You may think the only reason that people get braces on their teeth is so their smile will look more attractive. It’s true that having straight, perfectly aligned teeth improves both your appearance and your self-esteem. However, the benefits of orthodontics such as those achieved through Invisalign are more than just straightening your teeth.
Patients commonly get braces to correct overcrowded teeth, incorrect bites, and gaps in their smile. These problems can lead to oral health issues such as increased tooth decay, jaw and joint pain, uneven wear of teeth, bone loss, and gum disease. If you want to avoid outcomes like these from problems that can be corrected by wearing braces, but you don’t want to go through the appearance and hassles of traditional braces, Invisalign may be right for you.
With Invisalign clear braces, you wear a series of almost invisible plastic trays that shift your teeth into better position. They require fewer changes to your lifestyle than traditional braces do. For example, they are removed while eating, performing dental hygiene tasks, and during special. You can also eat whatever you want without worrying food will get caught in the braces, and Invisalign aligners are comfortable because there are no wires that might poke your mouth.
Another thing that many patients enjoy about Invisalign is that the process is often quicker than other methods. Impressions and photos of your teeth will be taken on your first visit, and are sent to a lab to create a 3-D model of your teeth as well as a model of how they are expected to look at the end of treatment. Special software allows you to view the progress of your mouth throughout treatment. Your custom aligners, which are changed about every two weeks, will move your teeth into the desired position in as little as one to two years.
Invisalign is a great way to correct your teeth without impacting your lifestyle. In the process of achieving the smile you’ve always hoped for, you’re also avoiding many dental health problems.