You’re Never Too Old for Braces!
Are you perpetually unhappy with the look of your crooked or misaligned teeth? Maybe you didn’t have the opportunity for braces as a teenager — or maybe you did, but your teeth shifted back.
And maybe you haven’t considered straightening your teeth now because, well, braces are for teenagers, aren’t they? Won’t you look ridiculous with a mouth full of metal brackets at your age?
Here’s the thing: the field of orthodontics has come a really long way since you were in high school. Traditional metal braces still have their place, but today’s versions are more discreet and more comfortable than their predecessors. We also have short-term options and “braces” that don’t involve metal brackets at all.
These days, it’s possible to get the straight teeth you want without advertising to the world that you’re doing it. No wonder record numbers of adults are deciding to finally fix their crooked smiles. What are you waiting for?
The introduction of Invisalign was a real game-changer in the orthodontics industry. No metal. No brackets. No wires. No elastics. Just a series of sleek, totally transparent mouthguard-like appliances that, over time, move your teeth into the desired position. Invisalign has many advantages over traditional braces.
Because the aligners are totally removable, you don’t have to learn a special way to clean your teeth. You just take out the aligner, and brush and floss as usual. You also remove the aligner for meals and snacks, so you can eat whatever you want. (Bring on the popcorn!) It’s just important that you wear your aligner at least 22 hours per day to ensure you get the best results.
The aligners are thin, clear, and hardly visible on the teeth. Most people will not even realize you are wearing one.
Invisalign has no metal wires or brackets to poke or injure you. It is totally comfortable to wear. Invisalign treatment requires fewer orthodontic visits than traditional braces treatment, and there is no tightening involved.
Though it will vary from patient to patient, treatment with Invisalign typically takes around twelve months, as opposed to years for traditional braces.
The Invisalign process at Gilbart Dental Care will begin with a consultation with Dr. Lucy Gilbart, who is an Invisalign preferred provider.
If Dr. Lucy determines you are a good candidate for the treatment, she will create precise impressions of your teeth. She will then develop a customized treatment plan to move your teeth into the best possible position. You will even get a sneak peak into how your new smile will look!
Your aligners will be crafted at the Invisalign lab. When you receive them, you will start wearing them for 22 hours each day, changing aligners as directed by the doctor.
Maybe you have a fairly minor orthodontic issue, like a gap in your teeth or another cosmetic problem. If this is the case, you may not need to wear braces for two years, or even Invisalign for a year.
Short-Term Orthodontics is the use of traditional braces or Invisalign clear aligners to perfect your smile in a much shorter-than-usual period of time. If you are interested in finding out more, call Gilbart Dental Care to set up an appointment today!
At Gilbart Dental Care, we do offer conventional metal braces, which remain the best treatment for certain severe cases. But today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and less obvious on the teeth than the braces of yesteryear.
We practice progressive orthodontics, a system of diagnosis and customized treatment planning that considers the patient’s particular needs and that gives flawless results.
If you’ve lived your entire life without correcting your smile, you may be wondering whether you should even bother to do so now.
We think you should.
If you are unhappy with your smile, it takes a toll. It takes a toll in how you feel about yourself, it takes a toll in how other people perceive you. You may spend way too much energy feeling embarrassed, or figuring out new ways to hide your teeth.
Plus, straight teeth are healthier teeth. They are easier to keep clean and free of decay-causing bacteria.
You are never too old to fix your smile. If you are interested in finding out more about the adult orthodontic options at Gilbart Dental Care, call either one of our Maryland offices: Frederick at 240-513-7523 or Hagerstown at 240-347-0910. Or request an appointment through our ultra-convenient online form.