Why to Choose Invisalign over other Alternatives
February 29, 2020
Orthodontic treatment is recommended for those patients who have poorly aligned teeth and/or jaws that have the potential to cause problems for their oral and perhaps even general health. The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to bring the teeth into better alignment, positioning them so that they sit flush against one another and are no longer overlapping, twisted or crooked. Some orthodontic treatments also address issues with your bite and will bring your jaw into an improved position so that they meet properly when you open/close your mouth.
Whilst there are various orthodontic treatment solutions available, there is one that is particularly popular amongst patients – Invisalign. Here’s what you need to know about Invisalign, including why you should choose it other alternative orthodontic solutions.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is based around the clear aligner concept. This concept uses a series of transparent, plastic aligners that are worn over the top of the teeth in a manner similar to that of a protective mouthguard. Each aligner is custom-designed and applies gentle and consistent force to the teeth in order to propel them into a new and improved position.
The treatment program itself is created using cutting edge technology which assesses the original position of your teeth using images and sometimes impressions, and then determines how they need to move in order to bring them into alignment. This journey is then divided down into stages, with an aligner being created for each.
Although there are various brands of clear aligner treatment available, Invisalign is the most well-known of them all and still the preferred option of the majority of patients who want to receive their orthodontic treatment in this way.
Why you should choose Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments
There are a variety of reasons why patients are choosing Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments. Some of the key reasons why include the following:
Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic, and whilst they aren’t completely invisible, they are far more discreet than conventional braces which are made from brackets and wires. This helps patients to feel more confident in their smile during their treatment, and in photographs, your aligners won’t be visible at all.
Unsurprisingly, regular braces are also fairly uncomfortable to wear. They are made from metal and/or ceramic and have sharper edges and wires which could catch on the soft tissues of your mouth and tongue. They also get tightened regularly which can be very uncomfortable, both during the tightening itself and after. Invisalign aligners are made from soft plastic that has no sharp edges and fits perfectly over your teeth. The material used is their patented Smart-Trak design which is also considered more comfortable than the material used in other clear aligner brands.
It is easier to keep your teeth clean
Maintaining your oral hygiene and health is just as important during orthodontic treatment as at any other time. Nevertheless, trying to brush your teeth properly and floss whilst wearing braces is extremely difficult, putting patients at risk of decay and gum disease. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners can be removed at brushing time so that you can clean both them and your teeth. Your teeth can be brushed and flossed as normal and there is no need to maneuver around brackets and wires, enabling you to undertake a better clean.
No compromises on your food
One of the things that braces-wearers find most frustrating is that they have to be careful about what they eat, and some foods are off-limits altogether. This is because anything hard, sticky, chewy or that breaks up into tiny parts – like popcorn – can get stuck in and around braces and damage them. However, when you choose Invisalign you can remove your aligners for mealtimes, meaning you can eat whatever you would like to. Just remember to pop them back in once you have finished your meal as you need to ensure that you wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours each day for the treatment to be effective.
Effective on all your teeth
Some types of clear aligner solutions are designed to provide a quick fix to your smile, which they do by only changing the position of the 6/8 teeth at the front of your mouth. However, Invisalign is capable of addressing all of your teeth, even those as the back of your mouth, as well as your bite. This puts it on a par with braces in terms of its ability to transform your smile and treat bite-related issues.
For more information on the benefits of Invisalign and more reasons why you should choose it over other orthodontic treatments, please contact our dental office where our knowledgeable team would be happy to help.