When you come to BB Braces Braces, we start with a consultation where we discuss the best orthodontic treatment for your needs. That might include metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign “braces”. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Here’s what you need to know about this option.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, removable, clear aligners that are designed to gently move your teeth into place. These aligners are replaced every few weeks to ensure that your teeth are straightened perfectly over time.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign aligners work to gradually shift your teeth into place. They achieve the same effect as metal braces, but unlike traditional braces, they don’t rely on the use of brackets and wires.
Invisalign aligners can straighten your teeth, fix issues with your bite, correct crowding, and address unwanted spaces between your teeth.
Who Can Get Invisalign?
Invisalign is available for adults and teenagers. It is sometimes utilized by patients who don’t require serious, complex orthodontic treatment. This option is particularly ideal for people who want a discreet alternative to metal braces.
Invisalign “braces” have an “invisible” appearance, making them far less noticeable than other orthodontic options!
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign for Teenagers?
Teens are often easily embarrassed and want to blend into the crowd. Thanks to its discreet nature, Invisalign lets this happen, and because of that many teens prefer this braces alternative. Additionally, patients only need to come in for adjustments once every six weeks, and that means missing less school than your teen might have to with appointments for traditional braces.
If your teen plays sports, you’ll also be happy to note that Invisalign is safer. Metal braces can scratch the inside of your teen’s mouth if they’re get tackled, are elbowed in the face, or collide with another player on the field or court. Metal braces can also get damaged in these situations. With Invisalign, your teen can take out the aligners while playing, and even if they leave in the aligners, the soft material isn’t likely to cause any injuries or issues.
In fact, teens are twice as likely to note an increase in self-confidence while using Invisalign as they are when using metal braces. If you want your teen to feel his or her best, this may be the right option for your family.
What’s the Blue Compliance Dot?
If you’re worried that your teen might not wear removable orthodontics, Invisalign has you covered. Every aligner comes with a blue compliance dot. This changes color when the aligner is being worn.
That makes it easy for you to make sure your teen is really wearing the aligners, but it also gives your teen a neat tool to check on their own progress.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign “braces” are designed for comfort. There’s no worry that metal brackets are going to scratch the inside of your mouth, and you don’t have to worry about carrying wax around with you.
Additionally, because the aligners are removable, patients can eat and drink whatever they want, and they can simply pop the aligners back into place after each meal or snack. However, it’s important to note that for Invisalign to be effective, you need to wear them as much as possible. With most patients, we recommend that you wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day.
Finally, in many cases, dentists use 3D imaging to create your Invisalign aligners. In some cases, the dentists may be able to use that same software to show you what your teeth are going to look like after the treatment. If you don’t like the feel of molding goo in your mouth, you may prefer the use of 3D imaging.
What Are the Health Benefits of Invisalign?
In addition to general benefits, Invisalign also offer benefits to your dental health. In particular, caring for your teeth with Invisalign is also simple. To brush or floss your teeth, simply remove the clear aligner, brush and floss as usual, and place the aligner back into place when you’re finished.
These features lead to less plaque build up, and that safeguards your teeth against cavities. In contrast with metal braces, it’s difficult to floss, and cavities may occur behind the wires or brackets.
In addition, if you need to get a filling while you have Invisalign, that’s also easier to navigate. Again, you can just take out the aligners for the procedure. Typically, with metal braces, a dentist can work around them so you may have to wait until you get the braces removed to get treatment. That can allow the cavities to get worse.
How Do Invisalign Aligners Compare to Metal Braces?
Invisalign and metal braces overlap in a couple of key ways. Both can address everything from simple aesthetic issues to complex orthodontic issues, and both are often covered by many insurance plans. However, that’s where the similarities end.
Invisalign offers a lot of features that metal braces simply don’t. That includes their nearly invisible style and an end to injuries from wires or brackets. It’s also easier to monitor your progress when you opt for Invisalign, and that makes it easier to stay focused on your orthodontic journey.
To find out if Invisalign “braces” are right for you or your family members, please call our team at (770) 651-0410 or fill out a short online form to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our nearby practices.
We have several offices conveniently located in the greater Atlanta area, including Acworth, Hiram, Covington, Marietta, Alpharetta, Suwanee, and McDonough, Georgia. We also offer a variety of financial options, including a 12-month, zero-down, zero-interest in-house financing plan for Invisalign!