The American Association of Orthodontics reports 22 percent of orthodontic patients are at least 18 years old. In 1994, adults accounted for 17 percent of patients with braces.
While the number of adults who wear braces grew by 58 percent from 1994 to 2010, the number of kids with braces grew by just 15 percent during the same time.
Modern orthodontic treatments are in many respects made for adults. Instead of the metal “brace face” from childhood, adults in need of straightening are becoming acquainted with an attractive and comfortable option: Invisalign.
If Invisalign is determined to be a good option to meet your needs, you will be fitted with a series of comfortable, clear aligners. These dental appliances correspond to each step of treatment. You will wear a new set of aligners every couple of weeks. They incrementally shift your teeth into proper alignment.
Since the aligners are clear, during a presentation or pitch your colleagues and clients will be looking at you — not metal wires and brackets.
Invisalign aligner trays are removable. You can take out the trays for cleaning, eating, or special occasions. The only thing Big Smile Dental asks is that you wear them for at least 20 hours each day, so you achieve a better smile in no time. Since you visit Dr. Siegel and his team every four to six weeks so they can track your progress, Invisalign allows you to spend more time with your family and friends and less time at the dentist’s office.
As Invisalign has advanced, this technology in the hands of trained professionals can now treat a range of conditions — from minor crowding and gaps to problems with how the upper and lower teeth come together.
Invisalign may not be your only option for treatment. Porcelain veneers may be bonded to the teeth as a natural-looking, non-orthodontic method to cover gaps and slightly misaligned teeth.
There is no reason to fear modern braces and alternatives to orthodontic treatments designed with attractive features, patient comfort, and busy lifestyles in mind. Call 773-772-8400 to schedule an appointment, so the dental team can determine which of these options is best to get you smiling big again.