By Dr. Satish Pai
Most people visit the orthodontist to improve their smile for cosmetic reasons. Misaligned teeth may mar your confidence to smile properly. Though braces can help correct your misaligned teeth, they are unsightly.
Invisalign are clear aligners that are made up of smooth plastic. Since they are custom-made for your mouth and are made up of see-through material, they are nearly invisible.
The advantage of having Invisalign treatment instead of metal braces is that they are not bound to the teeth with the help of brackets and wires. Metal braces often come with the initial period of discomfort and pain. The mouth and teeth take some time adjusting to a foreign object. Metal braces also cause mouth sores and injuries because of the metal wires.
With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about mouth sores and injuries. Invisalign straightens your teeth by putting pressure on them in a similar fashion to metal braces. All you have to do is replace them every two weeks.
Here is why Invisalign is becoming a game-changer in orthodontics to correct teeth problems:
It’s Virtually Invisible
Invisalign has the advantage of being almost invisible, which means it will attract less attention as compared to metal braces in your mouth. This means that you don’t have to feel conscious about smiling and showing a mouth full of metal wires.
Oral Hygiene Routine
The major advantage of having Invisalign instead of metal braces is that you can remove your aligners before brushing and flossing. This means your oral hygiene routine will not be as complicated as it would be with metal braces. It is extremely difficult to maintain an oral hygiene routine with metal braces. If you don’t brush and floss properly when you are wearing metal braces, you can get a build-up of plaque and bacteria which can cause more teeth problems.
No Dietary Restrictions
Getting metal braces to fix your improper smile means that you are going to have to keep away from hard, sticky, and sugary food. Some of your favorite foods might be off your list till your braces treatment is over.
Invisalign gives you the freedom of eating whatever you want because you need to take your aligners off when you are eating food.
No Changes in Lifestyle
It is also extremely difficult to play contact sports like rugby and football when you have braces. But since Invisalign is detachable, it means that you don’t have to stop playing the sport of your choice. Just replace your Invisalign with a mouth guard till the duration of playing a sport.
Braces are a death sentence if you play a woodwind instrument like a saxophone or clarinet. Invisalign gives you the option of taking off your aligners when you are making music.
If you are thinking of getting Invisalign treatment to correct your improper smile, you should visit the orthodontist for what options are best for you. Since all dental cases are unique, your orthodontist will decide the best course of action to correct your improper smile after examining your teeth.
Creating perfect smiles is what Dr. Satish Pai is committed to. An orthodontist by profession, he believes that a perfect smile is a powerful part of a person’s personality. When he is not working hard on perfecting his patients’ smiles at Putnam Ortho, he is busy writing engaging articles about everything related to healthy and perfect smiles. His other passions include golf, yoga and surfing. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face.