Invisalign is a great option for adults who want straighter teeth
Many adults understand the importance of a confident smile in their personal, social, and professional lives. If they are pleased with their appearance when looking in a mirror, it boosts their self-esteem. It enables them to set about their life with a winning smile and a self-assured air, which are important personal assets.
Unfortunately, people with misaligned teeth can be deprived of this feeling if they are unhappy with their smile. Many adults are unwilling to consider orthodontics because of the discomfort and look of traditional metal brackets and wires. Others mistakenly believe that they are too old to benefit from braces; or that it is too late to correct the problem.
With Invisalign, San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, can correct smiles in a very discreet manner. Adults may require a slightly longer treatment time than teens, but the treatment is just as effective. With the advances in orthodontic technology today, nearly 50 % of all patients seeking braces are adults.
Invisalign uses virtually invisible aligners made of a smooth, clear, comfortable thermoplastic material. They can be worn at work, for social events, and even in business meetings without embarrassment. The aligners are removable, facilitating appropriate oral hygiene routines and enabling patients to eat their choice of foods. However, the aligners should be worn a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day for a timely outcome. As an added benefit, Invisalign requires less frequent dental visits, and less time in the dentist’s chair, allowing patients to get on with their busy lives.
Most people seek treatment for alignment issues for cosmetic dentistry reasons; however, there are many health benefits as well. Improperly aligned teeth can cause excessive tooth wear, difficulty with speech, strain on the jaw joints, pain when chewing, and ineffective oral hygiene. The misaligned teeth can harbor bacteria that can result in the onset or advancement of periodontal (gum) disease. Studies have found a link between gum disease and heart attacks, strokes, and other major illnesses.
Preventive dental care is crucial to a patient’s oral and overall health, as well as their sense of well-being. Dr. Arellano offers a wide array variety of treatments for existing conditions and a comprehensive prevention program for optimal oral health. Call 415-881-4343 for more information about Invisalign and other available services.