Straighten Your Smile More Comfortably & Efficiently with Invisalign
Crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth not only affect how you look. Left untreated, misalignment can lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues.
At Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry serving Easthampton, Hadley, and Northampton, MA, we are proud to offer Invisalign®—a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces.
How can Invisalign improve your smile and your quality of life?
Invisalign uses clear aligners that are nearly invisible. This is often ideal for teen and adult patients who might be avoiding straightening their smiles because of how noticeable traditional braces are.
The smooth plastic used for Invisalign trays is much gentler on your lips and gums than metal brackets and wires. Plastic aligners are also less likely to lead to sports injuries.
Invisalign trays can be removed when eating and brushing your teeth. This means that you do not need to change your diet and can reach all surfaces of your teeth to maintain proper oral hygiene.
If you grind or clench your teeth, clear aligners can function as thin night guards that can protect your teeth from excessive wear.
Is Invisalign an effective orthodontic solution?
Many Patients Have Achieved Straighter Smiles with Invisalign
It may be able to help you, too.
Invisalign Can Treat:
An underbite occurs when the lower jaw juts out farther than the upper jaw.
If your upper row of teeth sticks out farther than the lower row, you have an overbite.
A crossbite is characterized by horizontal misalignment between the upper and lower bite, rather than the vertical misalignment seen in under and overbites.
When the spaces between your teeth is larger than normal, you may want to seek orthodontic treatment.
An open bite occurs when your upper and lower teeth do not touch.
When there is not enough room for teeth to sit next to one another, it is known as overcrowding.
Is it really as simple as it sounds?
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But they are not made of metal; instead, they are made of clear plastic.
Specialized computer software helps us design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into perhaps several dozen stages.
For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom.
You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned. Your Invisalign timeline will depend on several factors, including how well you follow our guidelines.
I'm still not sure I'm a good candidate...
Important Considerations for Eligible Patients
In order to determine whether Invisalign is right for you, your dentist will confirm that you have:
Dr. Olszewski will need to determine whether the severity of misalignment you are experiencing can be treated with Invisalign.
An Ability to Comply
The reason braces are recommended over Invisalign for younger patients is often because they are not responsible enough to consistently wear the trays. Your treatment timeline will be longer if you forget to wear the aligners as directed.
Invisalign can close gaps, straighten crooked teeth, and more, but certain concerns will require another cosmetic dentistry procedure. Small or worn teeth, for example, might benefit from porcelain veneers.
Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment. Yet there are still some cases in which traditional braces would be best. We would be happy to explain the differences of Invisalign® vs. braces to you.
In the past several years, two features have been added to make Invisalign a more appropriate orthodontic treatment method for teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” hold the appropriate amount of space open for molars that have not fully grown in. Invisalign for teens also comes with “compliance indicators” built into the aligner material, which fade with wear. This allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves, to make sure the trays are being worn as prescribed. Treatment with Invisalign can only be successful if this is the case.
Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment
As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of the Invisalign system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don't neglect to do this! You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly; you can do this by brushing them and then rinsing them with lukewarm water.
Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You'll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile.
Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Teddi Olszewski and her team view every patient as part of their dental family, providing an unmatched level of personal attention during everything from regular exams to complex cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Olszewski is affiliated with:
- American Dental Association
- Massachusetts Dental Society
To book an appointment, request a consultation online or call us at (413) 584-2902.