5 Reasons to Choose Invisalign over Braces
Wish you could straighten teeth without traditional metal braces? Ask our dentist if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®. As the name suggests, Invisalign is a series of that move your teeth little by little into the perfect smile.
If you think you would feel self-conscious with wires and brackets, clear aligners can be the perfect alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment.
Continue reading to learn why our Invisalign dentist recommends clear aligners.
1. Maintain Good Oral Health
Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you can maintain your oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing are much easier when you don’t have to clean around braces.
When you have braces, food tends to get stuck in hard-to-reach places. Since the plaque on your teeth feed on sugar, neglecting your oral health can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other issues.
However, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on your oral hygiene with Invisalign. If you’re not careful, you can trap bacteria inside of your aligner trays, exposing your teeth to the risk of tooth decay.
Be sure to brush and floss your teeth before putting on your aligner trays, and regularly clean the trays themselves to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
2. Continue Eating Your Favorite Foods
There are no dietary restrictions when you choose Invisalign to straighten teeth. Since Invisalign is removable, you can continue eating your favorite foods. Just make sure you brush your teeth after each meal to avoid staining your clear aligners.
People who wear braces have to follow a restricted diet to avoid damaging wires and brackets. During orthodontic treatment, people with braces are unable to eat hard-to-chew or sticky foods like caramel popcorn.
3. Avoid Sharp Edges
Metal brackets can scrape the soft tissue inside your mouth. Likewise, long wires that haven’t been trimmed properly can prick the inside of your cheek. Clear aligners are more comfortable because there are no sharp edges to cause injury between appointments.
During the first few days of wearing your new aligners, you will feel pressure on your teeth. This pressure is a sign that your aligners are moving teeth into proper alignment. Many of our patients feel that the temporary discomfort is worth having beautiful healthy smiles.
Unlike braces, teeth aligners don’t have to be tightened during appointments. Instead, our Invisalign dentist will monitor your progress before giving you the next set of aligners in your series. Each set will bring you closer to a beautiful healthy smile.
4. Smile with Confidence
It’s never too late to straighten your teeth. While many teenagers take advantage of metal braces to straighten their teeth, it’s less common for adults to go that route. If you think you would feel self-conscious about having metal on your teeth, ask our dentist if Invisalign is right for you.
Many of our patients appreciate thatare subtle enough to go unnoticed by family members, friends, and co-workers.
5. Maintain Your White Smile
It’s not uncommon for people to neglect their oral health while wearing braces. After all, it’s a hassle trying to clean around wires and brackets. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can brush and floss your teeth normally. Just make sure you brush your teeth after eating so you don’t end up staining your clear aligners.
With braces, you would be forced to thread the floss between each individual bracket to remove plaque. For this reason, many people with braces stop flossing altogether. When this happens, there’s a higher risk of tooth discoloration once their braces are removed.
Invisalign is the perfect solution to orthodontic treatment because it allows you to move teeth while still being able to practice good oral hygiene.
Request an Appointment with Dr. Nazarian
Our dentist is dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with Invisalign braces and other cosmetic dental services. To schedule an appointment with our Grand Rapids Invisalign dentist, call Renew Family Dental at (616) 245-3205.
This blog post has been updated.