Having a straighter smile and healthier bite is not exclusive to any particular age group. While braces are typically associated with teenagers, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on having a more attractive smile that’s easier to clean. Many adults choose Invisalign in Conyers, while teens have the opportunity to make dramatic changes with traditional braces.
However, before you begin any treatment, it’s worth knowing the different issues adults may encounter compared to teens, especially when pursuing traditional braces. This way, you and your children can make a more informed decision and have proper expectations before getting started!
The Typical Orthodontic Treatment for Teens
When teens pursue orthodontic treatment, dentists typically recommend fixed devices like metal braces for a number of reasons. First, they are considered very effective at a young age because their teeth are still developing. Therefore, their alveolar bone isn’t as permanent as it would be if they were adults pursuing treatment.
Second, younger patients tend to have healthier teeth, meaning complications are less likely to appear during orthodontic treatment.
While Invisalign can shift teeth quite effectively, they still require a high level of dedication to be successful. For this reason, dentists don’t recommend clear aligners for younger teens since they’re less likely to stay committed to wearing them.
Issues Adults May Encounter
With that being said, adults need to be aware of issues that could affect their orthodontic treatment if they choose traditional braces.
For example, since braces are fixed, adults will need to pay very close attention to their oral care habits as well as their diet. Failing to do so can result in increased tooth decay and even gum disease due to plaque missed during routine brushing and flossing. Adults may want to include additional oral care tools to make this process easier, including electric rotating toothbrushes and water flossers.
Additionally, adults will want to consider how they’ll feel making a dramatic change to their appearance by wearing braces as well as their susceptibility to root resorption. Root resorption occurs when the body reabsorbs the tooth roots, leaving teeth without proper anchorage. This can vary depending on your family history, oral care habits, and the types of roots you may have.
Why Invisalign May Be a Better Option
For these reasons, clear aligners from Invisalign may be a better option. Not only do you not have to make dramatic changes to your oral care or diet, but they’re far subtler to use because of their transparent qualities.
By working with a cosmetic dentist in Conyers, you can build a treatment plan that keeps track of each stage of your realignment from beginning to end by using Invisalign’s advanced software. To learn more about this faster alternative to traditional braces, schedule a consultation with a dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Priyanka Seekand earned her dental degree from the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. She’s also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which helps her provide patients the most advanced cosmetic treatments available today, including Invisalign. To learn more about her practice, contact her through her website.