Over 8 million people have used Invisalign® liners in place of traditional braces. These clear aligners can straighten your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile without a mouth full of brackets and wires.
Bay Dental Group in San Jose, California are providers of Invisalign aligners, and they can help you determine if this treatment is right for you. Because the system operates like traditional braces, Invisalign is a viable treatment option for almost anyone who wants to align their teeth or adjust their bite but is self-conscious about being a “metal mouth.”
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of invisible aligner that uses a series of clear plastic trays instead of wires. Each successive tray is slightly tighter than the last, gently pushing your teeth into the proper position without the need for painful tightening procedures.
Invisalign aligners are specially molded to your teeth, so you know they fit, and they can be taken out for short periods of time. You need to keep them in for 20–22 hours every day, but you can take them out when you eat or drink (to prevent staining), brush/floss your teeth, or for special occasions.
The benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers an alternative to those who need dental braces, but don’t want to go through with the treatment because of how it might look, feel, and affect their day-to-day life. There are three primary reasons to choose Invisalign:
1. They’re nearly invisible
This is one of the main reasons people prefer Invisalign aligners over metal braces. Our teeth seriously impact our self-confidence, and many people don’t like the idea of smiling or posing for photos while they have a metallic smile. Invisalign is far less noticeable, and some people might not notice you’re wearing the trays at all. That makes them extremely popular among adults.
2. They’re removable
Keeping your teeth clean with metal braces can be difficult and frustrating. You have to brush around the permanent fixtures in your mouth, and it’s easy to miss things or feel unclean even after you’ve brushed thoroughly. Invisalign trays are removable, so you can take them out and brush/floss your teeth normally. You can also remove them to eat or pop them out before smiling for a photo.
3. They’re comfortable
It’s difficult to put metal in someone’s mouth comfortably, which is why Invisalign trays are plastic and custom-molded. This makes them more comfortable, and they move your teeth more gradually, reducing discomfort during the aligning process.
Invisalign doesn’t take any longer to straighten your teeth than traditional wire braces (and sometimes even less), so as long as you follow instructions and don’t lose/break your aligners, Invisalign has far more pros than cons.