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.
But 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. The idea of being Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles could make even the most confident person shy of getting orthodontic work done!
Luckily, dental technology has evolved, and now braces aren’t just easy — they’re also practically invisible.
No More “Metal Mouth”
Braces no longer need come with nicknames like “metal mouth” or “brace face.” Invisalign clear aligners can do all the same work as metal braces, on the same timeline, and for comparable cost. And 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: Nuts, popcorn, gum, pretzels, and even pizza are just a few of the things orthodontists tell metal braces wearers to avoid chewing. And when it came time to brush the teeth underneath those brackets and wires, braces wearer beware! Flossing around the orthodontics was a fresh nightmare.
Keep Your Daily Routines
Invisalign removes all the inconveniences of traditional braces and leaves only the benefits: Beautiful, straight teeth.
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.
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, Invisalign offers cleaning crystals that can do the work for you — just let the aligners soak for 15 minutes to remove any plaque buildup.
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.
And 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!