Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
If you had braces when you were younger, you may have memories of the experience: brackets and wires that can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. Orthodontic technology has evolved, and the traditional metal braces from your youth are not your only option when it comes to straightening crooked teeth. Find out how dentists working at the forefront of the field like Laser Dentistry of Erie can help our patients achieve straighter teeth without all the metal. If you are an adult in Harborcreek looking to get straight teeth or live in Millcreek and you want to explore orthodontic options that don’t involve metal, you have come to the right place.
Living with crooked teeth can threaten your oral health
Are your teeth out of alignment? Are they crooked or crowded? Misaligned teeth can be difficult to keep clean, allowing cavity-causing bacteria and plaque to accumulate, raising your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You also face a higher likelihood of developing bite alignment problems, as well as jaw problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder. Many people who need orthodontic treatment as adolescents never pursue it, or they had braces when they were younger, and their teeth regressed back to a crooked state because of forces exerted by wisdom teeth or not diligently wearing their retainer. Still, adults often refrain from seeking a method of straightening their teeth, usually because they fear the social stigma associated with having braces as grown-ups.
If self-consciousness is keeping you from seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you have no reason to be worried. In fact, data compiled by the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that one in every five orthodontic patients is now over the age of 21. Advances in treatment options are one reason for this change in demographics. Specifically, you now can straighten crooked teeth with complete discretion by wearing Invisalign, which uses several sets of clear plastic aligners to provide orthodontic treatment by applying consistent, gentle pressure to guide teeth into their preferred alignment.
In addition to being transparent and almost indistinguishable when worn, Invisalign has several other benefits. The aligners can be removed when you eat and perform oral hygiene, making it easier to keep your teeth and mouth clean; food particles can develop in the nooks and crannies of brackets and wires if you have braces. Invisalign also is ideal for any patient who is unable to use braces because of a metal allergy. Also, the clear plastic aligners won’t irritate your mouth, gums, and cheeks—as can happen with the brackets and wires of braces. Remember, however, that you need to wear your Invisalign aligners for a minimum of 20 hours each day to see a favorable treatment outcome. You receive new aligners every few weeks, with the entire course of treatment usually taking between 12 and 18 months.
Invisalign for Adults in Erie, PA
Only a licensed Invisalign provider like Dr. Albert Starr at Laser Dentistry of Erie is able to provide this state-of-the-art method of orthodontic treatment. To learn more about Invisalign or other methods of orthodontic treatment that are available at our practice, call (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation if you live in the areas of Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek in Pennsylvania.