6 Reasons to Choose Invisalign Instead of Braces

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Some people aren't aware of the new alternative to braces for getting perfectly straight teeth. Invisalign is a cutting-edge technology that uses clear aligners to fix crowding, bite imperfections, and 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 hard to reach places, which can lead to poor dental hygiene if not taken care of. On the other hand, 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.

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 suggestion and end up damaging their brackets or wires. Because Invisalign aligners can easily be taken off your teeth, you're allowed to eat whatever foods you'd like without having to worry about damaging your aligners.

3. More Comfortable

Although any new appliance placed in your mouth may take some time to get used to, Invisalign aligners are typically more comfortable than braces because there are no sharp edges from brackets that can potentially irritate your cheeks. Also, you don't have to get Invisalign tightened by your orthodontist. Instead, you are given multiple sets of aligners that you change every two weeks. Each aligner is slightly adjusted from the one previous, and you may feel a minor tightness that lasts only a day or two after you put in a new set of aligners.

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 unattractive. Invisalign aligners are made out of clear plastic, so they're hardly noticeable when you smile.

5. Fewer Trips to the Orthodontist

Braces require patients to visit the orthodontist to get their wires tightened, while patients with Invisalign are given multiple sets of aligners they can change out on their own. Invisalign patients still have routine orthodontist appointments to see how things are moving along, but they usually aren't as often as a tightening appointment for braces 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 only a small chance you'll experience teeth discoloration from braces, you can avoid it altogether by going with Invisalign instead. The aligners are not mounted to your teeth, so it's very easy to thoroughly clean all of your teeth.

While there are many benefits of getting Invisalign instead of braces, braces also have many advantages and have a wider range of problems they can fix. If you are interest in our Invisalign services or any of our other orthodontics services, contact our Grand Rapids orthodontists at (616) 455-4800 for further information and to find out if Invisalign aligners may be the best choice for you.