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Straighter Teeth for Adults: Invisalign or Braces?

Many adults – whether they’ve had braces as a child or not – dream of a straighter smile. But what many adults today also struggle with is the idea of having metal braces at an older age.

For some, having metal braces right now may not be a big deal. After all, braces are a generally common feature on people.

However, having braces as an adult can have its own set of issues. For one, adults lead busier lives these days, so having to rethink your social and eating schedule may prove troublesome. Braces can also be uncomfortable, which may lead to small distractions that can affect your day-to-day routine.

Clear aligners like Invisalign® offer more flexibility than braces in many ways.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a reputable and well-known producer of clear aligners, which are small, plastic, orthodontic devices designed to help you achieve a straighter smile.

Clear aligner treatment is often touted as a welcome and wonderful alternative to braces. They are especially wonderful for adults who have once had braces and are looking for retreatment options, as sometimes teeth may become crooked again years after the braces have come off.

What are some of the pros and cons of Invisalign®?

Invisalign® has a reputation that often times sells itself – straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces.

You can still eat whatever you want, whenever you want, although you have to keep in mind that it is only for a small window of time in your day. Those undergoing clear aligner treatment can remove their trays at any time throughout the day, but most dentists recommend that you keep Invisalign on for at least 20 to 22 hours a day.

Ensuring that your trays are on for that amount of time does require a little bit of discipline. But, as long as you stick to your routine, cleaning your teeth before and after eating, and putting back on your appliances, then you should have no problem with it.

If you’re still unsure what orthodontic treatment is best for you, then you should make an appointment with your dentist. Your doctor will be able to talk through your options and work with you on finding the best treatment plan for achieving straighter, beautiful teeth.

Book your appointment today with Dr. Stephen Coates and his experienced dental team in Long Beach, CA. You can either request an appointment here or call us at 562-434-6414.

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