Is Invisalign an orthodontic treatment for adults?

Is Invisalign an orthodontic treatment for adults?
Posted on 01/13/2015

It is not uncommon for adults to receive orthodontic treatment. Some patients may not have received braces during adolescence while others may need their teeth straightened after wisdom teeth come in. Whatever a patient’s needs may be, there are methods to discreetly straighten teeth in adulthood. One comfortable and discreet option for our adult-aged patients is Invisalign. Our orthodontists are proud to offer this treatment method to help our patients achieve straight, healthy smiles.

What is Invisalign exactly?

Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that utilizes retainer-like aligners instead of permanent metal and wire braces. Like traditional orthodontic appliances, aligners do provide gentle force to reposition teeth over time. The major difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable. This feature allows patients to eat without obstruction and clean their teeth and gums with ease.

Treatment lasts for at least six months. Aligners are custom fitted and patients will receive a new set every couple of weeks. Each new set of aligners fits slightly tighter than the previous set. Over time, Invisalign will close gaps between teeth, reposition crooked teeth, and improve a patient’s bite.

Is Invisalign as noticeable as braces?

No. Invisalign aligners are clear. Made from semi-soft plastics, Invisalign is almost unnoticeable to others. This method for straightening teeth is inconspicuous and comfortable.

Why should adults wear braces?

In addition to the aesthetic benefits of having a straight smile, patients with properly positioned teeth typically enjoy better oral health. This is because straight teeth are easier to brush and floss thoroughly. When teeth are overlapped or crooked, it is very difficult to remove leftover food particles and plaque, thus increasing a patient’s risk for dental caries and gum disease. Misaligned teeth also affect a patient’s bite and can result in TMJ issues and untimely tooth wear.

To learn more about orthodontic treatment for adults, contact San Antonio Orthodontics to schedule your professional consultation today.