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We Offer Discreet and Convenient Orthodontic Treatment Using Invisalign in Holyoke
If you suffer from dental problems because of misaligned teeth or would like straighter teeth to improve the appearance of your smile, Invisalign orthodontic treatment is a convenient and effective way to correct the alignment of your teeth. Many of our adult patients opt for Invisalign vs. braces because the treatment is more comfortable and discreet since there are no wires or brackets involved. If you are looking to improve the alignment of your teeth, call today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained Invisalign dentists.
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?
Invisalign orthodontic treatment uses a series of customized aligner trays to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. You wear each tray for approximately two weeks before switching to the next tray in the series. The trays are made from plastic, so there are no wires or brackets to irritate your cheeks or gums. The trays are also transparent, so they are virtually invisible.
Does Invisalign Cost a Lot of Money?
Most patients find that their Invisalign cost is comparable to traditional braces. Your final cost will depend on the severity of your orthodontic issues and the length of your treatment. We will go over your cost in more detail once the dentist has completed your initial assessment. If you have dental insurance, all or part of your Invisalign cost may be covered. To determine if your plan includes Invisalign insurance, we recommend contacting your insurance provider directly. We can also help you determine if you are eligible for one of our convenient payment plans or low-interest financing options.
What Is the Normal Duration for Invisalign Treatment?
The length of your treatment is determined by the severity of your orthodontic issues. Your dentist will work with you to devise a treatment plan that will move your teeth to the desired position over a period of months. In general, treatment times can range anywhere from 10 months to two years. The average for adults is one year. Treatment times for teens tend to vary more than adults. We normally recommend that patients wear Invisalign retainers following their treatment to prevent the teeth from shifting out of position.
Do Invisalign Dentists Receive Special Training?
In order to provide Invisalign orthodontic treatment, orthodontists and general dentists must undergo specialized training in the use of orthodontic aligner trays. Our dentists have extensive experience correcting orthodontic issues using the Invisalign aligner system and can help you achieve the best possible results in the shortest amount of time.
How Do I Choose Between Invisalign vs. Braces?
The two primary considerations when deciding between aligners or traditional braces are the severity of your orthodontic issues and your aesthetic preferences. Invisalign aligners are ideal for correcting mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as crowding, gaps, malocclusions, and crooked teeth. If you have more complex issues, traditional metal braces may work faster and provide better results. Aligners are also ideal for patients who desire a more discreet treatment alternative or who do not have time for the frequent dentist appointments normally required with traditional braces. We do not recommend Invisalign for children since they tend to have more complex orthodontic issues because their mouths are still developing. Younger children also may lack the discipline and maturity to wear the trays the prescribed 20 to 22 hours per day and are more likely to damage the appliance when they take them out.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign in Holyoke?
In addition to having a metal-free smile during treatment, Invisalign offers a number of advantages over traditional braces:
- Since you only have to see the dentist every four to six weeks, you spend less time in the dentist chair.
- Since you can remove the aligners to eat, there are no food restrictions.
- Since there are no wires or brackets to get in the way, it is easier to brush and floss for better oral hygiene.
- Since the trays are made from smooth plastic, there is less mouth irritation.
How Do I Care for My Invisalign Aligner Trays?
Invisalign aligners are easier to maintain than traditional braces. You can simply brush and rinse your aligners using cool or lukewarm water or use the manufacturer’s cleaning system available at our office. We do recommend not smoking or chewing gum while wearing the aligners. Of course, you should handle the trays carefully since a warped or cracked tray will not work effectively.
How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for Invisalign in Holyoke?
For more information about how Invisalign aligners can improve the aesthetics of your smile, call today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Invisalign dentists. Our dentists can assess your dental issues to determine if Invisalign is the most appropriate orthodontic treatment for your unique needs.