One reason why many children and adults don’t like getting braces is because of their fear of having a ‘metal mouth’. But braces have come a long way in the past few years and it’s now possible to avoid all those clunky metals and clasps, thanks to invisible braces.
Although there are many brands out there, one of the most popular is Invisalign. These clear aligners are essentially customized mouth trays, like a retainer. They are expertly designed to adjust your teeth while being discreet. Whether you are a middle-aged mom or a high school teen or even a senior, Invisalign could be the perfect option for those worried about the appearance of braces.
Before we explore the benefits of Invisalign, it’s important to understand exactly how these correction devices work. Here are some basic facts about invisalign or clear aligners:
- Entirely removable trays
- Custom-made from a computer-generated mould
- Changed every two weeks for 6 to 18 months, depending on the severity of misalignment
If you’re interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign, here are the top 5 advantages of choosing this option.
One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that these braces are nearly invisible. You don’t have to feel self-conscious when wearing aligners. Traditional braces consist of unsightly metal and are very noticeable, especially on an adult. They’re unattractive, uncomfortable and difficult to keep clean. Invisalign, on the other hand, is hardly noticeable. In fact, these clear aligners will look as though you’re not wearing braces at all.
Invisalign braces are very convenient in that they’re easily removable. Although they’re most effective when worn regularly, they should be taken out during mealtimes. Because metal braces aren’t removable, food particles can get stuck in the brackets. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria as it’s very difficult to dislodge food from wire braces. With Invisalign, simply take out the plastic mouth trays before your meal. Then brush your teeth before placing them back in.
Many patients who wear traditional braces say the clasps constantly scratch the inside of the mouth. That’s because regular braces are made of wire and protruding bits of metal that can cut the mouth and gums. But Invisalign braces are smooth and comfortable. Because they’re made of a flexible plastic, there are no sharp edges, clear aligners are the more comfortable choice. And don’t be fooled by Invisalign’s sleek materials. These unique correction devices still have the same strength and ability as conventional braces to straighten crooked teeth.
4. No Surprises
The process of creating Invisalign trays is heavily reliant on the latest technology, which makes them much more precise than conventional braces. Patients who undergo Invisalign treatment will see that all planning is fully computerized, so typically, there are no surprises. The orthodontist approves each tray only after reviewing the computerised outcome of the teeth movement. You’ll know exactly what to expect and how long you’ll need the braces before you actually begin wearing them. Metal braces are usually a trial-and-error situation with no clear indication of the outcome.
How long will it take to straighten my teeth?
Invisalign straightens teeth much faster than metal braces. A patient with conventional braces may have to wear the device for 2-3 years for noticeable results but Invisalign treatment for an adult with average misalignment will take about 12-16 months. While the actual time will vary from patient to patient, many people will begin to notice results in as little as 3 months. Those results will also depend on how often you wear your invisalign aligners. Ideally, you should try to wear your customized trays for most of the day, except during meals.
Life with Invisalign is much more convenient than with metal braces as they don’t let appearance or convenience stop you from obtaining the beautiful smile you deserve. Crooked teeth are not only unattractive but also make cleaning the teeth very difficult. An infestation of bacteria can lead to periodontal disease and bone damage, too. Take ownership of your oral health by choosing Invisalign. Your dentist will be happy to assess whether invisalign or clear aligners are the right choice for you.
To find out more about Invisalign, call Bristol Dental at 905-712-3409 or contact us here.