teeth a very specific amount over the course of the two weeks they are worn. After which, you’ll replace the current aligners for the next set of aligners in your plan. Over time, you’ll be able to see the wonderful changes that Invisalign is making to correct your smile.

Invisalign Candidates

Most people think that Invisalign can’t fix many dental issues, but this is simply incorrect. In fact, Invisalign can fix everything from minor to more serious misalignments. You may want to consider getting Invisalign in Nashua, NH, if you are dealing with:

  • Crookedness
  • Overlapping or crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If you are dealing with one of the above issues and want to straighten your smile then it’s time you talked to our Nashua, NH, general dentist about whether Invisalign is right for you. This treatment is also a great option for older teens and adults but isn’t ideal for children and young teens (whose teeth are still growing).

Certain misalignments that require intricate tooth movements or any pre-existing dental work (e.g. dental bridges) may make it impossible to get Invisalign. When you come into our office we will be able to determine whether or not Invisalign is the best choice for you.

Do you have questions about Invisalign? Want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for this treatment? Then it’s time you called our Nashua, NH, dental office to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us.

By Robert J. LaRocque, DDS, P.A.
June 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Many people in Nashua, NH would love to have a straighter smile but don’t want to deal with traditional braces. Some are self-conscious about having to flash metal every time they smile. Others just don’t want to have to deal with the regular adjustments and appointments required by traditional orthodontic therapy.Invisalign

Whatever their reservations, many people wish there was an alternative.

Actually, there is. It’s called Invisalign, and if you live in Nashua, you should talk with Dr. Robert J. LaRocque, about how Invisalign can give you a straighter smile without affecting your life.

Invisalign is the brand name of a teeth alignment therapy system that works exactly like braces. However, instead of the metal brackets, bands, and wires your Nashua dentist has to cement to your teeth and adjust every month, Invisalign is a series of clear plastic trays. The trays, which look similar to sports mouth guards, fit over your teeth and are engineered to place a small amount of tension to move your teeth into proper alignment.

The difference is that you’re in control of when, where, and for how long you wear them. When you wear them, people won’t see them and if you feel the need to remove them – for cleaning, for a break, for a social situation during which you prefer not to wear them – you can remove them.

Like traditional braces, Invisalign trays are designed specifically for your needs and treatment goals. Typically, you will wear each tray for a few weeks at a time, for a certain number of hours a day before progressing to the next set of trays.

Invisalign yields best results for people who have mild occlusions or bite issues. If your situation is more complicated or severe, your Nashua dentist might recommend another option.

For more information call Dr. LaRoque at (603) 883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S., P.A.
January 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Find out the technology behind getting Invisalign in Nashua, NH and how it works.

Have you been contemplating how a straighter smile could enhance your appearance? If so, then you’ve probably been thinking about getting braces; however, maybe you want to get that perfect smile, but you’re not so keen on wearing a mouth full of metal. Luckily, with Invisalign in Nashua, now you don’t have to. Opt for the clear way to straighten your teeth that no one will notice.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that look similar to the whitening trays you may see with commercial teeth whitening kits. These aligners are custom-made to fit both the top and bottom rows of teeth to help correct common malocclusions and straighten smiles.

How does Invisalign work?

These clear braces might not look like the traditional braces you remember from your past; however, they are just as effective at moving teeth back into their proper position. Just by wearing these aligners your teeth will receive the proper pressure and controlled force needed to slowly shift teeth. Invisalign easily controls both the timing and the force of tooth movement, and each aligner moves teeth only a certain amount as determined by your Nashua dentist Robert LaRocque, D.D.S., P.A.

How long is treatment with Invisalign?

The length of treatment will depend on severity of the patient’s smile; however, most Invisalign treatments only take about a year for adult wearers. However, teens may need to wear their braces longer than adult patients. Your Nashua dentist can give you a better idea of how long treatment will take when you come in for an evaluation.

What are the advantages of wearing Invisalign?

The main advantage is that you can straighten teeth without anyone noticing, as each aligner is clear. Furthermore, the aligners are removable, so there is no need to change your diet like as would with traditional metal braces. This means you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods while also straightening your teeth. Just remember to brush your teeth and rinse out your aligners before putting them back in. Your oral care regime won’t need to change either, as you can remove your braces prior to brushing and flossing.

If you want to know if Invisalign is right for you, give us a call at (603) 883-6010 to schedule an initial consultation. We would be happy to sit down and discuss your treatment options.