Advantages of Invisalign

If you need braces, you’re most likely aware of a new orthodontic technology called Invisalign that is an alternate choice over traditional bracket-and-wire braces. Invisalign are custom created to neatly pop over your teeth and gradually realign them to an ideal bite. The biggest draw to Invisalign is the fact that they are virtually invisible, but Invisalign has several other advantages that you may not be fully aware of.

No Dietary Restrictions

With traditional braces, you have to avoid hard foods, such as corn and hard candies, as there is a risk that these foods could break a bracket. You also have to avoid super sticky foods, such as caramel, as they can also break brackets or get stuck in them, which will cause tooth discoloration and possibly decay.

With Invisalign, you have to remove the device before you eat anyway, so you are free to eat whatever you want. Just remember to brush your teeth before you put it back in!

Easy Cleaning

One reason why so many people suffer from staining and tooth discoloration after they get their braces removed is because it’s really difficult to clean in between the brackets and between the teeth and the wires. Even flossing can be an absolute nightmare. Since Invisalign is removable, brushing and flossing your teeth is literally a snap. Pop out the device, brush and floss your teeth, and snap it back in.

Fewer Side Effects

As previously mentioned, one of the side effects of traditional braces is tooth discoloration. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only possible side effect. Braces can often be painful and uncomfortable, and not just while they’re adjusting your teeth. Some people have develop mouth ulcers where the brackets rub against the inner lips or where the tongue runs along them. In addition, since braces require on-going adjustments throughout treatment, wearers usually experience the same pressure and pain they experienced when the braces were originally placed.

Since Invisalign fits neatly over your teeth, they will not cause mouth ulcers. Invsialign also works very gradually, so most wearers feel little to no discomfort when they initially wear them.

Invisalign can correct several problems with your teeth, including spacing, overcrowding, overbite, underbite, and the like, but not everyone can be a candidate. If you need braces, be sure to talk to your dentist and orthodontist to see if this is a viable option for you. There are too many advantages over traditional braces to not ask.


How Invisalign Straightens Teeth

Most folks who have either had braces or who are considering braces take one look at Invisalign and wonder “How on Earth can that possibly work?” Allow us to break down the process for you so you can better understand how this teeth-straightening system gently moves your chompers into place to give you the most beautiful smile possible.

The process of using the Invisalign system begins with creating 3-D computer-generated images of your teeth and gums and then using the scans to develop a series of custom “aligners.” The first clear tray you place over your teeth will look very much like your current dental alignment, and some folks may not be able to really see any differences. There actually are some slight modifications though, and the aligner doesn’t line up exactly with your teeth, but rather applies gentle pressure to start moving them in the necessary direction to begin the straightening process.[..Read More]

Invisalign Braces – What Everyone Should Know

Surely you have seen at least one commercial touting how fabulous Invisalign braces are, the braces that fit neatly and transparently over your teeth instead of traditional metal braces. They seem great, almost too good to be true. Who wouldn’t have wanted these back in the 90s, when the only alternative then was the clear porcelain braces that sadly stained easily, therefore negating their somewhat invisibility? However, before you rush to your dentist or orthodontist and request this new appliance instead of metal braces, take the following into consideration.

For starters, Invisalign braces are incredibly expensive. Yes, metal braces are already expensive, but prepare yourself for just how much more expensive Invisaligns are. Traditional braces on average cost around $3500, and Invisalign braces cost $5000 on average. Every dentist has different prices for their orthodontic services, so your individual price could vary.

One of Invisalign’s top draws for patients is its claim that it can align your teeth more quickly than regular braces, thereby reducing the number of visits to the orthodontist. However, while the appliance indeed can align teeth faster, patients may find themselves visiting the orthodontist more often than planned. Invisaligns occasionally have difficulty aligning molars, so the orthodontist may have to see you quite a bit to correct the appliance to properly align all of your teeth.

If you grind your teeth, particularly at night, you may end up damaging your appliance to the point of needing a costly replacement. In addition, there is always the rare possibility that you could be allergic to the braces’ material.

Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign appliance can be removed at any time. This can cause a couple of problems. For one, it could be easily lost. Secondly, you have to be disciplined enough to wear it every day for at least 20 hours every day. If you wear it inconsistently, it will take far longer to correct your teeth and possibly never at all. Teenagers are usually the biggest culprits of both potential problems.

Even with all these issues, Invisalign braces are still wondrous breakthroughs in cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontics. If you are prepared for the cost and the responsibility for wearing and maintaining the appliance, then talk to your dentist or orthodontist to find out if Invisaligns are right for you.