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6 Reasons to Choose Invisalign Instead of Braces

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Did you know braces aren’t your only option when it comes to getting perfectly straight teeth? Invisalign is a cutting-edge technology that uses clear aligners to fix:

  • Crowding
  • Bite imperfections
  • Spacing issues

If you’re considering getting braces, check out these six reasons why you may want to choose Invisalign instead.

1. Easier to Clean

When you have braces, sometimes it can be difficult to give your teeth a good cleaning. Food gets stuck in areas that are hard to reach, which can lead to poor dental hygiene if not properly cleaned. 

But Invisalign aligners are easy to pop out and clean. You won’t have to worry about flossing or brushing in between brackets and wires because Invisalign are completely removable. Being able to brush and floss like normal can go a long way in protecting your oral health over time.

2. No Food Restrictions

Orthodontists tell their patients not to eat certain foods or chew gum after they get their braces put on. Unfortunately, some patients ignore this and end up damaging their brackets or wires.

If you choose Invisalign, you won’t have to deal with any food restrictions. You can easily take Invisalign aligners off of your teeth, allowing you to eat whatever you want without damaging them.

3. More Comfortable

Any new appliance in your mouth may take some time to get used to. However, Invisalign aligners are typically more comfortable than braces for two main reasons:

  • No Sharp Edges: Brackets come with sharp edges that can potentially irritate your cheeks. Invisalign edges are smooth.
  • No Tightening: Braces need to be tightened by your orthodontist. With Invisalign, you’re simply giving multiple sets of aligners that you change every two weeks. Each aligner is slightly adjusted from the previous one. You may feel a minor tightness when you put in a new set of aligners, but it shouldn’t last more than a day or two.

4. Virtually Invisible

One of the most common complaints people have about traditional braces is that they’re unattractive. Everyone notices your smile, so you may not want braces to cover it up. Thankfully, Invisalign can offer the same results as braces without being so noticeable. Invisalign aligners are made out of clear plastic, so they’re practically invisible when you smile.

5. Fewer Trips to the Orthodontist

Braces require patients to visit the orthodontist multiple times to get their wires tightened. On the other hand, patients with Invisalign are given multiple sets of aligners that they can simply change out on their own. 

Although Invisalign patients still have routine orthodontist appointments to check on their progress, they usually aren’t as often as tightening appointments for braces, which are typically every 4–8 weeks.

6. No Discoloration

Some patients with braces experience slight discoloration of their teeth in the spots the brackets were in. This typically only occurs if the patient consumes a lot of sugar or other staining foods. Although there’s a small chance you’ll experience teeth discoloration from braces, you can avoid it altogether with Invisalign instead. The aligners are not mounted to your teeth, so it’s easy to clean all of your teeth thoroughly.

Interested in Invisalign? Schedule an Appointment Today

Braces aren’t all bad — they have their own advantages and can fix a wider range of problems. But there are clear benefits to getting Invisalign instead of braces as well. If you are interested in getting Invisalign or any of our other orthodontics services, call our Grand Rapids, MI, orthodontists at (616) 455-4800, or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.

This blog post has been updated.