Halloween is quickly approaching, and regardless of your age, it makes sense to want to indulge in some candy by the end of the month. However, if you are considering orthodontic treatment, braces wearers are limited in the types of candy and foods they can eat. The good news is that with Invisalign®, there is more flexibility that allows you to enjoy the holiday while still maintaining the journey to a beautiful smile!
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment option that consists of a series of custom-made, removable, clear aligners. These aligners are designed to cover and gradually adjust the position of your teeth over time. They are made of flexible plastic that is thin, FDA approved, and require no wires or brackets like traditional braces do. Deciding what treatment route you want to take when straightening your teeth can be difficult, although, if you are considering Invisalign®, weighing the pros and cons can be your starting point!
Invisalign® provides more flexibility than traditional braces wearers. Here are key advantages that Invisalign® offers to patients:
The average treatment time for Invisalign® wearers is around 12 to 18 months. This can be compared to traditional braces wearers who may be in treatment anywhere from 12 to 36 months. This can also mean fewer orthodontic appointments — which can be easier on parents since aligners can be changed at home every 2 weeks.
Invisalign® trays can be taken out and placed back over the teeth. This benefit allows for easier eating as you do not have to change what you eat or how you eat. It also means that your trays will not get stained by the food and drinks that you consume. Finally, it’s easier to brush and floss your teeth with no wires or brackets getting in the way which can help reduce other dental issues.
The shifting of your teeth can be painful or uncomfortable regardless of which treatment option you choose. However, there is typically less discomfort when wearing Invisalign® and fewer mouth and gum issues such as cuts and bleeding from wires that traditional braces require. The clear aligners that easily blend into your teeth also make it less evident that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
You may be thinking that Invisalign® is the perfect option for you, however, it is still important to consider the disadvantages that come with them. Here are just a few:
At most orthodontists, the cost of Invisalign® is typically higher than that of traditional metal braces due to the 3D technology used for scanning and creating aligners. However, here at Cherry Ortho, our treatment plans are the same regardless of the type of correction needed! Call our office for more information.
Being able to remove your aligners certainly has its benefits but you must remember to put them back in immediately after eating, brushing, or flossing. You must also make sure you remember where you put your trays when you do take them out! Invisalign® should be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day in order to be effective so it may not be recommended for younger patients or those who are easily forgetful.
If you choose to take your aligners out before eating or drinking, you may have to do so in front of others or in public places. Additionally, because Invisalign® are clear, they are subject to staining after prolonged use. You can become more prone to bad breath and cavities if you are not cleaning and taking proper care of both your teeth and your aligners.
Alternatives & Finding the Right Braces for You
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic correction treatment worldwide and have been for many years. Although Invisalign® delivers another option, patients with more complex correction needs may not qualify. Here at Cherry, we offer a variety of additional treatment options that can meet your specific needs. If you are thinking of getting braces but are unsure where to start, come and see us! We offer complimentary consultations that allow for us to discuss further your treatment options, timelines, costs, and any other questions or concerns you may have.
Wrapping Things Up
Simply put, Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional braces, especially for candy lovers on Halloween. They offer so many amazing benefits that can help put you on the path to the beautiful smile that Cherry Orthodontics strives to give you! Find out more by calling to schedule an appointment at one of our Bethlehem or Schnecksville offices or scheduling online!