For many people who develop crooked teeth in their late teens or adulthood, the problem can seem even more than it would have been in their childhood. In some cases, appearance and confidence are important parts of a person’s career, and wearing metal braces for a couple of years could have an impact on that confidence. Fortunately, many adults with crooked teeth can benefit from a more discreet orthodontic option than traditional metal braces. With the help of Invisalign® clear aligners, you can enjoy the straighter and more attractive smile you deserve in a more discreet and comfortable manner.
Why adult teeth become crooked
When children’s teeth become crooked, the underlying problem often relates to the growth and development of their teeth and/or oral structures. This makes correcting the problem important for their long-term oral health, as it can help guide the more symmetrical and proper development of their smiles. As an adult, however, your teeth can grow crooked for other reasons, such as the impaction of your third molars (wisdom teeth), or continued excessive pressure on your teeth (such as from bruxism). Correcting your oral health and bite function may involve addressing this underlying concern as well as straightening your crooked teeth, which makes the advantages of Invisalign® clear aligners all the more beneficial to your treatment plan.
How to straighten them conveniently
Invisalign® clear aligners are designed to straighten teeth using similar orthodontic principles as traditional metal braces, but they accomplish these goals in a very different manner. Traditional braces are designed to apply gentle, continuous pressure to your crooked teeth to gradually guide them into straighter and healthier positions. Invisalign® has the same goal, but rather than brackets and arch wires, they apply pressure to your crooked teeth through their innovative, highly precise design. Every aligner in the series is digitally designed to follow a single, overall path of movement, and as you change the aligners, each successive one will pick up the movement where the previous aligner left off.
Other benefits of Invisalign® aligners
The main advantage to using Invisalign® aligners over conventional braces is their ability to simplify your orthodontic treatment in several different ways. Most notably, the aligners are virtually invisible, and made from comfortable, BPA-free acrylic that conforms precisely to your teeth and dental ridges. This makes your entire orthodontic treatment much more discreet, and because the aligners can be temporarily removed, much more convenient, as well. For example, you can remove your aligners before eating, or before brushing and flossing your teeth, to avoid having to work around braces and risk damaging or displacing them.
Learn if Invisalign® is right for you
If your adult teeth have become crooked, then learn how Invisalign® may provide a discreet way of straightening them. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.