The Many Benefits of Invisalign® Treatment
posted January 23, 2022
If you’ve been discussing beginning Invisalign treatment with your dentist then you’re likely aware of everything they can accomplish like straightening teeth, having an easy cleaning routine, being virtually invisible, and feeling more comfortable than traditional braces. However, it’s important to know the benefits that come along with each of those accomplishments. While improving your self-esteem is something your dentist definitely wants to help you achieve, having straight teeth can also be very important to your overall health and wellbeing. We’ll go into more detail below.
Orthodontic treatment is an effective solution to helping patients achieve better dental health whether it’s with traditional braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign aligners. While each option is a great one, in this day and age, many young adults and older adults alike are more prone to opt for Invisalign aligners mainly because of the fact that they are invisible aligners so they’re completely clear and because they’re removable, allowing them to smile confidently even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. But we’re going to dive deeper into the benefits of Invisalign aligners and why they’re one of the more popular orthodontics.
Did you know that having misaligned teeth or gaps in your teeth can cause even more dental issues? Patients with crooked teeth are more likely to experience tooth decay and gum disease because it’s harder to clean/floss between the teeth properly. And, with gaps, your teeth are more likely to shift and cause overcrowding issues which can also result in tooth decay or even jawbone loss. Straightening teeth is a good first step in preventing future dental problems. While this can also be accomplished with regular braces, patients like having the option of straightening teeth in an inconspicuous way.
Each set of invisible aligners is custom-made per patient after molds are taken of their teeth and sent to a lab to create using advanced technology. When they’re shipped back to your dentist, they’ll make sure they fit properly and comfortably. Like you would with traditional braces, you’ll have to make return visits to your dentist every couple of weeks to have them fitted again as your teeth start to shift and move into their desired positions. This means you’ll get a new set of custom-made aligners each time to accommodate the positive changes happening.
With traditional braces that come with metal brackets and wires, it can be hard to eat certain things, specifically crunchy or hard foods like apples, candy, corn on the cob or popcorn. Plus, your dentist will warn you that if you bite down too hard, you may damage a bracket or wire. But with removable aligners that need to be worn for 20-22 hours of the day, this leaves you with free hours to remove them while you eat and clean your teeth, meaning there are no food restrictions! You won’t experience any bite issues or worry about crunchy foods damaging your wires. Simply remove your aligners when it’s time to eat, remember to clean your teeth afterwards, and then put them back in.
Having a healthy and clean mouth with Invisalign aligners is much easier to accomplish than with metal braces mainly because they are removable. As mentioned, they should be worn for 20-22 hours of the day, therefore, you can take them out when eating and brushing and flossing. You won’t have to worry about cleaning around brackets or flossing around wires. Remove your aligners, brush and floss as you normally would, make sure to clean your aligners are clean before putting them back in your mouth, and that’s it!
Metal braces sometimes have a tendency to poke patients’ gums, tongue and cheeks making them uncomfortable and even leaving lasting scars. Because Invisalign aligners are made from comfortable and flexible medical grade plastic that is custom-fitted, you don’t have to worry about this. Another thing patients may experience once they get their braces taken off is staining on the front surface of the tooth from the metal brackets. This is another thing you don’t have to worry about after completing Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign treatment can be one of the quickest teeth straightening options available. In fact, it’s been known to work in half the time as traditional braces (depending on each patient’s case). This means fewer visits to the dentist and more time spent admiring your beautiful smile. Typically, other braces are worn for two or more years whereas Invisalign aligners are worn for one year. But again, it will depend on the dental issues each patient has as well as their smile goals.
Many people think that if they opt for Invisalign treatment, it won’t be covered by their dental insurance. In most cases, this isn’t true. Many insurance companies will cover this type of treatment as they would typical braces as it’s seen as a regular form of orthodontic treatment, especially in recent years. Depending on the type of coverage you have, either a portion of the treatment will be paid as a percentage or dollar amount, but some companies will also offer full coverage.
One of the top benefits of Invisalign aligners is the fact that it leaves the patient with beautifully straight teeth that will allow them to smile with confidence and boost their self-esteem. After all, your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so it’s only natural for you to want to impress them right away. Even when you’re in the middle of your Invisalign treatment, they’re almost completely invisible, therefore, when you smile, most people will not notice that you’re wearing aligners in the first place unlike with metal brackets and wires. This is another reason it’s such a popular treatment option amongst adults/working professionals.
You no longer have to worry about feeling self-conscious because you have a mouth full of metal, because you have gaps in your teeth, or you have crowded teeth. Invisalign clear aligners can correct dental issues and prevent you from experiencing gum disease (if you also clean your teeth correctly) to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for the rest of your life. Teens and adults alike have been opting for this orthodontic treatment because of the benefits they can experience during and after treatment.
If Invisalign clear aligners are something you’re interested in, let’s discuss your options today at our Hamilton dental office. We can help you straighten your teeth and have a beautiful and healthy mouth through every stage of your life. We also offer other orthodontics such as braces, night guards and sports guards. Call us today to discuss more.