Invisalign has been the “invisible” way to straighten your teeth since 1997. Straightening teeth not only gives you a dynamite smile, but plays an important role in your dental and oral health. Straight teeth provide better chewing efficiency, which can improve digestion. They also provide a strong, straight bite, minimizing the risk of problems with the jaw joints. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean around, which could increase your chances of gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, straight teeth improve confidence and psychological health.
For more than a century, metal braces were the treatment of choice. Today, however, many people are self-conscious about the appearance of metal or seek a more comfortable alternative. Although traditional braces remain popular, Invisalign offers another choice. Here are 5 major benefits of Invisalign.
1. Computer Imaging
Invisalign treatment begins with the latest in computerized 3-D modeling. We will actually show you what your teeth will look like in each stage of treatment, including the finished product. No more wondering what to expect or debating about whether to invest in treatment based on a mental image that might or might not be accurate. Before you get started, you will know exactly what will happen.
2. Aesthetics and Comfort
Made from clear plastic rather than shiny or colored metal, Invisalign is nearly invisible. You can wear it to work or school, out on the town, or wherever you want to go, all without feeling self-conscious. It is also significantly more comfortable than traditional braces, as there are no wires or rough metal pieces to break or to scrape your cheeks, gums, or tongue.
3. Lifestyle Considerations
So many foods can get stuck in traditional braces, from popcorn to candy. The metal also makes it difficult or impossible to bite into things like apples and corn on the cob. Invisalign is removable, so you can simply pop it out before eating problem foods. Be sure to brush your teeth, clean the Invisalign aligner, and put it back in immediately after eating, though!
Invisalign Teen is designed with the unique needs of teenagers in mind. The flat-fee package includes up to six replacement aligners in case yours get lost or broken. Since Invisalign is removable, you don’t even have to worry about giving up your favorite activities—ask your dentist whether you should remove your aligner before playing contact sports or performing other activities that could affect your mouth.
4. Minimizing Oral Damage
Oral hygiene is much easier with Invisalign. Rather than trying to carefully tend to the metal brackets on traditional braces, you simply remove the aligner to brush and floss as normal. This dramatically reduces the chances for cavities. In addition, regular braces put a lot of force on the teeth. The Invisalign system is gentle yet effective. There is no risk of getting food trapped under your aligner or scraping and demineralizing your teeth, as can happen with traditional braces.
5. Treatment Protocols
One of the nicest benefits for busy teens and adults is the relative lack of appointments that Invisalign requires. Depending on your individualized treatment plan, you should only need to visit the office every four to six weeks. Treatment often takes less time than traditional braces from start to finish, and you retain a feeling of control over the process.
The Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently straighten your teeth. Approximately every two weeks, or as instructed by the dentist, you will begin wearing a new aligner. Changing aligners yourself, rather than returning to the office for adjustments, fits much better into a busy life. Of course, this also requires you to take responsibility for your oral health, as you must wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours per day or as instructed by your dentist.
Although Invisalign has traditionally been more expensive than braces, this is becoming less true. Many people choose colored metal for their braces, which adds to the final cost. In addition, the price of adjustments is generally calculated separately. With Invisalign, the treatment package is truly all-inclusive. The price you are quoted is the price you will pay, and more and more dental insurance companies are now covering this option. Invisalign is not right for everyone, but we encourage you to talk with your dentist to determine if it is the best choice for you.
Family Dental Care of Bellevue provides quality dental care to patients and their families, and has been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. Call us today at 425-643-5778 to learn how we can help improve your smile.