“Am I too old for braces?” This is a question that our Cordova, TN, dentist, Dr. Jason Botts, hears often and fortunately enough, the answer is a resounding, "Of course not!" While braces are often associated with youth, the truth of the matter is, adults can still fix their poorly aligned teeth and bites with braces, and in some cases, they can even procure a straighter smile with the help of Invisalign.
Invisalign is a clear orthodontic system that uses transparent, custom-fitted trays that fit over your upper and lower teeth to shift teeth into their proper place. These aligners can be removed before meals and before brushing and flossing, but the rest of the time you will want to wear your aligners if you want to see results.
What Invisalign Treats
We know that most adults want to avoid metal braces, which is why our Cordova, TN, dentist is happy to offer the Invisalign system to both older teens and adults. However, even though Invisalign can handle more issues than ever before, it still has its limitations. If there are issues that require very complex or significant jaw shifting or tooth rotation, then traditional braces are going to be more effective in treating these issues than Invisalign.
Some Things You Should Know
Here are some useful facts that you should know about Invisalign to help you decide whether this is right for you,
- While transparent aligners may cause less irritation than metal braces can the truth is that both will require an adjustment period. After all, they both apply pressure to the teeth in order to shift them, so there can be a slight amount of discomfort especially in the very beginning.
- Invisalign is great for teens and adults but it isn’t right for children because their teeth are still growing.
- Invisalign may be able to treat certain adult cases faster than traditional braces; however, length of treatment for both Invisalign and traditional braces is about the same for teens.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Want to find out if your smile is the ideal candidate for Invisalign treatment? Then call Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, today at (901) 737-2200 to schedule a consultation with your dentist, Dr. Botts!