The simple truth is this: Invisalign trumps traditional metal braces. Above all, the virtually invisible nature of Invisalign makes it prevail over the brackets and wires that give people the undesirable “metal mouth” nickname. But there are other reasons why Invisalign should be your first choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
1. You can eat whatever you want.
There are no diet restrictions for Invisalign wearers. You can crunch into an apple, snack on popcorn, enjoy a caramel candy, or gnaw on a pizza crust. Unlike braces-wearers, who usually leave the orthodontist with an extensive list of foods to avoid, Invisalign-wearers don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in their brackets or damaging their braces. You will remove your Invisalign aligners for every meal or snack, so your diet can remain the same and you get to straighten your teeth and still enjoy all of your favorite foods.
2. You avoid some serious pain.
You will feel a little discomfort from time to time no matter what type of orthodontia you choose – you can’t shift your jaw and teeth into properly alignment without this side effect. But Invisalign eliminates the pain that is unique to the wearers of traditional metal braces: the scratching, poking, and tearing that brackets and wires can inflict upon lips, cheeks, and gums. Invisalign is completely smooth so it’s comfortable to wear.
3. You maintain your oral health.
While Invisalign wearers are responsible for keeping up with their treatment plan as laid out by their dentist, changing aligners on the weeks indicated, people who wear braces have a lot more work to do when it comes to maintaining their teeth. Namely, making sure their teeth stay healthy underneath all that metal. Invisalign aligners pop right out for normal and thorough brushing and flossing. When you wear braces, you have to take exceptionally good care of your teeth, cleaning them ever so carefully to make sure no food particles are left behind, sometimes using special tools. Alas, some people may still find themselves with white spots on their teeth after the braces come off.
4. You can take a break.
You have to wear your Invisalign aligners 20-22 hours a day to ensure that they do the job they’re meant to do, but when you have a special event or just want a little break from orthodontia for a few minutes, you have the option to take your aligners out. You don’t have to be the person who’s wearing braces. You’re just you, with slightly straighter teeth. And if you keep up with your treatment as your dentist has instructed, you’ll have a perfectly aligned smile by the end of it. So enjoy the ability to take breaks, but don’t take too many for too long.
5. You just look better.
When you’re undergoing any sort of orthodontic treatment, you’re going to be self-conscious about your mouth, your smile, your laugh, your speech, and eating with others. Because the thin, clear Invisalign aligners are practically invisible, they’re less likely to interfere with your daily life. No snickers from colleagues or classmates, no feeling awkward and unattractive. You can give a speech, act, sing, sell, prosecute, teach… whatever your profession or activities, Invisalign plays a hardly noticeable supporting role.
Dr. Carole Sherrod Jewell is a certified Invisalign provider. Contact Red Bank Dentistry to schedule your free initial consultation, ask all the questions you have, learn about the benefits of Invisalign, and find out whether you’re a candidate for this virtually invisible straightening treatment.