If you are an adult with crooked or misaligned teeth, you might have resigned yourself to this fact, thinking you have already passed the window of opportunity for traditional orthodontics. Perhaps you decided that you do not want to undergo years of orthodontic treatment and a mouth full of metal wires and brackets as an adult.
But what if you could have straight teeth without the metal? Having straight teeth isn’t just important for children, but also for adults. It’s more than just aesthetics: Straight teeth are easier to take care of and keep clean.
Invisalign invisible braces are an excellent option for older teens and adults who find the thought of traditional braces unappealing. Invisalign is the virtually invisible, comfortable and removable alternative to braces that can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. Regardless of your age today, you don’t have to go through the rest of your life with teeth that are not aligned properly.
Find out about invisible braces by talking to our dentists at Katoomba Dental Centre.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an increasingly popular orthodontic system used to straighten teeth and improve smile aesthetics. It involves the use of a customised series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move teeth into the desired position. Every few weeks you’ll get a new pair of aligners to swap out for the previous set. Over time—usually about six to 18 months—your teeth will be straight and even.
The aligners are made from Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack material, which is virtually invisible, so most people won’t even notice you wearing them. They are far more discreet than traditional braces, which makes Invisalign a popular choice for adult patients.
The Advantages of Invisalign
Everyone wants to show off straight teeth when they smile. But even more important is the fact that correcting tooth alignment can make effective brushing and flossing easier, thereby reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It can also prevent premature tooth wear caused by abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws in patients with malocclusion.
Patient compliance is crucial: For the best results, you must wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day. You should remove them to eat, brush and floss your teeth.
Many patients ask whether they are too old for Invisalign to be an effective treatment. Absolutely not. Age is not a barrier to achieving fantastic results for patients who are motivated and committed to wearing the aligners as directed by their dental professional.
Traditional Orthodontics or Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment can maintain tooth structure and correct alignment problems, making it a great alternative to veneers or crowns as a cosmetic solution. It does have its limitations and is not necessarily suitable for any significant expansion or bite opening. Your dental professional will advise you whether Invisalign or traditional (fixed) orthodontic treatment is the ideal solution for your smile goals.
We invite you to contact our Katoomba dental surgery, your Blue Mountains local dentist, to book an appointment for a consult.