Adults make up approximately 25% of the four million people in the United States with dental braces, according to Humana. Braces are a very common dental treatment, and even a right of passage in childhood and early adolescence. Although anyone with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at any age, many adults and older teenagers are hesitant to the idea of wearing metallic wire braces for up to two years.
But there is another alternative for older patients looking for a discreet and less invasive method for straightening their teeth. Harper Woods, MI orthodontist Dr. Kishawn Kole-James recommends Invisalign clear aligner trays for adult patients and older teenagers.
Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Harper Woods, MI
In addition to being an effective and cosmetically attractive option for straightening teeth in adulthood, Invisalign braces offer several other benefits. Because the trays can be removed for up to two hours a day, Invisalign users can keep up with a regular oral hygiene routine, and continue to enjoy their favorite foods.
Invisalign trays are custom designed for each patient out of soft clear plastic, minimizing friction and irritation on the gums, cheeks and tongue. They can also provide a layer of protection against dental wear and tear from a clenching or teeth grinding habit.
Invisalign works on the same principle as metal braces, gradually shifting the teeth into better alignment. Most adults with significant malocclusions (bite and alignment problems) are typically good candidates for Invisalign. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can be shorter than with traditional braces in some cases.
There has never been a better time to invest in a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information on the benefits of Invisalign clear aligner trays and whether they are the right option for you, contact Superior Orthodontics in Harper Woods, MI today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kole-James.