If wires and metal brackets on your teeth for months or years is not appealing to you but a new straight smile is, than you may need to consider Invisalign®. It is not too late to get that straight smile you have always wanted. Today, nearly half of orthodontic patients are adults. Unlike the metal brackets that were the only option 15 years ago, adults can now opt for a more discreet, convenient and comfortable orthodontic process with Invisalign®.
What should I expect with Invisalign®? Adult patients wear a series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners that are adjusted as the teeth shift into place. A series of custom-made aligners are worn each for a period of two weeks. You can expect a total average treatment time of 3 to 18 months.
Am I a candidate? Your dentist can evaluate if Invisalign® is right for you. However, you should know that though Invisalign® was once reserved for individuals who wanted to treat very mild cases of crowding, it is now used to correct even severe cases of crowding, as well as overbite, under-bite, and more through technology advancements.
What are the advantages? Invisalign® provides a variety of advantages over traditional metal braces. The removable trays make it easy to eat, brush and floss like you normally do. Also, patients are much more comfortable with the smooth aligners against their cheeks and gums as opposed to metal brackets. A more popular advantage is that you can avoid the embarrassment of having “a metal mouth” and straighten your teeth with clear, discreet aligners. Invisalign® also protects against the decalcification of tooth enamel that is commonplace as a result of cementing a foreign object to your teeth for an extended period of time.
Besides the obvious benefits of a straight smile as the ultimate confidence and self-esteem booster, straight teeth are also easier to clean, which prevents decay, gum disease, and even heart disease if subgingival plaque makes its way into your bloodstream.
Therefore, whether it is to be able to look in the mirror and be confident in your smile or to prevent some health concerns caused by crooked teeth, your choice to get adult braces will be worth it. You can take advantage of today’s latest innovative method to orthodontics without metal by choosing Invisalign® at Park South Dentistry.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry