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Older Teen and Adult Treatment at Your Erie Orthodontist


March 13, 2018

There are many older teens and adults who are living with crooked or misaligned teeth. Perhaps they didn’t have the opportunity as adolescents to have braces. Others may have had braces when they were younger, but their teeth have slid back into a less-than-optimal position. When contemplating a trip to an Erie orthodontist, thoughts of a mouth full of metal brackets and wires is probably not terribly appealing.

The good news is that there are other options available for older teens and adults that don’t involve metal in their mouth for months or even years of treatment. One of the best options for older teens and adults is Invisalign invisible braces. Invisalign is a flexible treatment that fits any lifestyle—from teens who don’t want to feel embarrassed by a mouth full of metal to adults who don’t want the distraction of metal braces to harm their career.

Why Straight Teeth Might Mean a Healthier Mouth

When most people think about braces for straightening their teeth, they usually only consider the esthetics of orthodontic treatment. But there are other advantages to having straight teeth that many people don’t consider.

Straight teeth are much easier to brush and floss than misaligned or crooked teeth. This can mean fewer cavities. It can also put you at a lower risk for developing gum disease or for needing dental treatments such as root canals.

When people like their smile and feel proud of it, they have a tendency to take better care of their teeth. They are more apt to be diligent brushers and flossers. They are also more likely to take the time out of their schedules for regular visits to the dentist for examinations and professional cleanings. As does the American Dental Association, we recommend that you visit your dentist twice each year for optimal oral health.

Why Orthodontics Might Mean More Self-Confidence

Let’s face it: It’s tough to feel self-confident if you don’t like the way your smile looks. You may find yourself avoiding showing your smile at all if your teeth are crooked. It might make you feel less attractive. It might even make you feel less happy if you feel self-conscious about showing your smile.

It’s also tough to feel good about yourself when you are in pain, which is another issue with traditional orthodontics. When wires are adjusted as they are with metal braces—often on a weekly basis—the result is painful! Invisalign gently moves teeth into their optimal position, meaning there is very little pain associated with the movement.

With today’s options for orthodontics, such as Invisalign invisible braces, older teens and adults everywhere can now get straight teeth without a mouth full of metal. Not only are the Invisalign plastic aligners virtually undetectable—even someone sitting across from you would be hard-pressed to see them—but they can be taken out. If there is an important occasion, whether it’s a school event such as a prom or homecoming, or a life event such as a wedding, the aligners can actually be removed for a few hours.

Because they are removed for eating, there is no worry about embarrassment from pieces of food getting stuck as there is with traditional braces. Teens who are active in sports will not have to take any special precautions with Invisalign.

Another way clear braces can boost self-confidence is particularly unique. Because the aligners are see-through, wearers can actually observe their teeth moving into the correct position as the treatment process goes on. This can provide a much-needed boost as they can see their beautiful straight smile coming through as it is happening.

The Invisalign Process

Although it might seem pretty high-tech to think of plastic aligners moving teeth into the desired position, the Invisalign process is pretty simple. Patients will wear a set of plastic aligners every day for a minimum of 22 hours (or whatever is recommended by your orthodontist). The aligners gently move crooked teeth into a straightened position.

Patients will receive a couple sets of aligners at a time, switching them out as directed by their orthodontist. This means there are fewer trips to the dentist to check progress. And it means there are no painful appointments where wires need to be adjusted.

It’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy with Invisalign because the aligners are removed for eating and for brushing and flossing. Because of this, you can eat whatever you’d like during treatment, unlike with traditional orthodontics where there are likely to be some restrictions on foods that can be eaten.

The Length of the Treatment Process With Invisalign

Another of the great perks that go along with the Invisalign process is that treatment is generally quite a bit shorter than with traditional braces. Most patients who opt for Invisalign will find that treatment time is only nine to fifteen months. This is almost half the time that most traditional braces wearers experience.

The Cost of Treatment With Invisalign

Older teens and adults who opt for Invisalign are often pleasantly surprised at the lower cost. There are quite a few reasons for this. With Invisalign, there are no delicate parts that can break and need fixing. Treatment time is also less, which is reflected in the cost because there are simply fewer visits to the dentist necessary over the course of the process.

Patients are given a few sets of aligners at one time, so they can switch out the aligners themselves on the prescribed schedule. The treatment process continues, but there aren’t as many trips to the orthodontist.

Find Out More About Older Teen and Adult Orthodontics at Prentice Orthodontics

For more information on Invisalign or other adult treatment options, talk to the experts. At Prentice Orthodontics, our goal is to serve your needs, improve your health, and make you love your 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!