At Elite Orthodontics, we know there is no age limit to achieving a healthy smile that inspires confidence. We are proud to offer various corrective treatments to help our adult patients get the smell they’ve wanted for years but never obtained. One of the most popular treatments among older patients is Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear aligner treatment that is just as effective as braces at tackling complex orthodontic issues and creating consistently stunning results.
Why Should I Get Invisalign as an Adult?
Invisalign is a great tool that not only creates beautiful smiles but also improves self-confidence. When you look in the mirror and see a smile you’re proud of, you’ll be inspired to brace the day. The impact of a beautiful smile can last a lifetime, and the Elite Orthodontics team is passionate about helping you achieve a smile that builds your self-esteem.
What many people don’t know about their smile is that the straighter the teeth, the better their oral health. Orthodontic issues such as overcrowded teeth, misaligned jaws, crooked teeth, and more can lead to discomfort while performing basic functions. With Invisalign, we can correct these issues and restore your comfort while eating, biting, and speaking.
How Will You Start My Treatment Plan?
To begin your treatment for this corrective appliance, we will use the iTero, a scanner that makes digital impressions of your teeth. This device takes multiple scans of your mouth and compiles them to create a 3D model of your smile that is a perfect replication. With this digital model, we can make adjustments on our monitors to show you what your smile will look like after treatment.
Once you and Dr. Aliu decide on your results, she can plan out your Invisalign treatment plan step by step. Our orthodontist plans your aligner sets from the beginning, so you progress along a charted course until you achieve your dream smile. We will use the digital model taken by the iTero to print your aligners to fit snugly over your smile. Every two weeks until the end of treatment, you’ll receive a new set of aligners that have been changed slightly to provide pressure that will further shift your teeth into place for your elite new smile.
To maximize your results, you must wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day. Invisalign trays feature compliance indicators that fade with usage. This means that the more your child wears their aligners, the lighter the mark will become. If the symbol is still visible on the Invisalign after two weeks, then the aligners aren’t being worn enough, and the treatment could be prolonged.
How Long Will My Treatment Last?
You are unique, and you have a completely custom set of orthodontic needs and goals that we’ll address with Invisalign treatment. Because each treatment is custom, the timelines vary from patient to patient. That being said, most patients wear clear aligners for about one to two years. During your consultation, we’ll be able to give you better insight into what treatment will look like for you.
Benefits of Invisalign
In recent years, Invisalign has grown to be a patient favorite because of its many benefits. What makes this corrective treatment stand out from other appliances is the freedom it allows its wearers. Many people have put off necessary orthodontic treatment because they are worried it will alter their lifestyle. With Invisalign, you will enjoy an easily removable appliance, so you can eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about how it will impact your appliance. Unlike traditional metal braces, there are no brackets and wires, so you don’t have to avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy. However, you must take your aligners out before eating and put them back in once you’re done.
Another great benefit of this clear aligner treatment is that it’s virtually invisible. Invisalign is printed in a clear thermoplastic that blends flawlessly with your natural smile. In this treatment, no one will know you are working toward your dream smile except you. Although braces are sleeker than ever before, Invisalign is by far the most discreet treatment available. If you want to take a picture without your appliance, you can easily remove it to smile at the camera for a few moments.
You can remove your aligners with ease because the aligners are printed in an ultra-comfortable thermoplastic called SmartTrack. Industry-leading engineers designed this material to provide comfort even when your teeth are shifting due to pressure. Invisalign is printed to match the exact shape of your smile, so there is no painful rubbing or jabbing from your aligners. Patients love that they can put in this corrective treatment and forget they are even wearing their appliance.
While it’s easy to forget you’re wearing your appliance, you must remember to take out your Invisalign to perform your daily dental hygiene routine. Luckily, it’s easy to keep your teeth clean and maintain your oral health when you don’t have any brackets or wires to maneuver around. Invisalign patients love that they don’t have to change their daily routine to keep their treatment on track. One important step to add to your brushing and flossing is cleaning your aligners. You don’t want to put harmful bacteria or food acids on your freshly brushed teeth, so we suggest using warm water and a toothbrush to clean your appliance.