Invisalign® in East Longmeadow
Straight teeth don’t only make your smile look better—although that is certainly an obvious advantage. When you have straight teeth, you have a healthier mouth and body, too. Well-aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss; crooked teeth tend to trap particles of food more, which may eventually lead to cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems. And gum disease opens you up to several systemic illnesses and diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. For these and so many more reasons, a straight smile is the beautiful and healthy choice.
At Scannell & Hollinger, we offer Invisalign, a technologically advanced orthodontic system that uses clear aligners to move teeth rather than metal brackets and wires. Thus, Invisalign is perfect for adults who don’t want to risk their social and professional standing by wearing metal braces. Self-conscious teenagers are also big fans of Invisalign. With this system, you can have the straight smile you’ve always wanted and hardly anyone will be able to tell that you’re wearing braces.
Other Advantages of Invisalign
That Invisalign is discrete is just one advantage of this orthodontic system. Another is that Invisalign aligners are removable. Traditional braces require bonding metal brackets and wires to your teeth. These are quite literally always in the way when you need to brush and floss. With Invisalign, however, you’ll be able to clean your teeth efficiently and effectively because the aligners will be on the bathroom counter rather than in your mouth.
You’ll also be able to remove your Invisalign clear braces every time you want to eat. With traditional metal braces, wearers often need to be careful when eating and even eliminate certain foods. Popcorn, pretzels, chewy candy, bubble gum and the like have the potential to dislodge or break a bracket. Invisalign allows you to maintain your regular diet and enjoy all the foods you love.
Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign
Once you and your East Longmeadow dentist determine that Invisalign is right for you, you’re probably less than two years away from having straight teeth and a beautiful smile. The process begins when we take a comprehensive collection of x-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth. These form the basis of your treatment plan that guides our dentists and Invisalign technicians toward your new smile. We work closely together to ensure that your orthodontic treatment systematically moves your teeth into proper alignment.
Your part necessitates wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours every day. After two weeks of wearing one pair, you’ll move on to the next pair and continue until you reach the end of the set. Periodic progress checks will allow us to check your treatment and dispense additional sets of Invisalign. At the conclusion of your orthodontic treatment, a retainer will keep your straight teeth stabilized.