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Two Situations in Which You Should Consider Invisalign Instead of Traditional Braces

Here are two situations in which you should consider talking to your dentist about having Invisalign treatment instead of traditional braces to straighten your teeth.

You are an older person and work in a professional setting

If you are an older person and work in a professional setting, your dentist might recommend Invisalign, as this treatment could be more suitable for your lifestyle than traditional braces. The reason for this is that whilst anyone, at any age, can benefit from wearing braces to straighten their teeth, there is a strong association between braces and younger people, so much so that when a more mature person wears them, they can often be perceived as younger. This is because it is very common for people to have their teeth-straightening treatments carried out during their childhood or teenage years.

As such, if you would love for your teeth to be straighter but feel that wearing visible braces as an older person in a professional setting might result in your colleagues or clients (unfairly and incorrectly) perceiving you as younger and less experienced, then Invisalign would probably be a much better choice. The transparency of the retainers used during the Invisalign treatment means that only those who get very close to your face are likely to observe the presence of these retainers on your teeth and the only small difference your colleagues or clients might notice is the slight impact that these retainers have on your speech.

You would prefer not to have to wear braces whilst you eat

Wearing braces whilst you eat can be challenging, as not only can food quite easily get stuck between the metal parts but some foods (especially those that are very sticky or chewy) have the potential to damage the braces. If you don't want to have to worry about these issues when you eat your meals but still want to straighten your teeth, then your dentist might suggest opting for Invisalign.

The reason for this is that Invisalign retainers are supposed to be removed prior to eating and then reinserted after each meal is over. As such, this teeth-straightening treatment would completely eliminate this problem and allow you to relax and savour your food, without any dental-related anxiety. As an aside, by selecting this option and thus eliminating the possibility of your retainers being damaged by the food-chewing process, you could also avoid the expenses that come with having to get your retainers repaired. 

For more information, contact a local dentist that offers Invisalign