For many of us, braces conjure up cringeworthy memories from our youth, from first dances to pop quizzes to dreaded picture days. However, the benefits of addressing serious dental issues sooner than later are immutable. For teen and adult patients considering teeth-straightening options who are anxious about a treatment as outwardly obvious as traditional braces, undetectable aligners like Invisalign® are an excellent solution.
Adult patients sometimes assume that participating in a teeth-straightening program is only relevant or important for children. Furthermore, it can be difficult to imagine folding braces into your grown-up lifestyle – a mouth full of metal during a book report for your classmates is much less daunting than during a financial report for your investors. However, the aesthetic benefits of a healthier smile are also more evident as an adult. Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, so you should feel confident about it. Additionally, the fact of the matter is that straightening teeth can create real dental health benefits. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, and they allow your gums to hold them more securely, which is a great defense against potential periodontal issues.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses functionally invisible aligners to straighten teeth without drawing undue attention to the patient undergoing treatment. A specialist like Dr. Levitin makes a custom impression of your teeth and then works together with the Invisalign laboratory to create a series of custom aligners. A set of aligners is typically worn for 1 to 2 weeks, and then the patient moves onto the next one in the series. This process adjusts your teeth in tiny increments until the desired result is reached.
Invisalign Vs. Braces
Although both Invisalign and braces can be effective in resolving dental health issues, there are some significant logistical and aesthetic differences that sometimes make Invisalign a more desirable approach, especially for older patients.
Aesthetically, Invisalign allows you to receive the treatment you need discretely, so that you may go about your day-to-day life without unwanted questions or conversations about your dental health in your social life, in the office, or elsewhere. Logistically, Invisalign bypasses many of traditional braces’ most cumbersome characteristics. This is especially true when it comes to eating – rather than worrying about what kinds of foods you should consume or spending your time arduously cleaning brackets and wires, simply remove the aligners before your meal and brush afterwards to avoid staining. You can then pop the aligners back in and continue going about your day.
Dr. Levitin is a trained and preferred Invisalign provider who is excellently equipped to determine patient eligibility and address any concerns or questions you might have. Contact Mile High Smiles today to schedule your first consultation.