Adult orthodontic patients everywhere love the advantages Invisalign treatment has to offer. Many adults have already spent a lifetime hiding a less than ideal smile, so the last thing they may want is to draw attention to it during treatment. Because Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners, no one will even know you are in treatment.
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each set is perfectly calibrated to guide the teeth to a certain location, so that at the end of treatment, you’ll have a beautifully straight and properly functioning smile. The aligners are comfortable and removable, but best of all, they are virtually invisible.
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is its invisibility. We know that adult patients probably aren’t keen on the idea of being a metal mouth during orthodontic treatment. Luckily, Invisalign is a great alternative. Your teeth can be straightened using Invisalign’s clear aligners, and you won’t draw attention to yourself in the process. You won’t have to feel self-conscious while going about your professional life, as the aligners won’t be noticeable.
Because Invisalign doesn’t use wires and brackets, you don’t have to worry about metal irritating the inside of your mouth. Invisalign trays are made of a smooth plastic and are much more comfortable than traditional braces options. You don’t have to worry about cuts or sores from the aligners.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out when you eat and drink. That means you don’t have to worry about missing out on your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. It also means that brushing and flossing is no different than usual, and you don’t have to worry about the embarrassing moment when food gets stuck in your braces. There are no brackets and wires to trap food!
With traditional braces, you have to visit your orthodontist regularly to have the wires tightened to ensure the proper force is being elicited to move the teeth. But with Invisalign, each aligner set is perfectly calibrated to do that work. That means you spend less time in your orthodontist’s chair and more time doing the things you want to do.
Caring for the aligners is easy. Soak the trays in denture cleaner or special Invisalign cleaner to remove any build up, and gently brush them when you brush your teeth in the morning or at night. Since the aligners are changed every two weeks, as long as you regularly clean them, you don’t have to worry about them becoming dingy or discolored.
Treatment time depends on several factors. The severity of your malocclusion is one. The more severe your issue, the longer you can expect treatment to take. You must also be sure you wear your aligners as directed by your orthodontist. Remember, the aligners can only move the teeth when they are in your mouth. On average, however, Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 12-18 months.