June 26, 2019
You’ve got your summer vacation all planned out. You’re ready to experience the sights and sounds of a new exotic place. But what you’re not ready for is the pictures. For most of your life, you’ve been self-conscious about your crooked teeth. Now that you’re an adult, you can’t wear braces without looking like a dorky teenager. Luckily, there is a clear alternative: Invisalign in South Hadley. Let’s look at why summer is the perfect time to start straightening your smile with Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is a set of clear aligners worn over your teeth that gradually straighten your smile. Your dentist in South Hadley will digitally scan your teeth and allow you to see what your smile will look like after treatment. Then you will receive a series of aligners, each one a different phase in your smile transition. You will wear each aligner for a week or two, depending on your dentist’s instructions. Unlike braces, which can take up to two years, you can expect to finish your Invisalign treatment within one year.
What Can I Expect During Invisalign Treatment?
For the treatment to work, you are expected to wear your aligners for at 20 to 22 hours a day. They can be removed for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking anything besides water. If you’re playing contact sports, they should be removed and replaced with a mouthguard to prevent injury.
Invisalign is a more convenient alternative to braces because they do not poke the soft tissues in your mouth like the metal brackets and wires of braces. They also don’t come with any dietary restrictions. You can eat whatever you like as long as you take your aligners out first and place them back in afterwards.
You also have to make sure to clean your aligners every day. You can do this a few different ways:
- Gently brushing your aligners with a toothbrush
- Soaking your aligners in denture cleaner or a 50/50 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide
- Washing them with anti-bacterial soft soap
Why Is Summer the Best Time to Start Invisalign?
Summer is a great time to get started on your new and improved smile, especially if you’re in school. You won’t have to miss class for your orthodontic evaluation or your first few follow-up appointments. In addition, Invisalign will not be noticeable in any of the pictures you take this summer. Since it takes a year or less for treatment, by the time next summer rolls around, your smile will be beautifully straight!
Any time of year is great to begin improving your smile, but why not start now? You’ll look great and feel great for all those vacation pictures! Contact your dentist in South Hadey now to begin your journey to a straighter smile.
About the Author
Dr. Douglas Leigh has been proudly providing quality dental care to the South Hadley, MA area since 2001. He followed in his father’s footsteps by carrying on the family practice his father started back in 1961. He has received advanced training in many different areas of dentistry, including Invisalign. With digital imaging technology, he can help you visualize how beautiful your smile will become. For more info click here or give him a call at (413)-538-9604.
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