In this blog from Vibrant Square Dental, we explain why it’s never too late to get orthodontics for adults.
Orthodontics For Adults
Adults don’t need to fret if they think they have passed up their chance to get braces. Orthodontic treatment is not just for children, adults can benefit from it as well. At Vibrant Square Dental, adults make up a big part of our orthodontic patient base. As long as your gums and bones are in good condition, you can start your orthodontic journey no matter your age.
Can Getting Orthodontic Treatment As An Adult Improve My Oral Health?
If you receive orthodontic treatment as an adult, it can make a huge difference in your appearance and self-esteem. Moreover, it can help to improve your overall health. When teeth are not correctly aligned and your bite is off, it can lead to gum and bone deterioration, tooth decay, uneven wear of your teeth, headaches, and jaw pain. Orthodontic treatment can even help with sleep issues like bruxism, so you can get better rest and enhance your health.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners were introduced to the dental industry in 1998. Introducing these clear aligners represented nothing less than a revolution in how our team provided orthodontic treatment. Their clear material and ability to be removed completely changed the orthodontic patient experience. Patients who receive them frequently report them as being comfortable and convenient. While they are not a complete replacement for traditional braces, they have greatly limited the cases where bracket and wire braces are necessary.
Invisalign Is More Comfortable And Convenient Than Traditional Braces
Recent developments in dentistry have been impressive, but a solution to make braces totally painless has not been discovered yet. Wires can be sharp, brackets can cause tenderness in the gums and cheeks, and if a wire or bracket breaks, it can be somewhat of a hassle. You may experience a brief adjustment period for a day or two after transitioning to a new set of Invisalign clear aligners, but apart from that, you don’t need to worry about any discomfort.
The advantage of Invisalign over metal braces is the fact that it can be taken out. Many people don’t know that with traditional metal braces, their diet is limited. Metal braces can be easily damaged, which could lead to more visits to the dentist or even injuries. Hard and sticky food like candy, gum, nuts, popcorn and pizza crust must be avoided. Also, sugary drinks such as soda and sports drinks should be avoided. Even light-colored elastics can be stained by coffee, red wine, or berries. With Invisalign, you can just remove the aligners when eating and there are no restrictions.
What Orthodontic Issues Can Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign can address a range of dental concerns, including:
- Gapped Teeth – Gaps in your teeth represent more than just an aesthetic concern. Gaps represent spaces where neighboring teeth lack the support that helps them remain straight and in place. They also provide greater surface area that can be impacted by decay.
- Overbite – Invisalign can help address overbite cases, where the upper teeth extend over the lower.
- Overcrowding – Overcrowding can create a problem for neighboring teeth. Shifting them into the proper position can help provide additional space and limit stress on your teeth.
- Underbite – When your lower teeth extend beyond your upper teeth, Invisalign can often help.
Invisalign is only able to address issues that are caused by improper alignment or placement of the teeth. This means that not all cases of overbite or underbite can be addressed. Additionally, overcrowding can sometimes require the extraction of one or more teeth to provide sufficient room. Our team can use Invisalign after these extractions to maneuver your teeth into place. More complex concerns such as crossbite or open bite may require more advanced orthodontic care.
Vibrant Square Dental Is Your Cosmetic And Restorative Dental Provider
When you visit our office in Vaughan, Ontario, you’ll discover a range of cosmetic and restorative treatment options available from our team. We assess each patient during their initial exam and consult them on the treatment options that can best address their underlying concerns. Whether you need a simple dental whitening procedure, Invisalign, or want to explore other options for restorative dental care, we’re here for you. Consider Vibrant Square Dental for the best in general dentistry and family dentistry, and all your cosmetic and restorative needs. For an appointment, call us today at 905-553-3004.