Invisalign® is the nearly invisible alternative to braces. It performs the same function as traditional and Damon System braces, which is to gently coax teeth into a new position over time. Different from braces, that need to be tightened, Invisalign® is designed as a series of custom trays that patients swap out every few weeks in accordance with their orthodontist’s instructions. Since Invisalign® is made especially for a patient’s teeth, they “grip” the teeth tightly and perfectly fit over them. While the end result is often very similar to braces, there are a few things Invisalign® can do that braces don’t offer:
1. Eat without worrying about stuck food
People will always worry about food getting stuck in their teeth during a big date or important business meeting. However, braces can have a tendency to really get food to stick, especially when people are just getting used to braces. Invisalign® can be taken out to eat for a certain number of hours per day. A patient’s orthodontist will advise him or her on the maximum hours each day that Invisalign® can be removed.
2. Take confident photos
Since Invisalign® can be taken out for short amounts of time, patients can take professional photos without worrying about their device showing. However, the aligners work on a more subtle level for candid photos, too. If a patient is talking to someone in person, closely, the other person may notice they have “something” on their teeth (or they may not). It may look like a custom fit bleach tray. However, in photos, Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible to spot.
3. See a future plan of how your teeth will align
You trust your orthodontist when going with braces or Damon braces, but with Invisalign® patients get the entire series at once (or they can at least see them). This lets patients see exactly how their teeth will shift and what they can expect their teeth to look like at the end of each alignment segment. It’s a sneak peek into their future smile, which can help during those weeks or months of straightening.
4. Clean the device and brush your teeth with ease
When a patient gets traditional braces, they can be difficult to keep clean. The patient may need to learn new techniques for flossing, or get a few refresher courses on proper hygiene. However, the aligners can be taken out and cleaned separately, and patients can also brush and floss their teeth “regularly” during this time.
Invisalign® may not be the best choice for everyone, but for many patients it’s the perfect solution. Discuss the options with your orthodontist to find the ideal solution for you.