Having straight teeth does not necessarily require becoming a “metal mouth.” Braces are indeed a tried and true method of straightening a crooked smile, but that doesn’t make them the ideal treatment for everyone. Some newer treatments have proven to be just as effective at improving your smile. Many patients can opt for a much better dental straightening experience with Invisalign®. Invisalign® has multiple benefits over braces and can give you the even, straight teeth you desire that will enhance your beautiful smile.

1. Appearance

Invisalign® trays are appropriately named because they are nearly invisible while they align or straighten your teeth. Unless someone is closely inspecting your smile, they may not even notice that you are wearing the transparent Invisalign® trays. Patients can see their smiles becoming visibly more aligned through the treatment process, with no brackets or wires in the way.

2. Dental Hygiene

Invisalign® trays are removed for brushing and flossing, making these practices easy to maintain during the treatment. In contrast, braces are difficult to clean around, which means that your oral hygiene may suffer over the course of your treatment. Because Invisalign® trays can be removed and you can brush and floss normally throughout the treatment, your dental hygiene will be better once your treatment is complete.

3. Diet

Braces put restrictions on your diet, and you must go without gum, hard candy, sticky foods, popcorn, nuts, etc. throughout the treatment. Other foods like seeds or leafy greens are fine to eat but can easily get stuck between the brackets, presenting an aesthetic concern that can also affect your meal choices. With Invisalign®, you simply remove the trays before you eat a meal. You can eat anything you want, and it will not affect your treatment.

4. Comfort

Braces with their brackets and wires can be uncomfortable, irritating, and downright painful. They can cut up your cheeks and leave impressions on the sensitive tissues inside the mouth. Invisalign® trays are a smooth, clear plastic that is completely comfortable and painless. The tooth straightening experience with Invisalign® is significantly more comfortable than with braces. At most, patients experience only minor discomfort when switching out the trays as they realign the teeth.

5. Convenience

Invisalign® is optimally convenient, especially for busy adults. Office visits are less frequent than with braces. You can easily remove the trays to eat, brush, and floss. You don’t have to worry about having a metallic smile for special occasions and photographs. The treatment is often faster as well (only 12 months for the average adult).
Invisalign® can straighten your teeth without making you endure the discomfort, pain, inconvenience, and poor appearance of braces. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Christine Chung to determine whether this teeth-straightening treatment is right for you. Call (551) 222-4493 or contact us online to book your appointment today.