If you’re one of many adults who put off beneficial orthodontic treatment because you can’t bear the thought of having to wear traditional metal braces, you’re in luck! There’s an alternative treatment available in Invisalign’s clear aligner system. This invisible option involves wearing a series of clear, custom-made plastic aligners to shift your teeth over time into more desirable positions without the use of metal brackets or wires. Orthodontists recommend Invisalign to treat a variety of common dental issues, from bite problems to overcrowding, and it has a number of benefits for adults who are looking for a less intrusive and obvious way to straighten their smile.
Invisalign’s clear aligners mean most people won’t even notice you’re going through treatment. Adult patients often feel that straightening their teeth this late in the game will be too much trouble, too embarrassing, or too disruptive to their lifestyle. Work presentations, bio photos, formal functions – Invisalign allows you to attend to the business of your daily life without feeling self-conscious about your decision to invest in orthodontic treatment. It’s the ideal solution for straightening your teeth in a reasonable amount of time with only a minimal impact on your life. The only thing people around you will notice as Invisalign increases your confidence is how much more you’re smiling!
Because the Invisalign aligners are removable, the restrictions that come with traditional metal braces aren’t an issue. There are no foods to avoid, brushing and flossing is as easy as it ever was, and cleaning the aligners themselves is a cinch.
Metal braces have brackets and wires that can sometimes come loose and poke into the sensitive tissue of your cheeks, gums, and mouth, causing irritation or even mouth sores. Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth plastic that’s customized for your teeth, so they fit smoothly and comfortably. Because the aligners must be worn 20-22 hours daily to be effective, being able to avoid discomfort this way is an important feature!
Fewer dental visits
Adult life can sometimes feel like one meeting, school event, or sports practice after another, and orthodontist appointments can be one more thing to pencil in! Because there are no adjustments necessary with Invisalign aligners, your checkups aren’t as frequent and generally won’t tend to last very long. As long as you’re switching out your aligners according to your orthodontist’s schedule, your teeth-straightening should stay on track.
Straighter teeth for a healthier mouth
Many adults cite a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile as their reason for considering orthodontic treatment. While a beautiful smile is undoubtedly a benefit of completing Invisalign treatment, it’s not the only one! Sporting straighter teeth with a proper bite can improve your overall overall oral health. Crowded or crooked teeth can be difficult to clean thoroughly, and can also cause swollen gums, creating openings for bacterial plaque to grow and potentially lead to gum disease and tooth decay. An improper bite can cause jaw pain, speech impediments, and chewing challenges that may lead to digestive issues. Invisalign is able to correct these issues while your treatment remains invisible to others.