Why is Invisalign a Good Alternative to Metal Braces?

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    Misaligned, crooked or crowded teeth can be a problem in day-to-day life. With time, crooked teeth can make it difficult for you to enjoy your food, maintain good dental hygiene, and even affect your self-confidence. However, the inconvenience of metal braces discourages people from opting for orthodontic alignment treatment.

    Metal braces can be uncomfortable to wear and make it difficult to clean your teeth. Not to mention the embarrassment of having to hide your smile due to your braces. Luckily, now we have a great alternative to metal braces that straightens your teeth without inconvenience and discomfort – Invisalign.  Invisalign is an advanced tooth straightening treatment that helps you get the smile you always wanted while being completely invisible.

    What is Invisalign?

    Invisalign is a technologically advanced teeth straightening treatment that helps align your teeth using a custom-fit aligner that fits your mouth perfectly. Invisalign uses non-invasive scanning technology to create a set of custom-fit aligners. These invisible aligners are made of polyurethane resin and slowly adjust your teeth to the optimal position. For the best results, you must wear the aligners for 22 hours every day, and the treatment usually lasts for twelve to eighteen months.

    Invisalign is an effective way of fixing problems like mildly crooked teeth, underbites, overbite, crossbite, crowded teeth, open bite and gap teeth.  Once you begin wearing the invisible aligners, you will likely see improvements in your teeth structure within the first three months.

    Here is a look at some advantages of Invisalign –

    1. Appearance

    Invisalign trays are made from clear medical-grade plastic that is entirely invisible. One of the most significant advantages of Invisalign treatment is that it makes little or no change in your facial appearance while you go through the treatment. The aligners’ invisibility makes this treatment a great alternative to metal braces, especially for adults, teenagers, and adolescents concerned about their appearances in social situations.

    1. Convenience & Freedom

    Traditional metal braces are fixed into your mouth by an orthodontist. Invisalign aligners can be quickly taken out at mealtimes or when you need to brush, floss, or participate in a formal event. Whenever you are ready, you can quickly wear them again. For best results, it is advisable to wear your aligners for 22 hours every day. Dental professionals will tell you the required duration for which you need to wear your aligners.

    1. Easy to Clean.

    Oral hygiene is essential for everyone, and even more so when you are undergoing dental treatment. Invisalign trays can easily be removed when you need to brush or floss your teeth. You can wear them again once you are done. The trays themselves are also very easy to clean! Orthodontists recommend using Invisalign cleaning crystals to disinfect the aligner trays every once in a while. These crystals gently clean your aligner tray without scratching or damaging them. The Invisalign cleaning crystals effectively remove any built-up plaque and eliminate harmful bacteria from your aligner trays.

    1. Takes Lesser Time

    Traditional metal braces require several appointments and more time to complete the teeth straightening process. In contrast, you only need to visit your orthodontist once every six weeks for a short while when undergoing the Invisalign treatment.

    1. Hygienic

    The food we eat can get trapped in metal braces, and it can be challenging to maintain the cleanliness of teeth when using metal braces. Even though there are special toothbrushes and equipment to help you clean better, the process of cleaning your mouth while wearing metal braces is tedious and time-consuming. On the other hand, Invisalign trays can be easily removed and cleaned. You can also continue to brush and floss your teeth as usual while undergoing the Invisalign treatment.

    1. Shorter Treatment Duration

    The Invisalign treatment lasts typically for twelve to eighteen months, depending on your dental health and alignment needs – your orthodontist can create a personalized plan to help you get the smile you always wanted. On the contrary, traditional alignment treatments involving metal braces can take multiple years to produce the desired result.

    Invisalign is a modern, convenient and affordable treatment that can do wonders for peoples’ self-confidence. Talk to your dentist to find out the most suitable treatment for your alignment needs. They will be able to recommend the best treatment for you after assessing your oral health and requirements. Book an appointment today!

    Author: Emily Taylor – Online Marketing Manager for Thurman Orthodontics in Fresno, CA.


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