Malocclusion is a common reason people go to an orthodontist; mild occlusion may not require treatment, but moderate to severe malocclusion needs treatment. If you want to improve your smile, you may be happy to know that metal braces are not the only option. Dr. Susan Liebman Brooklyn uses Invisalign to straighten your teeth without using metal braces. If you have been putting off treatment for years or exploring orthodontic treatment for your teenager, below are reasons you should consider Invisalign.
Metal braces usually require some getting used to. The discomfort from new wires and brackets placed on your teeth is part of the process and something that just everyone experiences. Just after getting the braces, your teeth may feel sore. The metal brackets can also scratch the inside of your cheeks, causing wounds that take long to heal. Invisalign removes brackets and wires from the equation, reducing or eliminating the discomfort of metal braces.
Require fewer dental visits
A lot of manual work and maintenance is necessary with metal braces; for example, you may need frequent checkups and repairs to change wires, bond the brackets, connect strings, and place rubber bands. These procedures are time-consuming and may get in your daily schedule. However, with Invisalign, much of the work is done before getting the aligners. Your orthodontist gives you custom-made trays of clear aligners that you can wear at home. You do not need frequent visits for repairs or adjustments.
The aesthetic factor is one of the top reasons why Invisalign aligners are more popular. Unlike metal braces which are noticeable even from a distance, Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic, making them less noticeable. With Invisalign aligners, you do not have to worry about everyone commenting on your new braces or your colleagues knowing you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. These clear aligners are an excellent choice for teenagers, adults, and celebrities who are always in the spotlight.
No Food or dietary restrictions
When you have metal braces, you may need to avoid crunchy, sticky, and chewy foods such as candy, beef jerky, popcorn, and gum. These foods can loosen brackets and wires, causing delays in treatment. Other items and habits that can break the appliances in your mouth include toothpicks, nail-biting, and pen-chewing. Your diet may be restricted to mashed potatoes, soups, soft vegetables, dairy products, soft bread, and casseroles. But with Invisalign, you can enjoy your favorite foods by removing the aligners before eating.
Easier brushing and flossing
When undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is essential to observe oral hygiene practices, including flossing and brushing. Although brushing and flossing your teeth with braces is not impossible, it can be challenging. Removing the trapped foods from wires and brackets can be taxing, and failure to do so puts you at risk of cavities, swollen gums, and permanent white scars on your teeth. But with Invisalign, you can brush and floss your teeth as before since the aligners are removable.
Book an appointment with your orthodontist at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics to establish your eligibility for Invisalign aligners.