Invisalign is virtually invisible and can be easily removed to eat or brush your teeth. The treatment time for adults takes approximately one year. If you are interested in straightening your teeth in a manner that co-workers and friends won’t notice, Invisalign may be right for you!
Why Choose Invisalign over Adult Braces?
While braces are made out of visible metal brackets and wires, Invisalign is made out of clear, smooth plastic. The Invisalign aligners are practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You don’t have to let anyone know that you are in the process of straightening your teeth—a fact that could be embarrassing for those working in appearance-based industries.
Braces can irritate your gums and teeth. Not only can the metal wires poke your mouth, but also braces make it hard to brush and floss your teeth, causing your gums to feel swollen and tender. Invisalign is made out of smooth, comfortable plastic. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out whenever you brush your teeth.
Unlike with braces, Invisalign can be removed while the patient eats or brushes/flosses their teeth. You must wear the Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours per day, which allows you to go two or more hours without the tray every day (first dates are stressful enough; at least Invisalign’s removability allows for one less worry!). Additionally, braces can cause food to be stuck in the teeth for a long period of time, which could potentially lead to tooth decay. However, with Invisalign’s removability allowing patients to eat, brush, and floss as they normally would, dental complications are prevented further down the line.
4. No food restrictions.
Popcorn, hard candy, tortilla chips, caramel, gum, and bagels—all foods you must avoid with braces. You also have to brush more often if you are eating sweets, as the sugar could get stuck behind your braces and cause tooth decay. Invisalign trays are removable, so you can eat whatever you want whenever you want. You do not have to worry about food getting stuck in your Invisalign trays, and you can easily remove and clean them.
With braces, you have to change your rubber bands regularly. You also have to regularly check your braces for loose or broken parts and schedule frequent follow up appointments. In contrast, Invisalign is relatively hassle free. You only come in for checkups every 4-6 weeks, and you do not have to worry about replacing rubber bands or checking for broken wires. The convenience of being able to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would is also a plus—braces require you to be extra careful when it comes to maintaining dental hygiene.
If you are interested in Invisalign, you can schedule an appointment with us today! Dr. Egan will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
About Dr. Michael D. Egan, D.D.S.:
Dr. Michael D. Egan is the founder of Crystal Clear Dental. A Loyola College graduate in Biology and Philosophy, he continued on at the University of Illinois at Chicago Dental School. He has practiced dentistry for over 18 years and is now bringing a more visionary approach to his dental care. Along with offering his patients Invisalign, Lumineers, oral surgery, endodontics, dentures, crowns, bridge work, fillings, and cleanings, Dr. Egan also incorporates an awareness of some of today’s mind-body healing modalities that make for a more relaxed dental experience. To learn more about Dr. Egan, please visit http://www.thetinleyparkdentist.com.