Invisalign: The clear alternative to braces

Invisalign: The Clear Alternative To Braces
Posted on 10/12/2016

Braces for adults have become more popular and more common over the last several years. The advantages of having orthodontic work as an adult are many, leading more people to pursue treatment. However, many still prefer not to wear metal braces and bands. For those who prefer a less obvious treatment, Invisalign aligner trays are a popular option.

Choosing Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

InvisalignInvisalign offers several advantages over traditional metal braces. The clear plastic is hard to see, even when you smile, so most people won’t even know you have braces. This can be particularly important for adults who appear on television regularly or who deal with the public. Actors and models often choose alternatives to metal braces for this reason.

Other advantages to Invisalign include:

  • The trays can be removed for short periods
  • They don’t have rough metal or sharp wires to irritate your mouth
  • You can more easily see the progress of your treatment, usually after two to four weeks

The decision to use Invisalign should be made by you and your orthodontist. Based on your particular issues, the orthodontist will recommend the best course of treatment. In some cases, Invisalign will not provide the best possible results. You should also take into account your willingness to wear the trays as instructed and to care for them properly to prevent problems like tooth decay or damage to the trays.

Why Have Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult?

Teeth can shift as we age, or problems with alignment can become more obvious or more severe over time. For example, if you have slight misalignment that causes you to grind your teeth, damage will become apparent if the misalignment remains untreated. Orthodontic treatment puts your teeth back into the correct relationship with each other, reducing long-term damage and ensuring you’ll be able to keep your teeth healthy longer.

Some adults choose braces because they simply didn’t have the appropriate treatment when they were younger. If you’ve grown up with crooked teeth and are self-conscious about their appearance, braces for adults, including Invisalign, can restore your confidence and your smile.

Considering Invisalign? Contact our office at Laredo Orthodontics today!