I needed braces when I was younger, but the dentist said I needed a palate expander. My parents decided that was too expensive and never went through with treatment. Now I’m an adult and still need orthodontics. I have heard Invisalign is a way for adults to straighten their teeth without anyone knowing. Will that work for me, as someone with a narrow smile or will I still need a palate expander?
You are too old for a palate expander at this point in your life. Those are designed to be used on children whose mouths are more malleable. Once you get past around twelve years old, these are no longer going to work. That doesn’t mean things are hopeless.
You can still have orthodontics as an adult. Invisalign could be a good choice for you. In the past, it only worked for the most ideal cases. These days, they can take on all but the most challenging bites.
When you have a narrow bite and there is no longer the option of using a palate expander, it often means you have to extract some teeth to make room for a correctly positioned bite. Fortunately, with computer-aided orthodontics, such as clear braces like Invisalign or Clear Correct, you can often see what your smile will look like before you go forward.
Giving Yourself a Mini-Smile Makeover with Invisalign
One hidden benefit of Invisalign is the aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. Your dentist can provide you with a professional strength whitening gel. You can wear the gel in your Invisalign aligners for a set period of time each day.
You’ll simultaneously be able to straighten and whiten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Advantages of Invisalign
You’ll find there are quite a few advantages to Invisalign over traditional braces:
- You’ll be able to straighten your teeth in half the time as traditional braces
- No uncomfortable metal wires and brackets
- No one will know you’re wearing orthodontics
- Your final aligners can double as your retainer when your procedure is finished.
The key for you will be to get with a good orthodontist who can look at your case and make some recommendations specific to your bite.
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