When mentioning braces to patients, many immediately jump to a picture of traditional bracket braces. With all the advance in orthodontics over the last two decades, the most exciting one for wearers is Invisalign. This method of straightening teeth is exciting because it makes the process more desirable and discreet for its wearers.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are more benefits though that extend beyond the clear material. Since we can do them in our office instead of sending you to an orthodontist, many patients find it is less expensive. There are other benefits though too including less pain, more freedom, and better cleanliness.
Some common problems of braces are that they scratch up the inside of the mouth. The brackets are sharp and made of metal. Invisalign molds are made from smooth plastic that doesn’t irritate the lips and cheeks at all. Another benefit to the molds is that they don’t change the appearance of the face at all. Instead of pushing out lips and cheeks slightly, they lay naturally.
When traditional braces are put on, they come with a list of foods that must be avoided to prevent damage to the brackets and wires. Some of the basic foods not allowed are sticky foods like gum and caramel, but also overly crunchy and hard food too. With Invisalign, you can leave them on and remove as needed or just take them off every time you eat. Less restrictions on diet means you have more freedom to enjoy life.
Dental hygiene is very important to having a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing around brackets and wires takes a lot more time and is harder to do. Since you can remove Invisalign molds, cleaning your teeth is just as easy as it has always been. Flossing is simple and brushing doesn’t require any special tools to get hard to reach spots. Cleaning is always important, but with traditional braces, it’s imperative to prevent odd staining. Sometimes when brackets are removed, there are white squares left behind on the teeth from not brushing well enough or foods that commonly stain are eaten. This is never a concern with Invisalign.
Invisalign uses a specific process to straighten teeth just like traditional braces. The teeth are moved slowly with slight adjustments to the device. Instead of tightening wires though, models are taken to form a perfect fit on teeth and move them a little at a time. Different adjustments are used to fix not only crooked teeth, but also crowding, spacing, an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. New molds are taken every few weeks until the teeth are beautiful and straight.
If your teeth need fixing, we are happy to provide you this more discreet option. No one wants to cover their smile or feel embarrassed at looking awkward. Instead, we can help you feel more confident and proud of your smile. Come in and talk to us about your options for treatment and we can give you more details on how much it will cost and how long it will take.