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When: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Time: 2:00PM- 7:00PM
Where: 3V Dental- 91 Main St, Port Washington NY 11050
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Many people wonder whether they can get braces as an adult. The answer to that question is yes. Contrary to popular belief, you are never too old to get braces. Even though most people get braces in their pre-teen and teenage years, the number of adults getting braces is growing. It is estimated that only 35 percent of adults do not have a bite issue.
According to the American Dental Association, there are over four million people in America who have braces. Twenty-five percent of these people are over the age of 18. If you are not happy with your smile, then it is a good idea to ask your dentist if braces are right for you.
One of the reasons that braces are often recommended for pre-teens and teens is because their jaw is still developing and growing. However, teeth also have a tendency to shift as you get older. That is why you may find yourself needing braces even if your teeth were straight in your teens.
Regardless of whether you are 16 or 60, you can benefit from getting braces.
Common Myths About Braces
It is important to dispel the common myths that people have about getting braces as an adult.
Myth: You Need to Get Treatment for Years
Fact: There are several factors that affect your treatment time. This includes the problem that you are getting treated and your individual needs will determine how long you will need treatment. However, many people are able to get their treatment completed in just three months.
Myth: I Have to Wear Metal Braces
Fact: Metal braces are still an option. However, our office offers Invisalign. The Invisalign can straighten your teeth just like regular metal braces can. However, Invisalign is more comfortable for you to wear, and it can be removed. They can also be used to correct a variety of issues including bad bites and crooked teeth.
Myth: It Is Inconvenient for You to Get Braces
Fact: Our dentist’s office makes it convenient for you to get the treatment that you need. We have diagnostic equipment that will make it easier for us to customize a treatment plan. We also have technology that allows you to get the treatment that you need with fewer trips to the office.
The Benefits of Getting Braces As An Adult
Braces can greatly improve your smile. A nice smile will improve your overall appearance. You can confidently smile.
Prevent Gum Disease And Tooth Decay
The benefits of braces are not primarily cosmetic. If your teeth are straight, then they will be a lot easier for you to clean. This can protect you from gum disease and tooth decay.
Correct Speech Issues
Speech issues are common for people who have braces. If you have braces, then you can correct the speech issues. It will be a lot easier for you to enunciate words.
Reduce the Risk of Tooth Trauma
Bite issues and misaligned teeth can lead to an injury. If your teeth are in their proper position, then they will be less likely to get injured.
Braces can greatly improve your health. For example, if your teeth are lined up properly, then it will be easier for your body to digest food. Chewing is the first part of digestion. Straight teeth have an easier time grinding up food.
Shifting teeth can put a strain on your jaw bone. Bacteria is also more likely to build up in your jaw bone if you cannot clean your teeth properly. This can lead to bone loss. Getting braces can greatly improve your bone health.
Interested in braces but looking for a more modern solution? 3V Dental Associates is proud to offer Invisalign. Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you by our dental team located right here in Port Washington.
Contact us today to schedule your Invisalign consultation!
If you didn’t get a chance to straighten your teeth as a child or a teenager, there’s no reason why you can’t take action as an adult. More and more, we’re seeing new advancements in adults orthodontic technology that makes it easier, cheaper, and more convenient (think Invisalign!) to get started on the path to a new, straight smile.
While not all children have the benefit of getting braces when they’re young, some do, but as we age, our teeth still shift a bit leading to dental malocclusions (misalignment). Our team at 3V Dental Associates in Port Washington specializes in clear adult braces with a minimal appearance, making it easy for you to get started.
While orthodontics and Invisalign fall under cosmetic dental services, they don’t have to carry the “cosmetic” price tag. Ask our team about our special Invisalign discounts and ways to help you make that smile affordable!
What are the Different Types of Dental Malocclusions?
There are many types of dental malocclusions, including:
You may have one or more of these dental health issues, and that is why you must have a customized orthodontic treatment. The process of choosing the proper orthodontics for you will depend on several factors, including your types of misalignments, how much you can afford for the treatment and your personal preferences. It is also a good idea to think about what your orthodontist suggests so that you will understand the amount of care that is required for certain types of braces or clear aligners.
What Are the Types of Orthodontics Available?
Type 1: Traditional Metal Devices
In the past, there was only one type of orthodontic device, and you may remember seeing your friends wear traditional metallic braces on their teeth. These types of devices are still available today, but the good news is that the brackets are smaller and the wires are thinner. In addition, a computer software program will analyze your malocclusions to determine how the wires are placed on your teeth along with how the wires are tightened every few weeks. This can lead to a shorter treatment time than your friends had when they were younger. However, it is important to remember that children have softer alveolar bones in their teeth, so the pressure from the brackets will move teeth quickly. Adults have firmer bones in their gums, so it can take a longer amount of time to complete treatment. Affordability is one of the most important benefits from metal braces because other types of treatments can cost more. Caring for these traditional devices requires special care to avoid breaking the delicate wires or dislodging the metal brackets. You must consume a healthy diet, but you should also restrict certain foods that can damage the brackets or the wires. In addition, you must learn how to brush and floss carefully between the wires and the brackets.
Type 2: Clear Braces
Today, you can select clear orthodontic treatment, and these devices are made from plastic, porcelain or ceramic materials. These types of braces are perfect for adults who want to have a beautiful smile without having noticeable brackets and wires. Clear brackets and wires are also designed with computer software, and you must use caution to avoid damaging the items. In addition to having a list of foods that you cannot consume, you must also avoid artificial dyes or brightly colored foods and beverages that can stain the ceramic, porcelain or plastic materials of the wires and brackets. While flossing and brushing, you should select toothpaste, floss and mouthwash that won’t harm the brackets or the wires. An advantage from wearing clear braces is that you may feel less embarrassed about orthodontic treatment as an adult because the items are practically invisible.
Type 3: Self-ligating Devices
If you are a busy adult, then you may want to limit your visits to an orthodontist’s office when you need to straighten your teeth with devices that have wires. Damon braces are special types of devices that have numerous self-ligating brackets. You won’t need to cope with elastic o-rings that degrade or break, requiring you to replace the items. Without the o-rings, the wires can move easily through the brackets. This can make the items less uncomfortable on your teeth, reducing the discomfort in your jaw, gums and soft tissues of the mouth. A benefit of these devices is that the wires are made from lightweight metals such as titanium, nickel and copper. Caring for Damon devices is similar to caring for your regular braces, and you must also follow your orthodontist’s dietary guidelines to protect the items from damage.
Type 4: Lingual Braces
Today, it is also possible to have the brackets of your braces placed on the backs of your teeth. Many adults prefer this type of treatment because the brackets are nearly impossible for others to see. While this is a wonderful benefit, the process of adjusting to the brackets may become difficult because your tongue will touch the brackets while you talk and chew food. In addition, you may need to use extra care while performing oral hygiene because it is important to remove all of the food debris from the brackets that are located on the backs of your teeth. However, by using small adjustable mirrors, you can use flossing picks and other tools to dislodge the food debris. It is also a good idea to buy and use an oral irrigator that emits highly pressurized streams of water against your teeth along with the wires and the brackets, helping to keep your mouth clean.
Type 5: Invisalign Clear Aligners
When you have mild to moderate dental malocclusions, your dentist may recommend Invisalign clear aligners. One of the best benefits from aligners is that the items are invisible on your teeth when you care for the items properly. When you are able to wear aligners, you will receive 20 to 30 sets that are made in a series. Each set is designed in a different way to apply pressure against your poorly aligned teeth. You can wear each set of aligners for two weeks before switching to the next set. An important part of the treatment plan with Invisalign is wearing the aligners for most of the night and day. While the aligners are removable, if you don’t wear the devices enough, then your teeth will shift back into the wrong positions. You are permitted to remove the aligners while you brush and floss your teeth, making sure to clean the devices to keep the items invisible on your teeth. To protect the aligners, you should remove the devices while you chew food or drink beverages. Caring for Invisalign aligners is easy by using mild toothpaste to wash away any plaque along with making sure to insert and remove the items carefully. One of the advantages from Invisalign treatment is that you can remove the devices for special occasions such as a business meeting or an event such as a wedding. Clear Invisalign aligners are the most popular choice for adults.
The total length of Invisalign treatment depends on how complex or thorough the treatment is. On average, Invisalign treatments last nine to 18 months. However, depending on the severity of the misalignment, the treatment may be much shorter or much longer. After consulting with your 3V Dental Invisalign specialist, you’ll have a better understanding of the estimated treatment timeline.
Adults sometimes need to wear these amazing clear aligners for up to two years. Their teeth and jaws are less responsive, so it takes longer for their teeth to move into the correct alignment.
Wearing Invisalign aligners for the recommended amount of time each day will help the treatment go quickly. In some cases, some teeth will still be slightly out of alignment at the end of the treatment. If this happens to you, your dentist may order a new set of trays and continue with the treatment until those teeth become properly aligned.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
If you’re interested in clear aligners, you may be asking, “How does Invisalign work?” Schedule a free Invisalign consultation today with your favorite 3V dentist to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for clear aligners. Most people qualify for clear braces, but some severe cases of misalignment require traditional braces or other treatments.
If you’re a candidate for Invisalign clear braces, your dentist will take photographs of your teeth and face, X-rays of your teeth and jaw, and impressions of your teeth. He or she will plan exactly how the teeth should move to straighten out. Then, your dentist will send those records and plans to a lab that will create the trays. It usually takes about four weeks to receive the completed trays.
During the treatment, you’ll go through an entire set of trays. Each tray will bring your teeth slightly closer to the final goal. You’ll start with a new tray every two weeks, and the trays will gradually move your teeth closer and closer to the straightened position.
Your dentist will give you detailed instructions for how to take care of your trays and teeth during treatment. You should remove the trays when eating and brushing your teeth. There are usually no restrictions on eating or drinking when you have clear braces, which makes them much more convenient than metal braces.
How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?
You should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, and you should only remove them for eating and brushing your teeth. This will help the teeth align as quickly as possible. If you wear the aligners for less than 20 hours per day, it will take longer for your teeth to shift. If this happens, your dentist may recommend taking more than two weeks with each tray before switching, but this will lengthen your treatment time.
How often do I have to visit my Invisalign dentist?
Most people visit their dentist every four to six weeks, which is the same frequency as with traditional braces. However, appointments with clear braces tend to be much quicker than with metal braces because there are no brackets or wires that need adjusting. The purpose of the appointment is just to make sure there has been progress and to receive the new aligners.
Millions of Americans suffer from having crooked or crowded teeth. Although the traditional treatment for correcting this orthodontic problem has for years been braces, there is a good alternative to traditional wire braces: Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear set of plastic aligners, also referred to as trays, that are meant to straighten your teeth so that you can ultimately enjoy a more beautiful smile. It is worth learning more about this dental product if you are considering it if you have crooked or crowded teeth.
Invisalign Cost and Pricing
One of the biggest questions people have in regard to the option of clear plastic aligners is: Is Invisalign cheaper than braces? Generally, no, they aren’t cheaper. On the average, the Invisalign price ranges from $3,500 to $5,000. However, they are an excellent alternative to braces and can give you even better results overall. For example, with regular braces, you are limited in terms of how well you can clean your teeth and eliminate excess food particles to prevent the development of gum disease. This is because braces are made up of metal wires and brackets that prevent your toothbrush and floss from getting everywhere, particularly between the teeth. In turn, this can result in the buildup of bacteria and eventually plaque, which can be a breeding ground for periodontal disease.
With the set of clear aligners, you have a great deal more freedom. You can easily remove them for eating, brushing your teeth and flossing, which means you don’t have to worry about getting food particles stuck and can practice better oral hygiene as a whole. Aside from that, you leave them in your mouth 23 hours per day so that they can shift your teeth into proper position.
Another notable difference between clear plastic aligners and traditional metallic braces is that aligners are extremely comfortable to use. This is because they are made from plastic and don’t include any metal or brackets like braces. As a result, you can feel more comfortable and don’t have to suffer from nicks, cuts or irritation that traditional braces typically cause.
The total treatment time is also different for the two options. With standard metal braces, you would have to wear them for an average of two years depending on your particular situation. The aligners are usually worn for six to 18 months. Each teeth straightening option requires regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments. With braces, you are required to come in once per month. However, Invisalign has special the requirement of the aligner trays being changed every two weeks. Afterward, visits should take place every four to six weeks.
Overall, Invisalign is a great option for straightening your teeth. They definitely offer great benefits you cannot get from braces. It’s wise to discuss your options with 3V Dental today!