Orthodontics For Adults: Is It Ever Too Late?

If you’re curious about Invisalign, check out this guide from Florida Smiles on how this system of orthodontics for adults can potentially benefit you.

How Can Adults Benefit From Orthodontic Care?

Are you wondering if it is too late to get orthodontic treatment? Don’t worry–at The Sadati Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, we can help you on your smile journey at any age. So don’t hesitate to begin your orthodontic journey–it’s never too late.

Having orthodontic care later in life can have a huge impact on your self-esteem and outward appearance. Not only that, it can also contribute to better overall health. Misaligned teeth and an incorrect bite can put you at risk for gum and bone loss, cavities, and headaches, as well as TMJ pain. Orthodontic treatment can even help alleviate sleep problems such as bruxism, granting you the opportunity to get a better, more restful sleep and improve your health.

How Is Invisalign A Better Choice Than Traditional Metal Braces?

The Invisalign system is an orthodontic treatment specifically designed for adults and teens who have crowded and crooked teeth. This modern form of braces uses a series of virtually invisible custom-fitted aligner trays, which are worn all day, except when eating and brushing/flossing. These aligner trays gently push the teeth into the desired alignment by applying a slight pressure.

Invisalign is a popular choice among adults due to its convenience and subtlety. In contrast to braces, Invisalign trays are easily removable and can be taken out before meals, meaning there are no dietary restrictions. Unlike braces, Invisalign does not involve metal brackets or wires, which can cause pain and require frequent adjustments. This makes it easier to fit Invisalign into a busy adult lifestyle, as there is no need to schedule multiple dental appointments. Every couple of weeks, the patient simply needs to switch out the old aligner tray for a new one.

Am I A Candidate For Invisalign?

Because Invisalign is both easy to use and comfortable, Invisalign is an excellent choice for most patients. Invisalign can treat a range of dental problems, such as:

  • Crowding. Overcrowding of teeth can cause problems for adjacent teeth. Getting your teeth into the right position creates extra space and takes the pressure off of surrounding teeth.
  • Gaps in your smile. Gapping in the teeth is not just an aesthetic concern. Gaps indicate areas where surrounding teeth lack the support to help them stay straight and in place. When teeth are exposed due to gapping, there is greater surface area that may be vulnerable to tooth decay.
  • Overbite. Invisalign can help treat overbites where the upper teeth protrude further than the lower teeth.
  • Crossbite. Invisalign can help if your lower teeth protrude beyond your upper teeth.

While Invisalign is a good choice for many patients, not all cases of overcrowding, overbite, or crossbite can be treated with Invisalign. If you wonder if you can benefit from Invisalign, make an appointment with Dr. Sadati and discuss your options.

What Can I Expect From My Invisalign Journey?

At The Sadati Center For Aesthetic Dentistry, when you receive Invisalign orthodontic treatment, you will begin your journey with a consultation to discuss your individual case and treatment plan. Afterwards, a special oral scanner will be used to obtain information about your smile to make your custom aligners.

During your Invisalign journey, it will be necessary to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day during treatment, only taking them off to eat, brush or floss. Because you take your aligner trays out to eat, this means you won’t have to avoid any of the foods or drinks you love. You will switch to a new aligner every 1-2 weeks and meet with the orthodontist every 12 weeks to monitor your progress and get a new set of aligners.

The treatment duration of your Invisalign smile journey will depend on your particular case. During your consultation, your recommended treatment length will be discussed, and your provider will answer any questions or address any concerns you have. Typically, Invisalign orthodontic treatment lasts between 12 and 24 months.

If you are seeking Invisalign or another form of cosmetic dental care in the West Palm Beach, FL area, consider The Sadati Center For Aesthetic Dentistry in Wellington for all your general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry needs. To rejuvenate your smile and get pampered at our state-of-the-art, luxurious office, call 888-873-3558 today.