Invisalign, “the clear alternative to braces,” is a convenient modern solution to straightening your teeth. Straight teeth not only boost your confidence by improving your appearance, but they also improve chewing ability and are easier to care for. Metal braces were the only choice for more than a century, but today Invisalign offers a better way. Here are 4 benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces.
1. 3-D Modeling
Traditional braces involve a great deal of treatment planning, but you will be unable to see exactly what to expect. With Invisalign, we will create a digital 3-D model of your current smile, and then morph it to show you what your smile will look like at each phase including the results. In addition, digital planning lets us precisely choose how to shift each individual tooth.
2. Lifestyle Considerations
Traditional braces require numerous sacrifices. You will have a mouthful of metal from the time your braces are placed until they are removed. You may experience mouth and tongue soreness from the metal brackets and wires, and you will be unable to eat certain foods such as popcorn and apples.
Invisalign uses smooth, clear, comfortable, medical grade aligners with no sharp edges. They are nearly invisible, meaning that no one needs to know about your treatment. They can also be removed, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods.
3. Improved Oral Health
Traditional braces can scrape and demineralize your teeth, putting them at risk for future problems. They are also difficult to clean around. Invisalign aligners are gentle on teeth. Since they can be removed, you can brush and floss your teeth as normal.
4. Treatment Process
While metal braces are solely under your dentist’s control, Invisalign puts you in charge. We will place attachments on your teeth and show you how to insert and remove the aligners. We will also see you for progress monitoring once every four to six weeks. Beyond that, you are in control. You will wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, as instructed, and change to the next set at home every two weeks, or as directed.
Invisalign used to be more expensive than braces, but this is changing rapidly. Upgrades such as colored metal add to the cost of braces, as do all adjustments and emergency appointments. Invisalign uses a transparent, all-inclusive pricing model with no hidden fees, and more and more insurance companies now cover Invisalign.