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
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
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
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.