Now that you are working professional, you want people to see you as an adult.
You’ve noticed that your co-workers all seem to have nice, straight smiles. This makes you a little self-conscious about your own teeth.
Maybe you have a gap you would like to close. Maybe you have a slight overbite or underbite. Maybe your teeth are crooked or crowded together.
In any case, you want them to be straight, but wearing metal braces for a couple years doesn’t seem very professional to you.
What can you do? If you live in or near Aberdeen, SD, you can visit our dentist office to ask about Invisalign®.
These “invisible braces” were developed with working adults in mind. We are proud to be able to offer them at Aberdeen Smiles. To find out if they could work for you, schedule a consultation by contacting us online or call (605) 277-9049.
Keep reading to learn some of the reasons Invisalign might be right for you.
A Discreet Way To Improve Your Smile
Did you wear braces when you were younger? Did you have friends who wore braces?
If you said yes to either of these questions, then you know that you couldn’t hide the fact that you were wearing them.
While no one is surprised to see a teenager wearing braces, they can be a little more distracting during say a job interview or a presentation to a client or potential customer.
While some people have called Invisalign “invisible braces,” that is a bit of a misnomer. Invisalign does not use brackets (metal or otherwise). Invisalign also does not involve wires.
Instead, Invisalign users receive a series of custom-made plastic aligners. These aligners are made of a transparent plastic that blends in with your smile. This makes your aligners practically invisible when you are wearing one of them.
A More Comfortable Approach To Orthodontics
Many patients who are good candidates for Invisalign find it to be a more comfortable option than braces.
Let’s start with the bracket. When brackets are attached to your teeth, they can feel scratchy on the soft tissues on the inside of your mouth.
You also will feel it when the archwire is attached, and you will feel it each time your braces are adjusted. That’s how you know the braces are moving your teeth, but that doesn’t make it any more comfortable.
We would not wish this on anyone, but an injury could cause your wire to break and bend. This can lead to it poking into your cheeks, lips or gums.
Let’s compare that to Invisalign. Each aligner is made of a single piece of smooth plastic. There are no edges or small pieces to break loose.
You will fill some gentle pressure when you first put in a new aligner, but it’s something you can get used to relatively quickly.
A More Convenient Orthodontic Option
One of the big issues with braces is that you can’t remove them during your treatment, which can last two years or longer.
And because your braces can’t be removed, this means you may need to avoid eating some of your favorite foods.
Popcorn, pretzels, hard candies, and other crunchy food could cause your brackets to come loose. Chewy foods and treats can get stuck in your braces or pull on your wires. Again, this can create problems.
With Invisalign, you should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day to get the maximum benefits. To put that another way, you can remove your aligners for a total of 2 to 4 hours each day.
When is a great time to take out your aligners? When you are eating. That means you can continue to eat all the foods you enjoy.
Just remember to brush and floss after you are finished, which is yet another advantage of Invisalign. Since you can remove your aligners, you can brush and floss like you normally would.
You will need to clean your aligners, too, but that’s pretty simple compared to cleaning between brackets and wire. With braces, you have to be much more deliberate about keeping them clean. You may even have to get some new tools to do so.
What Could Invisalign Do For Your Smile?
If you are looking for a grown-up approach to orthodontic care, Invisalign may be the solution for you.
Let us help you create the smile that you want to share.