For over one in three people in the United States, braces, or some other form of orthodontic treatment or cosmetic dentistry will be some part of their life, in order to correct issues with their teeth, and the alignment of the same. It’s a reality of life.
There are many treatments that are available to fix teeth alignment issues, and your orthodontists or cosmetic dentists with experience are best able to help you determine which ones are appropriate for you. I’m just here to tell you why, if it’s a valid option, Invisalign is the best choice for you.
1. It is affordable
Right off the bat, prices matter to a lot of people, so let’s talk about cost. On average, Invisalign costs about five hundred dollars more than comparable treatments like standard metal braces (and when I say standard metal braces, I mean braces that are made with the standard metals, like stainless steel. If you need another alloy to avoid allergies, or if you choose to get discreet braces made with ceramics, you can be looking at more money). Invisalign braces will be covered by your insurance to the same extent that your standard braces would be covered, so there’s not much to worry about there, and for all the benefits that only Invisalign can currently offer, I think five hundred bucks more is a good deal.
2. It is convenient
Braces aren’t that convenient. They consist of metal brackets, which are affixed in a semi-permanent manner to the teeth with the use of a dental adhesive. Over the bracket is run a long, metal wire, which will be providing the tension on the teeth that will realign them into a more optimal alignment. And almost everything about the way they’re designed seems like it was done to make life harder, especially when it comes to keeping your mouth cleaned. It’s a lot harder to brush and floss your teeth with all this metal mounted to them.
On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are easily removed at your whim, allowing you to take them off before you eat so that you can ensure they don’t get food stuck in them, and so you can properly brush and floss your teeth with greater ease. And ease of use is, to me, worth the extra money.
3. It is durable
Metal braces are extremely durable, and with good cause. They really have to be; they’re in the mouth nonstop, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, for an immense length of time, sitting in the mouth as you eat, drink, sleep, and do all the things that slowly wear away the enamel your teeth are made of. It isn’t a stretch to see that it is quite likely that the corrosion that affects everything else in your mouth can affect brackets, and even though they’re made of sturdy metals, if not cleaned and maintained properly, your braces can break. This is even more common with ceramic braces, which aren’t as durable as their metal counterparts.
Invisalign braces don’t have any issues with durability, not because they’re made of some amazing space age material, but because they just aren’t in the mouth long enough for the saliva and enzymes to break down the plastics they’re made from. Invisalign aligners are left in for two weeks, then replaced by the next aligner in the series, and so on.
4. It is discreet
Braces aren’t all that discreet, what with all the metal involved in their design; even if you’re lucky enough to get the ones where the brackets are made from ceramic materials, the metal wire that creates tension still needs to be made of metal. By comparison, Invisalign aligners have no metal involved at all. Furthermore, they’re made from clear plastic, which doesn’t attempt to blend in, but rather allows the natural color of the mouth and teeth to shine through. From even a few feet away, people will not be able to tell that there are Invisalign aligners in your mouth.
5. It is customized for you
Braces are made following a pattern, placed in your mouth, and adjusted following this pattern. It works, but the brackets aren’t designed especially for your mouth.
Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are designed specifically for your mouth by the computer program, using information on your particular bite pattern that your cosmetic dentist will collect before creating the aligners.
So, if you’re in the market looking to fix your smile, give your local cosmetic dentist a call and see if Invisalign might be right for you.