Considering Adult Braces? You’re in Good Company

According to a New York Times article in 2012, the number of adults obtaining braces or some other teeth straightening treatment has increased 58 percent from 1994 to 2010. It rose from 680,000 to 1.1 million annually. Braces are no longer something only for teenagers. With improvements in design and successful results, more and more patients 18 and over are seeking adult braces to fulfill their dreams of having a new and improved smile. Your Rochester dentists, Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer, offer Invisalign, a clear plastic aligner that fits over your teeth like a retainer. With Invisalign, patients can maintain their sophisticated image while fulfilling their hopes for a more beautiful smile.

Why Are More Adults Seeking Braces?

More and more adults are realizing the benefits of straighter, more attractive teeth.

  • Smile Makeover: Many adults believe that acquiring an appealing smile can help them advance in their career and become more attractive in the eyes of the opposite sex. Crooked teeth can become a source of embarrassment or shame, discouraging individuals from smiling. Invisalign can correct gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, or overlapping teeth. More adults may know someone who has benefitted from Invisalign, and they are encouraged to give it a try.
  • No More Metal: Many people associate braces with the traditional metal brackets and wires, but Invisalign presents a lighter option that possesses no metal. Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner that is worn for two weeks. After that two week period ends, patients move on to the next aligner in the set. Each aligner gradually shifts a certain tooth or area of the mouth so that by the end of treatment, the teeth have aligned. Most patients will wear Invisalign aligners for an average of 12 months.
  • Invisalign is Good for Your Oral Health—When teeth overlap or misalign, there is a greater likelihood for food particles to become lodged in these tight, hard to reach spots. When food remains on the teeth, plaque develops and can lead to cavities and even gum disease. When Invisalign straightens teeth, it enables patients to more thoroughly brush and floss around the teeth, leading to good oral health.

About Your Rochester Dentists

Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer utilize cutting-edge technology to improve your smile, but above all, they believe in listening to their patients’ concern and making them feel comfortable at the dentist. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign or to schedule a consultation, call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer proudly treat patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.