August 15, 2016
We know you’ve got questions about Invisalign in South Hadley — and your dentist has answers.
Q: How does Invisalign compare to metal braces?
A: Good question. While the results are the same, your experience throughout the treatment for traditional and clear braces is completely different. For one, Invisalign is removable, while metal braces are affixed to the teeth. With removable trays, you can continue to eat what you like throughout the treatment. And proper brushing and flossing is as easy as before — simply slip out the trays and enjoy good dental hygiene throughout the Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign also requires fewer visits to the dentist, and the need for emergency visits is almost eliminated with clear plastic trays. Traditional braces, however, may experience frequent problems, like a broken bracket, popped off wire, or hardware that causes a painful sore that just won’t get well.
Q: Does Invisalign works as well as traditional braces?
A: Absolutely — for the right kind of dental misalignments. Severely misaligned teeth may still require those traditional metal brackets and wires. But Invisalign corrects most common problems, including gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and overbite, underbite, and crossbite. It uses the same orthodontic principles as traditional braces, applying focused pressure to select areas of the bite throughout treatment. With this method, the teeth are gradually brought into proper alignment. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out whether or not your orthodontic issues are treatable with Invisalign.
Q: How do I take care of Invisalign aligners?
A: Maintenance for your Invisalign trays may take a little getting used to. But compared to taking care of traditional metal braces, Invisalign is a breeze. The main things to remember are that you should brush your tray at least once a day, and rinse them every time you remove them and before putting them back in. Remove your trays before meals and snacks, and brush your teeth prior to each reinsertion. If you have time to floss, that’s an excellent idea, too.
Q: Is Invisalign faster than braces?
A: The truth is, it depends. Invisalign can be completed faster than metal braces, but your total treatment time will depend on the severity of your dental misalignments and the treatment plan we put in place. But either way, you will enjoy the convenience of the subtle treatment that requires fewer visits to the dentist throughout treatment — just come to our office every four to six weeks. We’ll make sure everything is progressing as it should, and send you back on your way!
Q: Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
A: Invisalign can be an excellent option for adults and older teens who wish to achieve straighter teeth without submitting themselves to years with metal brackets and wires. People dealing with minor to moderate misalignments who are in good oral health are typically excellent candidates for the treatment! Contact Newton Street Dental to learn more about whether or not Invisalign is right for you. We can’t to help you enjoy all the benefits of straight, beautiful teeth!
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