Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. It is a type of clear aligner that you can use instead of metal or Damon braces. This involves a range of clear plastic aligners that resemble mouth guards that are custom-made for you. They’re easily removable for eating and cleaning, and you swap them out for a newly made aligner every two weeks. Each new aligner takes the adjustment of your teeth one step further. While Invisalign can be more expensive than traditional braces, it offers a host of benefits. We take a look at some of the advantages Invisalign offers.
Fewer Orthodontic Visits
For patients without dental insurance coverage, a visit to the orthodontist’s office can be expensive. Traditional braces require you to get the wires tightened every six weeks or so, depending on the extent of your condition. With Invisalign, you’ll receive several months’ worth of new aligners that you can replace them at home every two weeks. This also frees up your schedule more as you won’t have to spend as much time at your orthodontist.
No Repairs Required
With traditional braces, sometimes a bracket or wire may become loose. Repairs should never be necessary with Invisalign. A lost, broken or otherwise damaged appliance can be easily replaced with the next one in your series.
Easier Teeth Cleaning
Keeping your teeth clean while wearing traditional metal braces is difficult. Your orthodontist may show you a more detailed method of brushing with braces to remove food and plaque from around the brackets and at the gum line, so gum disease and tooth decay don’t occur. You’ll also have to learn how to floss around the wiring, and at the end of the treatment process you may need a professional cleaning to restore the full whiteness of your smile. Clear Invisalign braces allow you to simply remove the appliance, clean your teeth as normal and then replace it before you start the day or go to bed.
Simple and Easy to Care For
Keeping your Invisalign clean is also very easy. After cleaning your teeth, you can clean the aligners by brushing and rinsing them before putting them back in your mouth. Frequent cleaning, along with avoiding dark, acidic beverages, ensures that the aligners do not stain. To prevent physical damage to the aligners, take gentle care placing and removing them, which means never using force or sharp instruments. You should push them into place with your fingertips using equal amounts of pressure on the left and right molars. To remove them, pull gently, starting with the back teeth and working your way forward.
Benefits Without the Inconvenience
Along with fewer visits, no repairs and an easier cleaning method, Invisalign also:
- allows you to remove the aligner at any time.
- makes it easier to eat the foods you love.
- uses materials that are practically invisible, which can help wearers feel more confident.
- offers a more comfortable experience without the need for regular wire tightening.
- doesn’t affect the teeth or cheeks like traditional braces can.
While the Invisalign cost is higher, it may be a better investment overall. Check with your orthodontist to see if Invisalign is right for you.
If you are interested in Invisalign, don’t miss out on Westermeier Martin’s Fridays Teen Club special events. The event is a chance to learn about your orthodontic options and get an exciting, interactive look at Invisalign, the alternative to metal braces that’s perfect for busy teens & families! Westermeier Martin’s Fridays Teen Club will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, July 20th and Friday, July 27th at the East Aurora office, located at 950 Main Street. Join us to learn all about the advantages of Invisalign! Appointments can be made online or by phone, 716-508-4547.