Hundreds of thousands of Americans are told each year that they need to get either braces or Invisalign in order to straighten out their teeth. Getting your teeth straightened isn’t only about how they look, although that’s certainly part of the equation. It’s also about ensuring that you don’t have oral health issues down the road. When your teeth aren’t straight they start bumping into one another, and over time this can cause serious crowding, which can lead to oral pain and gum damage. On top of that, teeth that are shifting around can cause infections and other oral health issues, and they can really be a problem if you have wisdom teeth and they’re coming in. Thus, when your dentist suggests to you that you get Invisalign or braces to get your teeth straightened, it’s not only for cosmetic reasons that you should listen to them.
A large percentage of people are given the option between Invisalign and braces, and more and more of those people are choosing Invisalign. Once you know a little more about it, it’s not hard to see why. For starters, braces are a huge hassle to take care. You have to brush them far more often than you had to brush your teeth, and you have to floss around them at least once a day. On top of that, you’re not supposed to eat certain foods when you have braces because the food can cause either the bracket or the wire to become misplaced. When this happens the braces no longer work, and you have to visit your orthodontist to get everything put back together. On top of that, they can actually be somewhat painful because they rub up against your gums and because it can hurt a little bit to have them tightened.
None of the cons of braces outlined above are valid for Invisalign. Your family dentistry professional can walk you through the process in more detail, but in essence Invisalign straightens your teeth through a series of plastic trays. Each tray is a mold of your teeth where they should be, and each one moves them a little bit. Once one tray is done the next is used, and so forth. They’re becoming so popular for a number of reasons. For starters, you don’t have to visit the orthodontist to get them tightened every now and then because they don’t need to be tightened ever. You don’t have to worry about what you’re eating because you can take them out when you’re eating and then put them back in. They also don’t rub against your gums, and they don’t look bad. In fact, most people won’t even know that you’re wearing them. The best thing about Invisalign, though, is that it works just as well as braces. Thus, whether you or your child needs to have their teeth straightened, it’s likely that Invisalign is an option for either of you. Speak with Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry to see what they think, and get outfitted for your Invisalign today.