Straight teeth are good for your smile. You know this. Your family and friends know this. Your co-workers know this, too.
It’s the reason millions of people undergo orthodontic care every year in the United States. Those numbers could be even higher if more people know about Invisalign®, which we offer at our dentist office in Reading, MA.
For many people, braces become a barrier that prevents them from starting orthodontic treatment. It doesn’t have to be that way. Invisalign makes orthodontic care faster, more convenient, and more discreet, which is what makes it such a great option for so many.
So, are you a good candidate for Invisalign?
If you really want to know, you can schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Nasrin Sadeghi, at First Dental Associates. You can fill out our online form or call [phone] to request an appointment.
For now, you can keep reading to learn about problems that Invisalign can fix and who Invisalign can help.
This is true for multiple reasons. Cosmetically, straight teeth look nicer. This is a big reason — maybe the main reason — that many people go through orthodontic treatment.
From a health standpoint, straight teeth are good for your mouth, too. Now, this doesn’t magically happen just because you’ve fixed your crooked teeth. Instead, having straight teeth makes it more effective when you clean your teeth.
You still need to brush (twice daily) and floss (once daily) to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles. But when you do this with straight teeth, you will be able to remove more of those things from your mouth.
So, what specific issues can you fix with Invisalign?
⬩ Open bites
⬩ Gaps between teeth
⬩ Crowded teeth
⬩ Crooked teeth
Invisalign may not work for patients with severe alignment problems, but it can work for most people who are interested in orthodontic care.
We could make this simple, and just say teenagers and adults. But let’s think about the reasons people might prefer Invisalign. This will help us identify some particular people who may want to learn more about this service.
▷ Active teens
Many teenagers enjoy extracurricular activities such as sports and the marching band. Braces can create complications for some of these activities.
There is no way to completely eliminate the risk of injuries that comes with playing sports, but braces can compound those injuries. Getting hit in the mouth hurts. Getting hit in the mouth while wearing braces could cause cuts or cause the braces to break.
With Invisalign, you won’t have brackets or wires that can break and cut or poke into the soft tissues of your mouth.
The benefits are more noticeable for some band members than others. Brass musicians may have to deal with painful braces in a different way because of how their instruments are played. Invisalign can make this transition and the subsequent playing more comfortable.
▷ Working adults
If you have been in your career for a while, you may be in a better position to afford orthodontic care than you could when you were younger.
Even though you know the end result will be a nicer, straighter smile, you may not want to spend the next two years (or more) wearing braces. That could make everything from company meetings to discussions with clients and interviews for promotions somewhat awkward.
If your braces are a distraction, other people may not see you as the professional that you are. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about that. The clear aligners are custom-fitted to your teeth. Most people won’t realize you are wearing them, which can help you feel more relaxed in professional — and personal — situations.
▷ People who want to save time
No matter what orthodontic option you choose, it will take a little time to complete your treatment. As we noted above, braces can take about two years on average.
Invisalign treatments are generally completed between 9 and 15 months. This can vary more depending on the specific issues being treated, however.
If you live in or near Reading, MA, a great way to find out is with a consultation at First Dental Associates. This will give Dr. Sadeghi a chance to examine your teeth and jaw. It also gives you a chance to ask questions about Invisalign.
To make your appointment, start by filling out our online form or by calling 781-384-6971.