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Adult Orthodontics Do Not Require Braces

Posted on May 20th, 2016

Adult orthodontics have become more popular than they have ever been.

By some estimates as many as 20 percent of people who are wearing braces today are adults. While orthodontic treatment is still primarily done when people are teenagers, it’s not unusual to see someone a little older wearing braces.

For any number of reasons, you may not have worn braces when you were younger, but now as a working professional, you wish your teeth were straight.

It’s also possible that you did wear braces when you were younger. In some cases, teeth will start to drift back to their original positions. This is known as relapse.

If you want straighter teeth, but don’t want to wear braces for two years (or more), Atlanta West Dentistry may have an alternative that can help — Invisalign®.

To learn more about this service, schedule a consultation at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.

Cosmetic Benefits Of Straight Teeth

We’ve all looked through a celebrity magazine once or twice (or every week). We’ve seen the photos of people with perfect hair and perfect smiles. Their teeth are brilliantly white and perfectly straight and parallel to one another.

Think about that for a moment. How many people do you know with teeth that are absolutely perfect? Probably not many, and those that do have those kinds of teeth probably had orthodontic or cosmetic treatment.

What’s true for your friends and co-workers is true for celebrities, too. Many of them have their teeth “fixed” so they will look their best when they are in front of a camera.

You may think this doesn’t matter in your life, but you may be surprised.

In surveys, men and women have both said good teeth are one of the most important qualities they look for in a romantic partner. Survey respondents also have said people with good smiles are perceived as more successful, healthier, friendlier, and more trustworthy.

Do you think that could help you? Even if you aren’t having your photo taken or shooting scenes for a movie, it can help when you are discussing your company’s products and services with a potential client.

We can’t promise anything, but straight teeth might help you get that second date with your future husband or wife, too.

Health Benefits

Many times people focus on how straight teeth can improve the appearance of their smiles. As dentists, we are just as concerned about the health of your teeth.

It’s a fact that straight teeth are healthier or, at least, easier to keep healthy.

When you have crooked teeth, you may have places that you can’t scrub effectively. If your teeth are too crowded, then you may not be able to floss between them as well as you should.

These are ideal spaces for bacteria to grow and plaque to build. This can leave you more susceptible to tooth decay or gum disease. You don’t want that, and we don’t want that for you.

When your teeth are straight, they are easier to brush and floss. This helps you keep them clean and healthy.

Why Invisalign?

We won’t lie. Braces will work if you are willing to wear them for two years. You may be fine with that and the questions you will receive from coworkers about your braces.

But if you would rather cut your treatment time in half without having to wear any brackets and wires on your teeth, Invisalign might be the perfect solution.

Invisalign is a discreet orthodontic treatment for people with mild or moderate alignment issues. With this system, you wear a series of clear, plastic aligners.

Because these are transparent, most people will not notice that you have anything on your teeth.

You can also remove the aligners for up to two hours per day, which anyone with braces can tell you is a nice feature. This means you can remove them during meals (so you can still eat anything that you want) and when you brush and floss your teeth.

After about 12 months, your teeth can be straighter, and you may feel more confident about your smile.

Come To An Experienced Provider

If you are interested in finding out if Invisalign can work for you, we welcome you to talk to Dr. Cameron Watson at our dentist office in Marietta. Dr. Watson is an Invisalign preferred provider. This means she has experience and success in helping patients with this orthodontic treatment.

You can set up a consultation by filling out our online appointment form or by calling Atlanta West Dentistry at (770) 941-6979.