Invisalign Treatment for Everyone with Square Smiles in Boston


Experience New England’s Best Invisalign Journey at Square Smiles

Square Smiles, located in Milton, MA, is here to help you achieve a healthy, radiant smile with comprehensive orthodontic care. Led by Dr. Elon Joffre, our team brings you compassionate, personalized attention, exceptional orthodontic care, and industry-leading technology. We’re working to revolutionize orthodontics and ensure your best smile. Convenient to Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, and the rest of eastern Norfolk County, Square Smiles is the Boston area’s best choice for leading-edge technology in your orthodontic care.

At Square Smiles, we’re dedicated to understanding you and providing outstanding care throughout your orthodontic treatment. Here are a few key ways we show that dedication:

  • Individualized care: We cater to your unique needs, lifestyle, and goals for a truly customized approach to your treatment.
  • Open communication: Our commitment to thorough and clear communication serves to ensure you have a complete understanding of every aspect of your treatment, empowering you to make informed decisions. 
  • Industry-leading expertise: Embracing the latest advancements in orthodontic technology and unparalleled professional standards, we focus on precision in care and the most effective solutions for each patient.

By now, you’ve probably heard of Invisalign, and you likely have an idea of what it is. Briefly, Invisalign is a clear, BPA-free plastic alternative to metal braces that can straighten teeth and correct bite issues with greater ease and less discomfort. What’s better, the aligners are conveniently removable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

Invisalign represents the cutting edge of orthodontics, in part thanks to ever-improving digital technologies. Product research and development also play a tremendous role: Align Technology (Invisalign’s parent company) continually conducts groundbreaking research to refine its Invisalign product line, adding new patents and capabilities each year. The SmartTrack™ material used in the aligners, for example, is custom-designed to compel orthodontic movement and has been tested against hundreds of other materials. 

Orthodontists like Boston’s own Dr. Joffre choose Invisalign because they firmly believe it’s the best option for their patients; and with the backing of Align Technology, they find they can deliver superior care.

Invisalign works through a series of aligners that apply carefully controlled pressure to gradually shift your teeth into their optimal position. Similar to braces, the gentle force applied by Invisalign aligners can effectively treat a variety of malocclusions. (Learn more about treatable cases here.) During your Invisalign treatment, we’ll closely monitor your progress, and you will change aligners every couple of weeks to get closer to your goal.

At Square Smiles in Milton, MA, we base our approach on the knowledge that every patient’s orthodontic needs are unique. That’s why we have a thorough analysis prior to treatment and a collaborative treatment-planning process. This planning process involves:

Once your treatment is planned and you’re ready to begin, you’ll be on a path that is unique to you; but certain basic elements form the foundation for all Invisalign cases at Square Smiles: 

  • Customized aligner trays: We’ll provide you with a series of highly precise, custom-to-your-teeth aligner trays, each designed to progressively move your teeth closer to their desired alignment.
  • Convenient expert monitoring by Dr. Joffre: Your progress will be closely overseen by Dr. Joffre and the Square Smiles team, offering you the choice of either remote or in-person visits based on your preference. 
  • Proactive care: Every step of the way, Dr. Joffre will be looking out for early signs of any common (and not-so-common) roadblocks in your treatment so we can get you back on track quickly should any such roadblock arise.

The popularity of Invisalign is due to its flexibility and convenience, subtle aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. Some key factors that set Invisalign apart from traditional braces are:


Among our patients, Invisalign turns out to be a better fit than braces for about 80 to 90% of them. The reasons for this vary, but some of the biggest benefits of Invisalign over braces are:

  • Aesthetics: Clear aligners are virtually invisible, offering a discreet alternative to braces.
  • Comfort: Smooth plastic aligners reduce discomfort compared with metal brackets and wires.
  • Convenience: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing for easier eating, brushing, and flossing.
  • Efficiency: A 2019 meta-analysis found that Invisalign patients had statistically significantly shorter treatment times than those with traditional braces.

Your specific malocclusion needs and other clinical factors will be important in determining the most suitable treatment option for you. At Square Smiles, Dr. Joffre is eager to guide you through all your available options, ensuring you make an informed decision that aligns with your needs, health, and overall well-being. Our primary aim is for you to feel confident and satisfied with your choice!

While the price of Invisalign varies widely based on factors we’ll discuss momentarily, the most important thing to know about the cost of Invisalign is that it’s very similar to the cost of braces! There is a misconception that Invisalign is far more expensive than braces, and indeed it once was. But these days, your choice of orthodontic treatment can come down to choosing what’s best for you or your child. You no longer have to choose between braces and Invisalign based on price. To answer the question of how much is Invisalign: Without insurance, it can range from $4000 to $8000. Factors that influence Invisalign pricing include the following:

Understanding the value of being able to plan around an expense such as orthodontic treatment, we are committed to providing transparent cost estimates and flexible financing options to help make your orthodontic journey worry-free. 


Typically, insurance covers Invisalign the same way it covers braces. For children and adolescents, this can mean full coverage depending on the policy. For adults’ insurance policies, it’s usually a portion up to 20%. By working with a variety of insurance plans, we work to maximize coverage and minimize out-of-pocket costs.

Does Delta Dental Cover Invisalign?

Delta is one of the most popular dental insurance plans, so of course many patients ask us if Delta Dental Insurance covers Invisalign. This can vary from policy to policy. We recommend reading your policy’s fine print. If the plan you have covers orthodontics, then your insurance will cover Invisalign.

What They Don’t Tell You About Invisalign

Of course Dr. Joffre and the team at Square Smiles will detail everything you need to know before starting your treatment. However, we recognize that you might already have some burning questions. We want to arm you with as much information as possible. So, we’ve put together some essential, easy-to-understand information and little-known facts that aren’t always included as part of readily available information about Invisalign.

The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign:

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Treatment times vary based on the complexity of the case and your (or your child’s) compliance with wearing the aligners. On average, Invisalign treatment takes 12 to 24 months.

How often should I wear my aligners?

It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.


Naturally, Dr. Joffre will be able to advise you individually about which treatment is best for your unique case. But overbite is absolutely among the types of malocclusions that Invisalign can treat, along with crowded or misaligned teeth, gaps, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and Phase 1 (childhood) malocclusions.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

Some discomfort is expected when starting each new set of aligners, but the overall treatment process is typically less painful than traditional braces.


This is a question folks are sometimes hesitant to ask us: What is Smile Direct, and how does it compare to Invisalign? Smile Direct, or properly SmileDirectClub™, is a type of at-home aligner system with a more DIY approach than Invisalign. A whole class of at-home aligner systems exists, with Smile Direct being the most well known.

As orthodontic professionals, we urge patients to work directly with an orthodontist, even if it isn’t us. The journey toward achieving a healthy bite and smile requires careful planning and monitoring by an orthodontist. At Square Smiles, your health and safety and that of your teeth remain top priorities throughout the treatment process, from your initial evaluation to your final results. 

As an experienced doctor, Dr. Joffre can identify needs or problems that arise during treatment and address them proactively, minimizing risks and ensuring optimal results. And, as a professional who is genuinely focused on his patients’ best outcomes, Dr. Joffre is confident that he is offering the best treatment option in Invisalign.


Tooth-colored attachments bonded to your teeth, also known as buttons, help enhance directed forces during treatment, supporting better alignment. Nearly all patients will need some attachments, and we’ll remove them when you’re finished with your treatment.


Elastics, or rubber bands, are crucial components for some Invisalign patients, working to improve bite or teeth alignment. Not everyone will require rubber bands as part of their treatment, but they do move things along tremendously when indicated.


Refinements may also be classified as a well-kept secret of Invisalign. No one is trying to keep them secret, but it’s a topic that just isn’t part of the mainstream, “Is Invisalign worth it?” conversation. But, refinements are a very common part of Invisalign treatment.

In order to understand Invisalign refinements, let’s zoom out for a second and talk about treatment planning. When we begin your Invisalign treatment, it’s all mapped out. We know exactly what positions we want for each tooth, what your dental arches are going to look like, and more or less how we’re going to get there. 

But! Teeth don’t always move exactly as expected. You can increase the chances that they will by wearing your aligners 20-22 hours per day and otherwise complying with the doctor’s orders. Still, sometimes despite patients’ best efforts, teeth will resist movement or move in unexpected ways. When this happens, we will take a scan and order a few refinement trays to get you back on track. Another reason why Dr. Joffre’s individual and expert monitoring is so important!


You will need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of your Invisalign treatment. The good news is that Invisalign retainers are clear aligners very similar to what you wore during treatment, and you only need to wear them at night! As for replacing retainers, you will need to do so: 

  • If you lose them, of course
  • Every three to ten years
  • More frequently if you grind or clench
  • After any restorative dental work that changes the shape of your teeth (e.g., filling, bridge, crown) 


Proper care of your Invisalign aligners contributes to a successful treatment process. Adopting good cleaning habits and following guidelines will ensure a more efficient treatment:

  • Always rinse your aligners when taking them off and before putting them back in your mouth.
  • Clean your aligners at least once daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion.
  • Avoid hot water or abrasive cleaning agents, as they can warp or discolor the aligners.
  • Try browsing Invisalign’s own line of cleaning products, as you may find options that suit your lifestyle (such as the UV Sanitizing Case or Invisalign Cleaning Crystals for busy folks or frequent travelers).

Other cleaning products are available from Invisalign and other companies, which may suit different lifestyles better (for example, if you travel frequently). Dr. Joffre and our team will provide detailed instructions on cleaning your aligners, answer any questions, and help you understand why these maintenance practices are important to your treatment.


We are so sorry to report that gum and mints are incompatible with Invisalign. But, if you’re a habitual gum-chewer or mint-eater who will really miss the habit, you may try out one of the following:

  • Chewies: These rubber-like pieces available in various shapes and flavors are made to help patients seat their new aligners and speed up orthodontic movement, but they may also scratch the gum-chewing itch.
  • Movemints: Also designed to help seat new aligners and quicken teeth movement, this product is an edible breath mint that you place between your top and bottom teeth and gently chew.

So, farewell to gum and mints for now. But we hope these suggestions help!

We strive to provide an environment where you and your family will feel comfortable and confident throughout the orthodontic journey. Our commitment to personalized care, combined with advanced technologies, results in an exceptional patient experience unmatched by any other practice in the Milton, MA area.

As the founder of Square Smiles, Dr. Elon Joffre brings his extensive experience, impressive education, and compassionate approach to providing personalized care to YOU. His dedication to innovating in the field of orthodontics and his commitment to whole-person care distinguishes Square Smiles as a destination for superb Invisalign treatment.

With a compassionate, friendly, and dedicated team led by Dr. Joffre, you can be confident you’ve chosen your best path to optimal oral health. Square Smiles combines personalized care, open communication, and the latest orthodontic technologies to make your Invisalign journey seamless and stress-free.

If you have questions for us, or you’re ready to embark on your life-changing Invisalign journey, contact Square Smiles in Milton, MA today! 

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