A great smile is one of the keys to personal confidence, and one way to accomplish this is through the use of braces. Until recent years, some people shied away from getting braces because of self-consciousness or other drawbacks in the process. With the introduction of Invisalign, teens and adults are finally able to have the smile they have always wanted without the metal mouth.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign system straightens teeth by utilizing clear plastic aligners that are fitted over the teeth and gradually move them into the proper positions. The aligners are nearly invisible to others and accomplish the same effect as standard metal braces. While teenagers may not be as sensitive about wearing metal braces, adults can find them cumbersome and embarrassing and may prefer the more subtle approach of Invisalign.
Aside from being less obvious, another feature that sets Invisalign apart is that the aligners are more comfortable than metal braces due to their smooth surface. This greatly reduces or completely eliminates the pain that comes from standard braces, which tend to rub on the inside of the mouth, causing soreness. Metal braces also require many adjustments over time, leading to even more discomfort. The soreness from Invisalign is minimal and generally occurs when a new aligner is put into place, and the teeth begin to move. This pain goes away quickly and is less problematic than having metal braces constantly adjusted.
Traditional braces require a large number of appointments and adjustments through the process of straightening. Invisalign works off a high-precision computer program that creates aligners for the entire straightening regimen. Patients receive the aligners right from the start and need to return to the dental office only for occasional checkups. This allows patients to concentrate more on their lives instead of their braces.
Metal braces can be damaged by certain drinks and food, so the patient can face dietary restrictions along with the discomfort. Standard braces are also harder to keep clean, as they stay on the teeth all the time, preventing thorough flossing and brushing. Food also can become caught in metal braces, which is unsightly. The aligners in the Invisalign system are removed for eating and drinking, so the patient does not have to restrict certain foods and can maintain proper oral health throughout the entire straightening process. Healthy gums are as important as straight teeth when it comes to a winning smile.
If cost is a factor in the decision on how teeth will be straightened, metal braces have the advantage. While Invisalign will cost a bit more in the long term, the benefits of more comfort, better hygiene, fewer dental visits and practically invisible straightening are worthy of consideration. In the end, the patient will choose the method that works best for their needs.
While metal braces continue to be a popular choice for straightening teeth, Invisalign offers a modern step forward.
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Kyle Sanders is the content director for AustinDentist.net, a dental clinic that provides Veners in Avery Ranch in the heart of central Texas.