If you’re in the workforce and want to straighten your smile, you may be reluctant to do so if it means wearing clunky metal appliances that detract from your professional appearance. Fortunately, a system called Invisalign offers a good alternative to adults who want to avoid obscuring their smiles – or worse, looking like a teenager – during orthodontic treatment.
This system of clear correct braces uses plastic trays to apply forces to the teeth in the same way that conventional braces use brackets and wires. Because the trays are clear, they’re barely noticeable to the average observer. No one will be any the wiser that you’re receiving orthodontic treatment.
Additionally, the trays can be removed at mealtime, which is advantageous for professionals attending business lunches. There’s no need to adapt your eating habits to accommodate braces when you choose Invisalign.
Your dentist will give you instructions on the proper use of your Invisalign trays. While they can be removed to eat or perform your oral hygiene routine, you need to be sure to wear them long enough each day to get the desired effects. Usually, patients leave the trays in for 20-22 hours each day.
The trays are progressive, so patients will swap them out periodically as well. Your dentist will direct you on the frequency of these changes, which is generally every other week or so.
Because patients take on much responsibility for this treatment, they have fewer appointments for adjustments than patients with conventional braces do. You’ll go to the dental office periodically for checks on your progress, but you won’t spend too much time away from your work office in the process.
Invisalign can allow you to continue to flash a cool, confident smile throughout your orthodontic treatment, which is a tremendous asset for a working professional. If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment option, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.