For decades, dental patients only had the choice of conventional wire braces to straighten their teeth. For many, wire braces can feel cumbersome and overly visible. Fortunately, another option exists! Invisalign, which has been available for orthodontic patients since 1997, is now more advanced and sophisticated than ever. Invisalign offers a flexible and comfortable solution for dental patients – and it is no less than a revolution in teeth alignment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a leading brand for a device which aligns your teeth. If you are suitable for this treatment, aligners will be worn for between a year and a year and a half, according to your needs. They are usually worn for about 22 hours daily and you go back to the dentist regularly to switch to a new pair. You need new aligners with every shift in your teeth in order to continue the progress of straightening your teeth.

While Invisalign does not work for everyone, they offer several advantages over traditional metal braces for those who are suitable. Here are 7 of the main benefits.

Very Discreet: They are almost invisible. This means that they won’t distract from other areas of your face. This is a particularly good choice for those who want to live without the often-distracting metallic wires that you usually get with conventional braces.

Better oral hygiene: Brushing your teeth and lines with Invisalign is very easy, unlike traditional braces which attract food and make teeth brushing a little trickier. Just take off the trays before brushing and replace them when finished.

Prevents unnecessary tooth wear: Teeth are built to bite together in a certain way. When they are not properly aligned, it can make them wear down more quickly. It can contribute to broken dental crowns, veneers and fillings, as well as to flatter or more jagged teeth. You can prevent these signs of aging in your smile through the use of orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, so that your teeth can be preserved for as long as possible.

More time-efficient: You don’t need to return to your dentist so often with Invisalign – only every four to six weeks. At every point of the process it is also simpler to see the outcomes of the treatment.

Safer for your teeth: Traditional metal braces are made of wire and metal parts capable of scratching and perforating the inside of your mouth if you are not careful. With Invisalign, the braces are made of a smooth non-metallic material. No sharp rims or uneven edges or pieces are included. Conventional metal braces can also lead to the demineralization and decay of teeth.  To straighten your teeth, they use a lot of strength, which can be hard on your teeth.  With clear aligners like Invisalign, there are no such issues.  In this way, clear braces can reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities when compared with conventional braces.

Nothing is off the menu: When wearing metal braces, you sometimes have to sacrifice the pleasure of certain foods for the benefit of straighter future teeth. However, there are no such food limitations with Invisalign. Whether you like chewy bagels or crunchy popcorn, just take the trays out and savor anything you like.

Improved Self-esteem: Invisalign enables individuals to improve their confidence and self-esteem. There’s this new sense of self-confidence that often comes from a wearer of Invisalign for the first time. Some patients can observe their teeth moving into place within 6 weeks with Invisalign. Seeing the benefits so quickly reinforces their self-confidence even further, because when they look good, they feel good too.

Go Clear Orthodontics

Most of our patients for Invisalign tell us they can’t believe they waited so long to straighten their teeth. If you are considering it, you should arrange a consultation and see if it is the correct choice for you. Most Invisalign treatments are completed in 12-18 months and during your initial consultation you will receive an estimated timeframe for your specific case. If you’re looking to learn more about Invisalign, stop by Go Clear Orthodontics today!