When you first think about teeth straightening, you might picture someone smiling wide with a mouthful of metal braces. This is understandable as for years metal braces were the only option; but that isn’t the case anymore! Over the years we’ve seen a number of alternatives pop up, like ceramic and lingual braces, but today we’d like to talk about Invisalign braces.
Invisalign has been on the market for around 15 years but it seems like people still aren’t too familiar with them. Often referred to as the clear alternative to braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear removable plastic aligners to help straighten teeth over time. If you’re on the fence or would simply like to know more about Invisalign, here’s a list of some benefits Invisalign has over traditional braces.
One of the biggest drawbacks people think about with metal braces is how it’s going to affect their appearance. This is a non issue with Invisalign braces. Just like the name implies, their clear plastic construction will look invisible. If you want to get your teeth straightened without anyone knowing, Invisalign is exactly what you’re looking for.
No More Food Restrictions
If you’ve known anyone who has had traditional braces, you’ve probably heard about how inconvenient they are when it comes to food. Eating is tricky and there’s always that list of foods you shouldn’t be eating. The wonderful thing about Invisalign is that the braces can be removed for meal times allowing you to eat whatever you want with no restrictions.
It’s no secret that traditional braces can be difficult to clean. Brushing and flossing can be a pain as you have to take special care of every nook and cranny to avoid cavities and plaque build up. With Invisalign however, the cleaning process is simple. All you have to do is remove the aligner and brush and floss as you normally would without any obstacles.
Certain sports may have special restrictions for someone with metal braces. Inadvertently taking a hit in the mouth will not only hurt a lot but could seriously damage your braces as well. Invisalign braces eliminate that risk because the aligner can be removed before game time.
Similarly, if your child is involved with band, you won’t have to worry about invisalign making it difficult or uncomfortable to play. Not only is the Invisalign bracer less obstructive but it can also be removed at any time if need be.
A lot of people feel self conscious about getting braces but with Invisalign there’s no need! At West Seneca Orthodontist, we’re proud to be one of the few offices to offer Invisalign braces around Buffalo NY. If you’ve been considering teeth straightening for yourself or your child, give us call. Dr. Rand has over 14 years of experience installing Invisalign braces so you’ll be in the best of hands!