The moment is beautiful — you are sitting in the movie theater watching one of the cheesiest romantic movies, one that puts Nicholas Sparks to shame —and the leading man has just been introduced. He looks up into the camera and flashes a smile that makes your heart melt.
Hollywood today is full of stars with perfectly straight and dazzlingly white teeth; their smiles are beautiful and project the confidence that comes with success.
That is why straight teeth have become a standard for professionals; it is expected that adults have straight teeth in a work environment. In a work environment, straight teeth project confidence and competence.
Unfortunately, not all adults had access to orthodontics as children or developed dental problems in their adult years. Because of crooked teeth, the image presented is not reflective of the professionalism and capabilities they possess.
Worse than the embarrassment and unprofessional look, crooked teeth can also cause a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. However, especially as an adult, getting traditional braces might be out of the question. It seems too late to fix the problems because braces are even worse than crooked teeth for some adults.
This doesn’t have to be the case though. It is never too late to start orthodontic treatment.
An orthodontic problem left unsolved will get worse over time. Also, if these problems do become more serious, then they can result in more future costs for your dental care.
Adult orthodontics can help:
As great as adult orthodontics are, it doesn’t automatically resolve the fact that traditional braces often look far worse than crooked teeth.
Fortunately, braces are more aesthetically pleasing for adults today than they were years ago when there were large metal braces or metal bands on every single tooth. Today adult orthodontic treatments provide more than one option to restore your smile.
There are two incredible alternatives to traditional braces. One is Incognito or lingual braces which are placed on the back of your teeth and cannot be seen easily. This makes them a preferred method of tooth alignment for those concerned about their appearance. Another alternative to traditional braces are laboratory-fabricated clear aligners or Invisalign are also available to the adult patient. This process uses a succession of clear aligners to straighten adult teeth. Invisalign is a perfectly clear and removable option.
While there are many more options for orthodontics now, adult orthodontic treatment is often more complex for adults. This is due to existing restoration (e.g. crowns), compromised periodontal conditions, and medical conditions. Also, because adult patients’ facial bones are finished growing, then orthognathic surgery (orthodontics with facial surgery) may be needed to correct skeletal problems.
Due to the complexity of adult orthodontics, it is best to have treatment with an orthodontist who is a specialist with additional training beyond dental school. After four years at an ADA accredited dental school, an orthodontist must go for an additional 2 to 3 years of orthodontic training. Dr. James Riesenberger is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontics (MASO), and the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA). Dr. Riesenberger was a top 100, premier provider of Invisalign, and is also an exclusive provider of Incognito – Lingual Braces/hidden braces.
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.
This new method of orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth comes with incredible benefits —one might even consider them super powers!
Here are the five superpowers that Invisalign provides to adults looking for orthodontic solutions.
Invisibility: This is — of course — the number one reason patients choose Invisalign aligners over traditional metal braces. They are virtually invisible! No more embarrassment for you over braces at age 37. One of the biggest pros Invisalign offers is a way to perfect your smile without the common embarrassment associated with traditional braces.
Teleportation: Alright, this might be a stretch. But, think about it, traditional braces are on until the entire process is done, which comes with a lot of pain and frustration (how are you supposed to easily clean your teeth after eating with bulky and painful braces on?). Invisalign solves that problem by being removable. They are trapped on your teeth….which is kind of like teleportation.
Healing: No, they don’t physically heal you (except for your crooked teeth) but they do prevent pain and discomfort. Let’s be honest traditional braces aren’t appealing, and they’re also painful and uncomfortable. Having metal continually rubbing up against the side of your mouth is irritating, uncomfortable, and painful! Invisalign, on the other hand, boasts a smooth plastic surface that produces no discomfort to the mouth lining.
Superspeed: Invisalign offers quick results in straightening your teeth. They are also extremely convenient. There aren’t dozens of dentist and orthodontist appointments to deal with. This makes it easy for people with busy schedules to get straight teeth without time-consuming appointments. Also, because the aligners have to be removed before eating or drinking anything but water you don’t have to deal with food getting stuck in your aligners. This saves you time and effort as you go about your day.
Mind Control: It is easy to forget dental hygiene during the busyness of life. That’s why Invisalign act as a sort of mind control. Invisalign requires a focused attention to oral hygiene. A thorough brushing and flossing must be completed after any food consumption. Many patients have seen an unexpected benefit of improved oral health and teeth whitening during Invisalign treatment because of the frequent dental cleaning.
As stated before, both Invisalign and Incognito are ideal solutions for crooked adult teeth. They both allow adults to maintain a professional appearance while they are getting their teeth straightened.
We’ve already talked about the benefits of Invisalign, which are many. Incognito also provides many advantages for professionals who need to maintain a certain appearance.
Incognito braces bring the option of lingual treatment to the next level. The customized brackets and robotically bent wires are engineered to work together to deliver the targeted result you want. Plus, they are more comfortable than most orthodontics solutions because of the customized brackets. The Incognito brackets are completely hidden from view. No one will know that you are wearing braces unless you want them to.
Here are the three greatest benefits of Incognito braces for adult orthodontics:
Working Behind the Scenes
For those worried about the way their braces look, Incognito is the perfect blend of enhanced functionality and aesthetic freedom. Attached to back (or lingual side) of the teeth, they are invisible to most casual observers. Being unseen can give the wearer increased confidence in social situations while still enjoying the orthodontic treatment of straightening teeth and fixing bites.
Less Time in the Chair
As part of the customized fit, the process is more efficient. The wires require fewer adjustments throughout the treatment as a result of customized design and treatment plan, which translates into fewer appointments as well as less discomfort after adjustments.
Fits Most Teeth and Needs
Incognito braces have the benefit of being a fit for almost everyone. If you are a candidate for traditional braces, there is a good chance that you will be eligible for Incognito. It is perfect for those who are worried about braces damaging their teeth and lips (or even the braces themselves) during their daily professional or leisure activity will benefit from their positioning behind the teeth, too.
Both Invisalign and Incognito offer unique solutions to adult professionals who want to have that perfect Hollywood smile.
If you are interested in having Invisalign aligners, Incognito lingual braces, or another orthodontic treatment it’s time you scheduled an appointment with a skilled dentist who is a top 100, premier provider of Invisalign, and is also an exclusive provider of Incognito – Lingual Braces. This dentist will be able to best help you on your journey to straight teeth.
We make it convenient to schedule your appointment at Yardley Ortho! We offer regular office hours during the work week as well as offering evening and Saturday hours. Our office also provides dental emergency services if they are ever needed. Additionally, we offer new patient appointments early in the morning and after hours (evenings past 5 pm). We even offer evening hours once a week and two Saturdays a month to help accommodate work schedules. We want it to be as easy and convenient as possible to schedule your orthodontist appointments.