If the mere mention of orthodontics triggers images of bulky metal brackets and wires overtaking your smile, you are not alone. Many patients falsely assume that orthodontic treatment means wearing traditional braces. However, modern orthodontics offers a full range of options to straighten teeth. In fact, there is one solution that is particularly popular among adult patients – Invisalign! Invisalign addresses all the drawbacks of traditional metal braces so that adults can attain the straight and beautiful smile they deserve without hesitation.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment option that uses a series of clear aligners to fix teeth that are crooked, overlapped, gapped, misaligned or crowded. The aligners are customized to fit each patient’s smile and are changed out every 2-3 weeks to help your teeth gradually move into ideal position. Invisalign can even be used to address mild to moderate under-bites, crossbites and over-bites.
Top Reasons Why Invisalign is Perfect for Adults
There are many reasons why adults prefer Invisalign over traditional metal braces. In general, Invisalign is ranked superior in comfort, discretion and convenience. Finally, adults have an orthodontic treatment option to fit their lifestyle and here’s why:
#1 A Secret Solution that Protects Your Self-Confidence
A primary benefit of Invisalign is that it is virtually invisible to others. The clear smooth design is the perfect means to get the straight teeth you’ve always wanted, while disguising the process along the way. This is ideal for all types of adults, including corporate professionals, public figures, busy moms and more. Whether you never got the braces you needed as a child or your teeth have migrated out of position later in life, most adults value the importance of keeping their orthodontic treatment as discreet as possible. Invisalign is highly effective at straightening your smile without threatening your appearance and self-esteem.
#2 The Freedom of Removability
When you get Invisalign, you are not locked into your orthodontic appliance until your treatment is complete. Unlike braces, your aligners can be easily removed to eat, brush and floss. This helps adults breathe easier knowing that they don’t have to avoid certain foods and they can take out their Invisalign for special events if they choose. The ability to clean your teeth without the obstacle of braces is also a major perk, and many patients report whiter teeth and healthier gums after Invisalign compared to traditional braces. To be effective, Invisalign should be worn 22 hours out of the day. If the thought of being “stuck” in orthodontics causes you stress, you may want to consider a removable option with Invisalign.
#3 Orthodontics You Have Time For
Traditional braces often require frequent office visits to tighten wires and monitor patient progress. This demands time that many adults simply don’t have. If your schedule is packed with work meetings, social events and family obligations, you’ll appreciate the minimal office time that Invisalign involves. In most cases, you’ll only need to see your Invisalign provider every 4-6 six weeks. Overall, Invisalign is a less-hassle solution with maximum convenience for the average adult.
Why Straight Teeth Matter
If you are still hesitant to invest in orthodontics after hearing these Invisalign benefits, you should realize the importance of straight teeth. A straight and well-aligned smile offers much more than an improved appearance. When teeth are in their proper position, your bite is more comfortable and less strain is put on your jaw joint (or TMJ). In addition, your teeth are easier to keep clean when they are straighter because plaque and food debris have less spaces to hide. This can help patients avoid frequent cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems that can affect your wallet and your overall health!
Are You a Candidate?
At Group Health Dental, we are proud to have certified Invisalign providers at our New York office. In a short office visit, we can determine your candidacy for this popular smile-straightening treatment as well as tell you what you can personally expect in terms of treatment time and cost. What is holding you back from addressing your crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth as an adult? We are confident we can help you! Call Group Health Dental today to schedule your appointment for Invisalign clear aligner therapy.