There are a lot of reasons you may find yourself having to visit professional family orthodontists in your area, and not all of them can be solved by the use of Invisalign. In some cases, sad to say, surgery may be the only option. For everyone else, here’s five great reasons to go to someone who offers Invisalign as a treatment instead of an orthodontist who doesn’t.
1. They’re extremely discreet
A lot of issue that many people have with the idea of fixing their smile with cosmetic braces is that they’re just not concealable. And there’s been strides made in that direction; braces, for example, once made entirely of metals that are conspicuous as can be, can now have their brackets replaced with ceramic material instead, allowing for the braces to blend in with the teeth to some extent. However, the brackets may be ceramic, but the wire, as it bears tension, must be made of metal, no matter what the braces are to be made of, meaning that they’re still fairly easy to spot in someone’s mouth.
On the other hand, Invisalign is, as its name would have you believe, invisible to the naked eye. The Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic, and, when placed on the teeth, it just looks like your teeth. There’s no protruding metal or plastics, no metal involved at all, really nothing that would tip anyone off to the idea that there’s anything in your mouth, slowly realigning your teeth.
2. They’re more comfortable
A common complaint with braces, incidentally, is that they do protrude as they do, and that they are uncomfortable in the mouth. Some of this discomfort, no doubt, comes from the fact that they’re worn for such a long period of time on the mouth, and aren’t removable at all. A bit of the discomfort comes from the constant tension being applied by the metal wire as it slowly realigns the teeth to a more optimal position. A lot of the discomfort, alas, comes from the way that braces are designed; they consist of brackets, mounted on the top of the teeth with a dental adhesive, over or through which is run that metal wire to provide tension. These brackets protrude noticeably from the teeth, and they can cause some discomfort in the mouth just due to the rubbing of metal on the soft flesh of the mouth.
On the other hand, Invisalign aligners don’t add much bulk at all; they’re custom fitted for your mouth and your teeth, and add a minimal amount of plastic and nothing more. Because of this, you won’t have the same level of contact with the fleshy skin inside your mouth, and won’t develop the same uncomfortable sores.
3. They’re more durable
For braces, durability of materials can become an issue. There’s a reason why they commonly use metals like stainless steel, gold, or even titanium; the mouth is a corrosive place, and when you’re pitting metal against the corrosive influence of drinks like sodas and orange juice and foods that can get stuck in there and decompose, you need a tough metal. To compound this issue, you can be wearing these braces for months or more, meaning they have to stand up to this corrosive effect for a long period of time.
On the other hand, Invisalign braces aren’t in the mouth long enough for corrosion to be a real concern. While standard braces are worn in the mouth nonstop for months on end, each individual aligner in the set is only worn for two weeks, being worn for a total of twenty hours a day. This simply isn’t enough time for corrosion to become a real issue.
4. They’re affordable
A lot of worry that people have when getting any sort of elective or cosmetic work done is the cost. There’s a common misconception in America that our cosmetic medical and dental care is more expensive than it really is. The fact is, cosmetic care of all sorts, ranging from braces to plastic surgery, is often cheaper than other kinds of surgery.
For braces, standard braces, no special metal or anything being involved, you’re looking at about four thousand dollars, of which your dental insurance is going to cover a thousand. You can break this down into payments at most orthodontist’s offices, however, so don’t fear that you need pay it in one lump sump.
Invisalign, being a more modern treatment, is going to be more, but not all that much more, especially when you consider that you’ll pay for it in installments. It will cost around thirty-six hundred dollars to four thousand after insurance, which is very reasonable, and again, it can be stretched out via installments.
So, if you’re less than satisfied with your smile for any reason, go and ask your local orthodontist if Invisalign hidden braces for teens and adults might be right for you.