Many adults would like to pursue orthodontic treatment for a straighter smile. Sometimes they never had braces while they were younger, while other adults were not conscientious about wearing a retainer and their teeth have shifted out of position over the years.
For adults considering orthodontics, the lifestyle effects take on significant importance. While teenagers don’t have to worry about impressing co-workers, bosses or potential clients, adults in the workforce do, and they may be reluctant to be saddled with metal brackets and wires that detract from their smiles and create the appearance that they’ve reverted to adolescence.
Invisalign can be a good solution for these patients. This system uses a series of clear plastic trays to reposition the teeth rather than applying forces through brackets and wires.
Invisalign is nearly invisible to an observer who doesn’t realize that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, so you don’t have to worry about how it will affect the perception of your professional presentation and capabilities.
Invisalign also offers more convenience. The trays are swapped out according to a schedule set by your dentist, so that limits the need for in-office appointments to adjust the appliances. You’ll only need to check in periodically so that the dentist can monitor your progress.
Keep in mind that this added convenience comes with extra responsibility. To achieve the desired outcomes, you must be sure to switch to a new tray per your dentist’s instructions, and you must also wear the trays for the specified number of hours each day (generally 20-22).
Patients also are able to maintain better oral hygiene when they opt for Invisalign. The trays can be removed when it is time to brush and floss, and there are no appliances to get in the way of your toothbrush or trap food particles against your teeth.
Speaking of food, Invisalign tops traditional braces here, too. Patients take out the trays at mealtime, so they can enjoy a complete and varied diet throughout the course of orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign offers a number of advantages to adult patients, so if you are a grown-up who wants to get a re-aligned smile, discuss this treatment option with our dentists.