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Invisalign® Clear Braces – Wethersfield, CT

Straightening Teeth with Beauty and Speed

We’re all familiar with the traditional braces system that features metal wires, dark brackets, and brightly colored rubber bands. While this treatment may be the right choice for children in middle school, older patients are likely to shy away from it because of the aesthetic sacrifices involved. After all, the last thing you need when you’re trying to maintain a polished, professional appearance is a mouthful of metal! Thankfully, Dr. Thomas Dolan and Dr. Brendan Dolan offer a much more attractive alternative that can help you achieve the mild to moderate orthodontic improvements you’ve always wanted: Invisalign. If you’d like to schedule an Invisalign consultation here in Wethersfield, please give Dolan Dental a call today.


Closeup of patient placing Invisalign tray

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment eliminates the conventional braces model entirely, replacing it with clear, custom-made aligners. These aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic, and they are created from special images and impressions that we take of your smile. Using a series of these trays, we can gradually shift your teeth into place for the smile that you have always dreamed of. The best part is that these aligners are discreet and completely removeable.


Teen girl looking at smile in mirror

How Does Invisalign Work?

Patients will receive their aligners, where each one will represent a different stage of their smile’s ongoing improvement. The patient’s job is to wear their aligners at all times (except when eating, brushing, or flossing). This will typically mean that you’re wearing your aligners for about 22 hours a day. You will also switch your trays out for the next in the series as directed by your dentist in Wethersfield (typically every couple of weeks). This process will last until the treatment is finished. You will also need to attend regular checkups with our team so that we can gauge your progress—no uncomfortable tightening needed! Treatment will typically take 8 to 18 months, depending on the severity of your misalignment, and we’ll provide you with a retainer to wear after to ensure lasting results.


Close-up of woman holding clear aligner

The Benefits of Invisalign


Man holding clear aligner

Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

The only way to know with certainty whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign is to visit our office for a consultation. After examining your mouth, we will be able to develop a personalized treatment plan for your smile. Certain problems like severe issues with bite can only be corrected by traditional braces, but patients with mild to moderate misalignment in their later teen or adult years are typically good candidates. Invisalign usually works better for more mature patients because they have the responsibility and organization to follow the treatment plan properly. We routinely use Invisalign clear braces to correct problems like:

If it sounds like Invisalign in Wethersfield is right for you, contact our office today to set up a consultation. We can’t wait to help you smile with beauty and confidence.

Invisalign FAQ’s

While you should now be better acquainted with the Invisalign process, it’s understandable if you still have some questions that need to be answered. Because it’s our goal for you to be as informed as possible about any dental procedure you undergo with us, Drs. Thomas Dolan and Brendan Dolan have listed five of the most commonly asked questions, along with the answers. Therefore, you can feel more comfortable about reaching out to our office to have minor gaps, crowding, misalignment or crookedness addressed with the aid of Invisalign in Wethersfield.

#1 – I used to wear braces. Do I qualify for Invisalign treatment?

It’s not uncommon for patients who’ve worn braces in the past to have some regression. Thankfully, with Invisalign, you have a solution. We’ll start by examining your teeth and then formulating a custom plan to meet your current smile needs.

#2 - I have veneers or crowns. Will Invisalign clear aligners work with them?

Typically, it’s not the best idea to have your bite adjusted after having either veneers or crowns placed. That’s because the shifting that occurs can cause the fixtures to unseat or dislodge.

To get a definitive answer, though, pay us a visit so one of our capable dentists can examine your teeth and any fixtures to make a final decision on your eligibility.

#3 – How do I clean my aligners?

The maintenance of your Invisalign aligners is an important aspect of the process to take into consideration for two reasons: so the trays remain in proper condition and to prevent the growth of bacteria. Therefore, be sure when you remove them to always rinse, gently brush and soak them, and to store them in the case that is provided in a moderate-temperature environment to avoid any warping.

#4 – What happens after your last aligner is worn?

After you wear your last aligner, we’ll evaluate your teeth to make sure your smile is up to par with the pre-designed treatment plan. Then, we’ll capture bite impressions and design a custom retainer to be worn while bone new mass forms around the position of your tooth roots.

#5 – How much does Invisalign cost?

Because every aspect of the Invisalign process is customized to meet your specific smile needs, the only way to generate an accurate estimate for care is for you to visit our office for a consultation. After your dentist in Wethersfield examines the current condition of your teeth and develops a smile plan, we’ll inform you of what the cost will be for treatment so you can plan accordingly.