In addition to creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile, adult orthodontic treatment offers a number of benefits. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, which reduces the risk of periodontal disease. Correcting malocclusions can also eliminate symptoms of teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint pain. Many adults, however, are reluctant to seek orthodontic treatment because of the time commitment, the need for frequent office visits, and the fact that they do not like the appearance of traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that is appropriate for patients of all ages. The following a few of the reasons why Invisalign is gaining in popularity among adults.
Comfort and Aesthetics:
Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear aligner trays instead of brackets and wires to gradually move the teeth into the correct position. The aligners are virtually invisible, so no one will know that you are wearing them unless you choose to tell them. The aligners are smooth and fit snugly over your teeth, so they feel completely natural. There are also no sharp edges to cause sores on the inside of your cheek.
No Food Restrictions:
Traditional braces require you to avoid foods that can damage or get stuck in the brackets and wires. While we recommend that patients wear their aligners at least 22 hours a day, you can remove them when eating, which means that you are free to eat all of your favorite foods.
Traditional braces require regular visits to the orthodontist to have the archwires adjusted. This can be problematic for busy adults with work and family commitments. With Invisalign, you swap out the aligners yourself on a predetermined schedule, which means less time spent in a dental office.
Ease of Maintenance:
Everyday brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings can be complicated and time-consuming when wearing traditional braces, which can cause even adults to neglect their oral hygiene. This can lead to gum disease and even cavities on the teeth around the brackets. Since you remove the Invisalign aligner when you eat and brush, there is less worry about food getting stuck in places where it is hard to remove, and you do not have to alter your brushing and flossing routine. Easier oral care means healthier teeth and gums at the end of the treatment.
Shorter Treatment Time:
Treatment with traditional braces typically takes several years. Invisalign aligners are produced by modern technology to the exact specifications needed to move your teeth into proper alignment. This means that your smile can be transformed in an average 12 months.
When it comes to adult orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is a discreet, comfortable, and effective way to achieve the perfect smile that you have always wanted.