Posted on July 21, 2022
People go through orthodontic treatment as children or teens to get straight teeth. But what happens when adults don’t want their adult teeth to look too different from the rest of their mouths? Well, they could opt for Invisalign instead of metal braces.
According to IBIS World, of the nearly four million American brace wearers, 25% are adults. Additionally, braces were the primary source of revenue for orthodontic practices in the United States, representing approximately 47.7% of total earnings in 2021. Unfortunately, metal braces aren’t always effective. They can cause discomfort and are more prone to breakage. An alternative option is Invisalign. These are clear aligners that slowly shift your teeth into place. Here’s why Invisalign is a better option for adults.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are undetectable and do not protrude from the mouth. This allows adults to easily eat and smile without worrying about showing the world what their teeth look like. Plus, you can remove Invisalign-aligned trays whenever necessary without embarrassment.
While wearing metal braces, patients may endure constant adjustments for proper fitting. When your wires become loose, you must return to the orthodontist to ensure the right amount of pressure is applied. This may be uncomfortable and time-consuming for most adults. Unlike braces, Invisalign doesn’t need any adjustments since the aligners move independently. This can save you a lot of time and stress.
Since Invisalign doesn’t require wires, brackets, or bands, you don’t have to worry about all the traditional inconveniences of metal braces. All you need are clear plastic trays that you wear at home. Your aligner will move your teeth to their desired position each day until you head back to your dentist weekly for adjustments.
Invisalign aligners can cost less money over time than traditional metal braces. This may be ideal for adults who have other responsibilities. Some insurance companies may even cover the costs of treatment altogether.
There are pros and cons to both Invisalign and metal braces for aligning your teeth. We can help you determine the best course of action for your teeth. Contact Smilebliss today to schedule a consultation to see whether Invisalign is the correct option for you.