A modern alternative to conventional metal braces is Invisalign. It uses clear, BPA-free plastic aligners that slip over your teeth like flexible, thin, see-through mouthguards. A digital impression of your teeth from a scanner, x-rays and photos creates a 3D model of your mouth. The teeth are moved incrementally into their prescribed positions using a series of aligners. Here are the pros and cons of Invisalign.
- Appearance: The aligners are virtually invisible, which is the most important benefit for a lot of patients. They’re clear and molded to your teeth so people aren’t likely to notice you’re wearing them.
- No Adjustments: Each aligner is worn for one to two weeks at a time, so you know how many aligners you’ll be wearing and how long it will take to straighten your teeth. You will be able to move through your series of aligners without any adjustments and fewer office visits.
- Removable: They are removable making them super convenient. You can take them out to brush and floss your teeth allowing you to follow your normal oral hygiene routine. There are zero food restrictions because you don’t eat with them in your mouth.
- Comfortable: Invisalign has a smooth plastic surface that causes no discomfort to the mouth lining. Metal braces can rub up against the side of your mouth causing irritation, discomfort, and sometimes open sores.
- Need to be removed before meals: The aligners must be removed before eating or drinking anything but water. Although inconvenient, some patients report weight loss because they snack less.
- Frequent teeth cleaning: You must brush and floss after eating. Although annoying, it can improve your oral health.
- Requires self-discipline: The aligners must be worn an average of 22 hours a day. If you don’t wear them the time required your progress can be stalled and new aligners may be needed.
Invisalign can be a great method of straightening your teeth while allowing you to continue your life with little inconvenience. Call New Town Dentistry to get started on a new smile.