Why Invisalign Can Be Better Than Braces

Few people are blessed with teeth that grow in perfectly straight and are 100% aligned. It’s simply a statistical anomaly to be one of these people, and we’re envious of the lucky few who don’t need some kind of teeth adjustment during their lives.

For the rest of us, that means going to an orthodontist and figuring out the next steps. For the longest time, braces have been the best and only way to straighten your teeth. Technology has advanced, however, and a newer teeth straightening system known as Invisalign has now entered just about every dentistry practice across the nation.

Firstly, you should go to your dentist and ensure that you require services that go beyond what the average general dentistry procedures can provide. Kabani Dental offers a good list of what general dentistry covers, so you can see ahead of time what’s possible for you. Simple cosmetic procedures might be as simple as veneers, but sometimes, a more drastic approach is required.

Instead of braces, here’s why you should consider Invisalign:

Entirely removable

As opposed to a mouthful of metal that you wear 24/7 for upwards of a year, Invisalign straighteners are 100% removable. This means you can eat and drink unimpeded by dental equipment, and you also won’t have to work around them when cleaning your teeth, because you just take them out when you need to brush and floss. This means they are much less intrusive than braces.

Invisible

They aren’t called Invisalign for nothing. Invisalign uses clear plastic to change the alignment of teeth slowly, so while you’re wearing them, they will be difficult to notice. Only people who get extremely close to you will be able to notice you’re wearing anything at all. For those who don’t want to be seen with braces, especially adults, this is an appealing prospect – no weird nicknames, no need to pick out what color your braces will be. Just pop in the Invisalign, and you’re off.

Increased comfort

Braces have the unfortunate side effect of often digging into the cheeks, which can lead to cuts that will more or less be consistently agitated until the braces are removed. Not only that, certain foods become entirely off the table when braces come into the picture. It isn’t the most pleasant thing to have to go through.

If you’re brave enough to push the limits with what you can eat with braces, you can bet you’ll be paying for it that night when you do your brushing. With Invisalign that you can take out for eating and drinking anything besides water, it becomes easy to see why more and more people are choosing this route.

Conclusion

The main practical difference between Invisalign and the standard procedure of braces is that you’ll have to go in to get a new aligner once every two weeks, as opposed to the four-week checkup that braces usually entail. It’s a small price to pay for all of the added freedom afforded by this system, with many patients finding it ultimately minor compared to how intrusive braces are.

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BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.

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