Your smile is usually the first thing a person notices about you. Having a great smile can boost your confidence which makes a huge difference in your business and personal life. Traditional metal braces used to be the only way to get straighter teeth and the smile you desire. But thanks to modern dental advancements, clear aligners make it a lot easier. There are many benefits of Invisalign™ clear aligners over the old metal brackets and wires.
What is Invisalign™?
Braces were a traditional orthodontic treatment used to correct misaligned or crowded teeth. They have a huge impact on helping to improve smiles as well as produce an even bite. Invisalign is a set of clear plastic aligners that offer an alternative to traditional braces. You wear the trays in the order prescribed by Dr. Schau and they will straighten your teeth just like braces. But there are some clear benefits of Invisalign™ over braces.
8 Benefits of Invisalign™ Clear Aligners
When teeth are crooked or misaligned, they can pose a number of problems including oral health issues. They can affect your biting and speaking abilities. Invisalign™ treatment provides a soft and convenient way to straighten your teeth. Here are eight of the benefits of Invisalign.
1. Easier to Clean than Traditional Braces
One of the biggest problems with traditional metal braces is that they were difficult to clean and maintain. The aligners are removable for easy cleaning.
2. Make it Easier to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing were difficult, or impossible when trying to navigate metal brackets and wires. Invisalign clear aligners are easily removed so you can maintain your regular oral hygiene routine. The plastic aligners are also easy to clean.
3. The Clear Aligners Are Almost Invisible
The nearly invisible aligner is not as noticeable as traditional braces. You’ll feel more confident since others may not even know you are wearing them.
4. More Comfortable
Traditional metal braces can be very uncomfortable. The brackets and wires cause tension to help reposition teeth. Every time you visit your Saginaw dentist, the wires are tightened to increase the tension and move your teeth. This can be a painful process. One of the benefits of Invisalign is that they don’t need to be tightened by Dr. Schau. They don’t scrape against your cheek, gums, or tongue like metal braces tend to do.
5. Eat or Drink Your Favorites
To avoid damaging braces, patients had to avoid many types of food. However, Invisalign™ aligners are removed before eating so you can still enjoy your favorite meals while using clear aligners on your teeth without jeopardizing your treatment.
6. Fewer Visits to Your Dentist
In the past, braces were avoided because of the hassle of so many orthodontic appointments. Braces can take as long as three years with frequent dental appointments. With Invisalign™, not only is the treatment time often shorter but there are also fewer dental appointments needed. In most instances, aligners are worn only 24 months with appointments every six to eight weeks.
7. Fix a Wide Range of Orthodontic Issues
Invisalign™ is an exceptional option for helping correct mild to moderate misalignments. By alleviating crowding and bite issues, the aligners also help decrease the risk of other oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. They are also useful for treating many other issues including:
- Open bite
- Gapped Teeth
- Crowded teeth
8. Invisalign™ Trays are Removable
Dr. Schau usually recommends wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. But they are removable. You can easily take them out for picture day, dates, or a nice evening out and then put them back on when you return home.
How much does Invisalign™ cost?
Since the clear aligners are custom-made for each individual patient, the cost may vary widely. However, the cost of Invisalign™ is comparable to traditional braces. For approximately the same amount of money, you can enjoy the benefits of Invisalign while achieving the smile of your dreams.
Still have questions?
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign™ or still have a few questions, please call our Saginaw dental office at 989-272-2476. We will be happy to answer your questions. To redeem an Invisalign™ Special Offer, complete this online form.