Woman with Invisalign braces at Wolverhampton dental practice

8th August 2023

Can Adults Get Invisalign Braces?

At Claregate Dental we are proud to be part of an innovative team that continually seeks to improve the dental health and smiles of our clients. Invisalign has revolutionised orthodontics, making it possible for adults to straighten their teeth discreetly.

Invisalign, as the name suggests, is an ‘invisible’ orthodontic treatment, a clear alternative to the traditional metal braces. Launched over two decades ago, Invisalign has changed the lives of over 8 million people worldwide. Its popularity stems from the fact that it is virtually invisible, allowing adults to undergo treatment without feeling self-conscious.

At Claregate Dental, we are passionate about improving our patients’ smiles. We believe in offering treatments that are effective and comfortable, and Invisalign fits perfectly into our philosophy. As certified Invisalign providers, our experienced dentists are committed to delivering the highest standards of care and service.

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The problem with traditional braces

Traditional metal braces have been the standard orthodontic treatment for decades. However, they present several challenges, especially for adults. Firstly, they are highly visible and can make adults feel self-conscious about their appearance. This can negatively impact their social and professional interactions, leading to reduced self-esteem.

Secondly, traditional braces can cause discomfort and even pain. The metal brackets and wires can irritate the gums and cheeks, leading to sores and ulcers. Additionally, the constant pressure exerted by the braces can cause headaches and facial pain. Eating can also become a challenge, with certain foods being off-limits to prevent damage to the braces.

Finally, traditional braces require frequent visits to the dentist for adjustments and maintenance. This can be inconvenient and time-consuming, especially for busy working adults. Furthermore, cleaning traditional braces can be a tedious process, increasing the risk of oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made, clear aligners that gradually shift your teeth into their proper position. The process begins with a consultation at Claregate Dental, where we will assess your dental health and discuss your treatment goals..

You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before moving on to the next set. The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss normally. You will visit Claregate Dental for check-ups to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.

Benefits of choosing Invisalign at Claregate Dental

Choosing Invisalign at Claregate Dental comes with numerous benefits. Firstly, Invisalign aligners are almost invisible, allowing you to undergo treatment discreetly. No one will even notice you’re wearing them, so you can smile with confidence throughout your treatment.

Secondly, Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear. They are made of smooth, plastic that doesn’t irritate your gums or cheeks. Plus, since they’re removable, they won’t interfere with your daily activities like eating, drinking, and oral hygiene.

Furthermore, Invisalign treatment typically requires fewer visits to the dentist compared to traditional braces. This is a significant advantage for busy adults who struggle to find time for frequent dental appointments.

How to maintain your invisible braces

Maintaining your Invisalign braces is simple and straightforward. You should remove them when eating and drinking anything other than water to prevent staining. After meals, brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in to maintain good oral hygiene.

Clean your aligners daily using a soft toothbrush and mild soap. Avoid using toothpaste or coloured soaps as these can stain your aligners. Rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.

Finally, store your aligners in their protective case when not in use. This protects them from damage and prevents loss. Remember, your aligners are an essential part of your treatment, so take good care of them.

FAQs about invisible braces at Claregate Dental

Invisalign at Claregate Dental has generated a lot of interest and we often receive questions from our patients. Here are some of the most frequently asked ones:

Q: How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A: The average treatment time is 12 to 18 months, but it can vary depending on the complexity of your case.

Q: Can I remove my Invisalign aligners?

A: Yes, Invisalign aligners are removable. However, for best results, you should wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day.

Q: Will Invisalign affect my speech?

A: There might be a slight lisp initially, but this usually disappears as you get used to wearing your aligners.

Contact our Wolverhampton dental practice today!

If you’re ready to transform your smile, we welcome you to contact Claregate Dental in Wolverhampton and discover how Invisalign can benefit you.

*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, Claregate Dental cannot guarantee specific results.