People often associate braces with those awkward teenage years, but the fact is, you are never too old to have a straight healthy smile. The good news is that you may not have to go through years of wearing the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces.

Invisalign offers an effective solution for many people, giving them the smile they have dreamed of with an aesthetically pleasing clear braces option. Invisalign straightens teeth using clear aligners that are practically invisible—even to someone sitting right across from you!

You don’t have to live with crooked, uneven, or gapped teeth. Invisalign can give you the smile of your dreams in a shorter time than you expected.

At Kittrell Family Dentistry, Dr. John S. Kittrell can answer your questions about Invisalign clear braces. 

Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?

There are reasons other than esthetics alone that make it a good idea to straighten your teeth.

When your teeth are crowded or overlapped, your risk of developing decay and gum disease increases. It’s simply more difficult to brush and floss teeth that are not straight and even. If you are not cleaning your teeth properly, plaque can build up more easily below the gum line. Even gaps between your teeth can be problematic if there is a tendency for food to get trapped between your teeth.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses a series of translucent plastic aligners that gently nudge your teeth into a straighter position. These custom aligners fit tightly over your teeth and need to be worn for most of the day and night.

Every couple of weeks you will get a new set of aligners, and your teeth will continue to be repositioned over the weeks and months. The process to get your teeth into the desired position often takes less time than traditional braces.

When you are wearing the aligners, most people won’t even be able to see them. Since they can be removed, there are no restrictions on eating and drinking, which gives Invisalign a big advantage over traditional orthodontics. If you have a special event, such as prom or a wedding, you can remove the aligners for a few hours while you attend and put them back in afterward to continue straightening your teeth.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

If you are self-conscious about misaligned or crooked teeth but you do not want to go the route of traditional metal braces, you could be the ideal Invisalign candidate. As long as you have no other dental issues (such as gum disease), this convenient, innovative, and effective teeth straightening treatment could be perfect for you.

All you need is a commitment to wear the aligners for the appropriate hours each day and take care of your teeth with proper flossing and brushing. You can enjoy the advantages provided by clear braces and have straight teeth at the end of the process.

Learn more about clear braces and Invisalign by scheduling an appointment. Call Kittrell Family Dentistry today!