Admit it: you’re embarrassed about your crooked teeth, but you’re even more embarrassed at the thought of wearing metal braces! Traditional orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth has long been associated with images of awkward, self-conscious teens sporting a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. There’s hardly anything discreet about that image! Invisalign is the exact opposite. It’s a modern, teeth-straightening solution that’s completely discreet: only you and your orthodontist will know you’re using Invisalign.
Why You Need Straight Teeth
As an adult, crooked teeth are more than just an embarrassment. A less-than-perfect smile can hurt your confidence and self-esteem. Over time, you may find yourself trying to talk or smile with your mouth closed in order to hide your teeth. You try not to laugh too much for fear of other people seeing your teeth. What starts off as minor insecurities about your appearance can snowball over time, causing you to miss out on dates, job opportunities, and promotions.
A crooked smile, crowded teeth or incorrect bite can affect more than your appearance. These problems can also contribute to poor oral health. Crooked teeth that are crowded into a small space are more difficult to clean. Plaque and tartar can build up along the gum line and hide in between these narrow spaces. Over time, this plaque and tartar may push away the gums from the teeth, creating pockets that are susceptible to bacterial infection. As a result, people with crooked teeth or poor jaw alignment may be at increased risk for oral health problems including periodontal disease and gingivitis– even if they brush and floss regularly.
How to Straighten Teeth as an Adult
Straightening teeth as an adult doesn’t have to involve awkward and embarrassing metal braces. Thanks to technology advancements, today’s Invisalign aligners are more effective than ever before. Depending on your treatment needs, you could be smiling with confidence in just 18 to 24 months. If you suffer from crooked or crowded teeth and dream of a perfect smile, Invisalign is your discreet straightening solution.
Invisalign uses a system of clear aligners that are worn for a minimum of 20 hours a day. Every few weeks you’ll change out the aligners for a new set. The aligners subtly shift your teeth into their correct position and each set moves them just a fraction of an inch. By the time you reach the end of your treatment course, your teeth will be aligned in their correct position.
Invisalign clear, acrylic aligners (also known as “trays”) are designed to be easily removed when you don’t want to wear them, such as during mealtimes or at night when brushing your teeth. If you’re feeling especially self-conscious about them you could even take them out before a big interview or date. Keep in mind that you will need to wear them at least 20 hours a day in order to enjoy maximum benefits. However, since the aligners are clear, this makes them virtually invisible even while being worn. Only your orthodontist will know you’re receiving Invisalign treatment– no one else needs to know!
While some orthodontists do offer clear braces, Invisalign is different. Clear braces still involve brackets and wires. In this case, these appliances are simply clear rather than being metal. However, you can’t remove “clear braces” the same way you can remove Invisalign aligners. The clear brackets will be cemented to your teeth just like regular metal brackets. Since they’re clear, the brackets will be less noticeable. However, anyone standing within a few feet of you will still be able to tell that you’re wearing braces. As an adult, clear braces that still rely on brackets simply don’t offer the level of privacy and discretion you need.
Invisalign is the only discreet straightening solution currently available for orthodontic patients. To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, schedule a FREE consultation with the Docbraces team today.