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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Meet Dr. Barthman

Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

Dr. Barthman is a Member of

  • American Dental Association
  • Las Vegas Institute for
  • Advanced Dental Studies

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Did You Know?

Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Is It Worth Getting Invisalign as an Adult?

July 21, 2023 @ 03:19 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

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Are you wondering whether you’re too old for Invisalign®? At our dental practice in Redwood City, CA, age is just one factor we consider before recommending this treatment option. The truth is that some of our patients might be too young, but adults of any age can be good candidates for Invisalign. Read on to learn why.

Understanding Orthodontic Treatment in Children and Teens vs. Adults

Invisalign has evolved since its development and is considered safe and effective for children as young as six years old. In fact, it’s often an integral tool in early orthodontics–a phased treatment that sets the stage for more effective results down the line.

Clear aligners are incredibly effective in children and teens, and the same can be said for braces. The reason? The jaw is softer and more malleable until the late teen years. 

Rest assured that adult teeth can still be effectively straightened with Invisalign. Your treatment timeline might just be longer than a younger patient. That said, adults often have easier (and in the end, quicker) treatment. 

What Are Some Benefits for Adult Invisalign Patients?

Two of the biggest factors we’ll evaluate during patient consultations at our Redwood City practice is whether they will be responsible and committed. Unlike braces, that are not removable, Invisalign’s trays can be damaged or misplaced, or patients can simply forget to wear them. Adults tend to demonstrate:

Greater Level of Commitment

In order to be effective, Invisalign trays need to be worn 20-22 hours a day. They should only be removed for eating and drinking anything other than water, as well as cleaning your teeth and the aligners. Generally speaking, adult patients have a higher degree of commitment to their treatment. When younger patients fail to wear their trays for the prescribed amount of time, the treatment is less effective and it will take longer to achieve the desired results. 

Greater Level of Responsibility

Even if our younger patients are committed to their results, they’re more likely to damage or misplace their Invisalign trays. Teens’ treatment plans actually include a greater number of trays because of that reason. 

In contrast, we trust that our adult patients take better care of their trays. You will need to place them in a hard plastic case when they’re not in use. Patients should make sure to keep track of the trays so they don’t get lost but if you do require replacements, of course, we’re happy to help.

Ready to See Whether You’re a Good Candidate?

If you’re reading this article, you’re already committed to refining your smile. We encourage you to contact our Redwood City team. Send us a message today with any questions or to request an Invisalign consultation.