Invisalign for Adults
When you smile, your teeth are front and center. If your teeth are crooked, they can significantly impact the quality of your smile as well as the health of your mouth. You may even be faced with issues such as bruxism or TMD. Traditionally, braces have been used to correct poorly aligned teeth. They are still a popular treatment today and one that is highly effective. However, as an adult, the idea of metal braces may not be very appealing. Whether you work in a professional environment, work with clients, or are in the eye of the public, a metal smile can trigger self-consciousness. At Oasis Dental, we can provide adults with an alternative to traditional metal braces with Invisalign aligners.
Treatment with Metal Braces
Traditionally, the only treatment for correcting a crooked smile was with metal braces. Still a popular treatment today, metal braces use brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. The wires put pressure on your teeth, which then puts pressure on the periodontal ligaments. The ligaments widen, causing the teeth to become loose. The wires, then work to move your teeth into the correct alignment.
While braces are effective, many adults are not fond of the idea of having a metal smile. Braces are often associated with younger teens. For an adult, metal braces can cause severe self-consciousness. If you have a mouth filled with shiny metal, it can detract from what you are saying when you talk to your clients or customers. They can make you seem unprofessional and may impact the opinions that those you work with, and for, form about you.
What is Invisalign?
Today, there is an alternative to traditional metal braces for adults. We offer Invisalign. Invisalign is a completely metal free option that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. The aligners are worn over your teeth much like mouth guards. Because they are clear, they completely disappear from view once you set them in place.
In addition to being completely clear, Invisalign aligners are also removable. However, for your treatment to be effective, the aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours each day. They should only be removed to eat and to take care of your teeth.
How Exactly Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign aligners do not rely on brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. Instead, the rigid plastic of your aligners puts pressure on the teeth, loosening them and gently guiding them into proper alignment. Treatment involves the use of several sets of aligners, which are made from an impression of your mouth. We take a digital impression, which shows us your mouth on a monitor. Using specialized software, we can see every step of your treatment, and you can see what your smile will look like before we even begin. The software allows us to custom design each set of your aligners to provide the best results. Each set of aligners is made to be worn for two weeks at a time. Depending upon the length of your treatment, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers several significant advantages.
||They are completely invisible when you smile. No one will be able to tell that they are there. This is a major benefit for those in the professional world. With no metal in your mouth, your clients will be focused on you.
||Removable aligners means that you can eat all of your favorite foods without restrictions. You can also brush and floss your teeth as normal.
||You require fewer office visits, which means there is less disruption in your busy schedule.
||Treatment times with Invisalign are generally shorter, with treatment lasting, on average, between 9 and 15 months.
If you want straighter teeth but do not want to deal with metal braces in your mouth, you may be a candidate for Invisalign. Call Oasis Dental at (360) 836-1100 today to schedule your consultation.