Smiles are powerful. We have all learned over the past year how hard it is to fully express ourselves with our mouths hidden by a mask. Your eyes and body language can only tell part of the story. When your mask does come off for good, what will your smile look like? If you’ve always wanted to straighten your teeth, now is one of the best times to get braces. Imagine the big reveal when you toss the mask aside and show off your beautiful, aligned teeth.
Embrace the Hardware
Adult Invisalign is the top choice for most people who want braces. The clear, thin aligners are discreet and fit snugly against the teeth so they’re hard to see, which means professional and social obligations are not interrupted by hardware on your teeth.
However, some patients are not good candidates for Invisalign, and if they want to align their smile they need to get traditional braces. If this is your diagnosis but you’ve dragged your feet about getting things started, now is the time to make it happen. You’re hiding your teeth with a mask anyway. And if you’re concerned about people seeing your conventional braces on your Zoom meetings, ask your Philadelphia orthodontist for the ceramic braces that blend into your teeth and are less noticeable.
Prioritize Your Oral Health
When you get an aligned smile thanks to braces, your oral health will improve. Straight teeth are easier to clean – there are no nooks and crannies to try to reach with dental floss or toothbrush. Your teeth will be in their proper places for easy dental hygiene at home.
If you find yourself often dealing with cavities or infections or an extreme build-up of plaque because of misalignment, getting braces now means your smile will not only look better when the mask comes off, but it will be healthier too. And if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, it’ll be easy to continue to take care of your teeth as you undergo treatment. All you do is remove the aligners for regular brushing and flossing and clean the trays as instructed by your orthodontist.
Honor the Process
If you get started with Invisalign treatment now, you may or may not be finished with it by the time you no longer need to wear a mask. The average Invisalign treatment takes about a year to complete, but you may only need a few tweaks to correct orthodontic treatment from the past that didn’t stick or a few crooked or gapped teeth. These lighter Invisalign jobs may only require several months of treatment instead.
Even if your treatment isn’t done when we’re no longer wearing masks, no one will be able to notice the trays on your teeth unless you point them out. Getting the treatment started now gives you time to get used to living with Invisalign. You’ll be well-practiced in the art of being an Invisalign patient once we can smile freely at each other all the time again.
Get a new smile ready to debut when the world gets back to normal. Schedule a consultation with Drs. Roberts & de Marsche, Center City orthodontists and Invisalign providers.