Invisalign with Valley Dentists of Belchertown
Many patients are concerned about the alignment of their teeth. It can make them feel awkward and self-conscious when talking or eating, and can even cause some patients discomfort. A typical solution to this problem over the years has been metal braces. However, many patients are averse to the idea of wearing the brackets and wires due to their overwhelming appearance. Thankfully, Dr. Mark Medaugh can now offer a viable alternative with Invisalign in Belchertown.
What Is Invisalign? How Does It Work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that can help patients with an overbite, underbite, or generally misaligned teeth bring them into a straighter, more comfortable orientation. It accomplishes this by using clear plastic aligner trays that fit over your teeth. The trays are meant to be worn in a specific series, with each one being a different shape that gradually shifts your teeth into alignment. The individual trays are meant to be worn up to 22 hours a day for about 2 weeks each before moving onto the next one. Treatment can take anywhere from 8-18 months depending on your degree of misalignment. Invisalign has advanced over the years to be able to address more and more complicated orthodontic issues, so if you’re looking to fix your crooked teeth, you are probably a good candidate for Invisalign.
How Can I Get Invisalign?
The first step is to visit Dr. Medaugh so he can give your teeth a thorough examination. This will allow him to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you, as well as allow you to ask any questions you might have. Should you both decide to move forward, the process will start with his team taking a series of x-rays and photos of your mouth. These will be used to make your trays and assure they are perfectly fitted to your particular teeth. Once you have started wearing your trays, you will need to visit the office about every 6-8 weeks so your progress can be monitored.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign has a number of advantages when compared to metal braces, such as:
- The clear plastic makes them much less noticeable on the teeth compared to the brackets of traditional braces.
- The trays are removable, which allows the patient to eat and care for their teeth as they would normally.
- The smooth plastic is much less irritating to the surrounding soft tissue of the lips and gums than braces.
- The trays often work faster to correct issues than traditional braces.
- Invisalign requires less frequent visits to the dentist’s office.
Invisalign helps patients undergo orthodontic treatment without having to alter their habits like they would with traditional braces. The discreet appearance allows them to keep their treatment private, and many people forget they are wearing their trays throughout the day.
Is Invisalign Right For Me?
You can finally get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted without having to get braces, all thanks to Invisalign. It’s the most modern approach to orthodontics available today, and gives you the best when it comes to speed, comfort, and effectiveness.
If you’re interested in getting Invisalign, or have any questions, please call your dentist in Belchertown today.