Are you going through life with a smile that isn’t as straight as you’d like? Maybe it’s stopping you from beaming your widest in photos, or flashing those pearly whites in public or around friends or coworkers as often as you otherwise would. Maybe you look at photos of celebrities with their perfect smiles, and squint at your own teeth in judgment in the mirror.
Here in America, we have an obsession with a straight, white smile, and it can be a huge blow to our self confidence to feel that our smile is lacking. Luckily, there’s something you can do about it.
Smile Straightening Doesn’t Have to Be a Trial
It used to be that if you wanted straighter teeth, you had to visit a specialist, have metal brackets glued onto your teeth, and endure years of painful straightening with a mouth full of unattractive metal. Brackets would cut into your lips and tongue, and it’s likely that you’d suffer frequent canker sores. Forget about chewing gum and foods like popcorn, caramel, and peanut brittle… and that’s not to mention the ordeal of brushing your teeth or, god forbid, flossing.
But orthodontics have come a long way, and now it’s easier than ever to get straighter teeth without the hassle. With Invisalign, you don’t have to suffer any of the inconveniences of traditional braces.
Invisalign Is Easy
First of all, don’t worry about the trouble of finding an orthodontist. Now, chances are that your regular dentist is fully trained and equipped to get you outfitted with clear aligners. In fact, our dentists can provide Invisalign treatment right here in Columbia, South Carolina.
As for those metal brackets, don’t panic — your lips and tongue are safe! No longer do unsightly, sharp metal brackets have to be mounted to your teeth to straighten them. Instead, the clear aligners fit securely over your teeth to move them. Some patients may need “attachments,” which are just small dots of dental bonding material placed on specific teeth to help the aligners get a grip on that tooth. However, these attachments are discreet in color and size, and are smooth, so they won’t cause any discomfort in your mouth. In fact, you probably won’t notice them much at all.
Unlike traditional braces, you won’t have to change your diet for Invisalign! That’s because the aligners can be easily removed for meals, so you won’t have to cut anything out of your diet. Of course, you may still need to lose the chewing gum habit — it’s not advised to chew gum with your aligners in, and you want to wear them for as many hours a day as possible.
And best of all, your oral hygiene routine doesn’t have to change. You can remove your aligners to brush and floss as usual, and cleaning the aligners themselves is easy: You can just brush them with your own toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water.
Does it sound too good to be true? Then this part is going to sound even crazier. In the past, the average patient only needed to wear Invisalign for about twelve months. Now, thanks to advanced techniques and materials, most people can get their Invisalign completed in half the time!