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Why Invisalign® Might Be Right For You

August 28th, 2018

The decision to improve your smile is hard for many of us. How will braces feel on my teeth? How long will I have them? Is it worth it? All might be questions you ask yourself--especially if you are an adult who’s lived with smile-insecurity or uncomfortable dental challenges for some time. However, the good news is that braces are no longer the only option! Invisalign® is the most advanced, clear aligner on the market, and with Invisalign® you will be able to cut down on the time of your treatment, the inconvenience of braces, and get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Here are a few ways to tell if Invisalign® will be right for you:

Time constraints
Is one of the significant barrier keeping you from talking with your orthodontist the time needed for treatment? Well, we have good news for you. The time required for treatment with Invisalign® versus braces may be much shorter. Of course, talk with your orthodontist to get a full assessment, but the quicker treatment associated with Invisalign® is a primary reason many of our patients (especially adults) choose Invisalign® over braces.

Visibility
If you work in a public-facing job or don’t feel super comfortable with the idea of how braces will look, Invisalign® could be the perfect solution for you! The clear aligners are virtually invisible, making this treatment option for straighter teeth a no-brainer if visibility is one of your concerns.

Comfort
With aligners made from SmartTrack material, you’re bound to be pleased with the flexibility and fit. Plus, you’ll have the ability to remove your aligners as needed to brush and floss your teeth, as well as eat your favorite foods.

Convenience
One of the biggest reasons patients feel hesitant to take steps to improve their smile is the inconvenience that comes along with braces. Invisalign® is a convenient and simple option that allows you to visit your orthodontist less during treatment but still get beautiful results. Plus, since you can remove the aligners when needed, and continue to live your life while your treatment is taking place, the Invisalign® option is perfect for working adults, parents with busy schedules, and young adults with lots of time constraints.

Bottom line, if any of the barriers above is keeping you from getting the smile you’ve always wanted, now's the time to break through that barrier and try Invisalign®!

In need of an orthodontic consultation? Come in and visit us at Struble Orthodontics. We’d love to see you and answer any questions you might have about your teeth!

Thinking about getting adult braces? (Part 2)

September 28th, 2016

If you’re reading this, you’re probably entertaining the idea of getting orthodontic treatment as an adult. Should I get braces at age 30? 40? What about 80? The simple answer is that if it will improve your long-term health, then yes. With more adults seeking braces than ever before, now is a great time to put it into consideration. It’s important to understand, however, the treatment options, commitments, and costs of the process beforehand.

Treatment Options

When it comes to adult braces, there are four main options to choose from. They all vary in cost, visibility, speed, and ease of use. Take a look at the chart below to see what sounds best for you.

Type

Best for...

How it works

Pros

Cons

Metal / Conventional Braces

Quickly straightening very crooked teeth

Customize color to make them less noticeable. Heat activated archwires move teeth with more speed and less pain than in the past.

Usually the least expensive option. Ideal for people with serious bite problems or very crooked teeth who want straight teeth as fast as possible.

The most noticeable option.

Ceramic Braces

Discreet but quick

Identical to metal braces but, have clear or tooth-colored brackets.

Much subtler than metal braces. Faster results than Invisalign.

Cost more and break more easily than metal braces. May stain easily without proper care.

Lingual Braces

Benefits of metal without the visibility

Similar to traditional metal, but archwires and brackets are applied to the back of the teeth.

Invisible from the front.

Cost; difficult to maintain; ineffective for serious cases; initial discomfort; adjustments are more difficult and time-intensive than with metal braces.

Clear Plastic Aligners (Invisalign)

Moderate cases who value invisibility over speed

Your orthodontist will make you 18-30 customized clear plastic aligners that resemble a mouth guard. You'll put in a new mouthpiece every couple of weeks.

Almost impossible to see; no wires or brackets; no food restrictions; easy to clean teeth. This option is especially attractive to adults because they can brush, floss, and eat normally.

Not effective for severe cases; cost; don't straighten as quickly as other options; can be easy to lose and expensive to replace.

Commitments

Treatment Time

The average treatment time for adults is 24 to 30 months, compared to 18 to 22 months for adolescents. Beyond that, you’ll have to follow an aftercare program set by your orthodontist in order to make sure you get the most out of your treatment in the long term.

Eating

As if keeping up with health trends and diets wasn’t hard enough, unless you choose the Invisalign option, you’ll have to pay more attention to your eating habits. Sticky, chewy foods can get stuck in your braces and make them difficult to clean or cause damages that can be expensive to fix. That means no more bread, popcorn, and Starbursts. Additionally, you’ll have to keep a toothbrush close at hand to clean your teeth after all your meals, including lunch. Adapting to these new habits can be a transition, but it’s completely doable, and it will keep you from having to come back to the office to get your braces fixed.

Maintenance

Wearing a retainer every night can seem like a hassle. But failing to wear it can lead to the teeth moving and once again becoming crooked, which means that all your hard work will go to waste. This is one of the main reasons why adults need braces when they are older, so be prepared to follow your dentist’s aftercare advice to the best of your ability.

Check Ups

Whatever type of braces you choose, you will have to put aside plenty of time in your calendar for checkups, as it takes longer for adults than children to achieve a straight smile.

Cost

While it depends on the severity of your case and how well you follow your treatment plan, most orthodontic treatments for adults end up costing around $5,000. Unfortunately, the majority of dental insurance plans won't cover braces for patients 18 years of age and older. For this reason, you might want to consider investing in a dental discount plan that will reduce the cost of your braces. While it can seem like a significant amount of money, the serious health risks posed by some dental issues and the overall positive effect that a healthy smile can have on quality of life causes many adults see braces as a valuable investment in their long-term health.

Investing in braces as an adult has never been more affordable or convenient. With so many discreet, effective options to choose from, now is the perfect time to make a commitment to improving your oral health. Schedule a free consultation with us here or by calling (541) 848-6642.

Read our last blog, “Thinking About Getting Braces (Part 1)” for information on the many benefits of investing in braces and to see if orthodontic treatment is right for you.

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~ Zach R.

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~ Dr. Jill Schroeder

“I recommend Dr. Struble without any hesitation. Her expertise coupled with a wonderful "bedside" manner immediately put me at ease. She is thorough and demonstrates a level of attention to detail you wish for in an orthodontist. The staff is friendly, competent and professional. I appreciate the ease of making appointments and love the environment of the office.”

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