Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve used your hands to hide a laugh, or just felt self-conscious or embarrassed because of your crooked teeth? You might be surprised to learn that over 4 million people (including adults, in the U.S. alone) seek out orthodontic services every year for these very reasons.
If you’ve reached a point in your life when showing off an attractive, confident smile could mean a bigger paycheck, better social opportunities, and improved self-esteem, then it may be time to explore Invisalign aligners for straightening your crooked teeth or fixing your bite. Read on learn about the 10 proven reasons why clear aligners are outperforming traditional metal braces for the majority of orthodontic patients.
Invisalign for a Beautiful Smile
The Invisalign product is both a revolutionary treatment and a surprisingly simple concept that was developed by an adult orthodontic patient. The inventor found that clear aligners would work in similar ways to oral retainers to better position the teeth and effectively treat minor dental issues.
Patients who subsequently tried clear aligners soon found that they were much more convenient and discreet than traditional braces. There were far fewer office visits, the Invisalign apparatus/treatment was virtually invisible on the teeth, and the aligners could be easily removed to enjoy foods that were previously off-limits to patients with traditional metal braces.
Just a decade ago, if you wanted a Hollywood-perfect smile, it required two things: a lot of time, and just as much money. Today, a product that costs less than half of what metal braces will set you back is not only readily available, it is becoming the gold standard. Invisalign is discreet, practical, and incredibly affordable, with low monthly payments to fit comfortably into all budgets. Advantages of clear aligners over metal braces include:
- Fast Cosmetic Results
- Flexible Treatment Options
- Easy Cleaning/Oral Care
- Results Easy to Maintain
- Professional Treatment Plan
- Improves Self-Confidence
- Free Online Assessment Tools
According to the Mayo Clinic, the clear disadvantages of metal braces can affect children, teens, and adults, (adults routinely wear metal braces for far longer than teens because their facial bones are already fully developed and set), while also frequently resulting in advanced tooth decay regardless of the patient’s age, due to the braces getting in the way of practicing routine oral care.
Gum disease is an all too common consequence of life after metal braces. According to The American Dental Association, there are a number of foods to avoid that quickly cause plaque build-up around braces, damaging and permanently discoloring teeth.
Stunning, Safe, Cosmetic Results
Invisalign clear aligners offer patients fast cosmetic results in just months, versus years of wearing metal braces. Clear aligners are popular among adults who want a less obvious treatment option than blaring silver metal brackets. Custom-fit aligners are able to transform a smile faster because they put more pressure on the teeth as a whole, while traditional braces re-position each tooth one at a time.
Invisalign is absolutely the best solution for patients who require flexible treatment options since the aligners can be removed to freely eat and drink for up to 4 hours a day. The aligners also come with the affordability of monthly payments. The fact that Invisalign is FDA-approved gives patients all the more reassurance and reason to smile.
Practical, Enjoyable Orthodontic Care
With traditional metal braces, patients have their work cut out for them when it comes to oral care. Food easily becomes trapped between the teeth and gum line during treatment with metal braces. If teeth are not consistently irrigated, brushed, and flossed, receding gums can quickly become an issue. Half of American adults have gum disease, even without the added risk factor of metal braces.
Achieving an attractive, straight smile is more important to your health than you may think. While straight teeth look great, they are also necessary to provide adequate chewing surfaces, reduce tooth decay and gum damage, and even improve airflow or related jaw issues. Appearance also coincides with mental health, and physical health follows close behind. Heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems are often linked to poor oral health.
When metal braces are finally removed, patients are sometimes unaware that the teeth can move right back into their previous crooked position if they don’t wear a retainer as directed. Invisalign’s professional treatment plans take this problem into consideration and continue to support patients post-treatment by giving them access to clear retainers designed to keep their new smile looking beautiful.
Getting Started with Invisalign
To get started, patients can explore convenient online assessment tools and get access to the latest reports about Invisalign’s clear aligner technology at the AAO, American Academy of Orthodontics. Good candidates for Invisalign treatments include teens and adults who want to fix crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth, and are willing to follow the treatment plan as directed.
Dr. John Paul Gallardo, DDS, PA, is an experienced, dedicated dentist who, for 25 years, has continued to bring his patients the most comfortable, attractive dental treatments available. Beautiful, long-term results through revolutionary technology is what makes his Florida practice a smart choice when it comes to designing your new smile. Call 305-547-8687 today to schedule an appointment at our Miami office to discuss Invisalign or other oral health topics.