It’s National Orthodontic Health Month
October is National Orthodontic Health Month. It’s reported that at least 1.2 million adults in the United States are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth. That might come as a surprise if you don’t notice adults sporting the typical “mouthful of metal” that comes with traditional metal braces. This seems like a good time to discuss the options available from Dr. Jim Dores Dores Dental in Longmeadow, MA for adults who want straight teeth.
It’s Not Just About Braces Any More
Metal braces do an excellent job of straightening teeth, and in very complex cases they may be the only option for effective treatment. However, metal braces do have some downsides:
- Most people experience a significant amount of embarrassment.
- Metal in the mouth can result in irritation and even cuts.
- There are a number of food restrictions.
- It’s tough to brush and flosh thoroughly around the metal brackets and wires.
- Tightening the wires periodically to continue moving teeth can result in pain.
- Treatment is typically fairly lengthy – up to three years in some cases.
Fortunately, for those people whose orthodontic needs aren’t very complex, Dr. Jim Dores of Dores Dental in Longmeadow, MA offers a means of straightening teeth that avoids the complications of metal braces.
Invisalign® Clear Dental Aligners
Invisalign basically created the clear dental aligner “movement.” Invisalign is completely metal-free. The completely individualized plastic aligners won’t irritate gums or other tissues inside the mouth.
Each person’s Invisalign series is completely customized for his or her needs. Each aligner fits snugly over the teeth and is very hard to detect once in place. For best results, the aligners should be worn for about 22 hours each day. You can remove them to eat (there are no food restrictions) and to care for your teeth as you normally do. The snug aligners won’t pop off unexpectedly, so you can smile with confidence, laugh out loud, and sleep with them in place.
Roughly every two weeks – Dr. Dores will provide your exact schedule – you switch to the next aligner in your series to continue moving your teeth into place. Treatment is generally complete within six to twelve months; Dr. Dores will be able to tell you how long your treatment will take.
With Invisalign, you get the straight teeth you want without the embarrassment, discomfort, or pain of metal braces.
It Is About How You Look, And More
Straight teeth are necessary for a beautiful smile, and feeling free to smile broadly and often is beneficial to your professional and social lives. But the benefits of orthodontic treatment extend to your dental health as well. Misaligned teeth can affect your bite and cause premature wear and tear on your tooth enamel. Correcting those misalignments will preserve your tooth enamel and make chewing your food thoroughly more comfortable.
Discover whether Invisalign is right for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jim Dores of Dores Dental in Longmeadow MA by calling our office today at 413-241-3995.