Many people wait until adulthood to have their dental misalignment corrected. If you are considering an orthodontic treatment to correct your misaligned teeth, there are multiple options available, such as traditional braces and clear braces. However, these orthodontic devices still require brackets to remain on your teeth throughout your alignment process. Metal brackets are readily visible on your teeth, and clear braces, which have ceramic brackets, can still make cleaning your teeth more cumbersome. In addition, ceramic brackets can break under stress.
As an adult orthodontic patient, you may prefer Invisalign. Here are a few reasons why:
As a grownup, you probably don't want your smile marred by the look of metal. Invisalign aligners are barely noticeable. The aligners, which progressively straighten your teeth, are made of clear plastic. Since they are transparent, it is difficult for a casual observer to notice the Invisalign aligners as you smile or speak. In addition, since the outer surface of the aligners is smooth, food does not get caught in the aligning trays as it does in the brackets of traditional braces. You can eat without being self-conscious.
You can even remove the aligners to eat, but they would need to be promptly replaced. You will typically have to wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours daily for the most efficient straightening.
Easy Tooth Cleaning
A busy schedule can make lengthy brushing and flossing inconvenient. Since the aligning trays are removable, you can brush and floss as you normally do. You don't have to work around brackets and archwires like people who wear traditional braces. After your teeth are cleaned, you simply reinsert your aligner.
You may want your teeth aligned as quickly as possible. The intentional shifting of your teeth occurs more quickly if the method of alignment is efficient. Traditional braces straighten teeth effectively, but the amount of force needed in the aligning process is more than that needed by Invisalign because of the inefficiency of the straightening process.
Traditional braces must use additional aligning force to compensate for the opposing force generated by the friction of the elastic bands against the archwire. There are no elastic bands with Invisalign, which can straighten teeth up to 18 times faster than traditional braces.
If you are planning to have your crooked teeth corrected. You may be considering Invisalign. However, before an alignment option can be offered, an orthodontist will need to assess your teeth. Schedule an appointment with an orthodontist in your area to determine if Invisalign is right for you.