Most people don’t have naturally straight teeth. Even those who do–or those who’ve had previous orthodontic treatment–often notice their teeth crowding and shifting with age. But who gets braces as an adult? Plenty of people, as it turns out. Over 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults over 21, with the fastest-growing group being those over 40.
Why the rush to straighten teeth later in life? It’s not just vanity. Misaligned teeth are harder to brush and floss, which puts you at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Advanced gum disease is also linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. And if your bite is off, it puts greater stress on the teeth and increases the risk of cracks, fractures, and premature wear.
Another contributing factor in the trend toward adult orthodontics? Advances in Invisalign technology, which have made this innovative treatment more effective and affordable than ever.
The Invisalign system is designed for teens and adults, and can straighten even severely crooked teeth in about the same amount of time and for the same amount of money as traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into position, usually in about a year. If you’re looking to correct minor issues, such as age-related shifting of teeth, treatment time can be much shorter.
Invisalign aligners are barely noticeable when worn, and can be removed for pictures and special occasions. Their ability to be removed also means you can eat, brush and floss without metal brackets or bands getting in the way.
Dr. Files is an experienced Invisalign provider, and can guide you through all aspects of orthodontic treatment. If you’re looking to straighten your smile without the inconvenience and unsightliness of metal braces, Invisalign could be a great solution for you. Please call us for your free consultation today. And, for more information, watch this short video on how orthodontics can help keep your smile healthy.