I am an adult in my forties. I was wondering what would be better for me at this stage of life – lingual braces or Invisalign? I had metal braces when I was a kid. So, those orthodontics straightened my teeth a lot. But, I think they shifted back a little and I’d like to correct them again. I know one thing for sure, I don’t want metal and brackets again! I hated them and now I’m a professional manager and don’t want to look like a brace face. From what I have found, Invisalign and lingual braces sound like legitimate options for me. What are the pros and cons? Can you point me in the right direction?
-Paul in Kentucky
Don’t worry, it sounds like you are a candidate for both options, lingual braces and Invisalign. So, the good news is that you don’t need to flashback to your teenage years and dodge brace face comments.
One of the biggest drawbacks with lingual braces is that patients worry about changing their aligners and possibly losing them. This approach does work well for more difficult cases that Invisalign aren’t the best for. Another issue adults deal with regarding lingual braces is that their tongue just can’t leave them alone. Other complaints that are common include some issues with clarity in speaking and minor discomfort.
All that to be said, based on what you have described and assuming you are a candidate for both treatments, you will probably be happier with choosing Invisalign. It’s good to know that you can remove the aligners before you have a public speaking engagement or business meeting, if you are worried at all about being self conscious. Cleaning is another time that the aligners can be removed, which is great because it helps you to better fight any gum disease or possibility for decay. So, you should be able to keep up with your regular hygiene. They are invisible and your total treatment time will probably be on the lower side, since you have already worn braces in the past. The aligners are clear, can be removed for eating and brushing, and you are very comfortable.
So, for starters schedule an initial consultation to confirm that you are a candidate. You will receive new aligners every two weeks, until the desired treatment goals are achieved. Invisalign is one of the most popular options for straightening teeth with an extremely high patient satisfaction number. Good luck!
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