The thought of wearing teeth braces as an adult 10 years ago was almost unheard of but fast-forward to the present and thanks in large part to the quality and affordability of clear braces more and more of us are choosing this orthodontic treatment.
Why consider braces as an adult?
The most obvious reason to get braces as an adult is to give yourself straighter teeth. In a 2016 study, Invisalign and Harris Poll revealed that nine in ten US adults who had undergone teeth straightening felt that having straight teeth was important to their confidence. What’s more, 29% said having their teeth straightened helped them to achieve a personal goal.
Improved oral healthcare
It can be harder to clean crooked teeth as there are likely to be more hard-to-reach points in your mouth. This can result in greater build-up of bacteria and plaque increasing the risk of tooth decay, gum inflammation and gum disease (which happens to be the number one cause of tooth loss).
Braces could save you money in the long run
This might sound counterintuitive but choosing teeth straightening with adult braces or clear aligners could actually save you money in the long term. Having straight teeth could reduce the need for fillings, tooth wear treatments and periodontal care in later life.
Benefits of clear braces for adults
Invisalign clear braces are an affordable option for many patients here at Highworth and advances in the technology mean they can be as effective as traditional orthodontic treatments.
The Invisalign treatment plan
Once you and your Highworth dentist determine that Invisalign is the right treatment for your needs, they will develop a detailed treatment plan from which your bespoke, clear aligners will be made to order.
Impressions of your teeth will be digitised in order for your dentist to work with a computerised 3D image of your teeth to plan your tooth movements throughout your treatment timeline. This means you will be able to see a virtual representation of your teeth before, during, and after.
Bespoke clear aligners
Once you have agreed to your treatment plan, a series of clear aligners will be custom-made for you. Each of which have to be worn for approximately two weeks before you switch to the next aligner in the series. While the number of aligners varies case by case, a full treatment typically includes 18-36 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth which will take approximately 9-18 months.
The aligners should be worn day and night, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth in order to complete your treatment to plan. You’ll have reviews every 4 weeks or so to monitor your progress and to receive your next aligner in the series.
Am I a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment?
Ultimately, the best way to understand your options and choose the right orthodontic treatment is by booking a consultation with us. Our skilled dentists will take the time to listen to your requirements and assess your oral health before explaining the treatments that are likely to achieve your desired results.
If you like the sound of Invisalign clear aligners visit the practice or call us to book a consultation. Our friendly team are here to answer any questions you might have about treatment.