Aren’t sure if you want metal wires and brackets on your teeth? Ask our orthodontists if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®. As the name suggests, Invisalign is a series of nearly invisible aligners that exert constant but gentle pressure on your teeth. Over time, the aligners move the teeth into optimal alignment so you can enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile.
Here’s how Invisalign is different from traditional metal braces.
Invisalign aligners are made out of a clear plastic that fits snugly around your teeth. This means that most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing aligners unless they’re standing closer.
Invisalign is perfect for teens and adults who may feel self-conscious with traditional metal braces. It’s also great if you’re currently enrolled in college or have a public-facing job and want to make a good first impression.
Patients with metal braces have to avoid foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, they risk damaging their wires and brackets. But you won’t have this problem if you choose Invisalign.
The clear aligners are removable, which means you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods.
To avoid staining your aligners, you’ll need to brush your teeth any time you eat or drink anything other than water. For this reason, we recommend carrying a small kit with you that includes a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste. That way, you can maintain clean aligners and a healthy smile during treatment.
If you have metal braces, you may need a floss threader to guide the floss underneath the archwire. As such, it’ll take you more time to floss your teeth if you have metal braces.
Invisalign is different from metal braces because the aligners are removable. This means that you can remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth like you would normally.
Oral hygiene is more important than ever during orthodontic treatment. That’s why we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal for two minutes at a time. You should also be flossing your teeth once a day to remove plaque and food particles between teeth.
Since Invisalign is removable, you’ll need to have enough self-discipline to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. Otherwise, your teeth won’t move according to schedule. In general, teens and adults have more motivation and self-discipline, which makes them better candidates for Invisalign.
It’s normal for your clear aligners to feel a little tight when you first get them. This is a sign that the aligners are working as intended to move your teeth into their final positions.
Metal braces don’t require as much self-discipline because you can’t remove them. Instead, they stay on your teeth 24 hours a day.
Our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and surrounding areas are proud to serve patients in eight convenient locations. They’re also accepting new patients and offer orthodontic services for both children and adults. To request an appointment, please call Parrish Orthodontics or fill out our online contact form.