Most people associated braces and orthodontic work with your early teen years—it’s something that you have done when you are in junior high or high school and the end result is straight teeth and a proper bite. However, there are many people for whom braces were not a priority, or perhaps were unaffordable at that time, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with crooked teeth forever. Even if you prefer not to have metal braces, there is an option: Invisalign®.
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment option that straightens teeth through a series of custom aligners made of virtually invisible plastic. Orthodontic patients wear these plastic aligners over their teeth to gently shift teeth into the correct place. Your orthodontist will provide you with a series of aligners over the course of your treatment to make it easy to get straight teeth.
If you’re concerned about getting braces because you don’t want all that metal in your mouth as an adult, Invisalign® provides you with the same teeth-straightening benefits without any metal appliances. Plus they are smooth and comfortable, which means you won’t get irritation and sores on your cheeks and lips from wearing the aligners.
Metal braces have a way of making life a little bit more difficult, requiring extra oral hygiene to avoid infections and potential problems like the risk of teeth staining that will still be there after your braces are removed, and limiting the foods you can enjoy. Invisalign® is a plastic cover over the teeth that you can take off any time, simply popping it out to enjoy your favorite foods, or when you are giving that big presentation at work, and putting it back in when you’re done.
Metal braces require frequent trips to the orthodontist for adjustment, but when you get Invisalign®, your orthodontist will provide you with several aligners that you can switch out at regular intervals. No need to visit the dentist or orthodontist for every adjustment, just simply switch to the next one on schedule and your teeth will be moving into place. You’ll only need to make an office visit every 4 to 6 weeks.
Like metal braces, Invisalign® can effectively treat many different types of oral health alignment problems, including crossbites, over- and underbites, crowding teeth, and misaligned teeth. In the end you get straight teeth and a beautiful smile that you can confidently show off.
If you’re ready to get that beautiful, straight smile and eliminate issues caused by misaligned teeth, visit a dentist today who offers Invisalign® as an alternative to metal braces.