Many adults who had to wear braces as teens or young adults only wore their retainers for 2 years following active treatment. Studies now show that over time, teeth can move back to their original position, therefore, retainers are for life. Wearing retainers is a very simple routine and long term, is only required 1-2 nights per week . Unfortunately, 30 years ago, we did not know this. As a result, many adults require retreatment.
Having worn braces once already, adult patients are not often keen on round 2. At the stage they are at in their lives, something more discreet to straighten their teeth is more desirable. Fortunately, for those who no longer wish to have metal braces, Invisalign aligners are available at South Surrey Smiles; a great alternative to metal braces and an attractive treatment option for many adult patients.
What is Invisialign?
Invisalign aligners have revolutionized orthodontics with their sleek, comfortable design and discreet appearance. In a matter of months, you can have perfectly straight and healthy teeth, without ever having to have a permanent piece of hardware installed in your mouth! Invisalign is great because there are no dietary restrictions and brushing/flossing is extremely easy in comparision to cleaning with braces.
Over the course of Invisalign treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position. This process that is a treatment plan mapped out in advance by Dr. Williams specific to your teeth. When the aligners are worn, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process. Treatment is most effective when the aligners are worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.
These aligners work subtly over a few months or years to put your teeth back into place and keep them there, without requiring any dietary restrictions. The patient can take the aligners off at any time to clean them or to adjust them for comfort, which is why so many people find them to be such an attractive alternative to traditional permanent metal braces which need to be removed by an orthodontist.
Many adults in the past have refused to wear traditional braces due to their association with younger generations. Although the stigma is completely unfounded, many adults have neglected their long term oral health in order to avoid having to wear metal braces. Thanks to Invisalign, many adults who would’ve otherwise avoided braces and improving their oral health are now on their way to a beautiful smile; straight and healthy teeth. This can not only help boost a person’s confidence, but can also prevent costly bills in the future. Typically, crowding gets worse over time. As the teeth become more crooked, not only does the cost of orthodontic treatment increase, but the time it takes to straighten the teeth is also longer. When considering orthodontic treatment, remember, orthodontic treatment will never be as affordable as it is today!
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, feel free to contact South Surrey Smiles via telephone at 604-542-5420, or visit our website to book a free consultation. We will be happy to address all of your questions and find the best option available to correct your teeth. We look forward to meeting you, and helping you make your smile healthy and bright again!