Reasons to Consider Invisalign over Metal Braces
For thousands of years, people have been straightening their teeth for reasons beyond aesthetics. Besides affecting your appearance, misaligned teeth can cause many dental problems, including tooth decay and speaking, chewing, and breathing difficulties. Previously, metal braces were the only orthodontic treatment for individuals who wanted to straighten their teeth. But today, Chesterfield Dentistry offers aesthetic dentistry Chesterfield; among the services provided is Invisalign – a revolutionary treatment that uses clear guides to align teeth in place.
Below are the main reasons you should consider using clear aligners to straighten your teeth instead of traditional braces.
Many adults don’t seek orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to be seen with metal braces. If this is you, you may be happy to know that clear aligner are not as noticeable as traditional braces. They allow you to undergo your orthodontic treatment without drawing unnecessary attention from people. Clear aligners are, therefore, an excellent option for individuals whose career places them in the spotlight; these include musicians, journalists, and models. It is also easier for teenagers to consider clear aligners than metal braces.
No food adjustments
Invisalign is removable, meaning all foods and drinks are permissible. But with traditional braces, there are foods you can’t eat. Since the brackets can snap off or the wires can bend, you need to avoid sticky, crunchy, hard, and sticky foods. Therefore, you can’t enjoy your nuts, popcorn, caramel, corn, ice, and gum. You should also avoid foods that require significant biting, such as apples. With invisible aligners, you can eat all foods, whether sticky, hard, or chewy. If you have clear aligners, remove them before eating to prevent food particles from sticking inside the aligners. Cold water is the only thing you can consume with your aligners on.
Comfort is one of the main reasons that make Invisalign increasingly popular. These aligners are made of clear-BPA-free plastic; they have a smooth finish, unlike metal brackets with sharp edges that dig and cut into your cheeks and lips. They can result in sores that take some time to heal. Applying wax outside the brackets may help, but the wax often falls off within no time. Luckily, removal aligners don’t have metal brackets, so you won’t have any sharp objects digging into your mouth.
Easier to clean
Maintaining traditional braces is usually a hassle, especially removing food particles stuck in the brackets. Also, brushing and flossing your teeth becomes more difficult with metal braces, putting your oral health at risk. But when using Invisalign, you can easily remove the aligner trays before eating. They also don’t interfere with oral health since you can brush and floss your teeth normally. Before reinstalling the trays in your mouth, it is vital to gently brush them with toothpaste and water to ensure they are clean.
Fewer office visits
Metal braces require multiple dental visits to tighten the wires or rubber bands. You may also need to see your dentist if a bracket breaks as you eat or due to an accident. But Invisalign gives you the freedom to move to the next treatment phase without another office visit. When you start the treatment program, you will receive aligner trays for the current stage and several others.
Have you been postponing orthodontic treatment? Visit your dentist today at Chesterfield Dentistry to establish if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.