You are not alone if looking at your teeth in the mirror makes you grimace.  Especially if you have crooked, overlapping, or misaligned teeth.  Adults everywhere find their teeth are not that perfect photo-worthy smile they desire. However, until the late 90s, the only recourse was to get metal braces. And while this was better than nothing, today, there is a better way to get the smile you have always wanted.  But, in 1997, a student from Stanford University developed Invisalign.

Invisalign has become synonymous with straight teeth- especially for adults who don’t want a mouth full of metal! But is Invisalign really all that? Consider these Invisalign advantages.

Benefits of Using Invisalign

InvisalignComfort –

Traditional braces have metal brackets attached to your teeth. These brackets have sharp edges that can hurt your cheeks and lips. Yes, you can use wax to minimize this occurrence, but the wax falls off and must be reapplied often. With Invisalign®, there are no painful brackets, cuts, or wax. Instead, you wear custom trays made for your mouth and tooth shape.

Better Dental Hygiene –

Traditional braces are on for the duration of the process. They are challenging to keep clean and maintain good oral hygiene. Invisalign trays can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth. You can brush and floss like normal and put the trays back on. But don’t forget to take a few minutes to brush out the trays so no bacteria builds up.

Not just for Straightening –

Invisalign reduces gum inflammation, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, overbite, and even chipped teeth. Being proactive lowers the risks of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

No Orthodontic Emergencies –

Because Invisalign doesn’t have brackets, wires, and other elements involved. As such, you don’t have to worry about emergency trips to the orthodontist for replacements or repairs.

Less Time at the Orthodontist Office –

Traditional braces require frequent appointments for adjusting and tightening. With Invisalign, you will swap the trays according to a specific schedule.  When you have an office visit, they will take less time as all that must be done is to ensure everything is on track.

Nearly Invisible –

One of the biggest advantages is they are less noticeable. You can wear them anywhere you go and not feel out of place.

Almost Anyone Can Use Them –

While adults often choose to use Invisalign, individuals from any age group can use it.  However, most dentists recommend waiting until a child is 13 or 14 to get Invisalign. The biggest reason for waiting until a child is older to use Invisalign is because they will be more responsible about following through on cleaning and changing the trays and keeping up with the trays.

Shorter Wearing Time –

Traditional braces can take over two years to straighten teeth. Invisalign typiclly takes between 12 and 18- months.

Invisalign is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a beautiful smile showing straight, healthy teeth. If you have questions about Invisalign, please talk to one of the Advanced Dental Partners staff today.  We can answer your questions and help you make the best decision for your lifestyle and needs.