Having attractive teeth is essential in making a lasting impression. Studies show that around 29 percent of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is their teeth. If you have misaligned or crowded teeth, it takes a lot of confidence to wear a nice, welcoming smile. Your bite, which is key to proper digestion, as well as your gum health may also be affected.
The Fear of Metal Braces
Since the invention of metal braces, teeth misalignment can now be corrected. Braces consist of brackets and wires installed on the teeth and applied with twisting force to allow for adjustment. Many people, however, dread the idea of wearing braces for a number of reasons. For one, it’s doesn’t look super attractive. In fact, some wearers, particularly children, complain about being bullied because of their braces.
Depending on their structure in the mouth, braces may also affect the ability to eat and speak. You will also be prohibited from eating certain types of food, particularly the hard ones that the brackets cannot handle.
Brushing and flossing also pose a challenge. It is difficult to access concealed surfaces of the teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and periodontitis. Dentists usually recommend a special brush and toothpaste to provide the teeth with better protection against bacteria.
Invisalign Vs Braces
Invisalign was invented primarily to address the issues of metal braces. So is invisalign better than braces?
Unlike metal braces, this teeth aligner is made of a special type of plastic, which means it is more comfortable to wear. Invisalign is also removable; you can take it off before eating, which makes it easier to chew food and clean up after every meal. There are no dietary restrictions and brushing and flossing is not affected, allowing teeth to stay healthier.
Made almost transparent, Invisalign appears almost invisible on the teeth. In fact, it even gives the teeth a kind of glaze that makes the teeth look more appealing. Even if Invisalign is made of plastic, its strength is not to be underestimated. When installed properly, it can apply just as much pressure to the teeth as metal braces do.
With these benefits, Invisalign may cost a little bit higher than traditional braces. This will, however, depend on the condition of your teeth and insurance benefits. An in-depth consultation is necessary prior to installation during which your orthodontist will explain to you in detail how the treatment should go. An x-ray is required to have a full view of your oral cavity, which can help create an accurate customized treatment plan.
Of course, you can only make the most of your Invisalign if it’s installed by a certified dental professional who can offer you a number of specialized dental services.