If you are thinking about getting braces for yourself or your child, you have a lot of different options. You can choose traditional metal braces, clear braces, or invisible braces. Also called Invisalign, invisible braces offer a huge range of benefits.
The most popular reason people turn to Invisalign or other types of invisible braces is because they are discreet. In particular, this solution is ideal for adults and teens who feel self-conscious about having braces. You can see invisible braces, but they are significantly less noticeable than metal braces.
With Invisalign, the invisible braces are not attached to your teeth the same way that wire or ceramic braces are. Instead, this orthodontic solution is a set of trays or retainers. You can actually remove the aligners as needed.
To get the best results, you need to wear your invisible braces between 20 and 22 hours per day. However, if you need to take them out for a special occasion or family pictures, that is possible. Additionally, you can even take out your Invisalign trays if you are eating something sticky or gooey. With traditional braces, you need to avoid those treats completely or deal with them getting stuck around your braces.
Easier to Clean Your Teeth
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, it’s easier to clean your teeth. When it’s time to brush and floss, you can simply remove the aligners and brush and floss as usual. In contrast, brushing and flossing around metal braces is much more challenging. Unfortunately, food can even get stuck behind metal wires, potentially leading to increased risk of cavities.
Although the removable aspect is a benefit of invisible braces, this trait can be a detriment in some cases. In particular, if you are investing in orthodontics for a teen, you may worry that they will take out their aligners at school or when socializing with friends. To address this issue, many parents have their kids sign a contract, or they reward their kids for wearing their aligners as recommended by the orthodontist.
Reduced Risk of Scratches
Invisible braces are soft and gentle on the mouth. In contrast, with metal braces, the wires and brackets can rub against the inside of lips and cheeks. That can lead to uncomfortable scratches in the inside of the mouth. Additionally, some patients find the metal brackets themselves to be uncomfortable. You can address the discomfort with dental wax, but when you have invisible braces, you don’t have to worry about carrying wax, repairing broken wires, or discomfort in general.
Positive Impact on Long Term Dental Health
All orthodontic solutions including invisible braces offer a positive impact on your future dental health. When your teeth are crooked, that can lead to jaw pain, increased risks of cavities, a bite that doesn’t fit together, or other issues. Invisible braces help to reduce all of these risks. They also help you get straight teeth and a smile you can be confident about.
If you’re interested in learning more about invisible braces or other orthodontic solutions, contact us today. At BB Braces Braces, we treat kids, teens, and adults. We have multiple locations for your convenience, and we look forward to working with you.