Getting your teeth straightened isn’t something just for teenagers anymore. Many adults just like you who have felt uncomfortable with their smiles, now have straight, healthy teeth.
You may have worn braces when you were younger, but because you stopped wearing your retainer at some point, your teeth have relapsed overtime. So now they are a little crooked — this is a very common problem in adults.
Or, if you weren’t able to get your teeth straightened when you were younger, now is the time to find out more about the Invisible alternative to metal braces and wires.
With Invisible braces, treatment is quick and easy, and you don’t wear metal braces. Instead, your teeth are straightened by wearing a series of clear plastic trays or aligners. The aligners are so inconspicuous that most people won’t even be able to tell you’re wearing them. You’ll wear each set of clear aligners for about two weeks at a time while your teeth move little by little toward the smile you’ve always wanted.
The aligners are worn all the time, except when you’re eating, drinking anything but water, brushing, and flossing. Because the aligners are removable, you can eat all your favorite foods, and your oral home care is much easier.
Invisible braces are comfortable to wear, and don’t require you to change your busy lifestyle. You visit your dentist’s office every month or two to check on your progress and get a new set of aligners. I can’t tell you exactly how long your treatment will take. But, on average, treatment takes about one year.
In most cases, the cost of treatment is similar in cost to traditional braces. You need to visit a dentist or an orthodontist who is certified in Invisible braces to get an evaluation and see if you qualify for this treatment. So go ahead, and reach for that healthy and beautiful smile.
[ Ed. Note: Dr. Joseph R. Simaie is an Implant, Cosmetic, and Restorative dentist in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to restoring smiles, his office is on the forefront of researching and practicing preventive dentistry. Dr. Simaie is an assistant clinical professor at USC School of Dentistry in Los Angeles. He is also a clinical evaluator for a major dental manufacturer and serves on the boards of several dental organizations. You can reach Dr. Simaie with your questions or comments at DrSimaie@gmail.com.]