Orthodontic treatment is an essential component of optimal oral health and wellness for many people. It is care intended to fix malocclusions and misalignments of the jaw, upper palate, and teeth that can cause discomfort and trouble eating, chewing, or speaking. Although orthodontic treatment is often done on children and teenagers, more and more adults are seeking it out to fix issues that were not addressed in childhood.
However, many adults are uncomfortable about receiving appliances like braces. This is why we at All Smiles Dental Care now offer alternatives like Invisalign®.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal and wire braces that utilizes clear aligners to correct misalignments of the teeth. We recommend this style of braces for older patients who are uncomfortable with wearing highly noticeable traditional appliances. All of the aligners made by Invisalign are personalized to suit a patient’s current teeth and are adjusted over time to apply gentle pressure and shift the teeth.
Many of our patients enjoy Invisalign because of the clear nature of the aligners. They are difficult to notice with the naked eye, which means adults can enjoy their natural smile and maintain a professional appearance while receiving orthodontic treatment.
Besides their appearance, many patients also prefer aligners because they are more comfortable for the wearer. There are no wires and pieces of metal that can cut the gums and soft tissues of the mouth, and there are no uncomfortable tightening appointments. Patients can even remove the aligners as needed to brush and floss their teeth without incident.
Invisalign is meant for patients who are 16 years of age or older who have minor alignment issues. Unfortunately, the aligners cannot be worn by patients with moderate to severe overbites or underbites.