5 Perks of Choosing Invisalign® Clear Aligners
If you’ve got a straighter smile in mind for the future but don’t wish to mess with regular braces, clear aligners may be the ideal solution for you. Our Canton, MI, Invisalign® dentists can introduce you to this form of orthodontic treatment and show you just how easy it is to get started.
In the meantime, here are 5 key benefits to going withover a more traditional option.
Understanding Invisalign: How It Differs
Invisalign consists of a set of thin clear aligners designed to be worn over the top and bottom teeth. If chosen by a patient, our dentists will provide multiple sets of aligners to be used over the course of their planned treatment.
Much like how metal braces work, each set of aligners in a complete series applies controlled force to teeth that will gradually straighten your smile and fix bite issues over time. The main , however, is the absence of any wires, brackets, or elastics.
On average, desired results can be achieved in 12-18 months but this timeframe entirely depends on your individual situation. For example, patients with minor crowding and no bite problems may need 6 months to correct their smile while others may need a year or so.
Wearing Invisalign Aligners Means:
1. Trying New Foods & Still Enjoying the Favorites
You may have heard that with standard metal braces there are rules regarding what you can and can’t eat. Generally, foods that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy are best avoided when you have brackets or wires that could become damaged.
With Invisalign, the aligners are removable and there are no breakable metal components. Because of this, you can comfortably eat foods like popcorn, caramel, and corn on the cob without worry. After eating, it’s important to remember that our dentists will want you to clean your teeth and mouth as best as you can to prevent any staining of the aligners or trapped debris once they’re put back on.
2. More Thorough Oral Hygiene
With no wires or brackets partially blocking your access to teeth, tasks like brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily are much easier to accomplish. Getting in between each tooth to remove left behind food particles and plaque will also reduce your chances of developing any unwanted cavities.
Along with your teeth, your Invisalign aligners will also need to be cleaned at least twice a day to prevent them from accumulating bacteria or staining. Our dentists recommend you try gently brushing and rinsing them off at the same time you are cleaning your teeth so it’s easy to remember. Don’t forget teeth cleanings inside our Canton, MI, dental office every 6 months as well.
Keeping your aligners clean involves:
- Rinsing them with lukewarm water (never hot or boiling)
- Gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
- Thoroughly rinsing them again after brushing is done
- Storing the aligners in their protective case when eating or drinking to keep them safe
3. Subtly Correcting Your Teeth
Are you embarrassed about braces showing in your graduation photos or distracting those listening to your presentation at work?do not stand out like metal braces do and most people won’t notice them unless they’re viewed up close.
This means you can confidently smile during your entire treatment and never feel like you have to hide your teeth as they’re being straightened. Keep in mind that our dentists want you to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day to ensure you remain on track and make progress as detailed in your treatment plan.
4. Owning Your Orthodontic Experience
Many patients enjoy the level of control they have with Invisalign. For example, when you need your braces adjusted, you have to visit an orthodontist. With clear aligners, all you need to do at the end of a treatment stage is to proceed to the next aligner set in the series.
Our dentists will want you to still come in periodically to monitor the alignment of your teeth. We’ll let you know of an appropriate appointment schedule based on your individual needs. Of course, you can also give our office a call anytime you have a treatment related question.
5. Speedy Check Ups
Anotheris that no repairs or adjustments are needed in the same way as with other types of braces. When instructed by our dentists, you’ll simply put in the next set of aligners after a predetermined amount of time and continue on with treatment.
We will check to see if you’re wearing your aligners on schedule, however. If you are removing them too much and not keeping them in place as recommended, it can lead to corrections being made which delays your overall progress.