When it comes to orthodontic treatments, anyone wearing traditional braces will likely describe their experience as restrictive, somewhat stressful and limited. This is why Invisalign is such a popular choice. Even celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Eva Longoria and Justin Bieber have chosen clear aligners over metal orthodontia. In addition to being less noticeable, there are many benefits to choosing clear aligners over traditional braces. Keep reading to learn the facts and freedoms of Invisalign.
They’re Easier to Wear
While you will feel some pressure as your clear aligners shift your teeth into their new positions, it is quite different from sharp, pointy wires and brackets. Individuals who wear traditional braces sometimes find that their treatment causes cuts and tears to their lips, cheeks and gums. Invisalign trays are smooth, less bulky and present no threat to any of your oral tissue.
No Restrictive Diets
One of the best things about getting Invisalign in Orlando is being able to take your aligner trays out while you eat. This means you are free to eat all of the foods that those who wear traditional braces cannot. Taffy, pizza crust, gum and other items are all allowed. The only requirement for clear aligners is to take them out before eating and before you drink anything other than water.
It’s More Comfortable to Speak and Smile
For some, the look of traditional braces can cause them to feel self-conscious. Clear aligners allow you to be the focus when you smile and talk, not your orthodontic treatment. Metal braces can rub or chafe your lips or cut your tongue. They can also make it difficult to pronounce certain words or letters until you get used to them. Invisalign is thin and lay flat against your teeth, so none of these issues are a concern for those who wear clear aligners.
Fewer Visits to the Dentist
With traditional braces, you will need to visit your dentist every four to eight weeks. This is so that your dentist can evaluate your progress and adjust your appliance to keep your progress on track. Adjustments include tightening and replacing wires as well as replacing any elastics you have. With Invisalign, you may only need a total of two visits your entire treatment! Other dentists may recommend a visit every six weeks to make sure your progress is on track. If your alignment is off track from your planned progress, your dentist will revise your treatment by issuing you a new set of aligners or place Invisalign attachments and buttons on your teeth to help them move into their proper place.
Studies show that about 20 percent of the population has a misaligned bite. For many years, traditional braces have helped patients straighten their smiles and improve their confidence. But advances in dentistry and orthodontia have provided the opportunity to make this process faster and less stressful. If you’re not sure which treatment will be best for you, your dentist in Orlando can help you make the right decision.
About the Author
At Sand Lake Dental, Dr. Ziyad Maali is dedicated to meeting the dental health needs of his community. He received his dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and more. If you’re ready to get the straight, gorgeous grin you deserve, contact the office at (407) 355-0608 or visit the website to schedule your appointment to discuss your Invisalign treatment.