No one can argue that straighter teeth give you a confidence boost and improve your life. Yet, most people still assume that the only way to get straight teeth is through traditional orthodontics and metal braces. While metal brackets and wires are still used for teens and adolescents, they’re not always attractive to adults. Instead, Invisalign offers a great alternative. However, people often come to us still unsure about the hype and if they should consider this route. So, here is what your team at Biltmore Commons Dental Care wants you to know.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
The Invisalign process straightens your smile using a series of clear, removable aligner trays. These trays are meant to be changed every one to two weeks, and each tray is slightly different from the last. This slight change molds and shifts your teeth toward the end goal of a healthier, straighter smile. If your concern is the versatility and capabilities of Invisalign, have no fear! Invisalign can correct a range of bite issues through the use of Invisalign attachments. These attachments are tooth-colored anchors that provide the tray more grip on your teeth, moving the process along even more quickly.
WHAT IS THE COST OF INVISALIGN COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL BRACES?
The cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the current condition of your bite, the issues you’re trying to correct, and how long the treatment will take. While traditional braces are slightly cheaper than Invisalign, the inconspicuousness of the invisible trays might be worth the little bit of extra money you’ll spend. Most insurances cover both traditional braces and Invisalign, and there are also other financing options available for both. The treatment you decide to go with is ultimately up to you and what you want to spend for straighter teeth.
CAN I EAT AND DRINK LIKE NORMAL?
Metal brackets and wires can’t be removed to eat and drink. While you’re usually not limited to the beverages you can have, you do have to stay away from chewing gum, popcorn, and gummy sweets. However, not all of these restrictions apply to those who choose Invisalign. Because you can remove the trays, you can continue to eat and drink all of your favorite foods and beverages. You just simply remove the trays and enjoy your snacks. Just don’t forget to put them back in when you’re finished!
ARE THE TRAYS NOTICEABLE?
Adults prefer Invisalign because they’re the least noticeable. Unlike metal brackets and braces, the trays are virtually unseen. If you do have a gap in your teeth that you’d like to cover, then Invisalign can digitally add a tooth-colored insert in your trays until the gap is closed. Additionally, the anchors for your trays may be noticeable, but they’re designed to match the color of your teeth. This minimizes their appearance, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re straightening your teeth without being obvious.
WILL MY TEETH HURT?
One of the most common complaints teens and adolescents have about metal braces is that they hurt. Metal brackets and wires put a lot of stress and tension on teeth, shifting them in the direction to where they should be. After each adjustment, this pain can last for a week or more. With Invisalign, you won’t experience as much discomfort. With each tray change, the mild tightness or discomfort lasts for just a few hours, thus dramatically reducing the amount pain. Because the first few hours may be the worst, we recommend changing trays before you go to bed.
SCHEDULE YOUR INVISALIGN CONSULTATION TODAY!
Straighter teeth improve your self-esteem and your overall health. If you’re ready to correct your smile the invisible way, then call Biltmore Commons Dental Care for a consultation on Invisalign orthodontics. We proudly serve residents throughout Phoenix, AZ, and provide a variety of dental care services, including teeth whitening, restorative care, and dental implants. So, give us a call today at (602) 249-2227.