Invisalign® is a popular treatment option for adults or teenagers who have crooked teeth. Typically, it is recommended when the patient has a minor to moderate misalignment, as opposed to a severe one. Although it is newer to dentistry than traditional braces, Invisalign® has proven to be quite successful. Additionally, it offers many benefits that traditional braces do not have.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
Below is an overview of some of the most popular benefits of Invisalign® when used to straighten crooked teeth.
Treatment is hardly noticeable
One of the main draws of Invisalign® is that the treatment process is hardly noticeable. Because Invisalign® consists of clear plastic trays, patients can wear them without others noticing. A lot of Invisalign® patients are teenagers or adults who do not want to draw a lot of attention to their mouths, which is why they look for other options outside of traditional metal braces.
The process is more flexible
Another benefit of Invisalign® is that the treatment process is relatively flexible. Because the trays are removable, patients can take them out as they please. This means that eating can be done, much easier, without having to worry that the trays will get dirty or stained.
However, with flexibility comes the importance of discipline. Because Invisalign® can be removed whenever, it can be tempting to leave them out for extended periods of time, which can result in longer treatment times, as well as an improper fit. Dentists recommend that patients wear the aligners for at least 23 hours a day to ensure that the treatment process does not get messed up or delayed.
Invisalign® is not known to cause discomfort, which is not to be said for other straightening options such as traditional braces. Because the treatment process only involves the use of aligners, patients are less likely to feel pain or discomfort when wearing them. The aligners are custom-created to perfectly fit the patient's teeth, making for a snug fit, without any pinching, looseness or added bulk.
Oral hygiene is easier
Many people find it difficult to practice good oral hygiene when wearing traditional braces, which can lead to severe problems like tooth decay or staining. However, with Invisalign®, oral hygiene does not have to change at all. Patients can simply take their aligners out and brush their teeth like normal. Additionally, flossing and rinsing practices do not have to change, thus ensuring an all-around healthier smile during and after the treatment process.
Get started today!
Invisalign® is one treatment option for someone looking to straighten crooked teeth. There are so many benefits that patients can make use of, even past the ones listed above. Working with a dentist to understand any patient-specific benefits is the best place to start. After an evaluation, they can provide an overview of what treatment may be like, including any added benefits. Reach out today to learn more or to get started.
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