While advancements in orthodontics have led to very effective and efficient care, some people still have reservations about wearing conspicuous orthodontic appliances - especially during adulthood. Since our teeth can shift with age and the emergence of wisdom teeth, it is never too late to straighten one’s smile. Whether you are receiving orthodontic care for the first time or the second, there are discreet and comfortable treatment options for adults. One of the most popular treatment options for adults is Invisalign. This innovative alternative corrects spacing issues between teeth and can improve one’s bite without the need for fixed oral appliances like wires and brackets.
A Comfortable Alternative to Traditional Braces
Invisalign is made from semi-pliable plastics. Worn like retainers, an Invisalign aligner is custom made to fit over teeth. These aligners are snug and tight and a set of them is worn for approximately two weeks. After two weeks, a tighter set is worn. As aligners become progressively tighter, they produce consistent and gentle force to create tooth movement. Even though Invisalign creates force to shift teeth like conventional braces, aligners are more comfortable than fixed orthodontia because they are made from plastic. The plastic material does not have sharp edges so it won’t irritate or cut into soft oral tissue.
Another advantage to wearing Invisalign is the fact that aligners are removable. This means that a person can eat a full, well-rounded diet without worrying about debris from meals becoming stuck behind brackets or wires. Aligners are also removed for oral hygiene so that brushing and flossing is not obstructed by fixed oral appliances.
The comfort that Invisalign offers in addition to its discreet and natural looking appearance makes this treatment option ideal for adults.
Schedule an Invisalign Consultation Today
If you desire a straighter smile without having to sacrifice your comfort, you might want to consider Invisalign as a treatment option. While Invisalign is a great orthodontic system, it is best to consult with an orthodontist to make sure this alternative to braces fits your needs. If our orthodontists determine that Invisalign isn’t best for your needs, we will recommend other treatment options to help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Invisalign and conventional braces have different advantages and are used for specific reasons. Both of these treatment options can improve the way teeth make contact during oral function as well as align teeth to more healthy positions. Invisalign is typically reserved for adults who desire a discreet treatment method. Many times, adults wearing Invisalign have previously worn braces, or have experienced minor to moderate tooth movement after the arrival of their wisdom teeth or if they stop wearing their retainers. Braces, on the other hand, are intended for patients of all ages and can be used to correct issues with the bite, severe spacing issues between teeth, and tooth transition.
Compared to braces, Invisalign does present unique benefits to a patient. Invisalign is an inconspicuous treatment option that is practically undetectable to those around you. The aligners worn during treatment are removable. This is beneficial for eating meals and cleaning one’s teeth without obstruction. Additionally, there are no wires or brackets to scrape soft oral tissue because aligners are made from soft plastic.