Is Invisalign® the Best Choice for Adults?

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Is Invisalign® the Best Choice for Adults?

Invisalign® offers tooth straightening without all of the wires, brackets, and other visible components of traditional braces. But is Invisalign the best choice for adults? Here, our specialty team explains the adult-friendly benefits of Invisalign.

It may be time to reconsider if you thought you were too old for braces. The American Association of Orthodontists notes that more adults than ever are seeking help for misaligned bites that can negatively impact your oral health and overall smile satisfaction.

Nicole Thompson, DMD at Lovely Smiles Orthodontics in Richmond, Texas, offers outstanding orthodontic care for people of all ages, including adults who prefer a less obvious way of correcting their crooked smile. Here’s why Dr. Thompson and her team often recommend Invisalign® for adult-sized bite issues.

What are the benefits of Invisalign versus traditional braces?

Invisalign is a tooth straightening system that uses clear plastic aligners rather than wires and brackets to correct various bite issues (malocclusion). While not truly invisible, the clear plastic fits snugly against your teeth and is much less noticeable than traditional braces, one of the top reasons adults choose Invisalign.

Many people appreciate the comfort of smooth aligners compared to brackets and wires. Also, you must remove Invisalign aligners whenever you eat or drink, increasing your options for even sticky foods that are typically restricted if you undergo treatment with traditional braces.

This removable option also makes it easier to brush and floss your teeth, reducing your risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay. Cleaning the aligners is easy, too; rinse and clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle soap nightly.

What bite issues can you correct with Invisalign?

Dr. Thompson may recommend Invisalign to correct various bite issues, including:

  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gapped teeth
  • General misalignment

Along with cosmetic concerns, these bite issues can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Malocclusion may also cause speech difficulties, discomfort with chewing, and changes in the appearance of your face.

However, not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. More complex issues may require traditional braces, and existing bridgework may prevent you from using Invisalign.

Some people also find the removable characteristic of Invisalign a con rather than a pro. You may, for instance, become frustrated with removing the aligners whenever you eat or drink. It may also affect compliance. You must wear the aligners 20-22 hours daily for maximum benefit.  

How can I find out more about Invisalign?

Your Invisalign experience at Lovely Smiles Orthodontics starts with a dental exam and consultation by Dr. Thompson. 

Based on evaluation results, Dr. Thompson designs an individualized treatment strategy which may include Invisalign. She explains her exam findings and expectations regarding Invisalign versus traditional braces, always taking time to answer your questions about her recommendations.Schedule an evaluation at Lovely Smiles Orthodontics today to learn if Invisalign is your best choice for teeth straightening. Call the office or request an appointment online.