For older patients, braces can be a necessity but not a desire. Orthodontics treatment is one of the most common forms of dentistry in the United States, with 30 percent of the adult population having received it at some point in their lives. While they are necessary to fix problems like teeth misalignment and overbites or underbites, adults often aren’t happy with how visible the braces are.
Traditional braces are made of metal, ceramic, and wires and are affixed to the front of the teeth, where they correct the fit and alignment through pressure. This makes them obvious when the patient smiles, and adults who are professionals or self-conscious about their appearance might avoid treatment out of embarrassment.
To help our patients receive the orthodontic treatment they need without having to resort to braces, we now offer Invisalign® as an alternative.
Invisalign® is a form of orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners instead of traditional braces. The aligners are molded to fit the teeth and apply consistent, gentle pressure to correct the wearer’s bite. These aligners slip on over the teeth and are not permanently fixed, so they can be removed when necessary.
Invisalign® is used to correct minor orthodontic issues, such as slightly crooked teeth or a small overbite. Because these problems are small, most individuals only need to wear Invisalign® for 12 to 18 months. This requires going through 20 to 30 aligners throughout the treatment.
Invisalign® is given to patients who are 16 years of age or old and who have slight or minor orthodontic problems. Because the aligners need to fit smoothly over the teeth, Invisalign® is not recommended to patients who have severe overbites or underbites, or anyone prone to forgetting treatment.
Individuals who opt for Invisalign® often do so because the aligners are clear and difficult to see. Patients can still smile with confidence while straightening their teeth. The aligners can also be removed to brush and floss the teeth, meaning oral health is easier to maintain. As a final note, there are also few dietary restrictions, so patients can retain their normal diet.