In just about 20 years, Invisalign has taken the world of dentistry by storm as an alternative to braces, but does it actually work? Here are some Invisalign benefits and why it’s the right choice for you.
While you may have heard or seen plenty of information about Invisalign, you might not be able to put your finger on what exactly these clear aligners are made of or how they even work. This alternative to traditional metal braces are made from 3D printing technology and include none of those annoying brackets and wires that require so much special attention. Getting the full Invisalign treatment is simply wearing a pair of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth over time.
They’re made out of a flexible, patented thermoplastic called SmartTrack® made just for Invisalign. Although these aligners are indeed made out of plastic, the material contains none of the dangerous chemicals found in other plastics, like BPA and BPS. Invisalign clear aligners are also FDA-approved and contain no gluten or latex.
However, just like metal braces, Invisalign isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment, as they are entirely tailor-made to your teeth. Your dentist will create a digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth, so they’ll fit nice and snug and appear practically invisible, hence the name.
These clear aligners are also designed to apply the right amount of pressure at the right time based on your doctor’s treatment plan. Similarly to traditional braces, your dentist will monitor your teeth’s progress and the efficacy of the aligners.
Unlike metal braces that are attached to your teeth 24/7 and pose restrictions to just about every activity, Invisalign offers the advantage of mobility, comfort, and convenience. They’re removable, meaning you can brush your teeth, eat, drink, and floss with ease.
One of the most frustrating things about traditional braces is simply not being able to eat your favorite foods. Still, one of the many Invisalign benefits is the ability to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Plus, these clear aligners aren’t just for straightening teeth, they’re also able to correct conditions like overbites and underbites. During your Invisalign treatment, you also won’t need to visit the dentist as often for follow-up appointments as you would with metal braces, saving you money!
Overall, Invisalign provides you with a much better experience than traditional braces, and it will even keep your teeth and gums healthier. Because you won’t experience complications when it comes to brushing, flossing, and eating as you would with metal braces, the chances of plaque buildup and tooth decay caused by improper cleaning are significantly lower.
No matter how careful you are, getting food stuck in your teeth is inevitable, so removing all that food is even more of a hassle when you have braces. One of the many Invisalign benefits is being able to avoid this problem completely by taking off your aligners to clean your teeth and then easily putting them back on.
Before deciding on Invisalign, make sure to talk to your dentist and decide together on the right option for your lifestyle and your teeth. Dr. de Cardenas and his team are proud providers of Invisalign and would love to help you start your journey to better, healthier teeth!