If you’re an adult who’s ever fantasized about having straighter teeth, that fantasy is sure to be quickly interrupted by your recollections of traditional braces of the past. Your mind immediately goes back to your days in middle school or high school… when all your friends had braces.
You recall how they had to pick at their teeth after lunch because bits of the peanut butter sandwich they’d just eaten cozied up in all that metal gear. You think back to the slumber parties where some of your friends had to wear embarrassing headgear. Or perhaps you remember all the smiles filled with silver in school pictures.
And boy, were you glad you didn’t have to deal with any of that nonsense! But now you’re an adult with crooked teeth, and you’re wishing you’d gotten the orthodontics over with when you were younger right along with all of your friends.
Dr. Crouse and our team at Precise Dental of Houston have good news for you! Adults who are exploring teeth straightening options now have Invisalign, the clear winner in modern orthodontics.
Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners that you wear about 21 hours a day. It’s revolutionized the way people straighten their teeth. Today, we’re sharing three great benefits of this orthodontic solution!
Benefit #1: The Feel
When you think back to your school days, you might recall how your friends who wore traditional braces complained about the pain and discomfort of the whole experience. Metal brackets and wires can create sharp edges that poke the inside of your lips and cheeks. This can mean nearly constant mouth sores.
Another issue with traditional braces is the pain from monthly doctor visits. You have to schedule frequent appointments with your dentist or orthodontist to have the wires tightened so your teeth will gradually align symmetrically. In the days following these visits, you have to get used to the constant pain and tenderness.
So one of the most notable differences between traditional braces and Invisalign is how much more comfortable the clear plastic trays are for your mouth. Not only are the custom-made trays smooth and easy on the inside of your mouth, the forced alignment of Invisalign is far more gentle than the hard wires of metal braces.
Benefit #2: The Time
Another benefit of Invisalign is the time you save in treatment. With traditional braces, you have to keep going back to the orthodontist for tightening. Invisalign just uses a series of trays that you switch out about every two weeks. You take these home with you and switch them out yourself, so it saves you frequent trips to the dentist.
You can also remove your Invisalign tray when you eat, brush, and floss each day. This is a time saver because you’re not spending so much time in the bathroom after every meal picking out all the bits of food that gets stuck in metal braces.
You simply take out the tray before you eat and put it back in after your meal. The same goes with your brushing and flossing routine every morning and every night. You can brush and floss your teeth with ease, saving you time in the long run.
Invisalign treatment lasts, on average, about one year versus the two years (or more!) of traditional braces. You enjoy the same dramatic results in much less time!
Benefit #3: The Look
Probably the most significant advantage of Invisalign is the fact that they’re clear. You’re an adult, and let’s face it, you’d almost rather deal with crooked teeth than having to show your metal braces to the world.
If you’re a professional, the thought of having to wear noticeable braces at work, in front of your colleagues, is kind of embarrassing. With the clear plastic trays of Invisalign, you can eat and speak with no trouble. You’re moving closer to straight, beautiful teeth every single day without anyone noticing at all!
To learn more about our teeth straightening options at Precise Dental of Houston, give us a call at 713-812-1712 for an appointment or fill out our online form. Trust your journey to a straighter, more beautiful smile to Dr. Crouse and our team of skilled professionals!