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Benefits of Invisalign For Adults in Boulder


July 19, 2017

Many people assume that the only time you can straighten your teeth is during your childhood, but that’s not the case. Adults can wear braces to straighten their teeth, too. But, instead of wearing traditional metal braces, adults often turn to Invisalign braces. Invisalign is a set of clear plastic aligners that is molded to fit over your teeth perfectly, making them practically invisible. If you’re considering straightening your teeth, learn about the many benefits of Invisalign for adults in Boulder.

No Food Restrictions

People who wear metal braces may be unable to eat certain foods. Sticky foods could damage the braces, while other foods such as popcorn or nuts could break down into small particles that become trapped within the metal braces. Fortunately, there are no such food restrictions with Invisalign. Every time you eat, simply remove the Invisalign aligners from your mouth, enjoy your meal, and put your aligners back in place as soon as you are finished eating.

More Comfortable

Traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable even when they are positioned correctly inside your mouth. You may need to return to the dentist’s office a number of times to have the wires readjusted if you continue to experience discomfort. However, that’s not the case with Invisalign. Many patients are unable to feel Invisalign aligners inside their mouths because of how they fit tightly over the teeth. As a result, there’s no discomfort associated with Invisalign, so they won’t interfere with your quality of life.

Shorter Treatment Time

Adults typically experience faster results with Invisalign compared to other types of braces. Most adults will only have to wear Invisalign for about 12 months, while traditional braces take around 18-24 months to achieve the same results. This is perfect for adults who want to see quick results—especially if you’re trying to straighten your teeth before a wedding or another major event in your life. See the answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

Easier to Clean

Most braces have to be cleaned with special tools and brushes that look like pipe cleaners. You have to use these tools to make sure you get into every nook and cranny of your braces, but this isn’t necessary when wearing Invisalign. To clean your aligners, the only tools that you will need are your toothbrush and toothpaste. Gently brush your aligners with toothpaste and a soft bristled brush, then rinse them in warm water when you’re complete. This is all you have to do to keep your aligners in perfect condition, and it only takes a minute or so.

Safer

Braces that are made out of metal could have sharp edges or protruding pieces that can scratch or puncture the inside of your mouth. However, Invisalign is made out of a smooth plastic, so there’s no way that you can hurt yourself by wearing these aligners. This is very important for adults who live an active lifestyle. For instance, if you play contact sports, someone may bump into you and cause your metal braces to hit the inside of your cheeks. This could lead to an uncomfortable cut, but it’s something that you won’t have to worry about if you are wearing Invisalign.

Since you won’t experience any sudden mouth injuries with Invisalign, you also won’t have to make any unexpected emergency trips to the dentist. Patients with metal braces may have to take a trip to the dentist when they experience a cut or scratch so he can adjust the braces to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Taking unplanned trips to the dentist is an inconvenience, so this is another great benefit that Invisalign offers.

Preview Future Smile

During your initial consultation, your dentist can scan your teeth using a digital scanning system and then map out how treatment will affect your smile. Patients will be able to see a 3D rendering of what their teeth will look like after they have finished using Invisalign. If you’re on the fence about straightening your teeth, seeing what your teeth will look like in the future can help you make this important decision. Unfortunately, this service is not offered for other types of braces.  

Appearance

Adults often want to hide the fact that they have braces, but this can be hard to do with a mouth full of metal. As you may have guessed from the name, Invisalign aligners are invisible, so no one has to know that you have braces. This makes it much easier for adults to wear braces in professional settings, when metal braces may not look age appropriate.

Removable

Once metal braces have been put in your mouth, there’s no way to remove them without taking a trip to the dentist’s office and having them permanently taken out. Invisalign offers patients much more flexibility since they can be removed and put back in at any time. It’s recommended that patients wear Invisalign for 20-22 hours per day, but the patient can still remove his aligners as needed to eat, drink, or blow into an instrument, for example.

Health Benefits of Better Teeth Positioning

The main goal of Invisalign is to properly align your teeth, but this is about more than improving the appearance of your smile. There are a number of health benefits to properly aligned teeth that you will get to enjoy after using Invisalign. For example, if you’ve ever had red or swollen gums, this could be caused by overcrowding or improperly aligned teeth. Gums will be able to fit more securely around teeth that are properly aligned, which means you won’t experience these uncomfortable symptoms anymore. Improperly aligned teeth can also cause jaw pain and speech difficulties, which can both be alleviated using Invisalign.  

At Prentice Orthodontics, our goal is to serve your needs, improve your health, and make you smile! We have a highly trained and friendly staff that is eager to welcome you into our offices and assist you with your dental needs. Call 303-468-7722 for a free consultation or contact us using the form on our website today!