As an adult, crooked teeth can be an embarrassing problem. Patients tell us that their smile has an effect on their self-esteem, as well as their personal and professional lives.
What’s even worse, in many people’s minds, is the traditional solution— metal braces. After all, there is a certain social stigma associated with adults who wear braces. It certainly isn’t fair (and we certainly don’t agree with it), but in many circles, it’s true.
However, just because you have crooked teeth doesn’t mean you have to live with a lack of self-confidence, nor does it mean the only solution is traditional braces. In this article, we’re going to discuss a treatment called Invisalign® (you may have heard of it). We’re going to tell you why we believe it is an incredible alternative to traditional braces, especially for adults.
What are Invisalign clear aligners?
Invisalign is a brand of clear, transparent aligners that are used to straighten teeth gradually over a certain length of time (treatment time varies on a case by case basis with the average treatment time being a little over one year).
Invisalign was approved by the FDA in 1998 and has been available to patients in the United States since 1999. It has gained even more popularity in recent years due to an increased emphasis in the oral healthcare community on adult orthodontics.
How do they work?
The first step in the Invisalign process is setting up your consultation with Bragg Dental to determine whether or not you are a candidate for Invisalign. We will explain the treatment process to you in great detail and if you want to move forward, treatment will proceed as follows:
An impression of your teeth will be taken, which will form a baseline for your Invisalign treatment.
Based on your initial consultation, a treatment plan will be developed. It (normally) will consist of anywhere from 6-48 aligners. Each aligner typically moves the teeth just 1/4 to 1/3 of a millimeter at a time.
Over the course of several months, these aligners will gradually straighten your teeth by moving them into place. We will see you on a routine basis to ensure treatment is progressing and we’ll provide you with new aligners every two weeks.
As a side note, one of the advantages of Invisalign is that your clear aligners are removable. This means you can take them out for a few hours when you eat or if you have a special occasion (such as a wedding or a reunion).
You get the benefits of braces without the hassle. Adults and teenagers alike love Invisalign!
Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?
Patient compliance is one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to the success or failure of treatment. For patients who follow proper treatment protocols (wearing your aligners for 20 hours/day and seeing your dentist every few weeks for new aligners), the success rate is very high.
Invisalign is considered an ideal treatment for patients with mild to moderate teeth crowding issues, and is typically not ideal for severe cases. That being said, if you are considering Invisalign and want to know whether or not you are a candidate, call our office to schedule your Invisalign consultation.
What is the next step?
If you’re an adult considering braces, clear aligners from Invisalign may be the perfect solution for you. If you are in or around the Cumming, GA area, we encourage you to call our office or contact us here to schedule your Invisalign consultation!
Remember, you don’t have to live your life with crooked teeth. If you want to transform your smile and improve your self-confidence, you owe it to yourself to give Invisalign a try!