Invisalign for Adults
Teenagers might become anxious when they realize they need to get braces or have their teeth straightened. They worry about what their friends might think, how uncomfortable, or painful the braces might be. Those same worries can affect adults who are considering getting braces too. It’s perfectly natural for there to be some nervousness or anxiety over getting them. Fortunately, today, there is a clear tooth alignment alternative to braces, called Invisalign. If you are thinking about straightening your smile, contact us at Smile Family Dentistry so we can discuss the options with you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are clear aligner trays that are made from a mold of your teeth. They are clear and go over your teeth to work to straighten them. Unlike traditional metal braces with brackets and wires, Invisalign is clear. No one has to notice that you are having your teeth aligned. Invisalign can treat crossbites, underbites, overbites, tooth gaps, and teeth that need straightened. If you have severely misaligned teeth, however, traditional metal braces may serve you better.
Is it Truly Worth it?
Some adults may think that having a nice smile with straight teeth is merely cosmetic and may think it’s vain to even consider having their teeth aligned, however that is not an accurate assumption. While having a nice smile can make you look younger, that is not the only benefit. Having a smile with straight teeth makes them easier to brush and floss and decreases the chance of bacteria to build up in hard to brush areas. Bacteria can eventually lead to gum disease, having properly aligned teeth can ward off periodontal disease. Also, while most people are unaware, periodontal disease can affect other systems in the body and cause diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
While most patients simply think of their appearance once they are through with their Invisalign treatment, there are other benefits as well. With your teeth properly aligned, it can help patients breathe easier, chew properly, and alleviate speech problems without issue. It can help reduce abnormal wear to teeth and because they protrude far less, make them less susceptible to injury. When teeth are out of alignment, they can cause headaches and pain at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which is where the lower jawbone is attached to the skull. These symptoms are gone when your teeth are aligned.
More and more adults are choosing to align their teeth now that Invisalign has become an available choice. Either they didn’t have braces when they were young, or their teeth have fallen out of alignment from their metal braces they had as teens.
As an adult patient looking for orthodontic solutions, the choices can be numerous. We can help assess your situation and recommend the best solution for you. Why not come in to discuss it with us and get all of the information available? We are located at Smile Family Dentistry. You can also reach out to us by phone to schedule your appointment or to talk about your situation. Our number is 925-825-1130. Call today to schedule your appointment.