Who doesn’t want a beautiful smile? Everyone can appreciate the self-confidence that a great smile can bring. But sometimes, getting that perfect smile requires a little professional help.
For decades, braces were the only real option for straightening teeth. Made up of wires and brackets, braces slowly move teeth over time resulting in a straighter smile. The brackets on braces are either made of clear plastic or metal.
In recent years, however, orthodontic aligners, such as Invisalign, have changed the game.
These form-fitting, custom-made devices help to slowly change the position of your teeth in the same way braces do. However, Invisalign is without the constant restrictions that braces sometimes impose.
Invisalign is a great option for anyone looking to improve their smile and here are 5 reasons why you need Invisalign to achieve your new look:
Invisalign is incredibly convenient. Since they are custom-made to fit your teeth, you can ditch the wires and brackets. Invisalign is nothing more than clear plastic which makes it a much more aesthetically appealing option for people.
Invisalign is also removable. This means that you can take out your Invisalign device while you eat, for pictures or for a special night out.
Of course, your dentist will recommend that you wear your Invisalign a certain number of hours each day for them to be effective, but their removable nature makes them quite convenient.
Many people, especially teens, appreciate not being referred to as “Brace Face” or “Metal Mouth”. Self-consciousness is less of an issue with Invisalign because of their practically invisible nature.
Another convenient aspect of Invisalign is the length of time required for treatment. Your teeth will usually be completely straight between 10-24 weeks depending on your individual needs. Also, your treatment times at the actual dentist’s office are shorter than with braces.
When you go to get a teeth cleaning, your dental hygienist is sure to appreciate the convenience of your Invisalign almost as much as you will. Because they are so easy to remove, flossing and brushing are much easier than it is with braces. This makes proper oral hygiene a breeze.
Invisalign is convenient because it works with your schedule. The time required in the orthodontist chair is minimal and there are never any brackets or wires to fix.
Worried that maybe Invisalign might not be as effective in straightening your teeth as standard braces? Well, the good news is, Invisalign is just as effective in fixing overcrowding and gaps in your teeth.
You’ll be fitted for several versions of custom-made retainers as your teeth adjust over time. Each time, your dentist will make slight adjustments to the plastic material to make sure your Invisalign fits tightly over all your teeth as they shift into their new position.
Also, you may actually be able to see how effective Invisalign is ahead of time before you even begin. Orthodontists who have the Invisalign advanced 3D imaging computer technology can give you a sneak preview of how your teeth will look. You’ll be able to see a preview of each phase up to the final, perfected result.
Protection With Invisalign
Did you know that you can keep your teeth protected with Invisalign while you participate in sports or other activities where extra care is required? Wear your Invisalign as you go mountain biking, play soccer, play hockey or go ice skating for an invisible added layer of security.
If you grind your teeth at night, Invisalign can help there as well. Grinding your teeth in your sleep will slowly wear your teeth down over time. Invisalign acts as a mouth guard made of acrylic or plastic keeping your teeth from grinding against each other all night long.
You can even use your Invisalign retainers to add teeth whitening and brightening paste to enhance your smile.
Though you’ll feel some discomfort from your teeth being realigned, whether that’s with braces or Invisalign, you can avoid the discomfort of brackets and wires which can sometimes cut the inside of your mouth while eating, kissing or brushing.
Metal braces can cause small cuts as they rub against the inside of your mouth, something that you don’t have to worry about while wearing Invisalign.
Since Invisalign aligners are made out of smooth plastic that is specifically formed to fit your individual teeth, there’s no risk of poking or irritation while playing a musical instrument or engaging in sports.
Remember that all orthodontic treatments can cause some level of discomfort as they work to re-align your teeth. If you’re worried about pain, be sure to speak to your orthodontist ahead of time.
For the most part, however, Invisalign patients find that they are much more comfortable than metal braces.
If you’re worried about whether or not you’ll be able to afford Invisalign, there’s good news. If you have a dental insurance plan in place, orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign, can usually be covered.
Many orthodontists and dentists also offer monthly payments for your new Invisalign treatments. This way you can make smaller payments that are more affordable and convenient.
If you’re wondering how much Invisalign will cost you before you get started with the treatment, consult your orthodontist. During your visit, you can discuss your treatment options and what you can expect to pay.
Let’s Get Started!
Now that you know some of the many benefits of choosing Invisalign over standard braces, you can see why so many patients choose Invisalign each year to help them achieve their perfect smile.
During your consultation, we’ll discuss what you can expect every step of the way and which of your problem areas can be corrected with the help of Invisalign.
We’ll also go over how many treatments you can expect before your final results are revealed as well as any other questions you might have.
We look forward to helping you create a smile you can be proud of!