You’d likely be hard-pressed to find anyone among us who doesn’t desire a healthy, straight smile. However, for one reason or another, many people end up with misaligned or crooked teeth, which can be a problem for overall oral health as well as a knock to their self-confidence. Fortunately, a wide variety of orthodontic treatments are now available for those struggling with a less than stellar smile, from traditional metal braces to tooth-colored ceramics to the Invisalign clear aligner system. Have you recently found out that you may benefit from orthodontic treatment, but are worried about having to wear traditional metal braces? The Invisalign clear aligner system is often a great option. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons patients love Invisalign!
1. Invisalign Aligners are Practically Invisible
This is one of the biggest advantages to Invisalign. Some patients have self-confidence issues when it comes to wearing braces – especially teenage and adult patients. That’s why these aligners were designed with teens and older patients in mind. The aligners are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible. This fact alone is why so many young professionals, moms, dads, and teens all choose Invisalign.
2. Completely Removable
Braces are a full-time accessory. Fortunately, with Invisalign, they aren’t required to be worn 24/7! Since these are aligners, they can be removed at any point for eating and brushing your teeth. The aligners are made to be worn for between 20 to 22 hours a day. This gives you the opportunity to eat the foods you want because there’s no brackets and wires to be careful of breaking! This also makes brushing and flossing much easier: the brackets being in the way of teeth can make it harder to brush and get all the spaces on your teeth. It’s also harder to floss with wire in the way, so using Invisalign is like not wearing any appliance at all when it comes to taking care of your teeth!
3. Invisalign Protects Your Teeth and Gums
Traditional braces can be hard on some patients mouths. The brackets may rub against the inside of your mouth and irritate your lips or the inside of your cheeks. Not to mention how wires on braces can sometimes poke out of place and poke at your cheeks until you get it fixed which can leave them sore! It’s no secret what metal brackets and wires can do to your mouth, but fortunately, Invisalign doesn’t have any of those problems to go with them! Since these aligners are made of plastic, there’s no pain to work with them, and they sit comfortably over your teeth. Metal can also actually cause cavities, gum disease, demineralization, and tooth decay. There is virtually no damage with Invisalign to your teeth and mouth!
4. Faster Treatment
Braces have to be often adjusted, which can make treatment take a while. With Invisalign, you get a new aligner every two weeks, and there are no adjustments! With braces, you can also run the risk of emergencies such as a bracket coming loose or falling off and wires coming out of place at the end of the brackets, usually, because the patient ate something they weren’t meant to with braces or had a sports injury. Because of these things having to get fixed, treatment can take longer, because a broken bracket isn’t going to do much to help! Invisalign needs no adjusting, and the only thing that would cause delay is if they get cracked or broken, but since you can eat whatever you want to with Invisalign, there’s less of a chance that you’ll have to worry about any orthodontic issue while wearing them.
5. Boosts your self-confidence
Particularly for teenagers and adults, it can be hard to feel confident in how they look with traditional metal braces. Invisalign wearers don’t express the same complaints as those who wear traditional braces. Some orthodontists have even noticed that their patients who wear Invisalign seem to have increased self-confidence with each appointment! This is because patients are able to see for themselves that their smile is improving on an everyday basis. A beautiful smile is a confident smile.