If you want to straighten your teeth without braces or don’t want the look of traditional metal braces, Invisalign is an option you’ll want to consider. These are trays made of clear BPA-free plastic, and they’re worn over your teeth in order to slowly move them over time. Dental x-rays and impressions are taken of your teeth so your trays will be custom-made to fit you.
- Cosmetic considerations
While many people are fine with traditional metal braces, some, especially adults, prefer the invisible look of Invisalign.
- Increased comfort
Traditional braces can be uncomfortable, but since Invisalign has no metal parts, they’re generally more comfortable to wear. You may experience some discomfort as your teeth move over time.
- Better for sports, instruments
Since youth sport injuries often result in tooth damage, a mouth guard should be work at all times. If you or your child plays a contact sport, a specially constructed mouth guard may be worn. With Invisalign, you can wear a regular mouth guard. It can also be difficult to play certain instruments with metal braces. If you have Invisalign, you can just take the trays out before playing sports or your instrument.
- No issues with food
Invisalign trays are removable. You remove them before you eat or drink anything except water, so you don’t have to worry about food getting caught in your trays like they can with traditional braces. You also have more freedom to eat sticky foods!
- No metal parts to break
With traditional braces, brackets or wires can break. Broken wires can even stick out, possibly hurting your mouth. Depending on the problem, you may need to get it fixed right away. With Invisalign, this isn’t an issue. You also won’t have to worry about headgear with Invisalign.
- Shorter treatment
Generally, you’ll wear Invisalign for about 9-15 months. Traditional braces are often worn for longer.
- Not appropriate for every problem
Invisalign isn’t for everyone. It’s not recommended for some complex dental issues such as teeth that are very overcrowded. If you have bite issues with your back teeth or need to move your teeth vertically, Invisalign trays also aren’t recommended. They won’t be your best option if you have bridgework or need to rotate any of your teeth.
- Good, disciplined habits are needed
Since your trays are removable, you’ll need to be disciplined about wearing them for about 20-22 hours each day. You’ll need to remove them before eating or drinking anything except water, and you’ll need to brush after every meal to avoid staining.
- New aligners every two weeks
You’ll need to have a new aligner every two weeks, although you’ll only need to visit our office every six weeks or so. You may experience some discomfort at first with each new aligner, since they exert slightly different pressure on your teeth.
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