Invisalign® for Adults
Traditional BracesTraditional 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 InvisalignInvisalign provides several benefits for adults.
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.