How to Decide If Invisalign Is Right for You

The staff at Crescent Orthodontics in Oakland County, Michigan, works closely with clients to help them determine which orthodontics procedure will get them the best results.

With the development of advanced orthodontic procedures, including Invisalign aligners, more and more adults are discovering that braces aren’t just for teenagers.

Although adults often shy away from metal braces, which can be unsightly and uncomfortable, thousands of people are discovering the ease of Invisalign for straightening teeth.

Patients use a series of aligners to guide the teeth through the transformation process, which usually takes about 12 months for most adults, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Invisalign aligners are made of clear thermoplastic customized to fit your teeth.

Linda Griffis-Smart had perfect teeth until she had oral surgery. After having a molar removed when she was in her mid-60s, she noticed a change.

“My top teeth just started shifting to the left,” said Griffis-Smart. “The damage was done in a short period of time, and I didn’t want old lady teeth.”

Metal braces didn’t seem like a good choice.

Invisalign, which are virtually invisible, were right for Griffis-Smart.

“They are not noticeable. Unless I tell people I am wearing them, nobody notices,” she said. “I go in quarterly for appointments and I change my aligner every Monday morning. There’s no pain or discomfort. It’s the easiest thing I have ever done.”

Unless the teeth are extremely crooked, Crescent Orthodontics, a top orthodontics practice in Oakland County, Michigan, recommends Invisalign for many dental corrections. Invisalign is a good option for patients with underbite, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbite and crossbite.

The aligners are worn 22 hours per day for optimum efficiency. Patients remove the aligners to eat and for oral hygiene.

In addition to being clear and more comfortable than traditional braces, Invisalign is a a good fit for active professionals who want to look their best.

The patient can brush and floss normally when the clear aligners are removed. The staff at Crescent Orthodontics has found that Invisalign patients tend to have better oral health than people with traditional metal braces because they don’t have to clean around brackets and wires.

Foods like popcorn, gum and apples can be problematic for people with traditional braces, but Crescent Orthodontics’ Invisalign patients are able to eat anything they want.

Because Invisalign aligners are removable, Crescent Orthodontics tells its Oakland County, Michigan, clients to be careful not to misplace aligners. Replacement aligners can delay the treatment period and add extra expense.

Invisaligns cost more money than some orthodontic solutions, but thousands of clients feel like the additional expense is worth the cosmetic and comfort benefits.

“I was willing to keep my car another year so I could get them. They will make a huge difference 10 years down the road,” Griffis-Smart said.

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