5 Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist
What to Expect When Getting Adult Braces
Curious about Invisalign® aligners? We don’t blame you! Invisalign treatment is a great alternative to traditional metal braces, especially if you want to be discreet. To determine if you’re a candidate for clear aligners, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with one of our Invisalign orthodontists in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and surrounding areas.
In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of Invisalign clear aligners.
Pro: Invisalign Aligners are Discreet
Most people won’t even be able to tell that you’re wearing Invisalign aligners unless you’re standing close. That’s why a lot of our older patients appreciate the look and feel of. Invisalign aligners are made out of a clear comfortable plastic that fits snugly over your teeth. This is perfect for patients who don’t want people to know that they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Whether you’re a college student or a professional with a public-facing job, clear aligners from Invisalign can help you work towards the smile of your dreams without drawing attention to your teeth. With clear aligners, you can continue showing off your smile to the world with complete and utter confidence.
Pro: No Dietary Restrictions
People with traditional metal braces have to avoid foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, they risk damaging their braces and having to schedule an emergency appointment with our office. The good news is that Invisalign patients don’t experience these same dietary restrictions.
Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods during orthodontic treatment. However, we do highly recommend that you use the protective case we give you to store your aligners when they’re not in use. This will protect your aligners from being damaged or tossed into the trash by accident.
Pro: Improve Oral Health and Hygiene
Invisalign clear aligners are removable. This makes it easier to practice good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Simply remove your aligners before brushing and flossing as you would normally. It’s also vital that you clean your aligners on a regular basis to prevent plaque buildup and maintain good oral health.
It can be difficult to brush and floss crooked teeth. That being said, you will start to notice gradual changes in how your teeth look and fit together as you progress with Invisalign treatment. Each set of aligners will bring you closer to your dream smile and make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Pro: Comfort During Orthodontic Treatment
You may experience slight discomfort during the first few hours of wearing a new set of aligners. However, it’s worth mentioning that this discomfort is temporary and can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.
One of the advantages of orthodontic aligners is that they’re made out of a smooth comfortable plastic and designed to fit snugly over your teeth. Braces can be more uncomfortable for patients since they have to get used to having brackets and wires on their teeth.
Con: You Need to Be Self-Disciplined
During Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to tap into your reserve of perseverance and willpower. For your clear aligners to work, you’ll need to wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day. This means that you should only remove your aligners to eat or practice good oral hygiene.
If you don’t consistently wear your aligners, they’ll start to feel tighter than usual and may stop fitting altogether. That’s why you should always wear your aligners as directed by our Invisalign orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas.
In general, we only recommend Invisalign treatment for teens and adults. This is because patients are responsible for making sure they’re wearing their aligners every day. A child, on the other hand, may be tempted to not wear their aligners which is why they may be better suited for traditional metal braces that are not removable.
Schedule an Invisalign Consultation
Our Invisalign orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, are accepting new patients and would be more than happy to help you achieve your dream smile. To schedule an appointment, please call Parrish Orthodontics at (260) 447-2568. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.
This blog post has been updated.