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A confident smile is something every adult needs to get the most out of their personal and professional lives. It is a vital component of interpersonal communication that lets those around you know you are at ease, approachable, and open to dialogue. The simple truth of the matter is that people want to be around other people who they perceive to be friendly. This is true of the workplace and in other social situations.
Unfortunately, many adults in this country are hiding their smiles. They keep their mouths shut tight and seldom muster more than a vague, friendly nod when they greet an acquaintance or coworker in the hall. They do this because they are unhappy with their smiles and don’t want others to see their teeth.
Common dental issues, like crooked teeth, make people uneasy about their appearance and insecure about their smile. As a result, they don’t smile, or do so rarely and without showing their teeth. This can give others the wrong impression. You can come across as unengaged, unconfident, and unfriendly, which is going to have a noted effect on your professional and personal interactions.
So what keeps these people from getting their smiles fixed? With all the cosmetic and restorative dental treatments available today, no one has to put up with a smile they are not happy with. The problems is that sometimes the treatment seems as bad as the problem. You may not be happy with your misaligned teeth, but the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires for a couple years might be equally unappealing. If you are already insecure about your teeth, why would you do anything to draw attention to them?
Thankfully there is a solution to the problem of misaligned teeth that doesn’t draw attention to your insecurities: Invisalign clear braces.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a teeth straightening procedure that uses a series of clear aligners to gently and gradually move your teeth into their proper alignment, completely forgoing the use of metal wire and brackets. Since they are clear, they will not draw undue focus to your teeth, and since they are removable, they are easy to clean and place no restrictions on what you can eat.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Your Invisalign aligners fit directly over your natural teeth, where they will gently nudge your crooked teeth into alignment. Every couple of weeks, you will put in a new aligner that will continue to move your teeth. Gradually, you will be getting closer and closer to your straight smile. Every six weeks, you will check in at First Dental Associates to make sure the process is progressing properly. Otherwise, the bulk of the treatment takes place at home.
Whereas traditional braces make it difficult to brush and floss properly, which increases your chances of tooth decay, Invisalign are fully removable, so they present no obstacle to your oral hygiene routine.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Typically, an Invisalign treatment takes 9-15 months, using anywhere from 18-30 aligners, but this depends entirely on the individual case.
In addition to traditional Invisalign, we also offer Express 10, which is designed to get your teeth into proper alignment using only ten aligners or less.
Invisalign at First Dental Associates
Dr. Sadeghi and her staff are Certified Preferred Invisalign providers, as well as a part of the Academy of Orthodontics. So you know when you get your Invisalign treatment at First Dental Associates, you are receiving expert care.
First Dental Associates in Reading, MA can use Invisalign invisible braces to give you the smile you deserve, or for minor orthodontic adjustments, we can build you retainers instead. We are committed to giving you the right treatments for your needs, so you can have a smile you love to show off.