When it comes to your smile, crooked and gapped teeth can cause you not just physical discomfort, but social anxiety and self-confidence issues as well. Whether you’re an adult in need of a solution or a parent who wants the best for their child, you’ll want to ask your dentist about Invisalign. As an alternative to very noticeable and often uncomfortable braces, this popular dental aid helps to deliver the straight, dazzling smile you want without the inconvenience of more traditional solutions.
When you want to take steps toward the best and most beautiful smile you or your child can have, consider the following reasons why you should choose Invisalign.
Where braces are typically made of metal – often titanium or high grade stainless steel – Invisalign is clear. Unless inspected closely, they’ll be practically invisible when taking photos, talking with friends and colleagues, and eating or drinking. While colored or enamel-looking braces can be installed, it usually comes at a higher cost. Invisalign is created from the start to be unnoticeable, helping to straighten your teeth without drawing unwanted attention.
When applied to your teeth, braces become a semi-permanent fixture in your mouth. As you get used to the feeling, which may take some time, the presence of the braces can be aggravating and slightly painful. This is compounded by the fact that food can and will get stuck in the wires and brackets. In contrast, Invisalign can be removed easily when needed and cleaned. You don’t have to worry about popcorn or sticky desserts being a problem.
Shorter Treatment Time
In addition to the fact that they’re more visible and more likely to cause discomfort, in order for braces to work, they have to be worn all day, every day for an average of 24 months. Invisalign doesn’t require you to wear them for nearly so long. In most cases, while they should be worn for nearly the whole day, they only take 6 to 18 months for the treatment to be complete.
Both braces and Invisalign patients require similar follow-up, with a retainer for wearing at night, but another of their greatest differences is in cost. Though Invisalign offers much more convenience in terms of looks, comfort, and the time needed, it can also be more expensive on average than braces. Talk with your dentist to discuss your options in greater depth, and to learn about any payment options to help offset the cost, if that will be an issue for you.