The single biggest obstacle people face in deciding whether or not to straighten their teeth is the feeling of humiliation and pain they may have to endure if they choose metal braces.
The longer you put off getting your teeth fixed, the easier it can be to justify waiting longer. This can end up costing you more time and money in the long run, and possibly less choices. Invisalign® is an excellent solution for patients who wish to align their smile without turning to traditional orthodontics.
Avoid the Pain and Embarrassment of Metal Braces
Fact #1: Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic problem
A number of underlying issues can cause crooked teeth. Some of the major ones are:
- Over Crowding
- Wide Spacing
Left unchecked, these issues can lead to a host of other health problems that can affect your speech and chewing, as well as increase your chances of periodontal disease (swollen gums and redness), and dental decay. A number of clinical studies show that “when teeth are straight, the gums fit tighter around the teeth.” Also, when your teeth are not aligned properly, it “can cause painful stress in supporting bone and jaw joints, as well as cause abnormal wear on your teeth,” leading to more potential problems down the road.
Fact #2: Crooked teeth aren’t just a physical problem
No one likes to look in the mirror when they know their teeth aren’t straight.
When crooked teeth aren’t corrected, it can affect people’s emotional state – even to the point they can appear unfriendly to others – simply because they become too self-conscious and embarrassed to smile.
If you are an adult, you may have developed ways to try to cope with this discomfort so it doesn’t hold you back in your personal or professional life. For example, when you smile you might not show your teeth and try to cover them with your lips. Or maybe you don’t smile at all.
Any of these tactics can unconsciously send messages to the people around us that suggest:
“I’m not very happy.”
“I’m not fun to be around.”
“I’m reserved and boring.”
Without our knowing it, we can be sabotaging our relationship efforts. This is a huge problem since almost everything we do involves relationships somehow.
And teens may have other, more immature, ways of acting out their self consciousness which parents and teachers may not recognize.
Fact #3: Traditional braces don’t solve these problems
In fact, they can seemingly make it worse.
- You have to deal with wires that can poke you in the cheeks (some people put a “gob of wax” on them to prevent this), and possibly sores, ulcers, or irritated, puffy gums.
- You have to change the rubber bands regularly that link your top and bottom braces.
- You will probably want to head straight to the restroom after eating to remove any unsightly food that may have gotten stuck in the metal hardware.
The emotional factors can be, perhaps, even more challenging.
Many adults feel badly wearing them later in life, as though they did something wrong because they didn’t get them when they were younger. And it doesn’t help that people can be insensitive with their curiosity, constantly “interviewing” you with questions like, “How long have you had them?” “Why did you get them?” “Do they bother you?”
We all would like to believe appearance doesn’t matter, but it matters more than most people are willing to admit. There are times when making an impression matters a lot.
Imagine if you are single heading off to meet a new date for the first time. Naturally, you’re nervous anyway, and now you have the stigma of big metal braces making you feel even more anxious and self conscious. You have a great dinner and talk about getting together but it never seems to happen. Either they don’t call or can’t quite make it….
Or imagine you’re going for a job interview and you don’t get a call back.
Or what about an important presentation in front of a group of people, or a networking event or other social function?
In any of these cases, would you feel confident in your appearance?
Eating and Drinking Issues
Sometimes people want to be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee without the worry of permanently staining their teeth, or dine out without the worry and embarrassment of food getting stuck in their braces and rubber bands.
Personal Hygiene Issues
Bad breath is one of the side effects traditional braces can create. It requires complete diligence to keep food particles from lodging in the metal (which can lead to perpetual breath problems).
Is There an Alternative to Traditional Braces? The Answer is Invisalign
The founders of Invisalign looked for an answer to these compelling problems. They experimented, tried various techniques, tested it out on patients and over a three-year period, finally perfected a brace-replacement technology.
Invisalign not only eliminates the problems outlined above, but addresses issues of confidence, privacy, convenience, and time factors, as well.
Invisalign also offers these unique features over traditional braces:
- Transparent and nearly undetectable
- Removable for eating, drinking and special events
- Fewer appointments and adjustments needed
Invisalign is a set of clear plastic aligners made specifically for your mouth. Treatment time is generally a year or less, compared to two years for traditional braces – a significant time difference.
Should I Use Express or Regular Treatment?
Invisalign offers two forms of treatment: Express and Regular. Express simply means your case is less intensive and will only need 10 aligners or less (and less time overall) to make the necessary corrections.
The first thing to determine is: Are you a candidate for Invisalign? In more than 80% of the cases, Invisalign will work. Once you are approved, our dentist will decide which treatment plan is appropriate for your case.
Ultimately, the particular treatment plan determines the cost factor – as well as your choice of provider. Choosing a Certified Invisalign Dentist with advanced expertise can potentially save a person years of time and pain…and, as a result, possibly thousands of dollars.
Will Invisalign work for Teens?
Many of the points we’ve already covered apply to teenagers, and often more so. Teens can be especially sensitive to peer pressure, teasing, name calling, and feelings of, “Is there something wrong with me?” Having metal braces can become another “defect” for them – a negative in their life – and they don’t always have the social skills to deal with it gracefully.
Not only do teens wearing Invisalign complain less than those wearing traditional braces, but, many teens plain think it’s “cool.” (This may in part be because many of their favorite celebrities do, too, and the media plays this up.)
Invisalign knows teenagers and has a special program for Teens. For example, they created a special blue dot on the back of their aligners which allows the dentist to track if the aligners are being worn enough. Aligners for teens are specially designed to allow their permanent molars to still come in. In addition, with this program, teens are provided up to six free replacement aligners. Call us now at (972) 618-5000 for your complimentary consultation.
As a parent, you will enjoy more peace of mind about your teen and your financial investment.
For those patients who need it, we offer CareCredit, a third-party health care financing company that offers monthly payment options, along with no annual fees, prepayment penalties or upfront costs. It’s possible your insurance company covers some portion of your orthodontic treatment, and, if they do, we are happy to file the paperwork for you. Call (972) 618-5000 now for a free Invisalign consultation.
Why Choose Imagecare Dental For Invisalign?
- For your benefit and treatment ease, we have completed multiple advanced training courses to keep your treatment up to date with the latest Invisalign techniques
- To ensure a better outcome for your tooth alignment and bite, Dr. Thompson has completed over 4 years of advanced training in occlusion (bite), TMJ and esthetics
- We have over 10 years of experience with traditional orthodontics that help guide us in designing your Invisalign treatment
- We have achieved Preferred Provider status with Invisalign