There are a myriad of great reasons to ask about Invisalign. It’s a great step forward in orthodontic treatments, and in the future, I suspect it will become more and more popular, hopefully replacing standard metal braces as the most common form of tooth-correcting implement. Anyway, let’s get to the list!
1. Unlike standard metal braces, Invisalign aligners won’t interfere with your ability to clean your teeth.
One of the main draws of standard metal braces is the fact that they’re affixed to your teeth, semi-permanently. It’s basically a huge part of what braces are. Braces are metal (most commonly stainless steel, but there are many different alloys, mostly made from steel, gold, or titanium) or ceramic brackets, affixed to the teeth with dental adhesives. Over (or, as is common in newer variants, through) the brackets is run a stainless steel wire, which provides the tension to slowly realign the teeth, which is then held to the bracket with the use of rubber bands.
Affixing all these devices to the teeth makes it very hard to brush and floss them effectively. This leads to something of a catch twenty-two, as leaving debris from food and other things that wind up in the mouth can cause corrosion of the metals or ceramics in the mouth, leading to issues like having to replace the orthodontic appliances or having cavities form in the mouth.
On the other hand, Invisalign’s custom-made invisible braces aren’t affixed with anything except pressure. Therefore, when you need to eat and brush and floss your teeth, you can remove them, and then replace them when your dental health regimen is completed.
2. They have the advantage when it comes to durability
Those stainless steel braces and the stainless steel wire running through them will be exposed to the corrosive impact of your mouth for months on end, if not more than a year. During this time, they’re going to be slowly corroding, even if you manage to take immaculate care of them. If you don’t take perfect care of them, well, that’s when things can get complicated. Due to the corrosion, the stainless steel wire can snap, the brackets can fall apart, in some rare cases the dental adhesive holding them there can be worn away. Of course, the teeth under the braces can also still develop cavities through imperfect dental hygiene.
On the other hand, Invisalign discreet adult braces aren’t made of metal, but rather are made of hard plastics. Unlike the permanently affixed braces, you will swap out your Invisalign aligners throughout the treatment process, wearing each one for 20 to 22 hours a day, for two weeks per aligner. These plastic aligners won’t be in your mouth long enough to deteriorate from the toxic and caustic influence of the enzymes in your mouth. To top it all off, because you can remove it while you’re eating, they’re spared the damage that anything exposed to food and the grinding and chomping motion of the mouth will cause.
3. Similar levels of affordability
Standard braces are among the most affordable answers to the age-old question of how to fix a crooked smile. This is because they’re fairly old technology. The price of braces, however, is open to going up, especially if you have various metal allergies that require more and more expensive metals and alloys, like titanium or gold, or if you opt to go for a more discreet material like white ceramics. As with many treatments, it’s covered by dental insurance (if you’re lucky enough to have it).
On the other hand, Invisalign is slightly more expensive, although still in the same realm of affordability. We’re not making a price comparison between a chicken breast and a pound of filet mignon, more like a price comparison between a pound of filet mignon and a cowboy rib eye (in this metaphor, the filet mignon is Invisalign, just so we’re clear). The price is slightly higher, but not overwhelmingly so, and certainly not so much higher that it isn’t worth paying that bit extra for the increase in comfort, ease, and discreet adult braces.
So, if you’re looking to make an improvement to a somewhat crooked smile, visit your local professional orthodontists and ask them about your options. Ask if, perhaps, Invisalign might be right for you at this important juncture in the health of your teeth and smile. It isn’t the right answer for everyone, but for many people, it can be a useful option that may well be greatly preferable to more conventional methods of tooth-alignment correction.