When many people think about Invisalign, they see how much better clear aligner trays look compared to traditional metal braces. This can be enough of a difference for patients to request the Invisalign treatment by name when it comes time to consider orthodontic treatment. However, there are many other benefits of Invisalign orthodontics over metal braces. Here are six of the less obvious reasons.
Smooth, More Comfortable Edges
Traditional metal braces have sharp and hard brackets and wires, which can make wearing braces uncomfortable. Orthodontic wax can help minimize any discomfort. However, there aren’t any sharp edges on an Invisalign aligner tray. This means that Invisalign tends to be a more comfortable treatment option when compared to metal braces.
Reduced Risk of Tooth Damage
Often, patients experience a small degree of tooth damage from wearing metal braces. This can include white spots on the teeth. With Invisalign aligners, there are fewer modifications made to the actual teeth. This reduces the risk of damage to your tooth enamel.
Less Sports Restrictions
While wearing metal braces, you may not feel comfortable playing certain contact sports. Some schools and junior leagues might prohibit teens from playing contact sports while undergoing orthodontic treatment with metal braces. Others allow players with braces to play if they wear special protective orthodontic mouth guards. However, there aren’t similar restrictions for teens with Invisalign.
No Food is Off-Limits
With Invisalign, you take out the aligner trays when it is time to eat. This means that you won’t have the same eating restrictions as someone who wears traditional metal braces. With braces, small food particles can get stuck in the brackets or dislodge wires. In particular, foods with kernels, such as popcorn, can be problematic. This isn’t a problem with Invisalign.
Easier Oral Hygiene
It can be difficult to properly clean between the brackets and wires with floss and a regular toothbrush. Sometimes other tools can be used, such as a water flosser, to make the process easier. With Invisalign, you take out the aligners to brush and floss your teeth. While you’ll need to be more proactive with oral hygiene with Invisalign, it shouldn’t be very different than your normal oral hygiene practices.
Improved Self Esteem
Many patients report having higher levels of self esteem as a result of Invisalign treatment. Unlike if they would have had metal braces, they aren’t embarrassed about their orthodontic treatment and don’t mind smiling in pictures. It can seem like a minor thing, but feeling confident in your smile can help you feel great and make a better first impression.
Invisalign is a top choice orthodontic treatment option for many patients. It’s more comfortable, less obvious, and easier to keep up with proper oral hygiene habits. If your dentist recommends orthodontic treatment, it’s worth asking about Invisalign.
Ready to Make Your Invisalign Dental Appointment?
If you’re ready to get started with a progressive yet conservative approach to your dental health, contact Creekview Dental today at 651-738-8204 to schedule your first appointment. We offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and many other dental best practices intended to make you more comfortable.