Straight talk about Invisalign for adults
Are you sick of living with crooked teeth but aren’t sure if you’ve left it too late? Want an orthodontic treatment that doesn’t draw attention to itself, but still gets the job done?
If this sounds like you, Invisalign might be the right treatment for you.
What you need to know about Invisalign for adults
You may be aware that most orthodontists recommend straightening teeth in your teen years. Perhaps you have children who are getting braces, or you’ve simply seen teens with braces around the place.
The reason this happens is that your teeth are not completely set in place until the age of 20. If we apply braces or Invisalign to teeth before they are fully set in place, it is generally a more efficient straightening process.
However, it is important to understand that this does not mean we discourage adults from straightening their teeth. Adult teeth are still able to be moved using braces or Invisalign.
It may take a little longer than it would in the teen years, but this shouldn’t be a deterrent to achieving the straight smile you have always wanted.
Why you should choose Invisalign
We often recommend Invisalign for our adult patients as it is an extremely discreet and comfortable method. Invisalign trays are made from a clear medical-grade plastic that fit over the arch of your teeth. This means no metal bonded to your teeth.
Another major advantage of Invisalign for adult patients is that the trays are removable. Removable trays mean you can brush and floss your teeth as normal, maintaining a high oral hygiene level throughout the entire straightening process.
This also allows you the flexibility of removing your aligners for special events that may arise during treatment.
Choosing an Invisalign provider
These days, most dentists offer Invisalign or some form of orthodontic system.
While you may like the idea of not having to switch between practices, dentists often do not have extensive experience or a broader understanding of orthodontic work compared to orthodontists.
At South East Orthodontics, we are confident our extra years of study and experience will mean better treatment for you.
We understand the complexities of the mouth and have a thorough understanding of all orthodontic treatment, allowing us to offer the best treatment for your situation.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign relies on your compliance.
As the aligners are removable, some patients find it hard to remember to wear them or choose only to wear them at certain times.
While taking the aligners off for a special event is one of the advantages of Invisalign, leaving them off for too long will limit their effectiveness. It is recommended to wear the aligners approximately 22 hours a day to ensure optimal results.
If you feel compliancy is an issue, Invisalign may not be a suitable treatment for you. Also, if you require structural treatment, you may not be able to be treated using the Invisalign system.
Severe crowding, problems with your bite, and teeth that need pulling down or moving across will need a more adaptable treatment such as traditional braces.
How Invisalign helps adults
Invisalign has helped thousands of patients around the world achieve their desired cosmetic results. This discreet, lifestyle-friendly no-braces treatment can provide you with a hassle-free way to get straighter teeth.
The best way to know for sure is to come in for an assessment with South East Orthodontics. We will be able to offer you the best advice on treatment and help you to make the right decision for you.
To find out more about Invisalign for adults, or to request a consultation with South East Orthodontics, please contact us today.