Invisalign® for Adults


a smiling adult patient with Invisalign from Sawrie Orthodontics
Your smile plays an important role in how others view you. Your teeth are a key factor in the appearance of your smile. Crooked teeth can significantly affect the appearance of your smile and your confidence. Additionally, they can also affect your oral health, leading to issues such as bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorder. Braces have long been the go-to treatment for correcting tooth alignment. As an adult, however, a mouthful of shiny metal is not always ideal. Perhaps you work in the professional field, dealing with high powered executives. Alternatively, maybe you deal with clients all day. Alternatively, maybe you are just not too keen on the idea of metal braces. At Sawrie Orthodontics, we can provide you with an alternative with Invisalign.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to realign your teeth and jaws. The wires put pressure on the teeth, which then puts pressure on the periodontal ligaments. This pressure causes the ligaments to widen, loosening your teeth. The wires, then guide your teeth into proper alignment and then stabilize them as the bone and ligaments heal around them. While effective, the visibility of metal braces is a major disadvantage. Metal braces are associated with young teens, typically between 11 and 13. So a shiny metal smile on an adult can cause a significant amount of self-consciousness. A mouth full of metal can take attention away from what you are saying to clients or while you are in a meeting and can affect the opinions that your clients or higher-ups form about you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative treatment for correcting poorly aligned teeth. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners. When the aligners are set in your mouth, they disappear from view. No one will notice that you have them. The focus will be on you, rather than your teeth.

In addition to being completely clear, Invisalign aligners are removable. However, they should be left in for a total of 20 to 22 hours each day for the best results. The only times they should be removed are to eat and to brush and floss your teeth.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Your Invisalign aligners are created from digital impressions of your mouth. You go through a series of aligners; each one meant to be worn for two weeks at a time. Each new set of aligners is just a little different than the one before it, helping to gradually guide your teeth into proper alignment. Depending upon your specific situation, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign provides several benefits for adults.
•  They are completely invisible in your mouth. This can be exceptionally helpful in the professional world. Your clients, customers, or managers will be focused on you rather than your teeth.
•  Because they are removable you can eat all of your favorite foods without restriction.
•  Oral care is much easier.
•  You are provided with several sets of aligners at a time, reducing the number of office visits you need.
•  Treatment times are generally shorter. Most patients achieve results between 9 and 15 months.

Invisalign provides you with an alternative, discreet way to correct the alignment of your teeth, helping you to avoid the need for traditional metal braces. For more information, and to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, call Sawrie Orthodontics at (423) 624-8217 today.

Chattanooga

(423) 624-8217
1612 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Signal Mountain

(423) 624-8217
1229 Taft Highway
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
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