Invisalign For Adults
Invisalign, otherwise known as clear aligners or “invisible braces” are plastic molds of your teeth that gently apply pressure to reposition them over time. Clear aligners can treat orthodontic issues like underbites, overbite, gaps, overcrowding, and more.
Over the years, Invisalign has become increasingly popular with adults, as it can straighten teeth and align jaws in a way that is virtually invisible to others. Learn more about Invisalign for adults by scheduling a complimentary exam now!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners that has treated millions of people with various orthodontic issues, using custom plastic aligners that are fitted for your teeth. Invisalign works like conventional metal braces but is less conspicuous and can be removed for meals.
Clear aligners can treat common orthodontic issues, like gaps between teeth, overcrowding, underbite, overbite, crossbite, and crooked teeth.
The clear, smooth plastic of the aligners is hard to detect and can be a perfect option for adults looking to straighten their teeth while enjoying more freedom. It’s no wonder why Invisalign for adults over 60 is becoming a phenomenon in recent years.
Invisalign is also generally more comfortable than metal braces, and you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. As a bonus, brushing and flossing are much easier to do as well!
How Invisalign Works
Utilizing advanced 3-D imaging technology, Dr. Koen will create a unique plan that outlines your treatment from the initial placement of your teeth to their desired position. Custom aligners are then created to fit your teeth and, when worn consistently, will begin gently shifting them over time.
Each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks, and then is replaced by a fresh pair, until treatment is completed. Treatment time can vary from 6 to 15 months, and you will need to visit your orthodontist every few weeks to make incremental adjustments to your aligners.
Benefits of Invisalign Braces for Adults
The Aesthetic Value
One of the main features that make invisible braces for adults such a popular choice is their ability to treat orthodontic issues without fretting over the wires and bands of traditional braces. The smooth plastic of clear aligners is less noticeable, and they are often regarded as virtually invisible to others.
Eat and Drink with Fewer Restrictions
Unlike metal braces, clear aligners can be removed for eating and drinking, creating significantly more flexibility with what you can consume during treatment. Clear aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours a day for maximum effectiveness, but you can breathe easy during meals instead of worrying about damaging your braces.
Cleaning is a Breeze
Instead of learning to use special interdental brushes and floss threaders, you can continue using your usual oral hygiene equipment with Invisalign. Simply remove the aligners when it’s time to brush and floss. Not having to work around wires and brackets also means you’ll have an easier time keeping your mouth clean and teeth free of spot stains.
Checkups are Simplified
Clear aligners are meant to be replaced every couple of weeks, so there is less chance of a costly mishap. While clear aligners still require routine visits every few weeks, checkups are faster and require fewer adjustments than metal braces. This treatment has fewer potential problems; no need to worry about a surprise orthodontist visit because of a broken wire or bracket.
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a non-chemical and non-invasive treatment that is suitable for a wide range of people and orthodontic issues. You are never too old to enjoy the perks of a healthy smile. However, there are circumstances in which Invisalign may not be the best route for you.
Orthodontic treatment is never a one-size-fits-all solution. The best way to know if Invisalign makes sense for you is to book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Koen today!