If you have uneven teeth or gaps in your smile, you might be considering a teeth whitening treatment. While traditional braces are effective, if you’re looking for a solution as an adult, it might not be the right one for you. Fortunately, there’s an alternative solution available in Invisalign. Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide on whether or not this procedure is for you.
While it may be somewhat expected to have a mouth full of metal while undergoing a braces treatment when you’re a teenager, it might be a little distracting as an adult, especially if you’re in a leadership position at your job. Wearing metal braces as an adult can cause wearers to feel self-conscious about their appearance, which can affect their confidence. Invisalign aligners fit comfortably over the teeth and are nearly invisible. They do require a bit of adjustment to speak normally, but once you’ve gotten the hang of them, they are hard to notice.
Traditional braces can be uncomfortable, and the metal parts can poke at the soft tissues inside your mouth, causing some pain or irritation. Additionally, they require monthly tightening that usually leaves your teeth and gums feeling sore and tender. Invisalign, on the other hand, feel comfortable against the tissues inside your mouth, so you never have to worry about getting poked by your dental appliance. Because the teeth are repositioned very gradually, the change is not highly noticeable and not as uncomfortable.
With traditional braces, you not only have to be careful about what you eat – since certain foods can get caught in or even damage the brackets or wires – but also spend more time in keeping them clean, brushing around them carefully and flossing in between the brackets. Invisalign aligners are easily cleaned and, because they are removable, you can still brush and floss your teeth as normal.
The average length of an Invisalign treatment is about 12 months. Compared to the two or three years that traditional braces take, this is a much easier time commitment. And the good news is that the results are just as good.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a consultation to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign.