Nobody likes crooked teeth and a wonky smile, and nobody likes braces that can help straighten them. So, what to do in this catch-22 situation? Go for Invisalign. While traditional braces are relatively the affordable braces of the two, Invisalign makes up for that by offering a plethora of benefits that traditional braces can’t.
Here are 8 such benefits:
1. Enhances Appearance
For teenagers, appearance is one of their main priorities. So anything that they think will make them look unattractive, they will stay away from it — dental braces for instance. However, it is not a good idea to avoid dental care just because they make you look unattractive due to their chunky metal structure.
On the other hand, Invisalign helps in enhancing the appearance as they have clear aligners that look invisible. It helps teens have straighter teeth without them having to worry about their appearance at all.
2. Proprietary Smart Track Material
The primary goal of braces of any kind is to move the teeth into the right position slowly over time. Metal braces achieve this task by using uncomfortable materials which force the teeth into place. This can make braces extremely painful.
Invisalign uses a highly elastic material which moves the teeth constantly but places more control on that movement. Braces no longer have to be a painful experience!
3. Easier Oral Hygiene
Crooked or misshapen teeth make oral hygiene harder than it has to be. It can get even more complicated with the metal braces due to its brackets and wires. If the traditional braces are not kept clean, it may lead to staining of the teeth, cavities and discoloration when the braces are removed.
Invisalign makes oral hygiene a lot easier as it is easy to wear and maintain. The teens can just remove it while eating, brushing and flossing. There is no risk of the food getting stuck behind the bracket. No special tools are required to remove trapped food or to reach the gums. You don’t have to find complicated and strange angles to brush different parts of your mouth. However, teens must be aware of various hygiene tips with Invisalign Braces.
4. Safer for the Mouth
Traditional teeth braces contain wire and protruding bits of metal which can be extremely dangerous. The wire and metal can scratch or puncture the insides of the mouth. Moreover, they can affect decaying teeth and demineralization. They also use a lot of force to straighten the teeth.
Invisalign is a much safer option as they are smooth and comfortable. They do not have any protruding or sharp edges that can harm the teeth or gums. Lastly, they straighten the teeth without using excessive force. Overall, they reduce the damage that is normally caused by wearing braces, including gum disease and cavities.
5. Treatment Duration is Lesser
Teens wearing metal braces can expect the treatment time to take as long as 5 years! And no teen would want metal brackets sticking out of their mouths for a time period that may stretch for 5 years.
The treatment time for Invisalign, on the other hand, can take from just one year to a year and a half at maximum. No pain plus quick treatment definitely sounds like a good deal. Scratch that, it is a great deal!
6. Fewer Food Restrictions
Love chocolates, apples, corn on the cob or sticky food? Well, you can forget about eating them with metal braces on. The food restrictions could be a major downer for all those who love eating.
No such problem with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want — just take off the brackets, put them in the protective case, eat whatever you want, rinse your mouth to ensure no food particles are stuck between the teeth and pop Invisalign back in.
7. Fewer orthodontist Visits
Hate visiting the dentist? Invisalign scores brownie points here as well. Since Invisalign takes lesser time to straighten the teeth than traditional braces, you will have to make fewer orthodontist visits. Invisalign doesn’t need adjustments and there is no need to fix broken wires, so the follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every four to six weeks after the initial appointment.
Traditional braces can prove cumbersome for athletes and people who enjoy participating in physical activities such as sports, hiking, swimming, etc., in numerous ways.
Invisalign doesn’t pose that problem as it gives you the flexibility to either remove the aligners easily or keep them in, thus minimizing the restrictions on activities and life.
All in all, Invisalign helps teens get a perfect smile and build their confidence, thus lifting their self-esteem.