In the past, braces were made of metal brackets and wires that would be placed on the teeth to gradually straighten them. Today, there are other options available like ceramic braces and lingual braces. Ceramic braces use a different material than traditional braces making them less visible while lingual braces are the same as metal braces except that the brackets and wires are placed behind the teeth. As you can see, these newer forms of braces were created in an attempt to hide the metal brackets of traditional braces. And then there is Invisalign. Invisalign is a form of clear-aligner treatment that uses transparent braces or trays made of plastic.
If you want straight teeth and are weighing your options, here are a few reasons Invisalign is a great choice:
The first benefit of Invisalign is appearance. Unlike other types of braces, Invisalign is almost invisible! There is no need to feel embarrassed about braces anymore. As a bonus, there are no wires and brackets for food to get stuck in. However, you’ll still be obsessed about keeping your teeth clean prior to putting in your trays so you can feel fresh and keep your teeth healthy.
Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable and if you want to remove them to eat or drink, you can easily do so. On the other hand, once your dentist attaches braces to your teeth, they must remain until it is time to have them professionally removed.
You will find that the sharp, protruding bits of metal and wires on conventional braces can scratch or puncture the inside of the mouth or gums. Also, since braces are bulkier than Invisalign attachments, once they’re put in place they can demineralize teeth and in some cases start the decay process. Invisalign aligners do use small nubs or attachments in order for the trays to engage teeth however they do not have sharp edges or large protruding pieces as traditional braces do.
4. Oral hygiene
Traditional braces can easily get pieces of food trapped in the brackets and wires. The brackets and wires also make it difficult for you to practice proper oral care. For example, the wires force you to thread floss underneath them, often making it very hard to clean the contacts that are present between teeth. These contacts also happen to be one of the most common areas for decay to form. This means the bits of food may remain trapped in your teeth for long periods! If this happens, you are at great risk for developing cavities. It will be difficult to have cavities filled while still wearing braces which might cause you to need serious dental work after braces. Since Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for brushing and flossing, it will be easier for you to care for your teeth and have fewer problems once treatment is completed.
5. Invisalign expectations
The entire process of assessing a patient for Invisalign is computerized. This means no messy moulds of your teeth, only a simple scan that takes just a few minutes. Your dentist is then able to tell you exactly how long you will need to wear the clear aligners to get straight teeth. In some cases, you will require a second phase of treatment to get the results you and your dentist are looking for. The nice thing about Invisalign is that phase two is almost always covered in your initial fee.
6. Duration of treatment
Invisalign can work wonders in a year to a year and a half. In addition, if you have a big event to attend you can always leave the trays out as the attachments are all tooth coloured. This gives you flexibility during the duration of treatment and makes the experience of Invisalign much more enjoyable than traditional braces.
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Invisalign payments are usually split up over the duration of treatment. However, there is no doubt that this treatment is worth the investment. Bring confidence back to yourself with a new smile facilitated by Invisalign!
If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist in North Vancouver who offers Invisalign treatment, contact us at Peak Dental Arts.
At Peak Dental Arts, we provide a range of general and cosmetic dental procedures in a calm, educational and professional environment. We deliver quality comprehensive dental care, looking at the mouth as a whole to give our patient’s teeth the best chance for lasting a lifetime.
So, what are you waiting for? Call us today to schedule an appointment and let us help you achieve a beautiful smile.