Braces and Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Braces and Adult Orthodontic Treatment

If you missed your chance to have have braces as a teenager, you might think you have to live with wonky misaligned teeth, or suffer with a mouth full metal brackets and wires. With modern orthodontic options such as Invisalign clear aligners, you can have the straight teeth you always wanted without the pain or embarrassment of traditional braces.

Invisalign and Your Lifestyle

Most adults don’t look forward to the idea of traditional bracket and wire braces and the frequent (sometimes painful) trips to the dentist office. With Invisalign, the process and experience is totally different. After your initial smile assessment, you’ll receive a set of clear plastic aligners – one for your top teeth and another for the lower teeth. Each tray is worn for a couple of weeks, which moves your teeth ever so slightly, then you’ll swap it out for a new tray. With each new tray, your teeth are gently nudges into the desired position.

Since the aligners are made of clear plastic, they are virtually undetectable, so your friends and coworkers probably won’t even be aware you are having your teeth straightened. There are no food restrictions, unlike you would have with traditional braces, since you remove the aligners for eating and cleaning your teeth. Another positive is that you can brush and floss normally.

We recommend you wear your Invisalign aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day to ensure a successful and quick treatment. If you need to take them out for a special photograph for example, that’s fine, as long as you pop them back over your teeth when it’s over. Compliance is essential for successful treatment.

Treatment times vary between 6 and 18 months depending on how much adjustment is needed.

Healthier Teeth

When teeth are properly aligned, they are easier to brush and floss. This means there are fewer nooks and crannies for tooth decay to develop because these areas are hard to reach. People who like their smiles also tend to take better care of them.

Contact the cosmetic dental team at Smile Design Studios to find out more about how Invisalign can change your smile, and your life. We look forward to helping you reach your smile goals!