Most folks think of braces as a dental appliance for kids and teens — even if they have crooked, misshapen teeth themselves. The reality is everyone can enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth. Grownups who aren’t interested in wearing metal braces now have another, better option: Invisalign clear braces.
Perfectly straight teeth are certainly a key component of a beautiful smile, but they are also necessary for your overall oral health. Crooked teeth are more likely to have plaque build-up and wear, because their misalignment results in hard to reach areas where harmful microorganisms can grow. Misaligned teeth are also more challenging to floss and properly clean, increasing the chance of decay. In addition, uneven teeth result in faulty bite patterns and irritate the gums. In short, these issues go beyond the cosmetics of your smile; they put your entire mouth at risk.
Treatment with Invisalign couldn’t be simpler. The therapy simply involves wearing a series of custom-fit aligners that correct the teeth a little at a time. Every patient is different, but each aligner is normally worn for a few weeks before moving to the next. They can easily be removed for eating, cleaning and flossing, but are left in otherwise. The aligners slowly move the teeth in the proper direction, with each aligner refining the movement of the previous, until the teeth are completely straightened.
Treatment with braces guarantees several years of painful therapy and they can be very difficult to keep clean. With Invisalign, the aligners are slim and comfortable in the mouth and, because they are removeable, much easier to brush clean. Invisalign patients usually have straight teeth in a year or less. An added bonus with Invisalign braces is no one even knows you’re wearing them.
If you want to know more about Invisalign braces, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss this quick and easy smile-changing treatment.