These days, fewer people are opting for traditional braces, and more are choosing to straighten their teeth with Invisalign. The key benefit of these aligners is obvious: they're clear. It is nice to know that you don't have to walk around with metal brackets on your teeth for a year or deal with everyone staring at your mouth. However, the invisible nature of Invisalign is just one of the many benefits of choosing these aligners over braces. Take a look at some other clear benefits of Invisalign.
You won't have nearly as much cheek and tongue irritation.
Metal and ceramic brackets, plus all of the wires associated with traditional braces, can cause lots of cheek and tongue irritation. These sores can be painful, especially when you eat and drink. Invisalign aligners are nice and smooth, so they don't irritate your cheeks or tongue. You also remove them before eating, so there's not as much friction between your cheeks and the aligners as there is with braces.
You don't have to worry about tightening appointments.
Visiting your dentist every 6-8 weeks to get your braces tightened can be really time-consuming. With Invisalign, you only have to see the dentist every 6 months or so. They send you home with a whole package of aligners that progressively get tighter and tighter, and you just change aligners yourself every 2 weeks.
You can eat your favorite foods — all of them!
Since you remove Invisalign before you eat, there are no restrictions on what you can eat. You can bite into apples, enjoy chewy caramels, and make all of your friends with traditional braces jealous. It is easier to stick to a healthy diet plan when you don't have to limit yourself to easy-to-bite foods.
You can brush and floss your teeth like normal.
Brushing and flossing around braces is a real pain, and some people do not do a great job, which puts them at risk for cavities. Since you remove Invisalign before brushing, you can continue brushing and flossing as usual. This is better for your teeth and helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Invisalign is popular largely because it looks better on your teeth than braces. However, there are a lot of other reasons to consider this tooth straightening option. Talk to your dentist or an orthodontist at a clinic like Koehn Dentistry & Aesthetics that offers Invisalign for more information.