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The vast majority of people wearing braces are between the ages of eight and 14. For those of us who had to wear braces before 1997, the only choice we had were metal braces.
There was no way to hide them unless you stopped smiling, talking, or eating for the next few years. And of course, many of us were teased for wearing them.
However, in the end, we all ended up with great smiles that have lasted a lifetime. But luckily, today there are choices, including Invisalign.
Many people feel Invisalign provides greater benefits than traditional braces. Here are five benefits of Invisalign over a mouthful of metal.
It’s hard enough to be a kid or teenager today. There are images of perfect looking people everywhere.
But if you’re an adult bravely trying to straighten your teeth, the stigma is even greater. No one should have to endure a lifetime of being afraid to smile because they don’t want a mouthful of metal.
One of the advantages of Invisalign is that others can’t tell that you’re wearing them. That means, no matter what your age, you feel confident and camera-ready.
Invisalign compared to braces in terms of comfort is really not a fair comparison. Braces aren’t comfortable.
The metal wires can stick out and poke at parts of the mouth it can just be hard to get used to the feeling of metal in your mouth.
Both the hygienic and aesthetic aspect of braces can be problematic in terms of getting food stuck in hard to reach areas.
Braces are uncomfortable, and your gums usually take a bit of a beating.
One way to define Invisalign is that it’s removable. When you get your braces on, those things are on your teeth until the orthodontist or dentist takes them off.
For many people, that’s a two-year commitment. But Invisalign allows you to remove your device to eat drink, and clean your teeth.
That means no more food caught in your braces. And it means no more photos with you trying to cover up your metal mouth.
When it comes to evaluating braces vs Invisalign in terms of what insurance will cover, it is important to check if you have Orthodontic Insurance benefits.
Insurance companies consider Invisalign to be a standard, commonly used Orthodontic appliance. If you have Orthodontic Insurance benefits, your insurance company will help cover the cost of treatment over time.
The time of treatment varies but it can be shortened with good compliance to your orthodontist’s orders and/or use of prescribed acceleration devices.
Invisalign compared to braces in terms of safety always comes out the winner. Traditional braces contain wire which can end up protruding out and coming into contact with the insides of your mouth and gums.
One of the advantages of Invisalign is that they are smooth.
But metal braces can also affect demineralization and decaying teeth. In order to straighten teeth, a great deal of force is used. Often, that means pain.
And it’s not uncommon for traditional braces to cause tooth injuries, gum disease, and even cavities. Invisalign doesn’t cause any of these problems because the smart plastic aligners allow a skilled Orthodontist to prescribe continual micro movements with each weekly change of aligners. This reduces the force necessary to make the movements and changes needed in your dentition and bite.
There are 5 benefits of Invisalign.
There’s nothing worse than seeing someone who is afraid to smile because they don’t like how their teeth look. It ruins their sense of self-worth and makes social outings less fun.
Live free and smile brightly for all the world to see. Contact one of our offices to see if Invisalign is right for you.
Dr. Alexa Alborzi is a certified orthodontic specialist providing comprehensive orthodontic care for the children, teens, and adults of San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. Dr. Alborzi earned her BA. degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley was trained at University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Alborzi has served as a respected professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Dentistry for over fourteen years. Additionally, Dr. Alborzi was voted by her community in 2019 as the Bay Area Best of the Best.