Invisalign® clear aligner technology has been around since the 1990s, and they have continuously grown in popularity since coming on the scene. Adults and teenagers alike love them as an alternative to traditional metal braces, but what is it about them that makes them so popular?
At Ocean View Dental Care, our dental team offers Invisalign clear aligners because we understand the benefits that make them so popular.
But aside from being clear, what does Invisalign offer?
Here, we discuss 6 reasons why Invisalign clear aligners are so popular.
- Unlimited food options
- Easier oral hygiene
- Fewer visits with your provider
Reason #1 Invisalign is Popular: Versatility
Whether you have an open bite, overbite, underbite, or crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, Invisalign can help.
The doctors at Ocean View Dental create an individualized treatment plan for your orthodontic needs. The clear aligners are custom-made to move your teeth gently and smoothly into the desired positions. Everything to do with Invisalign is based on your unique needs, desires, and goals.
Reason #2 Invisalign is Popular: Discreet
Okay, so we said besides being clear, but we can’t ignore pointing it out. The truth is, Invisalign aligners are custom-made of a clear, flexible plastic. They also fit your teeth perfectly. Combined, this means our clear aligners are practically invisible, even to people standing right next to you.
In other words, Invisalign clear aligners move your teeth discreetly, so no one needs to know you are receiving orthodontic treatment.
Reason #3 Invisalign is Popular: Comfort
Metal brackets and wires can poke, break, and cause injuries to the cheek, tongue, and gums. Clear aligners, however, are made of comfortable, flexible plastic materials and have no sharp edges. This means no discomfort, injuries, or need for orthodontic wax.
And because the clear aligners move your teeth slowly, gently, and constantly, you don’t have the intense “tightening day” pains traditional braces subject you to.
In addition, if you play sports, you can remove them to wear a sport’s mouthguard. This can greatly reduce your risk of soft tissue injuries.
Reason #4 Invisalign is Popular: Unlimited Food Options
Since clear aligners are removable, you can eat whatever you like. Many patients find this the most desirable reason to go with aligners over nonremovable metal brackets and wires.
Have you seen the “avoid these foods” lists with traditional braces?
With metal braces, you must avoid chewy, crunchy, hard, and sticky foods. You also need to avoid many foods you bite into, such as corn on the cob, apples, and carrots.
With clear aligners, you remove them to eat. This means no food restrictions.
Reason #5 Invisalign is Popular: Easier Oral Hygiene
Have you ever seen someone with traditional braces flossing their teeth? If you haven’t, just try to imagine. It can be challenging. As can brushing, since food particles can easily become stuck in the wires and brackets.
With clear aligners, you remove them for oral hygiene. This means far fewer issues with dental decay and gum disease when compared to patients with metal braces.
Reason #6 Invisalign is Popular: Fewer Visits with Your Provider
Traditional braces require a visit with your orthodontist every three or four weeks for “tightening.” With Invisalign, you simply progress to the next series of aligners based on your schedule. While your progress depends on several variables, including patient compliance and complexity, you do not need to visit your provider to progress. Most patients move to a new series of aligners every two weeks.
Instead of provider visits every three to four weeks, Invisalign patients only see their provider every six to eight weeks.
Also, since you can remove your aligners for things like eating and sports, you can avoid the emergency visits required for broken brackets and wires—as well as the resulting soft tissue injuries that occur from broken wires and brackets.
- Are you interested in clear aligners?
Just because you weren’t born with a beautiful smile, it doesn’t mean you can’t have one. The advanced technology of Invisalign means numerous benefits with less interference in your life while achieving the smile you desire.
If you are an adult wanting to improve your smile, or you are the parent of a teen who needs braces, Ocean View Dental has the options and experience you are looking for.
- Call Ocean View Dental at (949) 388-0780 today to schedule a free consultation. We would love the opportunity to answer your questions and work toward getting you started on your journey to a beautiful smile!