Adults of All Ages Enjoy Straighter Teeth with Invisalign

Even an individual with a charming smile may feel self-conscious if he or she has crooked teeth. While many adults would like to straighten their teeth, concerns related to the visibility of traditional braces have prevented some of these individuals from seeking treatment. Although having braces should not be embarrassing, the majority of adults would prefer another, less noticeable option. Invisalign is that option.

Invisalign: The Inconspicuous Way to Straighten Your Teeth

Invisalign is the teeth-straightening solution that allows individuals to improve their smile inconspicuously, without the need for traditional braces. It is easy to see why Invisalign has quickly become the teeth-straightening solution of choice for adults of all ages.

Invisalign is ideal for those who:

  • needed, but never had conventional braces as a child;
  • had traditional braces as a child, but the braces neglected to rectify all of his or her dental alignment issues;
  • noticed new alignment problems since becoming an adult.

Reasons Adults Should Consider Straightening Their Teeth

Some people believe that once they reach adulthood it is too late to worry about misaligned and crooked teeth; however, by improving their smiles, these individuals can positively impact several aspects of their lives. Consider that a straighter smile boosts self-esteem and having a healthy confidence level helps people connect with one another.

Another reason for addressing misalignments, crooked teeth and overcrowding is to improve the way the jaw functions. Left untreated, these issues could lead to additional problems, including temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and/or cavities due to overcrowding.

Invisalign For Senior Citizens

Although a senior may have lived a large portion of his or her life with crooked teeth, there is no reason to continue to do so: Invisalign offers an easy, safe and effective teeth-straightening solution for adults of all ages, including senior citizens. Whether a patient wants to straighten numerous teeth or just needs a few teeth moved to a more optimal position, Invisalign may be the best option.

Common problems that are frequently addressed with Invisalign include:

  • an underbite (lower teeth jut out past the upper teeth);
  • an overbite (upper teeth jut out over the lower teeth);
  • gapped teeth;
  • a crossbite (misalignment of the upper and lower jaws); and
  • overcrowding.

Before Starting Invisalign Treatment

Prior to starting treatment with Invisalign, the overall health of a patient’s mouth must be determined. If periodontal disease is present, there are weak, and/or missing teeth, these issues need to be addressed before the Invisalign treatment can begin.

What to Expect During Your Treatment with Invisalign

Since Invisalign’s aligners are transparent, they are virtually invisible. In addition, each aligner is custom-designed so it fits snugly to your teeth and is comfortable to wear. Initially, speaking with your aligners in place may seem awkward; however, these issues will subside rather quickly as your mouth adjusts to your new aligners.

Over the course of your treatment, you will receive multiple custom-made aligners. Each aligner varies slightly from the aligner you used directly before it. It is these variations that gently move your teeth into proper alignment. Aligners are switched out according to the recommendations of your Premium Invisalign Provider. Some patients may switch out their aligners weekly whereas others may switch out every couple of weeks.

When it is time to use a new set of aligners, many patients find that switching out their aligners prior to bedtime is ideal because it allows their mouths to adjust to the slight changes in their new aligners while they sleep.

Additional benefits of Invisalign:

  • You will remove your aligners prior to cleaning your teeth, eating and drinking, therefore you have no food restrictions. That means you can continue to enjoy all the foods you love.
  • Since aligners are only worn for a couple of weeks, the likelihood that you will experience a problem during this length of time is relatively small. Therefore, on average, fewer dental appointments are necessary with Invisalign than with traditional braces.

If you are looking for a teeth-straightening solution, consider contacting Docbraces to schedule a free consultation with one of our Premium Invisalign Providers. Docbraces is a step above the rest in that we offer state-of-the-art facilities, T-Link online patient portals, flexible hours, complimentary consultations and second opinions, family discounts, interest-free payment plans and incentive programs for our patients. In addition, at Docbraces, we are dedicated to keeping dental care affordable for all of our patients.

Invisalign Makes Great Oral Hygiene Easy and Convenient

One of the drawbacks to getting braces is that they are notoriously difficult to keep clean. Even when you carefully follow a “braces-friendly food” diet, you may still find yourself with food particles trapped between the brackets, wires and your teeth. Not only can these stray food particles cause some embarrassment in your day-to-day life, but you may also end up with an increased risk for cavities or stained teeth. That’s hardly the outcome you want after investing in a new smile!

Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth. In addition to being a more discreet and private option over braces, Invisalign also offers important oral hygiene benefits, too. As you evaluate different teeth straightening options, keep the following in mind.

1. Brush and floss like you normally do with Invisalign.

With Invisalign, you can remove these clear aligners any time you eat, drink, brush or floss your teeth. You can continue your regular oral hygiene habits and keep using your standard toothbrush and floss. With braces, you’ll need to floss and brush after every meal, and may need to use special floss picks because of your braces. Brushing after every meal will be essential to remove food from your braces and prevent staining. You will also need to use mouthwash regularly to reach those hard-to-access crevices you may miss during regular brushing.

2. Watch out for stained teeth with braces.

With braces, you’ll need to carefully avoid foods and drinks that are known to discolour or stain teeth. These include coffee, soda and anything with food colouring. You’ll also need to watch out for foods containing ingredients like tomato paste, which can stain ceramic brackets and easily discolour teeth. If you have Invisalign, you’ll be able to dig into that big bowl of pasta or indulge in your daily cup of coffee without any fear. Since Invisalign aligners are removed before eating and drinking, you do not need to worry about uneven staining or discoloration.

3. Do not use whitening toothpaste with braces.

This may come as a surprise, but many toothpastes available today contain whitening agents that should be avoided if you are wearing braces. These whitening agents can cause the opposite problem, causing your teeth to be too “light” so when the brackets are removed there is a darker discoloration spot in the middle of your teeth! While this problem is rare, it can happen, so it’s an important consideration when evaluating your teeth straightening options.

If you’re dreaming of a straighter smile, Invisalign is a discreet, effective alternative to braces. Just like with braces, Invisalign will slowly move your teeth into their correct position. Unlike braces, however, with Invisalign you can remove these clear aligners at any time. This flexibility and freedom means you can enjoy all your favourite foods and drinks without compromising your oral hygiene or worrying about inadvertently discolouring your teeth.

There are many important considerations when choosing a teeth straightening treatment. Your orthodontist can help you consider different options and determine which treatment choice is right for you. For more information on Invisalign, Download the FREE Guide to Straightening Teeth Without Braces: The Power of Invisalign