You are a working professional. You deal with clients and customers on a daily basis.
You’ve may have noticed that some of your clients get distracted when you are talking to them.
Could it be your teeth? There’s no way to know for sure without asking, and that might put your client in an awkward position.
You’ve considered orthodontic treatment, but you know wearing braces for years isn’t an option in your position. You’ve heard of Invisalign, but you aren’t sure if it will work on your teeth.
At Edgewood Dental Care, we’ve seen Invisalign work for both adults and teenagers. We would be glad to talk to you about whether Invisalign or another orthodontic treatment may be the best option for you.
Think About Your Teeth
You know you don’t have anything close to the “Hollywood smile” you see every time you pass the celebrity magazines in the grocery store.
When you look in the mirror what do you see? What would you change about your smile if you could?Would you change any of the following things?
- Gapped teeth — Some people have gaps in their teeth when they are children, but then outgrow their gaps. Other people aren’t as lucky. Maybe you are one of the unlucky ones who has been living with a space in the middle of your smile.
- Overbite or underbite — Whether your top teeth stick out more than they should or your bottom teeth jut out beyond your top arch, you’ve probably taken some teasing about your smile during your life.
- Open bite — If you close your mouth but your front teeth remain separated, then you have an open bite. This could be the result of genetics or it could be the result of certain childhood behaviors such as sucking your thumb.
- Crossbite — You have a crossbite if your top and bottom arches of teeth seem to overlap one another. In some places your top teeth rest inside your bottom arch. In other places, your top teeth are on the outside. Regardless, you feel like it looks unusual when you see your reflection.
- Crowded teeth — Teeth crowding could occur because of space issues in your mouth. Teeth crowding may have occurred when your wisdom teeth came in. In either case, some of your teeth are too close together, which both looks strange and makes them harder to clean.
The good news is that Invisalign has been used to fix all the problems mentioned above.
“What’s wrong with your teeth?”
People may not say this to you out loud, but if you’ve caught someone staring at your teeth, you know they are probably thinking that or something similar. You also know that getting your teeth straightened would make your life easier.
Most people are too polite or at least mature enough not to discuss your teeth. Then again, sometimes it’s our family and friends — the people closest to us — who can tease us the most. They may think they are being good-natured, but their comments affect you more than you let them see.
You may try to laugh it off, but thinking about exposing your teeth keeps you from letting out a chuckle.
Over time, you may try to avoid smiling entirely. If you become too self-conscious, you may begin covering your mouth when you talk and when you eat.
You may sit stone-faced when someone asks to take your picture. At family and work events, you might be having a good time, but no one knows it because you are too embarrassed to let anyone see your teeth.
Is Invisalign What You Need?
For many patients, Invisalign is an excellent option to straighten their teeth.
If wearing braces for two years (or more) seems like it would be its own problem, then you’ll be glad to know that Invisalign is practically invisible.
What is Invisalign, and how is it different than braces? Well, Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses plastic aligners instead of brackets and wires. Each aligner gently pushes your teeth a little closer to their final position. You change your Invisalign aligners every couple weeks, and in about 12 months, your teeth will be straighter than they’ve ever been.
You’ll also want to know that the aligners are made of clear plastic. When you have them on, most people will never know.
Invisalign offers you the opportunity to straighten your teeth faster than traditional braces, and Invisalign is more discreet that metal braces could be.
Straighten Out Your Smile
If you are ready to straighten your teeth, call Edgewood Dental Care to ask about Invisalign. We’ll be happy to examine your teeth and let you know if Invisalign will work for you.