The smile is very important in most cultures and most settings. Here in the United States, it’s one of those quirks of a person that we take into account and place a strange amount of importance on when making that all-important ‘first impression’. We use our smile in every encounter, be it with a friend, an acquaintance, a loved one, or even with business partners and peers. Obviously, therefore, you need it to be looking its best.
Because of that, we spend a lot of time and money with various treatments, procedures, and even surgeries, all intent upon improving our smiles. Some work, some don’t, some are dangerous (for the record, surgery of any kind carries inherent risks, no matter how small, and this is why it’s best to get that kind of care from a qualified, trustworthy family dentist providing quality dental care and with a record of such), and more than a few are just a waste of money. However, there have been procedures and treatments that work, and we’ve kept these around for decades because they do, in fact, straighten out the smile.
The most commonly known method of fixing the alignment of teeth are standard metal braces, commonly just called ‘braces’, and they’ve been in use for nearly half of a century. They’re an elegantly simple idea, when it all comes down to it. Using dental adhesive, you affix a series of brackets to the teeth. Over (or through) those brackets, you run a metal wire, which produces the tension to straighten the teeth; the wire is then hooked on the endings of the brackets, ensuring that it stays in place. This system, adjusted periodically in order to ensure that it’s working and that the tension provided is changed as treatment dictates and proceeds, has been used all over the world to great success.
However, today there’s a new technology, Invisalign, invisible, hard plastic braces that are greatly improved over their venerated predecessor. Here’s four reasons to choose it over its competition, and reasons that you’ll be happy you did so.
A common issue with braces is the breaking of various parts. The wire providing the tension can snap. Older designs, the ones that incorporate rubber bands, can require constant upkeep in the home due to the snapping of rubber bands.
It isn’t hard to see why this is an issue. Most people don’t think about it, but the mouth is filthy and astonishingly caustic to outside materials. So are the things we put in it, thus why our teeth get cavities in the first place.
Thankfully, durability isn’t an issue for Invisalign, for the simple reason that the aligners simply aren’t in the mouth long enough to be dissolved and destroyed by the various fluids in the mouth.
2. Ease of Use
Braces are not easy to get around in your daily life. They make your day harder in general, because there’s metal mounted on your teeth in a way that you can fairly easily get your tongue caught in it slightly. Then there’s the fact that you’re going to be poking at that metal because it is so strange to feel it in your mouth. The braces are also going to make brushing your teeth harder, while at the same time proper brushing becomes all the more important to ensure that your teeth are healthy and that you’re not damaging your teeth while using braces.
Invisalign, on the other hand, is removable with no more effort than it takes to put on your socks, allowing you to maintain a dental health regimen with no hassle, as well as letting you eat without having to worry about getting something caught in the aligners.
Braces aren’t discreet. There’s no argument here, it’s basically a set of metal pieces that are easily seen from afar, and all seem to be designed with the idea of drawing attention to the imperfection in your smile.
Invisalign, on the other hand, is absolutely invisible, as the name would lead you to believe, and cannot be seen even from close at hand. They mesh seamlessly with the teeth, providing an almost entirely invisible way of fixing the teeth without drawing attention to current imperfections in the alignment.
Cost is a big worry for everyone. Luckily, on average, you’re only going to be paying five hundred dollars American more for Invisalign than you would for standard braces, which is a great deal when you consider every advantage Invisalign has to offer.
So, if you’re looking to straighten out a crooked smile, get a hold of your trustworthy family dentist and see what they can offer you to help. You won’t be disappointed with your new smile.