Traditional orthodontic braces are incredibly common, with most people getting them during adolescence. Since the bite is still developing during these years, it is more malleable, and braces generally have a better effect on younger patients. However, many adults who had braces when they were younger experience some shifting as time passes, with teeth perhaps becoming crooked or the bite becoming misaligned.
If you want to correct your bite after having braces, but don’t want to go through the discomfort of having traditional braces again, Invisalign is actually a great option for straighter teeth, minus unsightly and uncomfortable metal braces!
Invisalign straightens your teeth using custom-made, clear plastic aligners. They are similar to teeth whitening trays and are removable (so you can take them out when you eat!) You will be given a series of aligners, which make small adjustments to the alignment of your teeth over time. Every two weeks you switch to a new set of aligners, which will gradually shift your teeth. Each patient’s Invisalign treatment plan is unique and will be designed by your orthodontist.
There are many benefits to Invisalign treatment. A major benefit is that Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible! Since the trays are made of plastic, they are also comfortable to wear. While aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day, they are removable. Being able to take them out to eat, drink, floss, and brush means that you can keep up your oral hygiene routine.
Unfortunately, as you grow older, some shifting will inevitably occur, and you may find yourself unhappy with the alignment of your teeth years after having braces. You definitely didn’t want the work accomplished by having braces to become undone and going through traditional braces once is hard enough. Invisalign is a more aesthetically pleasing option to straighten and align your teeth after having had braces. Invisalign is a completely safe and non-invasive procedure that produces great results. Your orthodontist can even show you your results on a computer so that you know what your teeth will look like after your Invisalign treatment!
If you have any further questions about Invisalign treatment, please contact us today to set up a consultation!