Invisalign® for the Adult Lifestyle: Here's What You Need to Know
One of the biggest myths about correcting crooked teeth or other bite issues is that this is something that MUST be done when you're younger. Thankfully, this is false - largely because bite issues can develop at any age and there will always be a treatment there to correct them.
Invisalign® has become one of the most popular forms of those treatments in the last several years and it's a system that brings with it a wide range of benefits that cannot be ignored. For starters, Invisalign clear plastic aligners can be removed for special occasions - like during a sporting event. Just be sure to wear a mouthguard while you play.
Likewise, because the aligners can be removed from your mouth, there are NO dietary restrictions to speak of. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, you can also enjoy quick appointments with the orthodontist - especially when compared to traditional braces.
All this, and you get a comfortable solution that costs about the same as regular braces and is every bit as effective. Based on that, it's clear why Invisalign® is the number one choice of so many.
What Are the Costs of Invisalign®?
The most important thing for you to understand is that costs will vary depending on a number of factors, like how long your treatment is and what orthodontic issues you have. As stated, Invisalign® generally costs about the same as traditional braces so the cost really shouldn't be a factor in your decision.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
The beauty of Invisalign® is very much in its simplicity. A series of clear plastic aligners are made to the precise dimensions of your teeth, acting almost like a second set of skin in a way. Every few weeks, you change out one set of aligners for another one that slowly moves your teeth into the desired position. After between 12 and 24 months (again, varying depending on the specific types of issues you're correcting), your teeth will finally be in their desired location and you'll have that perfect smile you always wanted without ever even thinking about metal brackets and wires.
Caring for Invisalign®: What To Do and How to Do It
Typically, people find Invisalign® clear plastic aligners to be virtually maintenance-free. This is certainly true over traditional braces that require you to adjust your normal oral hygiene routines in many ways.
Having said that, there are still a few things you'll need to do to make sure that your aligners can function correctly. Always remove your aligners when eating and store them in their proper case, no matter what you're eating. This will help prevent any damage to the aligners that may require replacements before you're ready to switch to the next pair.
Along the same lines, you'll also want to clean your Invisalign® aligners on a regular basis. But don't worry - you can just wash them in the sink and remove any food or other obstructions with a toothbrush before popping them back into your mouth. Beyond that, there really isn't too much to worry about - and that is a major part of why Invisalign® has become so popular with so many people.