If you’ve put off orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth because metal braces aren’t appealing as an adult, you’ll be pleased to learn you have another option: Invisalign. This form of treatment, which is so popular for teens and young adults, can help improve mature smiles as well. It’s never too late to act, but the sooner you do, the sooner you can get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s what you can expect when you choose Invisalign for adults from Speaks Orthodontics.
What is Invisalign for adults? Does it really work?
This treatment option involves wearing a series of clear, custom-made plastic aligners. Each new aligner shifts your teeth a little more into the desired position, all without metal brackets or wires. Over three million patients of all ages can now smile with confidence thanks to Invisalign.
What problems can Invisalign treat?
Orthodontists recommend Invisalign for adults who need treatment for a variety of dental conditions, including bite problems, overcrowding and gaps between the teeth. Whether you have a single large gap between your two front teeth or small gaps around your entire mouth, Invisalign can restore a tight, beautiful smile.
I had metal braces as a teen, but gaps have since formed between my teeth. Can Invisalign help?
Orthodontists often recommend Invisalign to treat relapsed cases. In fact, it’s usually quite fast and effective to realign your teeth if they have already been straightened before.
- In cases of minor relapse, you might be looking at 10 to 15 aligners worn for two weeks each, meaning your treatment could last 5 to 8 months.
- If you have severe relapse resulting in bite problems, this more complicated situation could require about 22 aligners and take about a year to correct.
What benefits does Invisalign treatment offer adults?
Whether you had metal braces as a teen or not, you can get away with straightening your teeth using the invisible option. Here are some of the benefits of Invisalign treatment for adults.
Clear aligners mean most people won’t even notice you’re going through treatment. You can only spot Invisalign when you look very closely. This means you can give presentations, have your picture taken and go about your daily life without feeling self-conscious about your teeth. In fact, the only thing people are bound to notice is that you’re smiling a lot more as your confidence grows.
Nonrestrictive and convenient
Since Invisalign is removable, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods while undergoing treatment. You can also take out your Invisalign to brush and floss like normal. There’s no need to invest in a special toothbrush or dodge brackets when flossing.
People with metal braces often complain about irritating wires and brackets that jab into their cheeks. Invisalign is incredibly comfortable and fits smoothly over your teeth, preventing mouth sores and other discomfort that comes from metal braces.
Fewer dental visits
Your busy schedule is full enough without needing to visit Dr. Speaks overly frequently. With Invisalign, you only need occasional checkups – about once every six weeks or so. Still, your progress isn’t any slower just because you aren’t in the office as much. Simply mark your calendar and switch out your trays according to the schedule Dr. Speaks gives you, and your teeth-straightening treatment will stay on track!