The need to fix crooked, unattractive teeth isn’t one that’s simply reserved for pimply-faced teenagers who may feel conspicuous with a mouth full of metal braces, but know the investment will pay off in the long run. Many adults suffer from crooked or misaligned teeth that were never fixed earlier in life, or may have shifted position after braces were removed.
More often than not, adults simply choose to suffer with misaligned teeth, finding it preferable to showing up at work with the same metal braces they had at 13 years old. However, there are other alternatives available to adults wishing to painlessly and inconspicuously improve their smile. One of the more popular alternatives currently on the market is Invisalign.
Straighter, more properly aligned teeth offer greater benefits than simply improving the aesthetic appeal of a person’s smile; in fact, making the changes will result in better dental health and an overall improvement in a person’s well-being. A straighter smile helps the gums fit more tightly around the teeth, the way they were ideally intended to do. This dramatically cuts down on the buildup of plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food particles that accumulate between the teeth and gums, causing infection and chronic gingivitis.
Unhealthy gums are a leading cause of tooth decay, and left untreated, may develop abscesses around decaying teeth. This is an extremely painful condition that sometimes requires a root canal or tooth extraction, and one that can be largely avoided through proper dental care. Choosing to straighten the teeth with Invisalign helps prevent many of the unwanted side effects that accompany unhealthy teeth and gums.
In addition, Invisalign is the perfect solution for busy adults that would like to improve their smile, but don’t have the time to devote to high-maintenance treatments and don’t want to sacrifice the freedom of eating and drinking the things they enjoy. Invisalign operates through a set of clear braces, and simply removing the aligners allows for virtually unrestricted eating and drinking, as well as providing the opportunity to brush and floss regularly.
There are no metal brackets, braces, or wires involved with the Invisalign system, which virtually eliminates the pain and irritation that often accompanies the use of traditional metal braces. The use of 3-D imaging even offers patients the opportunity to see the results before beginning the treatment, providing encouragement and helping patients to envision their straighter, brighter, healthier smile.