Orthodontic treatment for adults has become more common in recent years as people have become aware of the advantages to correcting misalignment. Many adults, though, don’t wish to wear metal brackets and prefer clear braces that don’t detract from their appearance. Invisalign is an excellent option in this case.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
In the fields of orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign is a popular choice for adults who prefer to maintain their appearance during treatment. Using clear plastic trays to move the teeth into proper alignment, Invisalign is nearly invisible. If you depend on your smile for your job, these clear braces let you keep your smile while you’re adjusting it.
Other advantages of Invisalign include:
- The trays can be removed for short periods
- Trays are smooth and comfortable to wear
- You can more easily see the progress of your treatment
For the best possible results, you should keep your trays in place at least twenty-two hours every day. You should remove them if you are drinking hot beverages, because the heat could warp the trays. You can also remove them for short periods if you are attending a special function, but keep track of how long you’re without them. Leaving them out too long will increase the amount of time it takes to move your teeth.
Does Invisalign Work For Everyone?
Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic treatment, but in some cases traditional braces are a better choice. The more complex your treatment is likely to be, the greater the chances are that metal braces will do the job more efficiently. However, clear braces are used more and more often in wider varieties of cases. Sometimes you might require an additional appliance or pre-treatment, such as palate widening, to achieve the best possible results.
If you have a minor misalignment, Invisalign is probably a good option. Be sure to discuss your case in detail with your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist before making your final decision.
Contact our office today to learn more about your options!