It can be maddening to be told to smile — especially if you’re in a grouchy, angry, or irritable mood.
However, there’s scientific evidence that the Pollyannas of the world are onto something. It turns out that the very act of smiling, even if it’s a fake grin, can play a trick on your brain and in turn boost your mood!
Of course, if you have teeth that are crooked or overlapping, you might not feel like smiling even when you’re genuinely feeling good. And people who have traditional metal braces covering their teeth definitely don’t want to show off their smile.
Read on to learn about the many benefits of Invisalign, and get ready to start grinning again!
The Invisalign Method
First, the basics. What is Invisalign?
Developed in 1997 by an adult orthodontics patient, Invisalign is a system used to straighten teeth. It uses a series of ultra-thin, clear, polymer trays, or aligners, that snap directly onto the teeth.
Over time, these aligners gently guide the teeth from their current position into a healthy, attractive alignment.
Today, some six million people around the world have used Invisalign to get a straighter, more beautiful smile.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
What’s so bad about traditional metal braces? After all, they’ve been straightening teeth for about 200 years now. There’s nothing technically “wrong” with this method of orthodontics, but many patients feel that Invisalign is a better option for them. Let’s look at the reasons why.
1. They Are (Almost) Invisible
As the name implies, Invisalign aligners are very difficult to detect. In most cases, they can’t be seen on a patient’s teeth without a good hard look — closer inspection than most of us give each other’s smiles.
Traditional metal braces, of course, are highly visible. The patient might as well be wearing a neon sign that says “My teeth are crooked.”
This advantage is particularly attractive to adult orthodontic patients. It can be embarrassing to walk around with a “metal mouth” as a grown-up, and Invisalign eliminates that stigma.
2. They Aren’t As Painful
People with metal braces have to go back to the orthodontist every few weeks for adjustments that can cause be quite painful. This pain can interfere with the patient’s ability to eat for a day or two after each adjustment, in fact.
Invisalign works more gently to realign crooked teeth. Most people who use clear aligner trays report mild discomfort at worst.
3. It’s Easier to Care for Your Teeth
There are all kinds of special dental tools and types of floss that can help metal braces, wearers, to keep their teeth clean. Even so, it’s difficult to remove all the plaque, food particles, and bacteria that can accumulate around the orthodontic hardware.
With Invisalign, you remove the trays from your teeth in order to clean both. That means you can brush and floss your teeth normally. It only takes a few minutes more to brush the tray itself, and you can use your regular brush and toothpaste to do so.
About once a week, you’ll want to give them a thorough cleaning with denture cleaner to prevent discoloration and odor from bacteria.
4. Eat and Drink Anything You Want
When an individual gets braces, he or she is consigned to a couple of years’ worth of food-related FOMO. No more apples, corn on the cob, caramels, steak, or anything else that is hard and crunchy or soft and sticky.
Naturally, this is a small sacrifice to make for a healthy mouth and straight, even teeth. But if you don’t have to make the sacrifice, why would you?
Invisalign patients remove their trays to eat or drink. That means they can eat or drink anything, with no restrictions.
The professionals at Moody Orthodontics say that this is one aspect of Invisalign that their patients really appreciate.
5. You Could See Results Soon
On average, Invisalign treatment takes a total of 12 to 18 months. That’s comparable to metal braces, and in many cases, it’s a much shorter duration.
Not only will you spend less time overall in treatment, but there’s also a good chance you’ll see results pretty quickly. It might only be a few weeks before your teeth start to look straighter!
Most patients will return to their cosmetic dentist every one to two weeks to be fitted with a new tray.
How quickly you graduate to new aligners will depend on several factors, including the extent of your malocclusion (a fancy term for crooked teeth). The frequent appointments will also enable your provider to check up on your progress and make any necessary changes to the treatment plan.
What Else Is There To Know About Invisalign?
One of the most frequently asked questions about the Invisalign process has to do with its cost. With so many advantages to this method, potential patients often assume that it’s an expensive alternative.
That’s not necessarily the case, however. Often, the aligner trays are no more expensive than traditional orthodontic treatment using metal braces.
Moreover, Invisalign patients almost always report that any additional cost is well worth the ease and convenience of the method — not to mention the gorgeous results they get!
Other prospective Invisalign users ask if the trays can be removed for special occasions, such as a prom, a wedding, or a portrait photography session. Although they are virtually invisible, sometimes patients feel more confident without the trays in situations when all eyes are on them and photos are being taken.
And the answer is yes!
For best results, patients should wear their aligners for 20-22 hours per day, including while they sleep. The trays are only removed when eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing.
However, leaving them out for a few hours every once in a while won’t do any lasting damage.
Final Thoughts About the Advantages of Invisalign
Why subject yourself to the ordeal of wearing painful, unsightly metal braces, when you can achieve the same results painlessly and easily using Invisalign? The benefits of Invisalign are as clear as the aligner trays themselves!
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