There are several types of Invisalign treatments but, ultimately, Invisalign is Invisalign. It works the same way no matter what form it comes in. The practically invisible aligners are designed to move teeth into alignment discreetly and efficiently. The speed with which Invisalign treatment is completed depends on where a patient’s teeth are now, where they need to move, and how dedicated you are to treatment.
Whether you are a regular resolution-maker or 2020 is the year you’ve decided to make a promise to do something good for yourself, your orthodontist has a suggestion for self-improvement: Get straight teeth. You can opt for discreet Invisalign or can’t-miss-me metal braces, but the result will be the same: a gorgeous, straight, healthy smile.
Are straight teeth on your holiday wish list? They should be, especially if you’re dealing with any discomfort or self-consciousness about the appearance of your teeth. Wish upon a star, a Santa, a candle, or whatever you think gives you the best chance of getting straight teeth, as long as the solution involves Invisalign.
Ask a tween or teen about braces and they usually fall into one of two camps: They’re excited and can’t wait for this rite of passage, or they are completely dreading the entire experience. Ask a grown-up about braces and most can’t fathom adulting with brackets on their teeth, but perk up when given alternatives, like Invisalign. In an ideal world, every orthodontic patient falls into the “that wasn’t so bad and I’m glad I did it” category by the end of their treatment – they might even, gasp, be thankful for their braces.
It’s easy to make excuses about the things you know you need but don’t want to take the time or expense to commit to. Braces for adults fit solidly into this category. The reality, however, is that adults sometimes neglect to take the best care of themselves when they’re doing so much for others or distracted by obligations, work, and family. If you know that braces would help you, it’s time to stop making excuses and finally get the orthodontic treatment you need. Your teeth, gums, and bite will thank you for it.
Braces-wearers are intimately familiar with restrictions, but Halloween is one time of year when people of all ages want to let loose and enjoy a fun celebration – braces or no braces. As it turns out, orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to get in the way of a good time. Halloween and braces can work together, if you know the secrets to getting along.
No matter what sport you play, you run the risk of falling, getting hit, colliding with others, and more. Factor in teeth and braces and any injuries you suffer could be painful and costly. Take heart: Braces do not mean the end of sports. Braces do, however, mean you must wear an orthodontic mouthguard while practicing and playing games.
It’s one of the most common questions orthodontists hear: Do I really have to wear a retainer? The answer is a hard yes. Yes, all day long. Unequivocally, yes. Most orthodontic patients spend at least a year or two getting their teeth into alignment. If you want to keep your teeth straight and beautiful, you’ll be up close and personal with a retainer for a long time to come.