Orthodontists across the country know that traditional metal braces may not suit everyone’s lifestyle, which is why other options are now available. No longer must you endure the metal taste, the pain associated with tightening, or the broken brackets—orthodontia has evolved!
One very popular method of straightening your teeth that doesn’t require metal brackets is Invisalign. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalgin features removable, plastic trays made from SmartTrack material that are molded to your mouth. Want to eat a caramel apple? With traditional braces, certain foods are completely restricted until the braces are removed. With Invisalign, you just remove your plastic tray and take a bite! Additionally, Invisalign braces are practically invisible since they are made of clear plastic. Adults and teens who don’t want to wear noticeable traditional braces can straighten their smiles and no one has to know! While Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces, the time commitment is about the same, and for some, the freedom of removable almost invisible braces is worth the extra cost!
While OKC Invisalign is noted for its transparency, it also comes with features that are highly beneficial. Simple removal for eating is a huge plus, but the ability to remove the plastic trays also makes brushing and flossing a breeze. While flossing with traditional braces can be a challenge, the easily removable trays leave teeth surfaces available for proper care. And while teens love Invisalign braces because they are a more attractive option than metal braces, parents might be apprehensive to purchase these types of braces since they can be removed so easily. There are, however, blue indicator dots inside the trays that measure the length of wear, so parents can easily gauge whether their child is actually wearing the invisible braces!
Another plus of wearing Invisalign braces—they are safer than traditional braces when playing contact sports. For anyone who has taken a baseball, soccer ball, or football to the mouth while wearing metal braces, he or she can attest that it can be quite painful. The beauty of Invisalign is that the trays can also work to protect the teeth, much like a mouth guard.
There are some drawbacks to Invisalign braces, of course. In addition to the expense, the trays must be replaced with new ones every two to four weeks. The urge to not wear the braces for 22 hours a day will be strong, so the wearer must be self-disciplined to keep the trays in. Invisalign OKC braces may not be the best course of action to fix your orthodontic issue; some misalignments are better served by metal braces. It is recommended, too, that wearers only drink cold water when wearing their plastic braces because trays can be damaged or stained by hot or colored beverages. Big fan of black coffee or red wine? Your Invisalign trays are not! Consider your lifestyle and commitment level before selecting Invisalign as your orthodontic option. Our Oklahoma city Orthodontist can help you determine the treatment that is right for you!