Since 1997, Invisalign has been the “clear alternative to braces.” Straightening your teeth not only boosts your confidence by improving your smile, it also plays a key role in your dental and physical health. Straight teeth make it easier to chew, reduce the risk of problems with the jaw joints, and are easier to clean. Metal braces were the treatment of choice for more than a century, but today more and more people are embracing the advantages of Invisalign. Here are just 5 major benefits.
1. Computer Imaging
The first step in Invisalign treatment is to create a digital 3D model of your existing smile. We will show you what your teeth will look like in each phase of treatment, including the end results. We will then use that model to craft customized aligners that will gently shift your teeth into the desired position.
2. Aesthetics and Comfort
Invisalign’s clear aligners are virtually invisible. No one but you needs to know you are straightening your teeth. They are also far more comfortable than traditional braces, as there are no metal brackets or wires to scrape or poke your mouth and tongue.
3. Lifestyle Considerations
Braces come with an extensive list of off-limits foods, such as popcorn, sticky candy, and whole apples. Invisalign is removable, so all you need to do is pop out your aligners to enjoy your favorite foods. Ask your orthodontist if you should remove your aligners before engaging in contact sports.
4. Minimizing Oral Damage
You can also stick with your normal oral hygiene routine rather than trying to clean around braces. Just be sure to carefully clean the aligners as well. In addition, braces put a greater force on the teeth, which can lead to scraping and demineralization. Invisalign is smooth and gentle, minimizing the risk of damage to your teeth.
5. Treatment Protocols
While braces require ongoing orthodontist appointments for adjustments and emergencies, Invisalign requires you to visit the office only once every eight to twelve weeks. The overall length of treatment is typically shorter with Invisalign, and you are in control of your own treatment.
You will wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day as instructed, and you will change them at home every week or as directed. For those with busy lives, this schedule works much better.
At one time, Invisalign was more expensive than braces, but this is no longer always true. Enhancements such as colored metal raise the price of braces, and adjustments and emergency appointments must be added to the base price. Invisalign uses a transparent pricing model that includes all visits, so you will know up front exactly how much you will pay. In addition, more and more dental insurance companies are now covering Invisalign, making this a reasonable option for many patients.
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