Millions of people in the United States are undergoing orthodontic treatment right now to improve the way their smiles look and address an array of oral health issues. For many of those people, that means having treatment with the state-of-the-art Invisalign® system.
In Toledo, Ohio, Timothy Tomase, DDS, and the team at Tomase Dental Care are recognized as leading providers of Invisalign treatment, helping teens and adults enjoy more attractive smiles and improved oral health. If you’ve been wondering whether you should consider Invisalign for your smile needs, these five benefits are worth considering.
This is the benefit most people know about, and certainly one of the features that most people prefer when comparing Invisalign aligners to traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are made of a special plastic material that makes the aligners pretty much invisible once they’re in your mouth.
In fact, unless you tell people you’re wearing Invisalign, there’s a good chance most people won’t even know you’re having orthodontic treatment. Thanks to their clear design, Invisalign lets you have orthodontic treatment without feeling self-conscious about your appliances or the way they make your smile look.
That clear plastic offers another benefit: It’s completely smooth. Braces use brackets to attach metal wires that move your teeth over time. While these components are essential for your treatment, they can poke your lips and irritate the soft tissues of your mouth.
Invisalign aligners don’t use brackets or wires. Instead, you wear a series of aligners during treatment, each of which has a slightly different shape. Those differences are what gently shift your teeth into their new positions over time.
With braces, you need to watch out for hard and sticky foods that can break your wires or get hopelessly tangled in your brackets. Indulging in those foods can mean an emergency trip to the dentist to have your braces repaired.
With Invisalign, you pop your aligners out for meals and snacks. That means you can eat whatever you want without fear of damaging them. A quick rinse after meals, and you’re ready to pop your aligners back in so they can continue to straighten your teeth discreetly.
Braces can be tricky to clean, requiring special techniques (and sometimes special tools) to thoroughly clean around brackets and wires. With Invisalign, you just gently brush your aligners with nonabrasive toothpaste, rinse thoroughly, and put them back in your mouth. And of course, with removable aligners, it’s a lot easier to brush and floss your own teeth (and dental visits are simpler, too).
While braces use a series of standard brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign aligners are individually made, contoured to hug each tooth. The special plastic (called SmartTrack®) provides gentle, continual pressure that helps your teeth move more quickly, so you can be finished with treatment in less time than most traditional orthodontic treatments.
Invisalign aligners have undergone a series of changes throughout the years, and today, they’re more effective and can be used to treat a wider array of orthodontic issues. That means if you’re dreaming of straighter teeth, the Invisalign system could be a great way to make those dreams come true.
To learn more about Invisalign and how it can help you enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles, call 419-670-6537 or book an appointment online at Tomase Dental Care today.