Invisalign has become very popular in recent years. If you’ve heard of it, you might be wondering why you would use it rather than braces. Does it actually work? If you haven’t heard of it, you may be wondering what it even does!
Let’s run you through the basics of what you need to know.
First of all, what is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional track braces, which uses clear, removable aligner trays. These gently and comfortably push your teeth into their optimum position so you can smile with confidence.
At South Anchorage Dental Center, we offer a Dental Savings Plan, which could save you as much as 20% on the cost of your treatment. Learn more about that here, or keep reading to find out more about Invisalign.
1. Invisalign Works for Most Teeth Alignment Issues
Invisalign works for the most common issues that people have, including those that can lead to a lot of self-consciousness – for example, overbite, underbite, gap teeth, crowded teeth, and more.
A really cool thing about it is it isn’t limited to adults and teenagers. Invisalign can also be used for younger children, aged 6-10, to make sure that their adult teeth grow-in correctly. This works by making sure there is sufficient space for new teeth, to prevent complications later.
2. Invisalign is Almost Invisible in Your Mouth
This is a great relief to many people! Unlike traditional wire braces, which can be unsightly and uncomfortable, Invisalign is clear. We recommend that people wear their aligners for 20-22 hours a day, but because they’re almost invisible, you can smile confidently and feel good.
There are a lot of benefits. The fact that people might not notice you’re wearing them is obviously a big plus, but with Invisalign you can also continue playing all the sports you love and enjoy fewer emergency visits as there are no brackets and wires to accidentally break.
3. Invisalign is Comfortable to Wear
Another great advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces is the level of comfort. Wire braces are fixed to your teeth and have metal brackets and wires that require periodic adjustments, but Invisalign is much more comfortable and the aligners can easily be removed and swapped.
Invisalign is a smooth plastic product, which makes it much easier on the inside of your mouth and gums than metal braces (just ask any students who play in the school band). Invisalign also doesn’t require you to avoid certain foods – for example, apples are super tough to eat with traditional braces – so you can live normally while you’re wearing them.
4. You Actually Get Faster Results with Invisalign
One of the major advantages with Invisalign is speed. Although it exerts a lighter pressure on your teeth than metal braces do, it actually works faster. Depending on your needs, it’s possible to complete your treatment in as little as six months. You’ll see progress in a matter of weeks.
For those that have experience of wearing metal braces, or know someone who has, this sounds much better than the years they can take to align your teeth!
5. Invisalign Improves Your Dental Health
Properly aligned teeth are not just a cosmetic enhancement. Having gaps in your teeth, or crooked teeth, can lead to more opportunities for food getting stuck between them. This can make it much harder to remove that food, which of course leads to a greater chance of tooth decay.
Invisalign is actually of double benefit here. Not only does it realign your teeth and enhance your smile, but by removing those gaps, it’s a lot easier to keep your teeth clean. This will significantly improve your dental health, protecting that smile for many years to come.
If you’re convinced by the benefits of Invisalign, and want to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child, you can contact us here.