Many of us over the age of thirty have had at least one experience with metal braces when we were younger if we were lucky. Some of us had to even do a second round of braces later on. Even so, there’s a large population of adults whose teeth have shifted since they last had braces which may cause crowding or uneven spacing between teeth. Instead of going for yet another round of metal braces which can be painful, unsightly, and downright uncomfortable, there is a new option available to almost everyone called Invisalign.
The benefits of Invisalign are momentous, especially for adult professionals whose jobs are significantly impacted by their appearance. Not all of the benefits are just from a fashion standpoint, however. Invisalign can really help people who are struggling with confidence issues directly tied in with the state of their teeth and smile. There are so many more reasons to consider Invisalign if you’ve thought about making some corrections to your teeth and it all starts with a free consultation at the nearest dental office that offers them.
Improve Your Look
Fixing the misalignment of your teeth is usually motivated by the physical appearance factor. We are constantly surrounded by photoshopped and manipulated images of “perfect people” in the media, and in the west, chicklet teeth are the ideal. This puts a lot of pressure on people who may not have been able to afford braces early on in life or whose teeth have changed since the early years of orthodontics. Regardless of society’s superficial obsession with perfection, people who have crooked or misaligned teeth may be taking a hit to their confidence as crooked teeth are a big insecurity for many Americans. Invisalign can not only fix the appearance of your teeth, but it can do so in a covert way using clear alignment trays that are removable, versus archaic chunky metal braces. When people are wearing their Invisalign trays, they are virtually unrecognizable to the naked eye and are doing their work fixing the configuration of your teeth while you go about your day normally.
For those of us who have had metal braces in the past, especially in the 80s and 90s, we may have some physical and mental scars that remind us of those days. From popped wires poking into the inside of our cheeks to the painful abrasive feeling of brackets against the inside of our lips, braces have left us with some bad memories. Who would really want to go through that again as an adult? Although our experience with braces the first time around may have been harrowing, it still didn’t convince many people to continue wearing the dreaded retainer as much as they should have, causing teeth to shift once again later on. This is typically what happens after braces are removed during the teenage years! With Invisalign, there is no painful metal! The trays are custom fitted to your teeth, and each time there are adjustments, there are new trays made to reflect the treatment that is needed. Eating your favorite foods is never an issue either, as Invisalign trays are removable at the snap of your fingers.
Protect Your Teeth
Not only will Invisalign fix the appearance of your teeth by straightening them, but they can also protect your teeth from the damage of traditional braces. Metal brackets are cemented onto teeth in order to install metal braces efficiently. This can cause demineralization of teeth while also inducing pain to the gums and inner mouth. Metal braces also use quite a bit of force each time they’re adjusted which can become very painful for several days after, causing people not to be able to eat solid foods. With clear alignment trays, this is completely avoidable. Not only does Invisalign reduce the overall damage caused while straightening teeth, but it makes the entire process less painful and can help avoid gum disease and cavities.
Wait Less Time
With traditional braces, getting your teeth perfectly aligned can take more than a year, sometimes as long as two years or more, which can feel demoralizing for people, especially adults in the professional field. Whether people want to admit it or not, seeing traditional metal braces on an adult can be quite distracting and noticeable. Even though these people are investing time and money into improving their teeth, they may still be ostracized. Not only are Invisalign trays invisible and nearly undetectable by the naked eye, but they also work faster than traditional braces! Most people who are candidates for Invisalign can straighten their teeth within the span of a year to a year and a half.
Are You an Invisalign Candidate?
Invisalign patients undergo treatment planning which is computerized to help make sure the trays are doing their jobs. This also helps determine how long the process will take to ensure teeth are given enough time to move into their correct places. This is a major advantage to metal braces which can end in a more trial-and-error method of fixing teeth.
To determine whether or not Invisalign would work for you, schedule a free consultation with a specialist. Unfortunately, there are some people who are not able to wear them due to having specific bite and jaw problems. People with an open bite may need to address their issues more aggressively before they can align their teeth with alignment trays. However, most people with crowding or spacing issues are good candidates and will benefit greatly with Invisalign.
Now that there is an affordable and less invasive way to straighten teeth, there is no reason you should have to live with the insecurity surrounding your smile. It’s truly possible to reach the perfect teeth you’ve always wanted! The days of painful brackets, wires, rubber bands, headgear, and other old-fashioned metal braces torture devices are done. Schedule an appointment and get more information on what your treatment plan would consist of and get on the path to perfect teeth!