Braces are not easy. They are a commitment and a responsibility. Whether teen or adult, the individual braces-wearer is the one who has to take care of their own oral health and appliances, whatever they may be. But here is one truth: Invisalign is far less messy than traditional metal braces.
If you’re skeptical about Invisalign, you may say that, of course, those nearly invisible aligners are gross, covered in saliva and bacteria and food. Not so fast though. With the proper wear and care, Invisalign is not gross at all. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do for your teeth and jaw alignment.
The difficulty of keeping braces free of food is a common complaint among the wearer of metal braces. All those brackets and wires, along with being a bit uncomfortable, sharp, and jagged, can also latch onto nearly any piece of food. You’re left with not only a metal mouth but one that is accessorized with leftovers. With Invisalign, of course, you don’t have to worry about any embarrassing braces snafus. Simply remove the aligners for mealtime, eat, rinse and/or brush, then put Invisalign right back in. Easy. Mess-free. And no food restrictions like braces-wearers typically have.
Traditional metal braces require special cleaning tools in order to reach in and around all the little nooks and crannies. Food and plaque can easily build up in neglected spaces. Without meticulous cleaning several times a day, a braces-wearer finds themselves susceptible to cavities or stained teeth because of poorly cleaned braces. Invisalign requires soaking the aligners in a special Invisalign cleaning solution and/or brushing them gently with a designated toothbrush (no toothpaste though – too harsh!). This small effort will keep the nearly invisible aligners gleaming until you switch them out (in about two weeks) for your next set of aligners. Only seconds are added to your regular brushing and flossing ritual, and there is little mess to navigate.
One of the biggest difficulties for the wearers of traditional braces are mouth injuries. A rogue wire spearing their cheek. A bracket catching over and over again on their lip. A tongue getting jabbed. A gum enduring a cut. Invisalign-wearers, however, enjoy the freedom of nearly invisible aligners that are incredibly smooth. It’s easy to speak while wearing Invisalign, and there is no worrying about a sensitive piece of skin getting caught in an aligner. There will be no need for emergency trips to the dentist to repair a broken wire or bracket.
There is no sugarcoating it – wearing orthodontia is not always the easiest of endeavors. However, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. And, if you’re wearing Invisalign, then your experience of wearing braces will far outshine the experience of a wearer of traditional braces. If you’re ready to get in alignment, make an appointment with Dr. Carole Sherrod Jewell at Red Bank Dentistry to learn more about Invisalign and whether it can work for your smile.