Are you currently less than satisfied with the appearance of your smile? Do you wish that it was more even, straighter, or less crowded? Does the thought of having traditional metal braces make you cringe? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® may be the best orthodontic treatment for you.
Seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult can seem like a daunting task. As an adult, you probably have a busy schedule and possibly even a career centered around personal image. Luckily, Invisalign® treatment works well for many adults. Whether this is your first round of orthodontic treatment or you’ve had orthodontic treatment as a kid, Invisalign® can makeover your smile. Here are five reasons to try Invisalign® treatment as an adult:
Discreet Orthodontic Treatment
Invisalign® treatment uses clear aligners in place of metal brackets and wires. These clear aligners are also customized to fit over your teeth without looking bulky. The end result is orthodontic treatment that is barely noticeable when smiling or speaking. For many adults, the discreet orthodontic treatment that Invisalign® offers is essential.
You Can Eat Whatever You Want
Invisalign® aligners are considered to be removable appliances, meaning that they can be freely removed from the mouth. Since it is required to remove the aligners prior to eating, there are no foods that can damage them. With Invisalign®, you can continue to eat whatever you want and will have no dietary restrictions like you would with traditional metal braces.
Works for a Busy Schedule
Treatment with Invisalign® can easily fit into a busy schedule. Although you will need to attend dental visits to have your progress monitored, these appointments are spaced out about every 6-8 weeks. In between appointments, you can simply switch the aligners on your own. With traditional metal braces, you often need to have appointments every 4-6 weeks to have adjustments made by the dentist.
Comparable to Traditional Metal Braces
Although Invisalign® uses a different orthodontic appliance, the method of moving the teeth is about the same. The aligners work in the same way as the brackets and wires of traditional metal braces by applying a constant force to the teeth that softens the bone tissue and allows the teeth to gradually shift. In some cases, SmartForce® attachments may be placed on the teeth to help the aligners move the teeth. Once treatment has been completed, it has also been found that both short and long term retention rates are similar between Invisalign® and traditional metal braces.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® does not contain metal brackets or wires. This means that there will be no damage to the soft tissues of the mouth. Patients have also described Invisalign® treatment as being more comfortable than treatment with traditional metal braces. However, it is important to note that when beginning treatment or after placing a new aligner, it is normal to experience some soreness.
As you can see, Invisalign® is one of the best orthodontic treatments for adults. Its discreteness, flexibility, effectiveness, and comfort are all reasons why adults should consider Invisalign® orthodontic treatment. Although Invisalign® is almost invisible, it is clearly the easy and effective adult orthodontic treatment you have been looking for. For more information, see “Invisalign®”.
Dr Sepi is a board certified orthodontist and a member of American Association of Orthodontics, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, World Federation of Orthodontics, and Washington State Dental Association. She has published over 15 scientific papers in some of the world’s most prestigious orthodontic journals. She is also an editorial board member of the Journal of World Federation of Orthodontics and is a peer reviewer at the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.