By Dr. Saleh Al-Daghreer on Apr 16 2018
Braces are no longer the horrible experience they were decades ago, and even as an adult, you can benefit a lot from their use.
The best news is, if you need your teeth aligned, you don’t have to stick with the traditional model. With options for clear braces or aligners, no one even needs to know you’re undergoing treatment. They’re near invisible, and if you opt for Invisalign, they won’t impede your lifestyle.
Here are five great reasons why you should consider Invisalign to straighten your teeth as an adult.
When you first put in your new aligners, you will notice a difference. Your mouth will feel bulkier and you’ll have an adjustment period. But in a short period of time, you’ll adjust and feel completely normal with your aligners in. The best part? No one will know they are there unless you tell them.
The aligners are clear and discreet. As an alternative to traditional metal braces, this is your best “invisible” option.
You’re a busy person on the go. You’ve got places to be, things to do, and delicious food to eat. You don’t have time to give metal brackets the thorough cleaning they require. But if you choose metal brackets, you’ll have to.
Invisalign, on the other hand, requires very little maintenance. Just pop them out, eat, then thoroughly brush your teeth, slip them back in—and you’re off!
Afraid of how they can last long without getting discoloured or breaking down?With Invisalign, you are changing to a new aligner every week to progress in treatment, so food and drink stains are not a concern. Lost one aligner by mistake? No problem. Your orthodontist will order the same one for a small lab fee if necessary; otherwise, they will instruct you to move backward or forward in your aligners sequence. Just ask your orthodontist! All of these factors add to the convenience of Invisalign.
3. You Can Eat What You Like!
Remember all the delicious food you want to eat? You can still eat it. Unlike braces, which are mounted to your teeth and will thus get gummed up with sticky, chewy, or hard foods, Invisalign aligners can be removed before you eat.
They only need to be in for approximately 22 hours a day, which means you have ample time to remove them for meals, then clean your teeth and be on with your day. No dietary restrictions required.
4. Less Discomfort
They’re going to feel a bit weird at first but that’s true of any orthodontic treatment. But in short order, they’ll feel as natural as your watch. The added bonus to this is that the aligners are more comfortable than metal braces. They have no rough edges or brackets that will irritate your mouth. That means less pain and discomfort, as well as a chance to get back to your lifestyle.
A huge part of orthodontic treatment consists of poking or broken wires throughout the treatment. Fortunately, none of that is a problem with Invisalign clear aligners.
5. Fewer Visits to the Orthodontist
With traditional braces, you need regular visits to the orthodontist so the brackets can be adjusted—it’s all part of the treatment. Invisalign consists of clear aligners that you wear for a week and then move on to the next model until your treatment is done. This means fewer visits to the orthodontist. You’ll still need to go periodically to make sure your treatment is on schedule, but it’s easier to fit in a few appointments rather than regular visits every month.
Invisalign treatment isn’t possible for all cases, but it does cover a very wide range of orthodontic needs. The ease, comfort, and simplicity of the aligners are enough to make them well worth selecting. They are not more expensive than other options, however, so talk to your orthodontist about which procedures are available to you, as well as which financing options you can consider. At the end of the day, your smile will be in good hands with Invisalign.