Published On: March 29, 2017By Categories: Blog, Invisalign

“The clear alternative to braces” for the past 20 years, Invisalign is a thoroughly modern way to straighten your teeth. Straight teeth offer better chewing efficiency and minimize the risk of issues in the jaw joints. They are also easier to clean, making it less likely for you to develop gum disease and tooth decay, and can boost confidence.

Metal braces were the preferred treatment for more than a century, but today many people prefer the comfort and near invisibility of Invisalign. Here are 4 benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces.

Smiling mouth with teeth-whitening tray

1. 3-D Modeling

The first step in Invisalign treatment is creating a digital 3-D model of your teeth. We will show you projections of what to expect every step of the way, including the finished product. With braces, you have to guess what your teeth will look like at the end. With Invisalign, you will have a much better idea how your teeth will look when you finish treatment. The projections are based on how average teeth move.

2. Lifestyle Improvements

Traditional braces require a number of sacrifices. You may be unable to eat your favorite foods, such as popcorn or apples. The metal brackets might cut into your cheeks or tongue, and the wires are prone to breaking. It is also impossible to hide the fact that you have a mouthful of metal, which can be embarrassing, especially on special occasions.

Invisalign is made from clear plastic, so it is nearly invisible. The plastic has no sharp edges to dig into your mouth. And Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easy to eat whatever you like.

3. Better Oral Health

Traditional braces are hard on teeth. They can scrape and demineralize the teeth, and it is tough to clean around the metal. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can take them out to brush and floss as normal.

4. Treatment Process

The treatment process for Invisalign is simple. You will receive a series of aligners that you can change at home every one to two weeks. You will need to wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours per day, but you do not need to have your aligners adjusted. This means that most people undergoing Invisalign treatment only need to see the dentist once every four to six weeks. In addition, Invisalign can take less time from start to finish than traditional braces.

Invisalign was traditionally more expensive than braces, but this is changing rapidly. Cosmetic upgrades to braces, such as colored metal, can significantly increase their price. In addition, you will also need to pay for adjustments. The Invisalign system is all-inclusive, with no hidden fees, and dental insurance companies cover it the same as metal braces.

Invisalign is not right for everyone, so it is important to consult with your dentist. For many people with active and busy lives, though, Invisalign can make a real difference in quality of life during treatment.

Conveniently located in Woodbury, MN, Creekview Dental provides a progressive yet conservative approach to dental care. Our innovative, highly personalized procedures are focused on maintaining tooth structure and providing you with the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today at 651-738-8204 to take the first steps on the road to better dental health.

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