If you have in imperfect smile and are getting ready to seek out treatment from an
orthodontist, congratulations! Orthodontists are the experts in their field when it comes to diagnosing and treating issues that deal with irregular teeth or malocclusion, which means bad bite. If you happen to be among the many people that visit orthodontists for treatment of bad bites, you should know that you are not alone. Millions of people have dental irregularities that can be easily treated and corrected with the guidance of an orthodontist.
One of the most popular methods of dental correction is Invisalign. Invisalign is a method of straightening out teeth and closing gaps in the smile. Many people compare it to the use of braces or retainers, but there are a few differences that you should be aware of before you seek out this treatment method.
- Invisalign is constructed to be a teeth straightening method that is nearly invisible to other people, which is why it is called Invisalign. It consists of two clear trays that are worn over the teeth. The material of the trays is very durable and they help to gently move the teeth into the desired place.
- It is a great option for busy adults that do not want to visit the orthodontist as frequently as they would have to if they were to get braces. Not only are they less noticeable to other people than braces, but they also do not require as much care. Braces require regular checkups by the orthodontist in order to tighten the brackets and check on the progress of the movement of the teeth. Invisalign trays are worn for about 6 weeks before the wearer moved on to the next stage. The next stage is a new set of trays that will continue moving the teeth into the correct position. Once you are done with the old trays, you simply toss them in the trash.
- Invisalign trays are super easy to clean. You pop them out when it’s time to eat, so you should never have to worry about food getting stuck in them. You also remove them at the end of the day when you brush your teeth, so you do not have to use any special tools in order to clean your teeth the way you would with braces. Instead, you just clean up your Invisalign trays by giving them a quick scrub with your toothbrush and put them back in before you go to sleep.
- Invisalign is a more friendly option to people with an active lifestyle. You no longer have to worry about physical activities like football or volleyball. With braces, a small bump in the mouth can result in painful cuts to the inside of the mouth due to the sharp wires and brackets that make up the braces, but Invisalign doesn’t have any sharp edges. You can wear it while playing sports, or even better, you can remove it while you play so there are no potential issues.