Braces technology has come a long way even in the last couple of decades, and getting a mouthful of metal braces for a few months is not the arduous process it was in your parents’ generation. Plus, you come out at the other end with such beautifully straight, aligned teeth that you will want to smile all day just to show them off.

For older teens and adults, the idea of sporting youthful braces might not be so alluring, however. You may prefer less visible options such as clear braces or lingual braces. Another option is Invisalign braces, which is a system of clear plastic aligners that fit into your mouth and gradually straighten crooked teeth.

Invisalign braces are perfect for teens and adults who have only mild to moderate corrections to make in tooth alignment. If you have severe tooth misalignment or other dental issues, you’ll probably need to get metal braces to correct the problem.

If you are a candidate for braces like Invisalign, you’ll be happy to note that you can take them out when you are eating, brushing, or flossing your teeth. This can help you feel more confident about tooth and mouth hygiene and cleanliness. But just like your counterparts who sport braces that are not removable, braces only work if they are in your mouth and slowly pulling teeth into alignment. You’ll need to keep your Invisalign braces in for at least 22 hours a day so for optimal performance. If you get lazy about putting them in and keeping them in, you won’t see any progress.

Invisalign braces also take longer to straighten teeth than metal braces. If you find the trade-off of having invisible braces for a longer time outweighs putting in much more visible metal braces for a shorter amount of time, then this is a good option. Many professionals prefer invisible braces because clients and co-workers seem to take them more seriously than if they have metal braces, which is a look more generally associated with youth and innocence.

If you are an older teen or adult and would like to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and improve your smile, Dr. Matthew Dunn or Dr. Courtney Dunn of Dunn Orthodontics can help you determine whether Invisalign braces are the right choice for you. Please contact us to schedule an initial consultation and put yourself on the road to being able to confidently flash that perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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