If you are an adult who is considering getting braces, you may have heard of Invisalign, a series of custom plastic aligners used to straighten the teeth. Below are some reasons why Invisalign is so popular with many of our clients! To get Invisalign in James Island or Charleston, make an appointment with us today.
If you had braces as a child or teenager, you may remember how irritating—not to mention unsanitary—it was to get food particles stuck between your teeth. One of Invisalign’s main benefits is that the trays can be removed while you eat or drink, then placed back on when you’re done.
Most patients prefer Invisalign to metal braces because they are clear and mostly invisible to the naked eye (hence the name.) Adults often hesitate to straighten their teeth because they feel metal braces look juvenile, and Invisalign allows them to overcome this worry. With Invisalign, the fact that you’re straightening your teeth is a secret!
They’re More Comfortable
Metal braces, while tougher and more aggressive in straightening the teeth, can be uncomfortable on the lips, mouth, and gums. Although the metal brackets can be covered with wax to reduce irritation, this is time-consuming and annoying. Invisalign has no brackets that can create sores in your mouth, and are much more comfortable.
They’re Easier to Clean
Cleaning in, around, and under metal braces is challenging. But since the Invisalign aligners can be totally removed, you can clean both the aligners and your teeth with 100% effectiveness. The trays can be simply brushed with a toothbrush and soaked in lukewarm water.
Drawbacks of Invisalign
Invisalign solves many problems, but they also have some downsides. Firstly, they tend to be expensive, although your dentist may offer pricing options that make payment easier. Secondly, since the trays can be removed, treatment tends to take longer, about 6 to 18 months. Finally, if patients have more complex or unique dental issues, metal braces may be the better option.
If you would like to get Invisalign in James Island or Charleston, SC, call Lowcountry Dental Arts today!