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Improving Your Adult Smile

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It is never too late to improve your smile. Most people desire to have a great smile, and adults understand that an attractive smile is beneficial personally as well as professionally. While most people still associate braces with the awkwardness of middle school youth, adults all over the U.S. are getting braces each year. Corrective teeth-straightening methods have developed considerably over the last decade, and adults no longer have to worry about obvious metal braces. Today there are more lightweight and esthetically friendly options available.

Many adults opt for clear braces that are not easily noticeable from a distance or in most photographs. Clear braces use the same method of brackets and adjustments to straighten teeth, and adults can expect to wear them an average of 12-20 months. With regular brushing and avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages, clear braces will remain “clear” for as long as they remain on your teeth.

There are also clear aligners (such as Invisalign) that correct your teeth over a period of time. Each aligner is made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that are worn throughout the day and night, only taken out when eating, brushing, or flossing. Each aligner is custom-made to gently adjust your teeth into the desired position. After about two weeks, you will switch out your aligners for a new set that will continue your progress. Invisalign is very popular among adults because they are virtually invisible – so much so, most people won’t even notice they you are wearing them. On average, corrective treatment by your Alpharetta dentist with Invisalign takes approximately one year for adults.

With options available that take the notice off your corrective treatment, adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to improve their smiles. The end result is a beautiful and radiantly confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck


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