If you’re dreaming of an enviably straight smile, you might be considering Invisalign. But how do these invisible braces work and what are the benefits of using them over traditional braces? At Dakota Dental, we’ve broken it down, so you can decide if this straightening alternative is the right choice for you and your teeth.
Why Does Having Straight Teeth Matter?
Besides flashing a sparkling smile, straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain when it comes to both brushing and flossing. The area between your teeth becomes more accessible, meaning plaque has fewer places to hide and cause problems.
An aligned mouth also contributes to how all of your teeth fit together, otherwise known as your bite. An improper bite can lead to teeth grinding/chipping and jaw tension. Jaw tension, in turn, can cause headaches, migraines, TMJ, and in some cases contribute to sleep apnea.
How Do Invisible Braces Work?
Invisible braces utilize the same principles as wire braces: they use an appropriate and strategic amount of force to align teeth into their optimal position. But instead of wires or brackets, Invisalign applies that force through clear, removable aligners. By changing the aligners every two weeks, you nudge your teeth gradually to their final position.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits Invisalign has to offer so you can decide if they’re the right choice for you:
They Are Discreet
Because Invisalign trays are clear, it’s hard to tell that you’re wearing them. This makes them an excellent option if you’re trying to straighten your teeth without people noticing or commenting on it.
They Are Removable
These trays can be removed at any time, so eating, drinking, brushing and flossing can go on as normal. The removable aspect is perfect when you have a special occasion coming up and you want to flash your smile braces-free.
They Don’t Impact Your Diet
One of the trickiest parts of traditional braces is the toll they can take on your diet. But with removable, invisible braces, you can continue to eat normally. Don’t forget to incorporate foods and drinks that are good for your oral health!
They Are Relatively Comfortable
Because of how Invisalign trays are designed, they fit smoothly around your teeth. This means no small cuts or irritations that are often associated with wire braces.
They Give You a Beautiful Smile
Most treatment plans last about 12-18 months. That’s not a long time to gain a smile that’ll boost your confidence wherever you go!
Investing in Straight Teeth
A set of straight teeth supports your oral hygiene and gives you confidence in your smile! When you’re looking to start your Invisalign journey, Dakota Dental is here to assist you! We are proud to be a certified Invisalign provider and can answer your questions about invisible braces. Contact us to learn more about investing in a straighter (and healthier) smile.