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9 Reasons Invisalign Could Be Right For You

Invisalign straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. Clear braces like Invisalign use a series of custom clear plastic retainers to slowly push and pull your teeth into the proper position over time. Less noticeable than traditional braces, Invisalign can be easily taken on and off. 

Traditional metal braces are not the only option when it comes to improving your smile. When undergoing treatment, there are no metal brackets or wire. Invisalign offers an effective and discreet solution to a misaligned smile.

What is Invisalign made from?

The clear retainers are made from BPA-free plastic, and are reportedly more comfortable than traditional braces. Getting the straight smile you always wanted is easy with Invisalign. The first step is a consultation with us to discuss your smile goals before you receive your Invisalign clear retainers. 

Who can wear them?

Invisalign can be worn by both teenagers and adults. Closing gaps between teeth, treating overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and an overcrowded mouth is all something that Invisalign does. We can discuss whether Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you after an examination of X-rays of your teeth. 

How does the Invisalign process work?

Examination, X-rays, and a 3D model of your teeth are all used to develop a personalized treatment plan for your Invisalign journey. How your teeth need to shift, and how long it will take all play into how your treatment plan will work. Your custom retainers are crafted at the Invisalign laboratory using the X-rays, 3D models, and pictures of your teeth. You can also see how Invisalign progressively corrects orthodontic issues using the 3D models of your teeth. 

How Does Wearing Invisalign Work?

Firstly, we check the fit of your aligners in our office to check for any necessary adjustments. Aligners are taken out to eat, floss, and brush your teeth, but otherwise are kept in all day. They are removable, however the less time you wear them the longer the process will take. 

Invisalign fits smoothly into a normal day and is easy to wear. Simply place the clear braces over the teeth once you receive your aligners. For the first part, your aligners may fit tightly as your teeth are pulled into place. Your first set of aligners are worn for two weeks before switching to the next set of aligners. After a few days, your teeth will gradually shift into their new position. After some time has passed, your aligners may start to feel more loose. Wear them for the entire two weeks, and don’t switch your aligners too early. Your gums and teeth need time to adjust to their new position.  Interfering with the treatment plan can look like switching the aligners too early. 

You will come into the office every six weeks to check your aligners and the progress of your treatment. If any adjustments need to be made to the aligners or your treatment plan, we will determine that at the checkup. 

How does Invisalign feel?

Invisalign is comfortable and the aligners are easy to wear, making it a great investment. Some mild discomfort may appear as your teeth start to move into position, especially with your first set of aligners. The pressure of the new aligners will gradually fade over time. Please give us a call if you encounter any significant discomfort or pain. We will schedule an appointment with you to take a look at your teeth, gums, and aligners to ensure a proper fit. 

How long will treatment take?

Treatment time is one year, but will vary based on the age and specific needs of each person. You will receive an estimated treatment time after your teeth are examined and digital images are captured.

Advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces

One great advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces is that they are clear, so most people will not realize you are wearing them. Due to advanced imaging technology, the movement of your teeth is more precise using Invisalign. Being able to remove the aligners to eat, brush your teeth and floss means it is easier to maintain good oral hygiene. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t irritate the teeth or gums. Invisalign can also save time for busy people, because there are fewer checkups with Invisalign. Treatment time is often shorter, on top of this. 

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign is different for each patient, depending on the misalignment of your teeth and how long it would take to move your teeth into the correct position. We will let you know the details of your treatment plan and the cost after the examination, X-rays, and 3D models are executed. 

What happens after Invisalign treatment is completed?

We recommend that you wear a retainer after any orthodontic treatment including Invisalign. Keeping your teeth in alignment is what a retainer is designed for. Your teeth can slowly start to shift back to their original position without one. You may need to temporarily wear aligners again to reposition your teeth if they start to shift. Based on your individual needs, we will determine which type of retainer is right for you.

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Lingual Braces Could be Right for You

What if there was a solution for straightening teeth that went beyond traditional braces. 4.5 million people currently wear braces (or some other appliance) in the United States with the goal of straightening a smile. There are now many different options available in the pursuit of a straight smile. Lingual braces, or braces placed behind the teeth, are a more recent form of orthodontic work that is popular among people who are self conscious about the look of braces.

What are Lingual Braces?

Traditional braces and lingual braces are the same barring the fact that lingual braces are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate) as opposed to the front.  This achieves the effect of straightening the teeth without the braces showing. 

How do Lingual Braces work?

The lingual braces process is simple. We will take impressions of your teeth after a complimentary consultation, which are then sent to a dental laboratory to create custom brackets. Six weeks is the duration between sending the impressions and receiving the custom brackets. A special method is used for your cosmetic orthodontist to cement the braces to the backs of the teeth. Lingual braces work in the same manner as traditional braces in that they apply gentle yet continuous pressure to help the teeth shift into the proper position. Depending on the severity of the existing dental situation, treatment can take anywhere from 18-36 months. 

Are Lingual Braces right for you?

There are many reasons why someone might want to pursue lingual braces. The most common reasons include people wanting to maintain a professional look while still straightening their teeth. If you are concerned about the appearance of braces, Lingual Braces could be a perfect option for you. Traditional braces can occasionally interfere with the ability to play certain wind instruments, so some musicians may opt for Lingual Braces. Athletes, as well, will find that lingual braces are a safer choice in sports. 

Lingual braces, with many upsides, still are not suitable for everyone. People with normal sized teeth, both teens and adults, and the best candidates. During a complimentary consultation we can determine the best course of action for your specific dental situation. Because they have smaller teeth, children usually cannot accommodate the braces and so are not good candidates for lingual braces. Bite problems, also, are better fixed with traditional braces. 

What makes Lingual Braces Different from Traditional Braces?

Lingual braces are different from traditional braces in many ways beyond appearance. Because the brackets are custom made, they can often end up costing more than traditional braces. During our complimentary consultation we can walk through the difference in price for you.

Lingual braces are placed close to the tongue, so you may experience some difficulty with some daily habits and speaking the first few weeks after having the lingual device applied. After the initial month of lingual braces, your eating and speech patterns should return to baseline. 

Cleaning your teeth with Lingual Braces

No matter what type of braces you choose, keeping your teeth clean is important. Tooth decay can come from food getting stuck in the brackets and wires of your lingual braces which can cause plaque to form. Brushing your teeth after every meal is essential. Brushing above and below the brackets of your braces and at the gumline will ensure a healthy smile. Lingua braces are attached to the backs of the teeth, so special care should be taken to always clean that area well. One tip that can make brushing easier is using a toothbrush with a narrow tip to gain easier access to the backs of the teeth. 

The advantage of lingual braces is aesthetic. If your teeth need minimal straightening as a teen or adult, and you are reluctant to embrace the look of traditional braces, Lingual Braces could be for you. You can have a gorgeous straight smile and go about your daily business without anyone realizing you have braces!

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What to Expect Getting Braces as an Adult

The most exciting part about braces is that you never get too old to have them! Getting braces as an adult is much more common than most people realize. Each year, over one million adults put braces on their teeth. Here are some things to expect when you’re getting braces as an adult.

 Braces Are Temporary

Some adults are concerned that braces will take a very long time on the teeth to work. Braces are an option at any age and do not affect attractiveness. Adult braces usually work in as few as 14-26 months, with rapid braces taking as little as 6 months! The style of braces and severity of your oral situation both impact your personal length of time. The process is quicker today thanks to improved cosmetic orthodontist practices. New technologies help to speed along the process and encourage faster straightening.  

There Are More Options

You can work with your cosmetic orthodontist to decide on the most appropriate set for your lifestyle. Standard metal braces work great for some patients. Today, braces are a lot smaller than they used to be which adds comfort and convenience. Porcelain braces, like metal braces but sheerer, are also an option. Clear braces are also available, which are just as good as porcelain and metal braces. The Only difference is that the material that its made out of makes the braces more or less visible. Invisalign is an option where you are given a series of removable clear plastic aligners, which can be great for busy patients without much time for appointments. 

You Improve Dental Health

When all of your teeth are aligned correctly, there is less of a chance of food to get trapped between your teeth and give yourself a higher risk of gum disease or tooth decay. It is a myth that getting braces will make it harder for you to clean your teeth. Long term, braces helps you maintain a healthy set of teeth. To avoid tartar and plaque buildup, they are made to be easy to brush and floss. In the long run, braces make you less likely to need oral interventions. The older you get your bones and teeth encounter wear and tear. Dental health and longevity are greatly increased when you have straightened teeth. 

It’s Surprisingly Convenient

Adult braces are quite convenient, and can fit into any schedule whether you’re a busy mom or a businessman. Cosmetic orthodontists have advanced diagnostic and treatment solutions. Appointments often take less time than patients expect and you won’t have to book that many appointments either. 

Getting Braces as an Adult is not a Bad Thing

It is never too late to get the teeth you always dreamed of. Don’t let yourself or others stop you from getting braces as an adult! Waiting can compound dental issues and cause medical discomfort. We are happy to talk through any concerns or inquires you may have in a consultation appointment. Together we will work together to find the best solution for you. 

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How Rapid Braces Work

Naturally straight teeth are not something most people are blessed with. Most of us have at least a few teeth positioned in ways that are less ideal. More of us are cursed with more serious misalignments. A great way to fix these misalignments and get a perfectly straight smile is to visit a cosmetic orthodontist for a set of rapid braces. 

One of the most common reasons why adults avoid seeking out orthodontic treatment is because of the idea of wearing braces for a year or more. Fortunately there is another option with rapid braces. Rapid braces are an advanced orthodontic treatment designed to achieve straight teeth in much less time than traditional braces. Also called “accelerated braces”, or “fast braces”, this option is well known for its effectiveness as well as its speed.

What Are Rapid Braces?

Rapid braces are made up of two main components; Firstly, the actual orthodontic appliance affixed to the teeth. A set of brackets are affixed one by one to each tooth with a dental adhesive. A wire connects all the brackets which is adjusted to gradually reposition the teeth.

The second feature of rapid braces is a series of treatments designed to speed up the movement of teeth to a straighter position. These treatments allow the pressure on the teeth to more effectively move them and play a key role in the shorter timeline of rapid braces. 

Oftentimes, Rapid Braces can achieve the same results as traditional braces in half the time. This difference is the main reason people love rapid braces, and why people love the results as well.

Are Rapid Braces Right For Me?

Teens and young adults dominate the braces market, but the truth is braces can be effective at any age. Not just younger people can benefit from orthodontic treatments. Fast braces are ideal for straightening the teeth of all ages, with the fastest results coming to those whose bones are still developing. 

Getting in touch with a cosmetic orthodontist is an important first step if you are interested in pursuing rapid braces. Based on your goals, current dental health, and past dental history, they will be able to determine and recommend the best treatment method for your situation.  To ensure the best course of treatment it’s important that your cosmetic orthodontist has a complete understanding of your goals and history. 

Where Can I Get Fast Braces?

Rapid braces rely on advanced technology and equipment, so it’s important to make sure your cosmetic orthodontist offers this service before you make an appointment. Rapid Braces is proud to offer rapid braces, invisible braces, 6 month braces, and many other options to get you the smile of your dreams.

The first step, if you feel that rapid braces are right for you, is to schedule an initial consultation here with the team at Rapid Braces. During your one-on-one appointment, Dr. Clifton Georgaklis will personally take a look at your teeth and recommend a personalized treatment plan for your smile. Dr. Georgaklis will also go over specifics with you and go over what you can expect and answer any questions or concerns. 

Contact us to schedule your first appointment and start your healthy smile journey with rapid braces.

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Things Every Adult Should Consider When Getting Invisible Braces

Some of you may be on the fence about getting braces as an adult. After all, there’s a commitment to stick with them, and you’ll have to wear them for quite a while. Yet, in the end, wearing these invisible braces will help to straighten out your teeth. In addition, having more aligned teeth between the top and bottom will ensure your teeth last much longer, as they won’t have any issues with biting or chewing.

Be careful of what you’re drinking

Invisible braces are there to help those who may be self-conscious about the fact they are wearing braces as an adult, although it’s not something to be ashamed of. Either way, if you want to keep it clear, you’ll want to avoid liquids and foods that can stain them as often as possible. Items such as tea or red wine are excellent items for causing a stain and will start to get into some areas of the braces stained.

It is a commitment

As mentioned earlier, getting braces, especially as an adult is a commitment. It can be up to 3 years in some cases, depending on how much alignment your teeth will need. Regardless that commitment is well worth it, and eventually, you get used to it over the long run. Keep in mind that many factors, besides the amount of alignment needed, go into determining how long you really need to keep your invisible braces in there. Over 90% of cases are finished in 6 months or less at Rapid Braces so you can get your adult braces off quickly. Another thing to understand is that there are some choices of braces that can be partially removed. Yet these parts still need to be worn up to 20+ hours per day. The times you can take them off (if you have specialized braces that are partially detachable) are to eat, floss, and brush your teeth. Yet if you keep them off any longer, the process will simply take longer.

Your current dental history doesn’t matter in many cases

This specifically refers to if you have crowns, missing teeth, or even veneers. Braces will work in all of these situations and, in fact, are recommended, as they will help to preserve your teeth in their current form. Some additional steps may need to be taken, but your experienced orthodontist will know all the best solutions.

You may speak differently

This is especially true if you get your braces inside of your teeth. In some cases, you have a structure around your teeth that can interview with your tongue and cause a partial lisp. Don’t worry; this is also temporary and can subside or be reduced even while wearing braces.

Always consider braces

In the end, if you have the option to wear braces, they really will help your tooth hygiene in the long run, and if you’re in the Massachusetts area, then consider reaching out to us to get an initial consultation, and we can begin your journey for straighter, better teeth.

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What Are Hidden Braces?

Braces in the past were a topic of ridicule for many of us when we were children. Yet the benefits of having straight teeth would last a lifetime even if we may not have liked getting uncomfortable metal braces. Recently braces have become something that’s not just for kids as adults realize there’s still time to get a perfect smile when they’re older. Adults getting braces continues to be popular because of how it’s able to straighten teeth but still comes with that stigma with many about how it ends up looking.

One problem many adults encounter when getting braces is the long treatment times and reluctance to get metal braces put in their mouth. This is where the 6 Month Braces Treatment and hidden braces, sometimes known as Lingual braces, come into play.

What are hidden braces exactly?

These braces are completely built on the inner side of the mouth so that it’s not visible to people easily. Because of this, there’ll be less of a self-conscious issue, but beyond that, they are one of the more advanced options out there. They’ll help align your teeth and are one of the more comfortable options, as having braces can lead to a common ache that’s felt within the duration of having them.

Which Adult Braces are Right for You

Everyone’s mouth is different so hidden braces may not be the best option for everyone. Schedule an initial consultation at Rapid Braces and Dr. Georgaklis can get a good look at your mouth and how your teeth are positioned so he can recommend the best braces option for you. Over 90% of cases started at Rapid Braces are done within 6 months so you can get your braces off fast.

In the End

You’re never too old to be getting braces and change how nice your smile can be. It’s one of those things that only you can decide, but keep in mind that any discomfort or social discomfort that may come from wearing braces will only be short-term, with long-term advantages because having straighter teeth will help keep your mouth healthier.

If you’re an adult and considering getting braces, then now is as good as ever, so you can get through the process and start enjoying how you look as soon as possible. Hidden braces can be an option for you as it will eliminate the mental block you’re giving yourself due to how you will appear. They’re built so no one will know what is going on.

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Best Ways to Keep Clear Braces Sparkling Clean

Choosing Clear Braces for your 6 Month Braces treatment is one of the best ways to get your teeth straightened fast. Clear Braces us clear bands and wiring so your braces can stay hidden while they transform your smile. Many people are used to having to wear braces for much longer but recent advancements in cosmetic orthodontics has made getting a beautiful smile much easier.

Getting your braces off and seeing your beautiful smile is something that all of our patients can’t wait for when they get their braces on but there is still some work to do. It’s important to keep your teeth and braces clean while you’re wearing your braces to make sure your smile looks as good as you’ve imagined. Here are some tips that will help you keep your teeth clean while wearing clear 6 Month Braces.

Brush Your Teeth Often

Brushing your teeth regularly is important but it’s even more important when you’re wearing braces. Clear braces may be almost invisible but they still offer a number of places for food to get stuck and cause a problem. Quickly brushing your teeth after every meal and making sure to take the time to brush thoroughly in the morning and at night is the best way to keep your teeth clean with braces.

Floss Regularly

Like brushing, flossing is a great way to keep your mouth clean. Flossing can help you get to some hard to reach places that a toothbrush can’t with the fine thread. It’s important not to pull too hard on your floss to avoid damaging your braces.

Stay Away from Specific Foods

Everyone who’s ever had braces knows you need to avoid hard, sticky foods like candy, popcorn, Peanuts, etc. but there are some others that can cause problems with clear braces. Due to the transparent nature, clear braces can get stained so staying away from foods or drinks that can stain your teeth like blueberries or red wine is a good idea.

Visit Dentist for Regular Cleanings

Getting 6 Month Braces is a big step towards getting a beautiful smile that you can show off to the world but that smile still needs to be cared for. Visiting your Dentist for regular cleanings and Cosmetic Orthodontist for regular checkups while undergoing 6 Month Braces treatment in Boston is essential. Contact Rapid Braces to schedule an initial consultation so you can learn more about how you can get straight teeth in 6 months or less.

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The Benefits of Cosmetic Orthodontics

Everyone is aware of the tremendous benefits of having good teeth for both physical and emotional well-being. You use your smile every day, but if you don’t feel confident in it, you might use it less frequently. Adults in the Boston area can actually benefit from cosmetic dentistry in many ways other than simply improving their smiles. With recent improvements, like 6 month braces, these advantages can become a reality faster than you ever thought possible. The advantages of cosmetic orthodontics are listed below.


  1. Prevent future damage to your teeth! A qualified cosmetic orthodontist can make sure that when you choose to have aesthetic dental work done, it can prevent any potential dental problems that may have existed before the dental work. Visiting a reputable cosmetic orthodontist is crucial to ensuring that your procedure is done correctly and lasts for a long time. By addressing any anomalies that can make particular sections of your mouth difficult to clean, gum reshaping and teeth bonding operations can help make your mouth easier to clean. Many folks in Boston who sought gum and teeth repair procedures from Rapid Braces left with a smile that was simpler to maintain in a healthy and attractive state.
  2. Despite the fact that everyone matures gracefully, we all strive to appear younger in the long run. Erosion and discoloration of the teeth are typical aging symptoms. However, you can reverse these aging effects by seeing a qualified cosmetic orthodontist. For instance, if you need your gums reshaped or have a lost tooth, those may be things that make you appear older. Another common option for folks in the Boston area getting ready for a big occasion is teeth whitening. A skilled cosmetic orthodontist can improve your smile and make you look younger by doing dental work on you.
  3. Fixes Cosmetic Issues – These could be very minor issues that only you would see, such as a chipped tooth or an irregularly formed gum, or they could be more serious, such as a tooth that is completely gone. An expert in cosmetic dentistry will correct these aesthetic issues so you can feel like yourself once again.

Making the decision to move forward with treatment from a cosmetic orthodontist is a big step to getting a beautiful healthy smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Georgaklis at Rapid Braces for a 1-on-1 initial consultation so he can see your mouth and how your smile can be improved. Once he has a better understanding of what’s needed, Dr. G can recommend the adult braces option that would work best for you. Over 90% of cases started at Rapid Braces are finished in 6 months or less so you can get your braces off fast.

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How to Care for Lingual Braces

One of the concerns that we hear about from patients on a regular basis is how to care for their braces. Cosmetic Orthodontic patients that are getting lingual braces often think that the care routine will be much different than that of traditional braces. As far as your daily routine goes there will be some differences. You will have to take special care to make sure that you don’t damage your brackets and wires. 

Lingual braces are on the inside of your teeth

Due to the fact that lingual braces are on the inside of your teeth, you will have to use more caution when eating than you would with traditional braces. Hard and crunchy foods are some of the easiest ones to damage your braces. You should try to avoid hard foods whenever possible. If you have an overbite it is very easy to add excess pressure to the brackets when you are chewing. This excess pressure can lead to the brackets and wires loosening and or breaking. You should also avoid foods that can easily become caught in the lingual braces. Having to pick sticky or messy foods out of your braces will cause you to have to put unnecessary pressure on them. 

You should always brush and floss after every meal

It is important to make sure that no food particles are stuck in your braces. Mouth wash is also a great tool for helping you to remove anything that may become stuck in your mouth. It is best to floss with a combination of regular dental floss and an inter-dental flosser. It’s best to use a combination so that you are sure to be able to get all of the possible places food particles could be hiding. While it is not as useful as flossing a Waterpik can also be used to help clean your lingual braces. Traditional floss will do a much better job of getting into tight places, but a Waterpik works great for light general cleanup and is a bit more gentle on sore teeth. 


Unlike traditional braces, any soreness or small abrasions caused by new braces won’t happen on the inside of your lip. It will happen to your tongue, but there is a solution. Just like traditional braces, you can use wax to cover the brackets to provide temporary relief. Most patients see relief from the discomfort associated with first getting their lingual braces on within the first couple of weeks.

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What You Need to Know About Clear Braces

The days of having to deal with unsightly braces are long gone. With his Rapid Braces technique of treatment, Dr. Georgaklis has changed the way orthodontics is practiced in the United States and around the world. Most patients can have their braces removed in six months or less with the Rapid Braces treatment. Dr. Georgaklis’ Brookline, MA dentistry office has a track record of treating 90% of his patients in just six months. The rapid braces treatment paired with clear braces means that your procedure will be as discrete as it can possibly be. 

How do clear braces work?

Clear braces work in the same manner as traditional metal braces do to straighten teeth. Each tooth is fitted with a bracket in metal braces. A metal wire ties all of the brackets together after an elastic ligature (very small rubber band) is wrapped around each one. The archwire is held in place on each bracket by the elastic. The cross wire is tightened or modified at each cosmetic orthodontist appointment, putting gentle pressure on the brackets and gradually moving your teeth into the desired position. Clear braces are great for adults who want an alternative to traditional metal brackets, but teenagers can get clear braces as well. 

What is the expected cost of clear braces?

Despite the fact that the procedure of straightening teeth is the same, the cost difference between clear braces and standard metal braces can be different. The cost is determined by your dental insurance and the circumstances of your case. When you come in for your cosmetic orthodontic consultation, we’ll assess your case, go through your treatment options, and give you an estimate of how much each option will cost. We’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure you’re happy with the cosmetic orthodontic treatment you’ve selected and the financial commitment that comes with it.

The 6 month clear braces therapy is available to patients who receive clear braces at Rapid Braces. Dr. G has been using the 6 Month Braces treatment for nearly 30 years, and 90% of his patients may finish treatment in 6 months or less. The most common reason patients select braces is to straighten their teeth, and Dr. G understands how vital a flawless smile is. He focuses on dental cosmetics in his treatment and will go to great lengths to ensure that his patients depart with a beautiful smile.

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