The first thing people notice about you is your smile. If you have crooked teeth, you may not feel confident about flashing your pearly whites in photos or in public. Although you can always edit your selfies, no smartphone app can correct bad breath or gum problems caused by misaligned teeth. Luckily, it’s never too late to use Invisalign® in Palm Beach Gardens to achieve the smile of your dreams.
Invisalign is a set of clear, flexible plastic made from medical-grade polyurethane resin. Moreover, they’re safe because the plastic doesn’t contain bisphenol-A (BPA), an industrial chemical that may trigger medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Unlike traditional braces consisting of metal pieces dotting your teeth, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible. For this reason, they’re a popular choice among adults who have to keep up professional appearances. Invisalign treatment lets you straighten your smile without advertising that you’re wearing a corrective device.
Since they won’t affect your appearance, adult patients won’t have to feel self-conscious at social engagements or business meetings. Unless you tell people you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, they won’t notice anything unusual about how your teeth look.
Since the aligners aren’t designed to withstand the pressure of chewing and biting, your dentist will advise you to remove them every time you eat or drink anything other than water. Additionally, you’ll have to take the aligners out while brushing or flossing your teeth. You’ll also need to clean the aligners with a toothbrush.
Although it’s good to straighten crooked teeth while you’re in your teens, be glad to know there’s no upward age limit for Invisalign. Many patients who seek Invisalign’s cosmetic and oral health benefits are well into their 40s, 50s, and even older. It’s never too late to correct your less-than-perfect smile and make a lasting impression on everyone you meet.
Trays of Invisalign plastic aligners are made from 3D scans of your unique mouth. These trays or sets are meant to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day and changed to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks, as directed by your dentist.
Each new tray gently moves your teeth into their correct positions to make them straighter. Although some patients finish the treatment in under a year, the entire teeth straightening process usually takes nine to 15 months. For quick results, you’ll have to visit your dentist every six to eight weeks to have your next sets of aligners made.
Most patients wonder if they’ll need to wear a retainer after treatment. In most cases, dentists encourage patients who’ve completed orthodontic treatment, whether with traditional braces or Invisalign, to use a retainer. This oral appliance prevents teeth from shifting back toward their original positions. Since every case is different, you’ll want to ask your dentist if you need to use retainers.
At Smiles in the Gardens, we offer excellent options for patients who want straighter teeth without letting the whole world know they’re wearing braces. If you want to learn more about Invisalign, contact our office today to make an appointment.