Your pre-teen years may be ancient history, but there’s no use rehashing the reasons why you didn’t fix your crooked teeth in your youth. It’s never too late to straighten your pearly whites, but not many adults look forward to wearing traditional metal braces as an adult. Fortunately, dental advancements over the last few decades have made it easy to get straighter teeth at any age. Today’s technology allows you to wear braces that are virtually undetectable, such as Invisalign® clear braces.
Invisalign® aligners are 100% transparent. Your colleagues and friends will never know you are wearing them, unless of course you tell them. The orthodontic treatment system utilizes a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth. The aligners are custom fit to the unique shape of your teeth and mouth and can be used for both upper and lower teeth.
When worn as prescribed, teeth are gently shifted into the appropriate position by using a controlled force via a series of aligners that are swapped out every two weeks. Each aligner will gradually cause individual teeth to shift as planned. Keep in mind that although the aligners are swapped for new ones every two or so weeks, there’s no need to schedule a dentist appointment to make the bi-weekly adjustments. What is recommended is to see your dental professional about every four to six weeks in order for them to check your progress and ensure that everything is going according to the defined treatment plan.
Although it is recommended that patients wear the aligners for about 20-22 hours per day in order to achieve the desired result in the pre-designated timeframe, they can be easily removed before you brush, floss and eat. Therefore, there are no food restrictions with the Invisalign® system.
Since the aligners are so comfortable to wear and so hard to detect, and since it only takes about a year to complete treatment, most adults prefer this option as opposed to traditional orthodontic treatments. The system works just as well for younger patients if used as directed. Unfortunately, teens and pre-teens don’t always follow directions to a T, so you’ll have to decide if it’s right for your teen. Younger patients may be more apt to remove the aligners before eating and forget to put them back on or they may forget them by the sink in the morning during the rush to get ready for school. The system is truly revolutionary and delivers unprecedented results, but unless properly worn, they will not deliver the results promised.
Gentle Dental in Bayside can help you regain confidence with the Invisalign® orthodontic treatment system. If you want to be the person who is picked out from a crowd for their winning smile, ask your dentist about this revolutionary orthodontic treatment today.
For more information about the Invisalign system, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.