What Makes Invisalign Different?
Like traditional braces, Invisalign treatment is a way to improve the alignment of your smile. However, that is where the similarities end. Traditional braces generally require years of wearing metal brackets that can make teens and adults, alike, feel self-conscious. Invisalign, on the other hand, is nearly invisible, thanks to the clear plastic trays that are used in lieu of metal. Most people will not notice that you’re wearing them, and another distinguishing benefit of Invisalign is that the trays do not have to be worn 100 percent of the time.
You will need to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day in order to maximize effectiveness. However, you can easily remove them for eating and to brush your teeth twice a day. This actually helps make proper dental hygiene even easier and more effective. It also allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods without fear of getting something stuck between your teeth and your braces or brackets.
Because the trays are made of soft plastic, most patients also experience less discomfort wearing the Invisalign trays than they would wearing traditional braces. So if you want to enhance your smile without the typical mouth full of metal required with traditional orthodontia, ask your dentist if Invisalign could be effective for you.