Living with crooked, misaligned teeth can leave you feeling disheartened and unsure about the future of your smile and overall oral health. While there is the option to move forward with traditional braces, you would rather avoid the spotlight that shiny metal can cause. The good news is that a clear aligner system can be a great alternative. As you consider your options, discover the many unique benefits of Invisalign and how you can prepare to enjoy your treatment.
Why Is Invisalign Better Than Metal Braces?
Traditional braces have been around for decades. Using metal brackets and wires to shift teeth into proper alignment, it remains an orthodontic solution that children, teens, and adults commonly turn to. However, with advancements in dentistry and orthodontics, a more advanced solution is now available – Invisalign.
With the rise of social media, patients often want a treatment option that doesn’t shine a spotlight on their dental care but instead allows for maximum flexibility. This is why clear aligner systems like Invisalign are increasingly popular.
They also offer an array of great benefits, including:
- The ability to eat your favorite foods without worrying about anything getting stuck between your brackets and wires. This is because you must remove your aligners before eating or drinking to prevent damaging them.
- The freedom to be around others and feel confident about your appearance. Aligners are made of clear plastic, so you don’t have to worry about others being turned off by metal shining through your smile.
- Minimal irritation, as the smooth, clear plastic fits snugly against your teeth. As a result, it is unlikely to rub against any soft oral tissues, making it a much more comfortable option than protruding metal brackets.
- An easy-to-clean orthodontic solution. While attempting to maintain regular braces, you’ll be required to purchase specialized tools (i.e., interdental brush). However, with Invisalign, all you need to do is remove your trays and clean them with either Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or by using lukewarm water, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and clear soap.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
To know if you are a candidate for Invisalign, you must schedule an appointment with your dentist. This will give them a chance to examine your smile to determine if the dental problems you are facing can be treated accordingly with clear aligners. Some cases are too extreme, which means that traditional braces are the only viable option.
However, if minor gaps, overcrowding, or bite misalignment is keeping you from maintaining good oral health, there is a good chance you’ll be eligible for Invisalign.
Since clear aligners offer so many great benefits, it’s hard to even consider an alternative option. If you want optimal flexibility and faster results (on average), don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about Invisalign.
About the Author
Dr. Milad Rabban has more than a decade of experience in dentistry and is a trusted dental expert in Clinton Township, MI. Offering Invisalign clear aligners as an alternative to traditional braces, she and her team can realign smiles and improve oral health with greater ease. As a more flexible solution, she encourages patients to consider Invisalign for a more user-friendly approach. If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about clear aligners, contact us at (586) 416-1444.