Align Technology, Inc., the company that produces Invisalign clear aligners, reported a significant 69% increase in the number of adults who began Invisalign treatment during the pandemic. This was surprising because many companies saw their revenue fall during the year of the pandemic. The companies that flourished tended to produce products or services that facilitate remote work, social distancing, or pandemic-related hygiene. Yet, adults rushed to get Invisalign. What were the reasons behind this trend?
The transition to work-from-home arrangements and the daily grind of Zoom meetings mean that many people are staring at themselves on screen– more than ever before. And quite often, they discover that they don’t like their appearance. This is one reason fueling the demand for Invisalign treatment. It promises a better on-camera presence for working adults who want a more professional look.
Even if adults faithfully abide by the guidance to wear a mask, they still look forward to future get-togethers with family and friends. During the pandemic, many social events were delayed indefinitely—from weddings to school reunions to concerts. Many people want to straighten their teeth in anticipation of a special occasion.
The pandemic has triggered significant mental health issues among Americans, including depression and anxiety symptoms. People are social creatures, and anxiety can develop when a person is forced into isolation. This is particularly true for those who didn’t have extensive social support networks before the pandemic, as well as those who live alone. Depression and anxiety are strongly linked to physical symptoms—not just emotional and behavioral issues. One of those physical problems is bruxism, or teeth grinding.
If you’ve been waking up with a sore jaw or a headache without knowing why– the cause might be bruxism. Usually, a dentist can create a custom mouthguard to protect the teeth from damage caused by teeth grinding. However, Invisalign aligners can correct this issue— and straighten the teeth as well.
Job loss is an unfortunate reality for many Americans. If you were laid off or furloughed because of the pandemic, you might be thinking about moving on to bigger and better opportunities. There is no better way to make a great first impression at a job interview than with a winning smile. Invisalign treatment allows you to show off a friendly, cheerful smile while also giving you that much-needed boost of confidence.
Are you dreading the thought of removing your mask because your teeth aren’t as straight as they could be? It’s time to consult an Invisalign dentist on Long Island. Our team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is an authorized Invisalign provider. We’ll carefully examine your smile and map out your treatment process. We use state-of-the-art software that lets you see your final results before you even begin. You could start seeing improvements in just a few short months, so contact our Suffolk County office today. Please note we are currently open for all appointments, including cosmetic dentistry. Thank you for wearing a mask when you visit our office.
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