16 Nov Is it too late to have braces if I’m an adult?
Patients may not pursue orthodontic treatment as a teen for any number of reasons, but the good news is that adults who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their smiles still can correct any misalignments. It’s never too late to straighten your smile, which will invigorate both your self-esteem and your oral health.
Older patients may want to consider alternatives to conventional orthodontic appliances that obscure the smile and detract from a professional appearance. In these cases, Invisalign can be a good solution.
This innovative treatment straightens the teeth with a series of clear plastic trays that are virtually undetectable when worn. Based on instructions provided by your dentist, the trays are specifically designed to apply the forces needed to reposition your teeth, eliminating the need for brackets and wires.
Your dentist will give you a schedule for switching out the trays, and you should follow that closely in order to achieve the treatment goals in the desired timeframe. Be conscientious about wearing the appliances at least 20-22 hours each day, as well. Leaving the trays out for long periods of time will interfere with your treatment.
In addition to the improved appearance, adult Invisalign patients also benefit from this method’s convenience in comparison to standard braces. The trays can be removed at mealtime so that you don’t have to worry about remnants of your breakfast, lunch or dinner getting trapped in a bracket.
Furthermore, it’s easier to keep your teeth and gums clean with Invisalign. While a patient with braces must navigate around the arch wire with the floss or brush around brackets, an Invisalign patient retains full access to the gumline and can brush the entire tooth’s surface.
If you’re an adult who wants a straighter smile but is reluctant to take on a “metal mouth,” don’t despair. Invisalign can help to improve your smile with minimal effects on your appearance during treatment. Contact our office at 972-458-2464 to learn more about this treatment option.