You’ve been thinking about it for months. Should you straighten your teeth? Are you too old for orthodontics?
Only you can decide the answer to the first questions, but we can tell you that there are good reasons to straighten your teeth. We are also happy to let you know that you are never too old for orthodontic care if your teeth are healthy.
Masterpiece Smiles can help if you decide to do something about your smile. We offer Invisalign®, which is a great orthodontic option for teens and adults. Below, we will discuss three reasons why Invisalign might be right for you.
#1. Straight Teeth Look Nicer
Let’s just be honest. A big part of the reason people undergo orthodontic care is because they want their smiles to look nicer than they do today.
Orthodontic care is a big commitment, and one of the long-term benefits is that your smile should look better for decades to come. Invisalign, like braces, can fix a wide range of cosmetic issues:
➤ It can fix overbites.
➤ It can fix underbites.
➤ It can fix open bites and crossbites.
➤ It can close gaps between teeth.
➤ It can add space between crowded teeth.
➤ It can make crooked teeth look straight.
When all is done, your teeth can be parallel to one another, evenly spaced, and in line from top to bottom.
Having a nicer smile can be good for a few reasons. First, you may feel more confident. We know that many people feel self-conscious about their smiles. It’s a big factor that brings patients to our office for cosmetic dental care every week.
Second, your smile affects how you are seen by others. Surveys have shown that having a nice smile can make people seem intelligent, trustworthy, and friendly. These are all traits that could pay off when you are applying for a job or trying to reach an agreement with a client or customer.
#2. Straight Teeth Are Healthier*
We put the asterisk there for a simple reason. Straight teeth don’t automatically make your teeth healthier.
You still need to brush your teeth twice a day. You still need to floss daily. You still need to visit Masterpiece Smiles a few times a year for professional dental cleanings.
But, it is easier to keep straight teeth clean if you do those things.
When your teeth are crooked or crowded together, you may have places that are impossible to clean effectively with a toothbrush or with dental floss. Those are perfect places for bacteria to hide, for plaque to form, and for tooth decay or gum disease to develop.
When your teeth are aligned, it’s easier to brush them on all sides and to clean between all your teeth. That’s true at home and at our dentist office.
Also, when you have bite issues, that can cause your teeth rub against one another. Some bite issues can cause enamel to wear down. This can expose the softer layer of dentin below the enamel. That too can lead to tooth decay and tooth infections.
You won’t make your mouth healthier just by straightening your teeth, but having straight teeth will make it easier to keep your mouth healthy.
#3. You Don’t Need Brackets & Wires With Invisalign
The two reasons we mentioned above apply to any orthodontic treatment, but this is what separates Invisalign from braces.
Invisalign uses plastic aligners. These look like smaller, clear mouthguards. Each set of aligners is designed specifically for that patient. When they are worn as directed, they will keep your teeth moving in the right direction.
Each aligner is worn for a few weeks before it needs to be replaced by the next one in the series. The aligners need to be worn most of the day, but you can remove them for meals and to perform your oral hygiene routine.
That means you don’t have to quit eating any of your favorite foods just because of your orthodontic treatment.
And since the aligners are clear, you may feel more comfortable wearing them in social and professional situations. Invisalign aligners are much less likely to be a distraction to others. In fact, most people won’t even notice you have them on your teeth.
Ready To Find Out If Invisalign Is For You
Just call 918-921-7926 or contact us online if you would like to set up an appointment at our dentist office in Tulsa, OK.