Celebrities may appear perfect on TV, but for actress Kathy Bates says she lived many years with a less-than-perfect smile. On the heels of the debut of her hit TV show, American Horror Story on FX, Bates is opening up about her experience with cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign.
“My Teeth Were Moving Around”
In an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, she says,” “I noticed my teeth were moving around.” Bates described how her teeth had literally changed positions over time. That’s why she decided to get Invisalign in her 50s.
The changes Kathy Bates noticed are not unusual. Over time, teeth really can — and do! — move around in the mouth. Many people don’t realize that teeth aren’t solidly anchored in bone — instead, they are held in their bony sockets by a network of fibers called the periodontal ligament.
“When I heard about Invisalign®, I thought, hmm, maybe this is better than getting braces, so I’ll give it a try,” Bates said. “And I’m really glad I did.”
Invisalign is Discreet
As a cosmetic dentist, I can straighten teeth by applying just the right amount of gentle force to teeth, using clear aligners, like Invisalign.
Invisalign aligners consist of clear plastic trays that are custom-made to fit over your teeth perfectly. Even from right up close, it’s difficult or impossible to tell if you’re wearing them. (And that’s something that just can’t be said about braces.) Plus, while they must be worn for 22 hours every day, they can be removed for cleaning, eating, or special occasions.
While Invisalign worked for Kathy Bates, they may not be appropriate for everyone. After an examination, we can recommend your best options for cosmetic dentistry or even orthodontic treatment.
No Age Limit For Getting Straighter Teeth
As long as they are otherwise healthy, teeth can be moved at any age. In fact, about 1 in 5 cosmetic dentistry patients today is an adult, and many opt for Invisalign — like Kathy Bates.
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