If your smile suffers as the result of crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, it can have a negative impact on not only your oral health, but your self-esteem as well. As a Portland Invisalign dentist, Dr. Beck knows firsthand just how much a healthy, great looking smile can mean for a patient. Unfortunately, many adults put off undergoing orthodontic treatment due to the negative stigma they believe comes from wearing braces.
Many of us still remember the taunts of “metal mouth” directed at kids wearing braces during our childhoods. As a result, too many adults are willing to neglect receiving the kind of orthodontic care that will help to improve the long-term health and appearance of their smiles. Fortunately, Invisalign offers an answer.
Unlike traditional metal braces that use brackets and wires that stand out from a patient’s smile, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that blend seamlessly into the natural color and complexion of a patient’s smile.
Still not convinced that Invisalign is right for you? Here are a few of the advantages Invisalign offers when compared to traditional braces.
Your Invisible Treatment Option
Like we previously mentioned, traditional metal braces use wires and brackets to straighten a patient’s teeth. Instead of using metal, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that blend naturally into your smile.
Invisalign aligners are place over the surface of your teeth similarly to how you wear a mouthguard. Made from a highly durable and clear plastic, Invisalign patients can undergo their orthodontic plan discreetly with most people never knowing they’re receiving treatment.
If the idea of wearing metal braces keeps you from considering the orthodontic treatment you need to improve the long-term health of your smile, then Invisalign is the right option for you.
Less Pinching, More Comfort
The metal brackets and wires that get attached to the surface of a patient’s teeth can cause some serious discomfort. Wires can break and bend, causing them to poke the delicate soft tissue of your cheeks and gums. Brackets can rub irritatingly against your lips and cheeks, causing frequent cuts and sores.
Additionally, for metal braces to work properly, patients need to regularly visit their orthodontist to have their braces tighten and readjusted. Readjustments often cause patients to experience headaches and jaw or tooth pain for several hours or days after each orthodontist visit.
Invisalign clear plastic aligners are custom-built to fit comfortably over your teeth. No wires and no bracket means no pitching or irritation.
Fewer Trips to See a Portland Invisalign Dentist
As we just mentioned, traditional braces require monthly trips to the orthodontist to ensure that treatment remains on the right course.
With Invisalign, patients simply replace their current aligner every one to two weeks. This helps free up time in a busy schedule as the number of trips you need to make to our Portland Invisalign dentist office is significantly less than what patients with metal braces need to make to their orthodontist.
Continue Eating Your Favorite Foods
Patient who wear metal braces have a number of food items they must avoid. Since Invisalign aligners are removed before eating, you don’t have to make any changes to your diet. All of your favorite foods and drinks remain on the menu when you undergo Invisalign treatment.
Easier Time Keeping Your Teeth Clean
Patients with metal braces must use special tools and brushes to properly clean their teeth. As with eating, patients simply remove their aligner before brushing and flossing.
Keeping your teeth clean through quality oral hygiene is incredibly important for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss like normal, and not worry about food and bacteria being trapped under or on your orthodontic appliance.
Contact Your Portland Invisalign Dentist Today!
To find out more about whether Invisalign is right for you, contact our office to schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Beck and our team at South Waterfront Dental.