Millions of people have chosen Invisalign as an alternative to traditional metal brackets and wire braces. The reason? Invisalign offers a host of benefits that bracket and wire braces don’t offer. Here’s a look at 9 benefits of Invisalign.
1. Invisalign Is Barely Noticeable
The clear plastic alignment trays that are used to gradually shift your teeth into position are virtually invisible in person and photos. Many people won’t even notice that you’re wearing your aligners.
2. Invisalign Trays Won’t Cut Your Mouth
Metal wire and bracket braces can scrape the insides of your lips and cheeks, leading to irritation or scrapes. By contrast, Invisalign trays are made of smooth plastic that won’t scratch or scrape you.
3. Invisalign Trays Can Be Removed
The fact that you can remove your trays is incredibly helpful – especially when eating, brushing and flossing, and when playing contact sports. Simply remove your trays, store them in your case, and put them back in after you’re done. Just be mindful not to take them out too often. For best results, you should wear your Invisalign trays 20-22 hours each day.
4. Invisalign Doesn’t Require Painful Tightening
Traditional braces need to be tightened regularly. The hours and days following tightening appointments can be uncomfortable. Invisalign never needs to be tightened. Although you may experience some pressure when you switch to a new set of trays, it is likely to be more subtle than discomfort from tightening metal braces. You may consider switching to your new trays at night before you go to sleep so that you’re asleep during the initial pressure.
5. Invisalign Allows for Better Oral Health
Because your alignment trays are completely removable, you’ll be able to brush and floss normally while straightening your teeth. This helps to prevent staining, discoloration, infection, tooth decay, and gum disease.
6. Invisalign Allows You to Eat What You Want
With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about food constantly getting stuck in your braces. Simply remove your alignment trays before you eat, and feel free to eat anything you want.
7. Invisalign Treatment Requires Fewer Trips to the Dentist
Traditional wire and bracket braces need to be tightened regularly, so you’ll need to make more visits to the dentist during your treatment. Invisalign simply requires that you wear each tray for a couple of weeks, before replacing it with the next tray in your series. You’ll have regular checkups during your treatment, but fewer than you would with metal braces.
8. Invisalign Gets Results Quickly
Many people who opt for Invisalign to straighten their teeth will begin to see results within just a few months. Nearly all patients who use Invisalign complete their treatment in less than two years.
9. Invisalign May Be More Cost-Effective
Because Invisalign requires fewer dental appointments and allows for excellent oral hygiene, the long-term cost of treatment may be less than you would pay for traditional braces.
Caring for Your Invisalign Trays
It is important to take good care of your Invisalign trays. Doing so will help them to remain free of bacteria, clear, and virtually invisible. Be sure to clean them at least twice a day. It’s a good habit to clean them at the same time you brush and floss in the morning and evening.
Invisalign Treatment in Groton
At Smiles of Groton, Dr. Marc Valli provides Invisalign for adults and teens. As a full-service dental practice in Groton, our dentists are supported by friendly and experienced dental hygienists, and the latest dental technology including 3-D digital tooth scanning, and painless X-rays. Our practice is equipped to provide preventative care for the youngest of patients, dental implants and root canals for our older patients, and everything in between. As a family-owned dental practice, we look forward to providing premium dental care for your whole family. If you’d like to schedule an Invisalign consultation, or any other dental treatment, call 978-448-5241 or request an appointment online.