Struggling with misaligned teeth? Hiding your smile at work because your teeth are not as straight as they could be? Avoiding metal braces because of how visible they are within the workplace environment? There’s good news. Invisalign for adults can help you get the straight, confident smile you need without the visibility of metal braces.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system for straightening teeth and creating even beautiful smiles. It can accomplish the same things as metal braces, but without the highly visible brackets and wires. You don’t need to worry about having a mouthful of metal during key meetings and moments at work.
How Does Invisalign for Adults Work?
Invisalign for adults works the same way as it does for teens. This system uses a combination of upper and lower aligners made from clear plastic. As your teeth slowly move into the correct position, the aligners are changed, helping you achieve a perfect smile over time.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?
There is no “hard and fast” rule regarding the duration of the treatment. It really all depends on your goals and how misaligned your teeth are. Most adults will require at least 6 months of wearing their aligners. However, many adults may benefit from 12 to 18 months of treatment.
Will People Be Able to See the Aligners?
Yes, Invisalign aligners are visible if people look closely. However, from a distance, they are virtually undetectable, unlike metal braces. This makes Invisalign for adults an ideal solution for professional spaces where metal braces would be out of place.
Are Invisalign Aligners Removable?
While you should leave your aligners in as much as possible, they are easily removed. Just slip them off your teeth and you’re free to eat and drink or to brush and floss. The system was intentionally designed this way to ensure that wearers were able to provide the best care for their teeth while using the aligners. However, make sure that you wear your aligners between 20 and 22 hours per day to achieve the results you want.
How Often Should You Brush?
We recommend that you brush and floss after every meal while using Invisalign for adults. This helps to prevent food from getting trapped between the teeth while the aligner is in place.
Does Invisalign for Adults Focus only on Cosmetic Adjustments?
No, the Invisalign system is able to treat a wide range of important oral health conditions, including class II malocclusions, bite adjustment and even the appearance of your chin. In addition, you’ll benefit from improved confidence and will smile more, which can increase self-esteem and offer additional benefits.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
While Invisalign for adults or adult orthodontics can help straighten misaligned teeth and achieve other benefits, it may not be the ideal solution for you, depending on your specific situation. The best option is to have a full assessment in our office, complete with digital X-rays to analyze bone and tooth health. Then we can help you make an informed decision regarding achieving a smile you can be proud to show off. Call our office today to schedule your assessment.