Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. Also known as invisible braces, Invisalign uses special plastic aligners instead of metal. While they aren't as effective as traditional braces, they can help many Americans improve their smile without the embarrassment of a metal mouth. If you would like to know more, check out these three advantages of Invisalign.
1. They Are Invisible
Many people shy away from braces because of their unsightly appearance. True, traditional braces offer clear ceramic brackets and colorful bands. The clear ceramic brackets are less noticeable than the metal ones, and the colorful bands allow patients to choose fun colors. However, Invisalign aligners are fully see-through, making them the best choice for invisible braces.
People may not even realize you have braces because the aligners fit snuggly against your teeth. The dentist makes the aligners by taking a mold of your mouth, so the aligner fits every tooth perfectly. During treatment, you go through a lot of aligners that slowly move your teeth to the desired position.
2. They Are Removable
The brackets on braces are lightly bonded to your teeth for support. This makes them durable, but it also means you can't remove them until treatment ends. For this reason, keeping your teeth clean with traditional braces is hard. You can't floss like normal, and food may get stuck to the brackets or wires. Your dentist will likely recommend that you avoid certain foods like chew candy.
Invisalign aligners fit snuggly, but they can be removed. In fact, you should remove them when you eat, drink anything other than water, and clean your teeth. Once the aligner is removed, you can clean your teeth like normal. It's important to clean your teeth before you put your aligners back in to prevent food getting trapped.
3. They Are Comfortable
Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces. When you first get a new set of aligners, there is some mild discomfort, but it is less noticeable than with traditional braces. If the pain becomes too much, you can remove them. However, not wearing the aligners enough impacts the results and treatment time.
Invisalign aligners are smooth plastic, unlike traditional braces, which have wires and metal. These wires can poke the inside of your mouth, but the aligners have nothing that can irritate your gums or other soft tissue.
If you want braces, but you don't want to deal with traditional braces, Invisalign may be a great choice.
For more information about Invisalign, contact an orthodontist near you.