Orthodontic treatments like braces are designed to correct teeth that are out of place. This may be an issue like a “bad bite,” known more formally as malocclusion, which can result in problems from gum disease to headaches to sleep disorders. Or, it may simply be an aesthetic issue. Culturally, we tend to find straight teeth more attractive, which is why many people seek straighter teeth as a cosmetic fix.
Regardless of the purpose, we tend to think of braces as a treatment for children. Braces are a common sight in grade school, and even pop culture reinforces the idea that braces are for geeky teens, like the metal-mouthed kids in movies like “The Breakfast Club” and “Never Been Kissed.”
But despite this conditioning, braces have no age limit — and better yet, modern orthodontics are subtle enough that the people around you probably won’t even know you have them.
Straighter Teeth Are Within Reach
Do you look in the mirror and pass judgment on the flaws in your smile? Are you hesitant to smile in photos, knowing what your teeth look like? If so, you’re not alone. People all over the United States wish they had straighter smiles. The good news is that a straighter smile is easier than ever to obtain!
With traditional braces, straightening teeth requires a long, highly visible process. First, a dentist affixes metal brackets to each tooth that will be moved. The glue used to fix brackets often causes permanent discoloration on teeth. A metal wire is then attached to the brackets — a wire that needs to be replaced with regular appointments over the course of the sometimes years that it can take to straighten teeth. Thankfully, there are alternatives to traditional braces that make teeth straightening a practically invisible process.
Invisalign has become the new standard for effective, subtle orthodontics. Just as the name implies, these clear aligners are practically invisible. They don’t require metal brackets or wires, so they’re nearly undetectable while you’re wearing them. Plus, you can remove them for a special event, like for a date or a big meeting.
Invisalign Is Perfect for Professionals
For the busy professional, it’s more important than ever to have a compelling smile. But it could be a dealbreaker if getting that perfect smile means wearing an embarrassing set of metal braces to work for a few years. Not only can traditional braces be distracting, they can give the impression of incompetence thanks to their cultural association with youth. Plus, food stuck in braces isn’t a good luck for delivering a presentation.
Invisalign solves this problem — and in a fraction of the time of traditional braces! Some people only need to wear their Invisalign aligners for six weeks to reach the straight smile they’ve been dreaming of!