Invisalign® is a household name in the world of clear aligners, and there’s a good reason for that. In fact, there are five good reasons! That’s what this blog post is all about.
However, before we dive into the benefits of Invisalign® for kids, teens, and adults, it might be a good idea to give a general overview of how this treatment works.
With Invisalign® (or any other clear aligner brand), we will start by taking a 3D scan of your mouth. Once we have that, we can create personalized aligner trays that fit your mouth. You’ll wear each tray for about two weeks, then you’ll switch to the next one in the series. Each tray is slightly different, and they work by slowly guiding your teeth to the correct position in your mouth.
Because Invisalign® is integrated with 3D technology, we are actually able to show you what your future smile will look like! Our patients absolutely love this feature. Want to hear more great things about Invisalign clear aligners? Read on!
Five Benefits of Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Boost Your Confidence
Invisalign® aligners are more aesthetically pleasing and less noticeable than braces. Since they are clear, you can smile with confidence for photos and special occasions. Adults who have public-facing jobs love the fact that they can get their dream smile without a mouth full of metal braces.
However, it’s not just ideal for adults! Teenagers often opt for Invisalign® (there’s actually a version made specifically for teenagers called Invisalign Teen®) and younger kids can also get a more confident smile with the Invisalign® First option.
Eat Whatever You Want!
One of the biggest advantages Invisalign® has over metal braces is the lack of dietary restrictions. With metal braces, there’s a list of foods you have to avoid because they’re too sticky or hard. When you consider that most people have braces for at least two years, that can be a real bummer, especially if you’re being asked to give up your favorite foods!
With Invisalign® clear aligners, you can simply take your tray out whenever you want to eat something that’s sticky or otherwise potentially damaging to the aligner trays. While we recommend keeping your aligners in for at least 22 hours per day, you definitely can still remove them here and there when you want a special treat.
Take Care of Your Smile, Easily
Oral hygiene is so much easier with Invisalign® too, because you can take the aligners out to brush and floss normally rather than having to navigate around brackets and wires! This leads to healthier teeth once your orthodontic treatment is done, which is always a win.
Less Pain, More Gain
A straight smile doesn’t have to mean pain and discomfort. With traditional orthodontic appliances (like metal braces), the sensitive cheek and gum tissue can get irritated, and whenever the braces are tightened or adjusted, there can be soreness or pain for a few days. Not so with Invisalign® clear aligners!
The aligner trays gently shift your teeth into place and because you’re getting new trays every few weeks, the movement is subtle enough that you shouldn’t feel any discomfort.
Fewer (and Faster) Check-Ups
No one wants to spend more time in the orthodontist’s office. We totally get it! For adults, more appointments means you have to take time off work and possibly commute across town. This lost time (and money) adds up! For kids, taking time off school is never convenient.
Invisalign® allows you to enjoy more time between your orthodontic appointments, and your appointments will take less time. That’s a huge win, especially for those with busy schedules!
Have you been thinking about improving your smile with Invisalign® clear aligners? Maybe you simply have questions that you would like to ask before making a decision. Either way, the team at Love My Smile Chicago is here to help! Schedule your free in person or virtual consultation today.
This article was checked before publication by Dr. Kitt Stevens. Dr. Kitt is dedicated to providing honest, authentic, and transparent information about orthodontics because she believes every patient who walks through her door deserves the absolute best care possible.