The American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children visit the orthodontist by the age of seven. This way, an orthodontist can examine the child for misaligned teeth and treat malocclusion early.
Does your child need braces? Are you interested in braces for yourself? Have you considered the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners?
Invisalign aligners are a convenient and inconspicuous way to straighten your teeth. Keep reading to learn all about Invisalign and whether it is the right choice for you.
How Invisalign Works
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are a type of clear aligners that are made out of plastic.
Custom aligners are made to fit your teeth. You wear the aligners every day—about 20 to 22 hours a day. The aligners work by using pressure to slowly move your teeth.
You change your set of aligners about once every week. Here are some of the advantages of wearing clear aligners.
Better Oral Health
Straightening your teeth is not just for aesthetic reasons. Malocclusion, or teeth misalignment, can cause oral health problems as well.
Teeth misalignment or crooked teeth can make it harder for you to properly floss or brush your teeth. It can be hard to get into spaces when your teeth are crooked. This can result in an increased risk of cavities which leads to gum disease.
Teeth misalignment can also result in chewing problems which can lead to digestion issues. Crooked teeth can also cause speech problems.
Teeth misalignment also results in excess wear on your jaw muscles, your teeth, and your gums.
They Are Clear
Although today’s metal braces are less bulky than they were before, they are still very visible when you smile. One major advantage of Invisalign is that they are nearly invisible when you’re wearing them.
Many people avoid the idea of braces because they are self-conscious about how they will look with metal braces. Some people who wear braces may try not to smile because of how uncomfortable they feel.
Clear aligners are barely noticeable, and you’ll be more comfortable smiling for pictures and in social situations.
They Are Removable
Clear aligners are convenient because they are removable. This makes it easier to clean your teeth because you can properly floss and brush.
You also remove the aligners when you eat, so you don’t have to worry about getting food on your aligners or staining them.
Also, with braces, there are some foods that you shouldn’t eat. You don’t have these limitations with clear aligners.
Clear aligners can be more comfortable than traditional metal braces because they are customized to fit your teeth. Also, you won’t have to go to the orthodontist to tighten your braces. All you have to do at home is pop in a new set.
However, although you won’t need to go get them tightened like braces, you still need to go to the orthodontist regularly to check the progress of the treatment.
Also, when you wear your aligners for the first time, there is an adjustment period. Your mouth may be sore, and you may have to get used to speaking with the aligners. You also might feel a little sore when you wear a new set.
You’ll Get Straight Teeth
Do you feel uncomfortable with how your teeth look? With an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, you can get the smile of your dreams. You can gain more confidence with your smile and in social situations.
Considerations With Invisalign Clear Aligners
Although Invisalign has its advantages, they are not the right orthodontic treatment for everyone. Here are some considerations to think about.
You Have to Be Responsible
There is a lot of responsibility when it comes to wearing clear aligners. You have to take care of your set and make sure to change your set as recommended by your orthodontist.
You also have to remember to put your aligners back in after you’re finished eating. What’s more, you may be tempted to remove them for a special night out. However, constant removal can impede treatment and you’ll end up wearing them for longer.
What’s more, you have to be careful not to lose your set when you remove them while eating or when not at home.
You Have to Keep Them Clean
Another consideration is that you have to keep your aligners clean and stored properly. You should clean them nightly to avoid bacteria buildup.
After you eat, you should brush and floss your teeth before putting the aligners back on.
When you do clean them, you should be careful not to clean them with hot water because it can change the shape of the aligners.
You Need to Wear Them Most of the Time
You do need to wear your aligners most of the time, including while you sleep. If you think your child might forget to wear them or put them back on after meals, then you may consider regular braces instead.
Is Invisalign Right For Me?
When it comes to the choice between traditional braces versus clear aligners, the answer depends. Both options are great choices for straightening your teeth.
However, Invisalign might be a better option for an adult or older teenager who will take care of their aligners and not lose them. They will also have to make sure they are wearing their aligners for the recommended amount of time.
Make an Appointment to Learn More About Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are a convenient way to fix misaligned teeth. Wondering if it’s the right choice for you? Consult with your orthodontist about the best treatment option for you.
To learn more about Invisalign, contact us today to make an appointment.