Invisalign is a popular option to replace metal braces. Fortunately, these clear aligners can be used for many orthodontic concerns, making them the ideal approach to correction. Beyond their versatility, there are several advantages over metal braces.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome with traditional braces is they can make people self-conscious, especially during their childhood years. If you want braces for your child, choosing Invisalign or a similar clear orthodontic device can make them more receptive to the idea of wearing braces. Even adults face their own challenges with wearing metal braces because they are obvious to others. Once you have your Invisaligns, there will be some adjustment to wearing them. Mostly you will need to adjust to talking during wear, but over time it will become easier to speak clearly while wearing them. Since these aligners are make with clear material, they are virtually undetectable to other people.
Metal braces can make your oral care difficult and you need to be more self-disciplined about keeping your teeth clean. Your braces will make brushing thoroughly a challenge and flossing is even more compromised. Some types of floss are no longer usable, such as floss picks. You will need to rely exclusively on traditional waxed floss and you will need a floss threader to guide the floss under your braces. Since your oral care routine can be more cumbersome, it is easier to slack off, especially for children. When you choose Invisalign there are no changes that need be made to your oral care routine. You simply remove the aligners to brush and floss and place them back on when you are finished. Similarly, you will remove your aligners when eating or drinking, then brush and floss before putting them back on.
As technology continues to advance, the process of having Invisalign becomes easier. When you have your consultation, 3D imaging can be used to scan your teeth and show what you teeth will eventually look like after treatment is completed. Similar technology, such as 3D printing, makes it easier to customize your clear aligners to the exact shape of your teeth and make them fit comfortably at the gum line. The entire process is more efficient than with metal braces. When it is time for adjustments, you simply replace your current set of aligners with the new, customized aligners. The process of making adjustments with metal braces means going to the dentist and having them make subtle adjustments regularly and possibly for years.
Whether you need simple correction or have more complex orthodontic concerns, Invisalign can be the right option. With many clear advantages over metal braces, Invisalign easily reaches the top of the list.