bracesIn America, adults represent 20% of the patients who receive braces every year. While your orthodontist can recommend the best option for you, it may be worthwhile to ask them about the benefits of Invisalign aligners. For adults who might feel self-conscious wearing traditional braces, this nearly invisible alternative is something to seriously consider.

How many sets of aligners you receive will depend on your exact treatment plan. However, the number could be anywhere from 10 to 40, with a new set being put in every week. This method gradually moves teeth to the desired position, without the discomfort that often accompanies traditional braces can cause. Once your treatment plan is complete, you’ll receive a clear retainer that can be worn at night to ensure that your smile stays as beautiful as possible.

The Benefits of Invisalign

  • Easier to Maintain
    Invisalign aligners are essentially clear trays that are molded to fit your teeth. These trays can be easily slipped in and out to ensure you can maintain a good level of dental hygiene. This also means that you have a lower chance of developing cavities or white spots during the course of treatment. Invisalign aligners allow you to get a great smile while still being able to eat all of your favorite foods!
  • Pleasing to the Eye
    Possibly one of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that most people will never know you’re wearing these aligners. No matter what age you are, getting traditional braces can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. However, with these clear aligners you can talk, smile, and laugh without worry. No one will even know you have them!
  • Increased Convenience
    Life can be hectic, and if you’re busy at work or at school, it can be difficult to keep every appointment you need to maintain traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can have multiple sets at home to switch out as recommended, and if you reach the end of your sets you can simply keep the last one in without issue until you can make it to your orthodontist. Just because you wear aligners doesn’t mean your life needs to revolve around them.
  • No Age Restrictions
    Children as young as seven to eight can wear Invisalign aligners. While your orthodontist will be able to discuss options specific to your child, it’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t just an option for teens and adults.
  • Improved Technology
    For traditional braces, an impression of your mouth is usually taken. This can easily turn into a goopy, nasty mess that no one enjoys going through. However, with Invisalign, the process is completed with digital 3D mapping! This not only ensures that you are more comfortable, but it is also more accurate as the scan is completely digitized.
  • Speedier Processes
    Typically, patients receive three to six sets of trays to start. This means that you only need to return to your orthodontist once every month or month and a half. The entire process can also take less time than traditional braces, with some treatments being completed in a year’s time, or less!

Invisalign is a great alternative if you need braces but prefer not to have the metal braces. While traditional braces are in no way a bad option, for those who want a more seamless option, these clear aligners are something to consider. Speak with your orthodontist about starting an Invisalign treatment plan to see if it would be right for you!