Is Invisalign A Good Option For Adults?
Invisalign Clear Aligners first appeared in the 2000's. While there was some skepticism at first, over time, it has become a popular alternative for adults with minor orthodontic issues, and rightfully so. Could Invisalign be right for you?
Invisalign vs. Braces
Braces have long been the default method for all types of orthodontic treatments. They are fused onto the teeth with metal or ceramic brackets and a specialized dental cement, which acts like a glue. A metal wire is placed across your teeth to help put pressure on them, which encourages them to move to the correct position for a healthier, more comfortable bite. Our Houston dentists will periodically tighten that wire to help guide your teeth throughout your treatment.
Invisalign, on the other hand, doesn't use any wires or brackets. Invisalign is a treatment that includes a series of custom-designed clear trays, similar to a mouthguard, except they are much thinner and subtler on the teeth. Our Houston cosmetic dentists will typically recommend you wear your clear aligners for a few weeks at a time and then come back to our office for your next set of aligners. Each set has a slightly different shape to match each stage your teeth will go through as they become straighter. Slightly changing the shape of the aligner trays will help put pressure on your teeth to ensure they move where we need them to.
Invisalign Works Best For Certain Orthodontic Patients
Whereas braces work on all patients, regardless of the complexity of their orthodontic cases, Invisalign works best for certain people with certain corrections that need to be made.
When deciding whether Invisalign is the right treatment to undergo, our Houston cosmetic dentists recommend Invisalign to those who only require minor corrections, but also have a certain level of responsibility.
Because metal and ceramic braces are glued to the teeth, there is no temptation to remove them and even if there was, it's impossible to do so without the correct equipment. Invisalign Clear Aligners are removable and should be taken out at mealtimes, but the key is to remember to put them back on and not misplace them. Invisalign has to be worn for about 22 hours a day, so you must be responsible and strict enough with yourself to wear them as directed by our dentists.
Book A Consultation With Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist at Victory Smiles
Even if you think Invisalign is the right treatment option for you, it's important to note that you first have to schedule an appointment with us so we can complete an evaluation. After the evaluation, our skilled dentist will advise you on the treatment plan that best suits your personal orthodontic needs.