Braces for grown-ups? Absolutely. Invisalign has transformed the orthodontic options available to people who have long passed their teen years. Traditional metal braces are no longer reserved for adolescents alone, or the odd adult who finally needs to correct a painful misalignment. With the innovation of Invisalign for adults, the door has been opened to nearly any person who wants to straighten their teeth without anyone knowing that they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you went through junior high then you are familiar with unfortunate nicknames like “brace face” or “metal mouth.” No one wants to saddle themselves with that kind of title as an adult, not when you already have “CEO” or “PhD” after your name, or when you find yourself giving presentations, sales pitches, arguments, or lessons before a group of people on a regular basis.
Thankfully, there is Invisalign. Clear, nearly invisible aligners make it possible for adults to enjoy the benefits of aligned teeth and an aligned bite while continuing with daily life without interruptions. If it is has ever been recommended that you pursue orthodontic treatment, chances are you are dealing with crowded teeth, a crossbite, an underbite, an overbite, or an open bite. You may be a mouth breather, or your upper and lower jaws may not come together as they should. There are many factors that affect a person’s tooth alignment, and if you were simply unlucky enough to have the DNA that gives you a small palette or crooked teeth, then it’s time to be the adult you are and fix the problem.
Most of the misalignment problems that can be corrected by traditional metal braces can also be corrected by Invisalign. And visiting an Elite Provider of Invisalign for adults with a great deal of experience means you will get the kind of customized orthodontic treatment that will accurately and efficiently straighten your teeth and bite.
A good smile is important. Knowing that your smile is attractive and appealing helps you feel more confident about yourself, your appearance, and your patterns of speech. But the wearer of Invisalign must be dedicated to their orthodontic treatment, perhaps even more so than the wearer of traditional metal braces. The patient who uses Invisalign must rigorously follow their treatment plan, which is created by their Philadelphia Invisalign provider at the start of treatment and updated as needed. It is critical to change aligners when indicated and keep them clean and safe in the meantime.
Invisalign must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. And it’s also important to remove the aligners when eating so they do not become damaged, broken, or stained. Water is the only food item or beverage that is permitted to be ingested while you wear Invisalign so as to maintain the integrity of the clear aligners. If you can’t break your all-day coffee or soda habit, your Invisalign aligners will discolor quickly, and that will defy the whole point of opting for orthodontic treatment that is under the radar. Plus, your teeth and smile will just look gross and unattractive.
One of the biggest appeals of Invisalign is its flexibility. It should not feel like one more thing that must be added to your to-do list. Invisalign will be able to blend right into your lifestyle, no matter your career, social pursuits, or family obligations. It’s easy to remove Invisalign when needed – photos, special meals, a big event – and pop the aligners right back in afterward.
The goal of Invisalign for adults is to not only correct any bite problems and misalignment, but to leave you with a pain-free smile. While many people seek orthodontic treatment simply for the aesthetic value – they just want a nicer, straighter smile – many others must pursue orthodontia in order to eliminate a very uncomfortable condition. Teeth grinding and odd jaw positions can lead to enamel erosion, cavities, and even gum disease. And if you’re the kind of person who would rather spend less time in the dentist’s chair, Invisalign is one way to get the corrected smile you want and protect your teeth for the future.
Because adults are busy, the fewer appointments you have with your dentist the happier you will likely be. Invisalign saves time – check-ups are usually only every four to six weeks, and you will pick up your next few sets of aligners while your dentist checks on your progress.
Everything about Invisalign for adults is designed to fit into a grown-up life – Invisalign is clear, hassle-free, and convenient. In many cases, Invisalign treatment time is shorter than for traditional metal braces, wrapping up in about a year. Reinvigorate your life with a straight smile, and do it with the help of your Philadelphia dentist and Elite Provider of Invisalign, Dr. Ken Cirka.
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