Although braces are typically thought of as an adolescent rite of passage, more and more adults are having their teeth treated due to concerns about their appearance or due to misalignment. Invisalign is a popular option for adults undergoing orthodontic treatment because the transparent aligner trays are clear and difficult to see.
Why Would I Need Braces as an Adult?
Many adolescents and young adults find themselves in need of orthodontic treatment as their permanent teeth finish emerging. Treatment might be necessary for a number of reasons, including crowded teeth, misalignment, crooked teeth, gaps, or malocclusion. However, even if you had braces when you were younger, you might still benefit from orthodontic treatment as an adult. If you did not have braces, you are even more likely to be a candidate for orthodontics, including Invisalign.
Over time, teeth can move out of the proper position, particularly if you have lost teeth or if you grind your teeth, which can occur as a side effect of temporomandibular joint disorder. If your dentist notices unusual wear patterns or has evaluated your bite and noticed problems, he might recommend orthodontics to get your alignment back on track.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment offers several advantages over traditional braces, which is why this alternative treatment appeals to adults. These advantages include:
- Clear plastic trays are used to move the teeth, detracting less from your appearance
- Trays are more comfortable than traditional brackets and wires
- Trays can be removed for short periods
- Trays are easier to clean
Invisalign can effectively treat a wide range of problems, from over- or underbite to gaps or crowding. Each individual tray is worn for about two weeks. You must wear the trays at least 22 hours every day, but they can be removed for short periods. Care of the trays is fairly simple—you should avoid hot beverages that could warp the plastic, and they should be thoroughly cleaned at the same time as you normally brush your teeth. If you have questions about Invisalign and how it could help you, contact our dentist right away.