July 1, 2017
When people think of crooked teeth, they think of braces and the teens that wear them. So when you’re an adult, the idea of getting braces can be too embarrassing. Who wants to be a middle-aged braceface? But if you don’t get your teeth in the right position, your smile can suffer from more cavities and even TMJ problems.
Call our Fairfax, VA dental office today at 703-552-2530 and make an appointment for Invisalign clear aligners. This modern orthodontic treatment will straighten your smile but without any unsightly metal or wires. Dr. Ki has helped many adults use Invisalign to get aligned teeth, giving our Fairfax dentist the experience to match her training.
Why Adults Get Crooked Teeth
If you had orthodontics when you were younger, why can you now have misaligned teeth? There are several reasons.
You might never have had braces as a teen.
Not everyone gets braces. Some families cannot afford it, while others have teeth that are only a bit crooked. Getting orthodontics back then might not have been a good idea, and by this age, your teeth are showing that.
Your teeth are never locked in place.
Although your teeth might have been in the right place years ago, they aren’t stuck there permanently. Everyone’s teeth can move slightly over the years. That’s because you use your teeth to chew repeatedly every day. All that pressure can nudge your teeth out of alignment.
You can get injuries or have accidents.
Then there are problems you could not foresee. Getting hit in the face while playing sports, taking a bad fall down some stairs, or even car accidents can damage your teeth and make them crooked now.
Why Invisalign Is Great For Adults
Invisalign clear aligners are a series of clear, plastic trays that fit over your teeth. The plastic is smooth and thin, so they will be comfortable in your mouth. Over the course of your treatment, you change to new trays slightly different than the one before. These help guide your teeth to where they should be.
A great, even smile is the main benefit from Invisalign, but here are a few reasons why Invisalign is particularly good for adults.
– Invisalign is almost impossible to see when worn
No one wants to show off a smile full of metal and wires that come with braces. But because so many teens wear them, people inevitably associate braces with teens. So when you’re adult with braces, you can look odd and even immature.
Thankfully, our Fairfax dentist is trained to offer Invisalign as your orthodontics instead of braces. Since Invisalign trays are made from clear plastic, they’re almost invisible when worn.
– Invisalign does not come with any eating restrictions
When you have braces, you also have restrictions on what you can eat. Some food is just too tough or sticky, and it can damage the braces. Pretzels, gum, bagels, and more are off the menu until those braces come off.
Invisalign doesn’t have any such restrictions. That’s because the clear trays can be taken out whenever you want. You still need to wear them most of the time, of course. But you can take them out, eat, brush, and pop them back in.
– Invisalign can be done 1-2 years sooner than braces
All orthodontics have to be done slowly. Moving your teeth takes time so you don’t damage the teeth, gums, or jawbone. But with braces, you’ll have to wear them for 2-3 years on average. That means 2-3 years of showing everyone you’re wearing braces.
But with Invisalign from our Fairfax dentist, you can have a straight, aligned smile in around one year. That means you’ll end up saving 1-2 years from your orthodontic treatment.
– Invisalign is more comfortable to wear
Having metal braces on your teeth can get annoying for adults. The brackets can catch on the inside of your mouth, cutting you there. And if you ever get hit in the face, the damage will be worse.
Thankfully, Invisalign is much more comfortable. The smooth plastic trays fit snugly over your teeth but there’s nothing to catch on.
Call us TODAY at 703-552-2530 and make an appointment with Dr. Laura Ki. You can also request an appointment online with our Fairfax dentist. Invisalign is a great way for adults to get the straight, aligned smile they deserve.