Improving your smile doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Invisalign is an alternative to braces and can potentially quell any reservations about correcting the alignment of your teeth. They are almost invisible, comfortable and give you more freedom than regular braces. More than 2.6 million people have used Invisalign over traditional braces, making this a popular option for correcting your teeth. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of invisalign and how it beats braces.
What it is
Invisalign is an orthodontic method of correcting teeth that are out of place or misaligned. These clear aligners are made out of FDA-approved, BPA-free, polyurethane plastic and are an alternative to metal braces.
Over the years, the technology has improved greatlyso that Invisalign can correct even severely misaligned teeth – which would have been too difficult to do years ago. However, it is best to speak with your dentist about the best options for you.
How it Works
Invisalign are clear plastic trays that are molded to your teeth. They are custom made for you and fit securely over your teeth. The aligners attach to your teeth by strategically placed cemented “buttons” on a few teeth. They work by gently shifting your teeth horizontally, vertically and even rotating them. You typically change to a new set of aligners about every two weeks in order to move your teeth to their goal position. While you can easily remove them yourself, you need to wear them for the majority of the day in order to stay on track and see results.
Once only suitable for adults, Invisalign now has new technology making them appropriate for teenagers too. There are special “eruption tabs” added to make space for molars that have not grown in all the way yet. “Compliance indicators” are also built into the aligner material. These will fade with wear over time and ensure that the teen is wearing the aligners for the majority of the day.
Your dentist will work with you to discuss and design a custom plan tailored to your individual needs.
Big Benefits of Invisalign
- Invisible– One of the biggest advantage of Invisalign is that they are virtually undetectable when wearing them – some people will not even be able to tell you have them on. Unlike metal braces, the clear plastic remains almost unseen when on your teeth.
- Comfortable– While having a plastic tray in your mouth may not sound too comfy, the latest material is actually very flexible and soft. Called SmartTrak, this material is much more comfortable than previous versions. Some people even forget they are wearing them.
- Maintain good dental hygiene– The aligner trays can be removed to brush and floss your teeth, meaning you will be able to maintain your dental health better than you would have with traditional braces. Braces can only be removed by your orthodontist or dentist, meaning that you will have a harder time cleaning your teeth because you have to brush around the metal.
- Dietary freedom– Since you can remove Invisalign anytime you need, you can eat a wider variety of foods than if you were wearing traditional braces. Sticky candy, gum and most foods are all fair game.
- Protection from teeth grinding– These clear aligners also act as a thin barrier between your teeth, and they can protect your teeth while you sleep from grinding or clenching.
- Shorter treatment: Compared to braces, Invisalign can take a much shorter amount of time to correct your teeth.
- Safer:Invisalign is made of smooth, flexible plastic. Braces, on the other hand, are made out of metal and wire and can have protruding parts that puncture and scratch the inside of your mouth. These wounds can lead to infections and the braces also affect demineralization and decaying teeth.
When compared to braces, Invisalign win in almost every category. The clear aligners are smooth, comfortable, invisible and allow for more freedoms. Talk to your dentist today about using Invisalign to correct your smile.
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