While most people think of getting braces as a teenage rite of passage, there are many adults today that weren’t lucky enough to undergo the process during the typical teen years and are now faced with misaligned teeth. The good news is that more and more adults today are considering orthodontics as a viable option to providing the smile of their dreams.
Orthodontic Options For Adults
One of the biggest reasons that adults feel more comfortable than ever with the idea of straightening their teeth is that there are now options available that are less uncomfortable and obvious than traditional metal braces. The most popular among these option is Invisalign, a system of clear aligners that systematically shifts teeth into their proper position while being virtually undetectable. The aligners are made from a clear plastic material that is barely noticeable. This makes adults feel more at ease, since they are not sporting a mouthful of metal when they smile.
Not only is Invisalign a virtually undetectable option, but it is also more comfortable and more convenient. Without cumbersome metal brackets and sharp metal wires, people of all ages are not subjected to poking and scraping of gums and soft tissue within the mouth. Additionally, since the aligners are removed when eating, there are no restrictions on the types of food that can be eaten and no issues with getting food stuck between brackets and wires.
Another major draw to Invisalign over other types of orthodontic options is the ease with which the process is completed. Once images are taken at the outset of treatment, a computer designs the set of aligners that will be used to gently move teeth into position. Each aligner is designed to be worn for approximately two weeks, and after that time, the next aligner in the series replaces the one currently being worn. Since the entire series is created from the outset, the number of office visits required to the orthodontist or dentist is minimal. That’s because the dental professional just has to check on the progress of the alignment process, rather than having to spend a great deal of time putting on new brackets, changing wires and swapping out metal bands.
The time saving that is afforded by this process is a big bonus to busy working professionals. Another plus to this system is that aligners that have already been worn can be saved, so if for any reason the patient has to go back in the process, all that is needed is to find the proper aligner to start with and to continue the process from there. This provides added flexibility and the peace of mind of knowing that the aligners can always be put into service when needed.
For more information about Invisalign and other orthodontic options for adults, contact Park Dental Care in Queens at 718-274-1515.