May 1, 2017
As an adult with a less than perfect smile, you may want to do something about it. The problem is when someone mentions braces, a few things probably pop into your mind.
First, you may see a teenager smiling. On that teen’s teeth, you see metal brackets and wires stuck to his or her teeth. This isn’t surprising. In many families wearing braces is practically a rite of passage, so we expect to see teens with braces.
You know braces work, but even so, you may be hesitant to wear them as an adult. Is there another way you could straighten your smile?
There is at our dentist office in Boynton Beach, FL. You may be able to use Invisalign®.
This is a different approach to orthodontic care. Invisalign ditches brackets and wires in favor of plastic aligners.
Comparing Orthodontic Options
We can’t say for certain that Invisalign will work for you until we have a chance to examine your teeth in person. With that said, Invisalign can be as effective as braces for many patients with mild or moderate alignment issues.
To help you understand if you should talk to Dr. Rosenblatt, consider this. Invisalign has been proven to work on many alignment issues. These includes the following problems:
▶ Overbites and underbites
▶ Open bites
▶ Gaps between teeth
▶ Crowded teeth
▶ Crooked teeth
Invisalign has worked for many of our patients already. Would you like to find out what it could do for you?
Before you answer, take a moment to contrast orthodontic treatment with braces to care with Invisalign.
♦ Difference No. 1 — Appearance
Imagine yourself walking into a job interview or a meeting with a potential customer. You reach your hand out to introduce yourself, and you smile. What do you want the other person to see?
A mouth full of brackets and wires?
How about what looks like your teeth?
If you wore braces when you were younger or you had friends with braces, you know that they aren’t something you can hide. While it has become more common for adults to try braces, that does not necessarily mean that you want to wear them. And that’s OK.
Invisalign’s aligners are made from clear plastic. Each aligner is custom-fitted to your teeth. This allows the aligners to blend in rather than standing out from your smile.
With Invisalign, you have a more discreet option for straightening your smile. Most people won’t notice that you have anything over your teeth.
♦ Difference No. 2 — Comfort
The difference between wearing brackets and wires and wearing aligners isn’t just about looks. We’ll ignore the normal pressure you feel on your teeth while wearing braces for a moment.
Whether you get metal or ceramic brackets, you may find that they are uncomfortable on the inside of your mouth. Some people find them scratchy.
And if you have an accident of some kind, your wires could break or the brackets could come loose. This could cause one or the other to poke to scratch your inner cheeks, lips, or gums.
With Invisalign, each of your aligners will be made of a single piece of smooth plastic. There aren’t any rough edges. Many people who wore braces before they tried Invisalign found that the aligners were easier to wear.
♦ Difference No. 3 — Convenience
The short version is this. You can’t take off your braces until your treatment is done. You can remove your Invisalign aligners for a couple hours daily.
Don’t misunderstand, you will still need to wear your aligners most of the time (20 to 22 hours daily), but you can take them out for short periods as well. When you are ready for a meal, you can remove your aligners and eat whatever you would like. Leave them out to brush and floss before putting them back in.
Braces aren’t coming off. This is why patients with braces are strongly encouraged to avoid foods that might be too hard or crunchy, too chewy, or too sticky. These can cause your braces to bend or break.
Plus, cleaning in and around your braces can make brushing and flossing your teeth into more of a chore than you would like.
Learn More For The Sake Of You Smile
If you would like to change your smile, please make plans to talk to Dr. Rosenblatt about Invisalign. You can request an appointment online or you can call our dentist office in Boynton Beach, FL, at 561-877-3802.