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Who doesn’t want a great smile? Feeling confident about our teeth and smile is essential. We could all use some help to get that perfect smile. Forty years ago, there was one option for teeth straightening but now technological advances give us new options. Clear orthodontics aligners, like Invisalign, an alternative to Braces.
Braces are still an option but are not the only game in town. Braces use brackets connected to one another by wires. These wires move teeth slowly overtime by pulling teeth into a new direction. The brackets come in metal and clear plastic. Orthodontic aligners, like Invisalign, rethink teeth straightening. They are form-fitting custom-made retainers that slowly change the tooth’s position over time. They move the teeth in a similar way to how braces work however Invisalign is conveniently removable and transparent making them a virtually invisible. They do what braces do without the restrictions. Invisalign® is custom-made for your teeth so you do not need wires and brackets. Little by little, your teeth shift into the place they are supposed to be, creating that winning smile.
Aside from invisibility and convenience, there are many other reasons to choose Invisalign. Here are the top 10 most important reasons to use Invisalign.
1. AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES
Invisalign is as effective a treatment as traditional braces. Underbites, overbite, overcrowding, and gaps between teeth are all things that can be addressed when using Invisalign. You will be fitted for several versions of retainers that make slight adjustments to move your teeth over the treatment time. They are made from a clear plastic or acrylic material and fit tightly over the teeth.
2. DECREASE SELF CONSCIOUSNESS
Using braces can increase our insecurity. No one wants a metal mouth and they don’t want to be called ‘Brace Face.’ Invisalign as a solution can often remove the source of anxiety letting people be themselves and feel confident.
3. EATING HABITS
When wearing braces, there are many things you should not and cannot eat. There is no popcorn, no apples, no raw carrots and, especially no candy. Invisalign removes these restrictions because of their removability.
4. CONVENIENCE AND TIME SPAN OF TREATMENT
Invisalign takes between 10 and 24 weeks depending on the teeth need to be moved or rotated. Usually treatments at the dentist office are shorter. You also visit the dentist less. After the first visit you drop into your dentist’s office once every 6 weeks and get a new pair of aligners.
Here we share a time span video of one of our treatments over 23 weeks:
5. COST EFFECTIVE
Your dental insurance plan—orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can often be covered by many dental insurance policies. Many dentists or orthodontists offer monthly payments to make payments convenient and affordable.
Although one of the least important factors. This is a major reason people choose Invisalign over traditional braces. The practically invisible units make them almost nonexistent and being able to remove them completely is an obvious bonus.
7. CAN BE USED AS PROTECTIVE GEAR AND MOUTH GUARD REPLACEMENT
Wearing them while at or participating in sporting activities can give your teeth more protection. Using Invisalign as a protection for the teeth when doing things like mountain biking playing group sports gives you an added layer of security. You can use your retainer as a mouth guard protecting your teeth from grinding while you sleep. Along with this you can also use your retainers to whiten your teeth.
8. YOUR DENTAL HYGIENIST WILL APPRECIATE IT
The aligners being removable make brushing and flossing easy. This helps maintain proper oral hygiene. When teeth are cooked or cluttered they are harder to clean giving bacteria a playground in your mouth. Once your teeth have moved the instruments the hygienist uses are more effective. You may spend less time in the dentist chair getting your teeth cleaned.
9. REDUCTION OF PAIN
If you have ever had a sore face from grinding understand what I mean. Facial muscles get sore when you grind in your sleep and the only solution is a mouth guard. Wearing Invisalign while working it is magic can also help you stop grinding as there is a protective layer between your teeth.
10. A GOOD BITE
Orthodontics was invented to help improve health. It is not just about a pretty smile. A good bite can stop the jaw clicking, pain in joints around the mouth, and will improve chewing.
We’d love to answer all your questions about Invisalign®. Please reach out to us to see if Invisalign is right for you. Our team will walk you through the procedure and even invite you in for a free consultation.