Plenty of people still believe traditional braces are the sole means of straightening crooked teeth. However, another solution has arrived in the form of Invisalign. Invisalign's translucent aligners have countless advantages over regular braces. Below, we provide a look at the merits of Invisalign to help patients better understand why so many people are choosing this amazing teeth-straightening solution instead of traditional braces.
Before we delve into the advantages of Invisalign, let's explain what Invisalign is and how it works. In short, Invisalign is a series of clear plastic trays placed on the teeth to straighten them or move them into the proper positions. As time progresses, Invisalign repositions the teeth and jaw just like braces. However, Invisalign is less noticeable, faster and more effective. Unlike conventional metal braces, Invisalign does not rely on the cementing of metal brackets to the teeth. Nor is there any need for wires. Instead, Invisalign works its magic with translucent plastic aligners that are quite smooth. Each of these aligners fits perfectly over the teeth to be straightened or re-positioned.
Patients who wear braces commonly complain they are limited to certain food items. Food particles stick to metal braces, causing all sorts of problems. If you choose traditional braces and eat the foods you desire, you will end up with damage to the braces' brackets and wires. Most people do not take this risk and simply cut out all those tasty delights from their diet. Why bother eliminating all the sticky, chewy, brittle and crunchy food from your diet when you can eat whatever you desire by choosing Invisalign over traditional braces? Invisalign trays can be removed at any time, empowering you to eat the foods you crave no matter how messy or sticky they are.
Opt for Invisalign and your teeth will be straightened within a year's time. At most, it will take a year and a half for your teeth to move into the proper positions. The exact length of time necessary for Invisalign to work its magic ultimately depends on your unique needs. One thing is for sure: Invisalign almost always works faster than conventional braces. Adhere to our Bellevue dentist’s directions for your Invisalign aligners and you won't have to wait the two years it often takes for braces to straighten teeth. In fact, Invisalign even provides the option of using a single piece aligner to force the teeth into position as opposed to braces that move each individual tooth.
Invisalign users rave about the fact that they can remove the trays when desired. Whether you would like to eat, floss or brush your teeth, you will be able to do so whenever desired if you choose Invisalign over braces. Once you are done eating or cleaning your teeth, simply put the Invisalign tray back in place. Alternatively, if you were to opt for traditional braces, you would not be able to remove them to eat or clean your teeth. Braces remain in place for several years, causing all sorts of problems and frustration that could have been avoided with Invisalign.
Though there might be slight discomfort when wearing Invisalign translucent aligners, it does not compare to the discomfort of traditional braces. Invisalign applies light pressure compared to that applied by braces. The end result is a considerable difference in comfort. Furthermore, there is no chance of cutting your gums as is possible when wearing conventional metal braces.
Though our patients love our dental professionals, none of them look forward to interrupting their work day, school day or day off to have their teeth tended to. Opt for conventional metal braces and you will have to return to the dentist's office every single month for new wires and the tightening of your braces. Choose Invisalign and you will only have to change the aligner trays once every couple weeks. In general, those who use Invisalign typically return to the dentist once every month or once every six weeks. Even if you do not mind driving to the dentist's office, the bottom line is your time is your money. You will never get your free time back so be sure to spend it wisely.
If you or your teen or tween are wavering between braces and Invisalign, do not make a decision until you consult with our dentist. You can reach us by dialing (425) 230-4308. Give our team a call today to find out more about Invisalign and schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.