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4 Reasons Why Invisalign® is a Game-Changer in Orthodontic Treatment

Everybody loves to wear a perfect smile, but not everybody starts out with one. Orthodontic treatment can correct your smile to make it perfect with the help of traditional metal braces, however, traditional metal braces are not the only option. Invisalign® clear aligners are a clear alternative to metal braces.

This new-age technology is perfect for people who are not comfortable with wearing bulky metal braces in their mouth, and it’s no secret that Invisalign® is changing the face of orthodontics forever.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is made from a smooth, plastic material. These clear aligners are made from smooth, plastic materials and are custom-fitted to perfectly blend in with your teeth. They can be as effective as metal braces, but without the restrictions, the metal braces impose.

How is Invisalign® different from metal braces?

Braces are bound to the teeth with the help of brackets and wires. Therefore, people wearing braces may experience the following:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Mouth sores
  • Injuries

Your teeth may get susceptible to decay as braces make brushing and flossing difficult. There may also be other oral hygiene concerns like tooth discoloration and plaque build-up.

You have food limitations because if the food is stuck to the wires or the bracket it becomes difficult to take it off. The attempt of brushing off the food particles stuck to the braces may lead to loosening of the bracket or bending or breaking it altogether.

How Invisalign® works?

Invisalign® contains smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic trays that gradually straighten your teeth over time. All you need to do is pop in a new set of clear aligners, every two weeks until your treatment is complete.

How Invisalign® is Changing the Face of Orthodontics: Advantages of Invisalign®

1. It provides more flexibility

Metal braces once in your mouth stay there until the treatment is finished. The best thing about Invisalign® is that it is designed keeping in mind the comfort of the wearer. They allow you the flexibility to remove the braces when you want to. For instance, when you want to eat or drink, or when you want to brush and floss.  

However, you need to keep certain things about Invisalign in mind. One of them is that the longer you go without wearing them, the longer it will take for your teeth to straighten. So, remove them only when it is absolutely necessary wearing them for at least 20 to 22 hours a day.

2. It’s virtually hidden yet shows effective results

Many people, who want straighter teeth, are put off with the idea of wearing metal braces in their mouths. It’s quite understandable because braces invariably attract a lot of attention to your mouth.

Invisalign® braces stay discreet to straighten your teeth, as it makes use of clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth without braces and these aligners are custom-made for the perfect fit. This allows it a way of blending in with your teeth, making your smile look normal.

3. It doesn’t scratch the insides of your mouth

Orthodontic treatment uses pressure to push your teeth into different positions to correct their alignment.  

Braces make use of brackets and wires to exert pressure on the teeth to push them where they need to be. You can feel that pressure, especially when you adjust the braces. Additionally, the metal wires and brackets may scratch and pinch the insides of your mouth. They can also poke the soft tissues of the mouth leading to redness or inflammation of the mouth.

With Invisalign®, it’s a different story altogether. The clear aligners apply pressure just like the traditional braces to straighten your teeth. The presence of smooth custom-fitted plastic aligners, you don’t feel the pressure and your mouth doesn’t get scratched, poked and pinched.  

4. It allows you to eat what you like

When you get braces they stay in your mouth until the end of the treatment. For the braces to effectively work and avoid complications, the orthodontist advises you to avoid certain types of foods. Foods that are hard, crunchy, chewy and sticky are strictly off-limits. These foods can stick to the braces and can loosen the brackets, break or bend the archwires.

Invisalign® offers you the benefits of eating whatever you want. All you have to do is just take them off while eating. And once done, you need to brush and floss your teeth before putting it back. Just remember to clean your aligner before putting it back in your mouth.

An Excellent Option for a Great Smile

Invisalign® is changing the way orthodontic treatment is carried out. It’s gaining popularity for a variety of reasons, ranging from flexibility, to convenience, to comfort.

If you have dismissed the idea of straightening your teeth in the past because braces are visible, inconvenient, and uncomfortable, it’s time you look at Invisalign® as the option. Invisalign® can provide you with a beautiful smile without compromising on looks, comfort, and convenience.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on dmdtoday.com