Let’s not beat around the bush: Nobody wants to have crooked teeth. Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean, which can lead to gum disease. A bad bite can create tension and misalignment in the jaw, resulting in TMJ. And of course, straight smiles are considered beautiful — so many people don’t enjoy their crooked teeth being the first impression they give.

As unpleasant as having crooked teeth is, for many, the idea of having braces is equally unpleasant. Decades of television and movies have taught us that braces are cumbersome, annoying, and most of all, embarrassing.

Luckily, dental technology has evolved, and now braces aren’t just easy — they’re also practically invisible.

woman with Invisalign retainer prepares to place it in your mouth

Invisalign Vs Metal Braces

Invisalign clear aligners can do all the same work as metal braces, on the same timeline, and for a comparable cost. Best of all, unlike metal braces, you don’t need to change your daily routines for Invisalign.

Anyone who had metal braces or knew someone who did was familiar with all the inconveniences. A restricted diet meant no foods that might put those brackets at risk. These include nuts, popcorn, gum, pretzels, and even pizza are just a few of the things orthodontists tell metal braces wearers to avoid chewing. When it came time to brush the teeth underneath those brackets and wires, braces wearer beware! Flossing around the orthodontics was a fresh nightmare.

Invisalign removes all the inconveniences of traditional braces and leaves only the benefits: Beautiful, straight teeth.

Eat Whatever You Want

First of all, don’t worry about diet. Your Invisalign clear aligners should be removed before meals, so you can eat as many nuts and pretzels as your heart desires without worrying about your braces being damaged or dirtied. Simply brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after eating before you pop your aligners back in. You can eat whatever you want for the duration of your treatment. Just make sure to remove your aligners first and don’t leave them out for more than 2 hours per day.

Oral Hygiene is Easy to Maintain

Similarly, you won’t need to brush and floss around a mouth full of stainless steel. You can just pop out your Invisalign aligners and brush and floss like you regularly do. Cleaning the aligners is as simple as brushing them with your toothbrush and rinsing them in warm water. Or, if you’d prefer, use Invisalign cleaning crystals that can do the work for you — just let the aligners soak for 15 minutes to remove any plaque buildup. Make sure to rinse them off thoroughly as you don’t want to swallow Invisalign cleaning crystals. If you accidentally ingest, immediately contact your local poison control center.

Don’t Get Hurt Playing Sports or Wind Instruments

Are you athletic? Don’t worry about braces putting you at risk during sports or activities. While metal brackets run the risk of cutting the inside of your mouth if impacted, your Invisalign aligners are as smooth as your own teeth. If your sport requires a mouthguard, just remove your aligners and you’re ready to play.

Invisalign is also beneficial to those who play wind instruments. You won’t have to worry about metal brackets or wires scraping across your inner lips while you play your instrument. Invisalign is made with smooth plastic that won’t irritate your lips, cheeks, or tongue.

Invisalign Won’t Affect Your Relationships

Of course, this discreet alternative to traditional braces won’t affect your professional or romantic relationships, either. Invisalign clear aligners are, as their name suggests, almost completely invisible. Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing braces!

This means you can go on dates, hang out with friends, and lead meetings at work without feeling insecure or unconfident in your smile. Invisalign helps you maintain your relationships and confidence so you can succeed in all aspects of your life during your treatment.

Invisalign is Convenient and Fast

If you have a busy schedule, Invisalign is extra convenient for you. For one, you only need to visit the dentist every 6 weeks for a quick check-up. This means you won’t have to constantly rearrange your schedule to visit the dentist or fall behind on your treatment because you can’t leave work early. You receive all your aligners so you can continue your treatment, even if you visit the dentist a day or two late. Since there are no interruptions to your treatment, you won’t have to worry about it taking longer than it should. Most patients achieve their desired results in as little as 6 months to 2 years.

Get Invisalign in Columbia, SC

Does Invisalign sound like the perfect treatment for you and your busy routine? Enjoy the convenience of Invisalign and its beautiful results for yourself. Call (803) 781-9090 or contact us online to make an appointment and learn more about this easy, effective option for straightening teeth.