When you decide to do something about your crooked smile, your first stop will likely be to visit a local orthodontist to talk about your teeth alignment options. While you might be thinking that braces will be right for you, you might be interested to learn about Invisalign. Many orthodontists can provide Invisalign treatments for their patients, and while this form of treatment achieves many of the same results as traditional braces, the method by which it achieves them is dramatically different. Many patients have the ability to choose between braces and Invisalign. Here are some reasons to strongly consider the latter.
They're Less Evident
As their name suggests, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. While you can certainly see the aligners when you're looking at your mouth in the mirror, their transparent nature makes them difficult for other people to see. Whether you're speaking to colleagues at work or you're having a photo taken, you can often be confident that your aligners won't be evident. This is a favorable contrast to traditional braces, which are highly visible and may actually make you feel a little self conscious about your appearance.
They're Easier To Clean
Anyone who has had braces will likely tell you that while he or she appreciated how the braces straightened his or her teeth, they were often a little challenging to clean around. The permanent nature of the braces means that you need to spend a lot of time carefully cleaning around them, including using a small, specialized toothbrush to clean under the wires and around the brackets. Even flossing your teeth takes more time because you need to use a floss threader. With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners, brush your teeth in a normal manner, brush the aligners, and then put them back into your mouth.
Another big benefit of choosing Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners when you don't want to wear them. You need to be mindful about how much time the aligners spend outside of your mouth, because they aren't doing any good in their storage case. However, when you have specific reasons that you don't want to wear them—for example, perhaps you're playing ice hockey and your mouthguard fits better without the aligners in your mouth—you can simply take them out for the activity. This isn't a luxury that you get to enjoy when you wear traditional braces.