Invisalign Is A Great Way For Adults To Straighten Their Smiles
You are finally living on your own. You are starting to build a career. You are starting to feel like an adult, but there is something holding you back. Your teeth are not as straight as you would like.
Maybe you never had braces. Maybe you did, but your teeth are starting to relapse or move back toward where they started.
Either way, you don’t want braces, especially if the treatment might take years to complete. In doing some research, you heard about something called Invisalign®. You would like to learn more, and you can by visiting our dentists in Snellville, GA.
Invisalign is one of the many services we offer at Parkway Dental. It’s an excellent orthodontic treatment for a young adult looking for a discreet way to improve his or her smile.
How Is Invisalign Different From Braces?
Invisalign is different from braces in a number of ways, some of which we will discuss more in a moment. The primary difference is how Invisalign moves your teeth.
Orthodontics are possible because teeth can be moved. Without question, braces will accomplish this goal. By attaching brackets and wires to your teeth, you can push or pull your teeth in almost any direction to create a straight, evenly-spaced smile.
Invisalign does not use brackets or wires. Instead, Invisalign users receive a series of computer-designed aligners that are custom-made for their teeth. These aligners push your teeth in the directions they need to go to create your straight smile.
Again, you can learn more about Invisalign by calling Parkway Dental at (770) 676-1122.
Now, let’s look at how your experience with Invisalign could be different than someone wearing braces.
This comes back to the materials used in your orthodontic care.
Someone with braces has brackets made of metal or hard plastic bonded to their teeth. Then, a wire is strung between those brackets.
Even assuming everything works correctly, you may find the brackets scratchy or irritating. If something breaks, the edges of loose brackets or a broken wire could poke into your lips, gums, or cheeks.
Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, and they are similar to wearing a small athletic mouthguard. There are no small pieces or edges to scratch the soft tissues of your mouth.
By this point in your life, it’s likely that you’ve had more than one friend who had braces. Even if they never complained about the braces, it’s not like they could hide the fact that they were wearing metal on their teeth.
You may think wearing braces in the workplace could affect how you are perceived by your co-workers. Hopefully, that would not matter, but it might.
With Invisalign, your aligners are clear, as in transparent. When they are placed over your teeth, most people won’t notice anything. You can feel comfortable wearing your aligners in professional, personal, and social situations.
Braces are bonded to teeth. They will be there 24 hours a day, seven days a week until your treatment is complete.
Because of that, people with braces need to make some changes. They should avoid certain foods. Sticky, hard, and crunchy foods can cause brackets to come loose or cause wires to bend and break.
People with braces also may have to change their oral hygiene routine. They still need to brush their teeth, but flossing is more difficult. It’s also essential for keep bits of food from getting stuck in their braces.
With Invisalign, you will need to wear your aligners most of the time. However, you also can remove them for up to a couple hours each day of your treatment.
You can take them out during meals, so you can continue eating whatever you want to eat. You also can take them out to brush and floss. You won’t have to learn any new techniques or to learn how to use new tools to keep your mouth healthy.
This is a little trickier since the time of your orthodontic care will depend on the specifics of your situation.
With that in mind, people typically wear braces for an average of two years, while the average Invisalign user completes his or her treatment in about 12 months.
That’s a difference you can definitely appreciate.
Ready To Change Your Smile
If you are ready to find out what Invisalign could do for you, then it’s time to schedule your visit to our dentist office in Snellville, GA.
Just call Parkway Dental at (770) 676-1122 or fill out our online contact form.