Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to straighten your teeth without using braces. Invisalign offers a great alternative to braces and should be considered the primary method of straightening your teeth if your oral profile allows it.
Invisalign Is More Comfortable
Using Invisalign to straighten your teeth involves wearing thermoplastic aligners that are virtually invisible. The aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth. You wear aligners as they are given to you by your orthodontist – the aligners gradually shift your teeth little by little over time. Your aligners can be removed at any time, including when you eat or drink. For best results, the aligners need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, but you have the option to decide when those hours may be.
Braces, on the other hand, do not provide such flexibility. Braces are incredibly uncomfortable, as the brackets and wires can cause constant irritation to your mouth. When wearing braces, you are limited in the foods and drinks you can enjoy. Sticky foods are pretty much off-limits, because of their increased likelihood that they become stuck and accelerate plaque buildup. With braces, you will need to spend much more time brushing and flossing, ensuring that you remove food particles from hard-to-reach metal crevices. On the other hand, you can remove Invisalign aligners while brushing, promoting a clean mouth and proper oral hygiene.
Painless Trips To The Orthodontist
Your orthodontic visits will be much simpler with Invisalign. If you elect to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, your visits to the orthodontist will consist of exchanging your old aligner for a new one. Your orthodontist will check for a proper fit and ensure that your progress is coming along correctly, but other than that, you will be quickly on your way. With braces, however, there is constant poking and prodding. You will need metal and wire adjustments, which can often be uncomfortable, if not painful.
What If You Already Have, Or Have Had, Braces?
If you already have braces but are intrigued by the prospects of Invisalign, you’re in luck! More and more orthodontists are treating patients with a combination of Invisalign and braces.
Invisalign can also be used if you have already worn braces at some point in time. After wearing braces your teeth may have shifted, especially if you wore braces in your youth. Adults can use Invisalign to correct any post-braces shifting that occurred, without the awkwardness and discomfort that braces present.