Many adults are turning to braces to correct malocclusions and other issues they did not fix during their childhood. An attractive smile is a big help in boosting self-confidence and making a good impression on others. However, wearing metal or even ceramic braces may not be a good option for adults who face the public, are looking for a job or are sensitive about their appearance. Fortunately, there is a viable answer. Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that is virtually invisible for crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, an under bite and an overbite.
Invisalign® treatment involves a series of BPA-free plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. They are transparent and virtually invisible to all except those who know. Our specialist will take X-rays and impressions to make a 3D picture of your teeth and gums. The aligner trays will be made accordingly. One aligner will usually last for two weeks, at which time a new aligner will be worn for two more weeks. This continues as each aligner pushes the teeth into their proper positions.
Invisalign® offers many advantages over braces. To start with, they are removable. Metal and ceramic braces are in for the duration of treatment. Because of this, there are many food restrictions with ordinary braces because certain foods such as nuts, bones and other hard things can break the wires and brackets. This could extend the length of time needed for treatment.
Invisalign®, on the other hand, is removable. You take it out when you eat, so you can eat everything you usually eat with no restrictions. After eating, you brush your teeth normally, and put the aligner back in.
Since the aligner needs to be worn 20 to 22 hours every day, it can be removed if you want to attend a special event such as a wedding, a dinner party or another reception. You will also require fewer office visits. Invisalign® aligners are smooth and comfortable. Your cheeks and tongue will not be irritated by sharp metal brackets.
People who wear ordinary braces need to spend a lot of time cleaning their teeth properly. Flossing and brushing becomes difficult, but cannot be avoided or plaque, tartar and decay could develop. With Invisalign®, the person just removes the aligner and cleans the teeth normally. No extra time is needed.
Crooked and misaligned teeth can gradually cause more serious dental health problems such as premature or unnatural wear on your tooth enamel and periodontal disease. Several illnesses have been related to periodontal disease, including cardiovascular problems.
Invisalign® offers all of the above advantages over metal braces, but the most important benefit for adults is the ability to have a great smile and better oral health discreetly. At work or in society, you never have to advertise the fact that you are having orthodontic treatment. You will have the flexibility to live without the hassle that other types of braces demand. We encourage you to make an appointment at the office of Dr. Latha Subramanian, DDS in Mountain View to learn more about Invisalign®. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!