Crooked teeth can pose a challenge to those who are seeking the perfect smile. For starters, crooked teeth are harder to keep clean and are more prone to developing tooth decay. Cosmetically, crooked teeth also ruin the appearance of a smooth, even smile.
Unfortunately, crooked teeth are quite common. For this reason, many adults have begun to seek cosmetic dental treatments to correct this imperfection. While there are a variety of orthodontic treatments available, only one offers orthodontic treatment with a cosmetic method. This cosmetic orthodontic treatment is called Invisalign® and here are 10 reasons why it is one of the best orthodontic treatments currently available:
Reason #1: They Work
Invisalign® can correct teeth that are misaligned, overlapping, or unevenly spaced. It works by applying gentle and direct pressure to a specific point on the tooth. This constant pressure eventually causes the bone to soften slightly and allow movement. Then, once the tooth is in it’s new position, the bone will harden up again, securing the tooth. This is the same basic principle by which all orthodontic methods work, meaning that Invisalign® is just as effective as traditional metal braces. Additionally, the retention rates after treatment are similar as well.
Reason #2: They’re Invisible
Just as the name Invisalign® suggests, the aligners used are clear and are barely noticeable when worn. Their aesthetic appearance has made them especially popular with adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. Because they are clear and nearly noticeable, working professionals appreciate the fact that it won’t alter their professional image.
Reason #3: No Lifestyle Changes
Another reason many adults value Invisalign® treatment is because it does not require any lifestyle changes. Unlike traditional metal braces or other orthodontic methods, Invisalign® aligners can be removed. This means that their are no dietary restrictions that need to be followed during treatment. Simply stated, you can eat whatever you want.
Reason #4: They’re Painless
Clear plastic aligners are much more comfortable to wear when compared to metal brackets and wires. When traditional metal braces are placed, most dentists will provide their patients with dental wax to protect their mouth from sore spots. These sore spots are a major downfall of wire braces. Luckily, the aligners used with Invisalign® do not have any sharp edges and will not cause sore spots in your mouth.
Reason #5: Easy Process
With Invisalign® treatment, the whole process from start to finish is simply easier than other orthodontic methods. For starters, Invisalign® uses a special digital scanner to obtain images of your mouth in order to fabricate your aligners. This technology also allows you to view the projected treatment outcome and eliminates the need for messy dental impressions. After treatment is complete, Invisalign® also offers clear retainers to keep your smile in place. For more information about the Invisalign® treatment process, see our Invisalign® page.
Check back soon for Part II of “10 Reasons Why Invisalign® is the Best Orthodontic Treatment”
Dr. Gerard J. Lemongello Jr. graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and has been in private practice since 1987. His focus is on cosmetic and comprehensive restorative rehabilitative dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry, and is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.