Your smile can speak volumes, especially when making a first impression. If you aren’t comfortable with your smile, chances are that it might be tough for you to meet new people or laugh without feeling self-conscious. Everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile that they can be proud of – but for many of us, that means getting a dentist to help correct misalignment.
If you’re ready to finally say goodbye to crooked teeth and get that smile that you’ve always wanted, you’ll have to decide whether you want to get Invisalign or braces. How do you know which one is right for you? At TruBlu Dentistry, we love helping our patients get the smiles of their dreams with Invisalign – but there are some cases where braces may be a better alternative.
Before you talk with your dentist about whether Invisalign is the right choice for you, take a look at the quick overview below to explain the ins and outs of clear aligners.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign retainers are clear retainers that are custom-fit to the unique shape of your teeth. Throughout your treatment, you’ll receive a series of retainers that slowly adjust your teeth to the desired alignment. Your retainers are designed to be worn 20–22 hours each day, and you’ll have to switch to a newly fitted retainer every week or so.
The great thing about Invisalign retainers is that they are clear and virtually unnoticeable. Adults love using Invisalign because they can avoid the obvious look of metal braces, allowing them to straighten their teeth with minimal visual interruption.
What Does Invisalign Treat?
You might be thinking, “Well, I have more than crooked teeth. Can I fix an overbite with Invisalign, too?” The answer is yes – absolutely! Invisalign can help teeth move from side to side and up and down, allowing for nearly the same versatility as metal braces and rubber bands. Invisalign can treat:
- Gaps between teeth, which often contribute to weakened gums or jaws
- Overbites, where the upper set of teeth rest significantly over the lower set of teeth
- Underbites, where the lower set of teeth are closed in front of the upper set of teeth
- Open bites, where some teeth don’t touch each other when your mouth is closed
- Crossbites, where some upper teeth meet the insides of the lower teeth
- Crowding, where some teeth are placed behind or in front of each other
Best Candidates for Invisalign
Choosing between braces and Invisalign isn’t always an easy choice. While Invisalign makes eating, playing sports, and living a “normal” life much easier, there are some important considerations to make before signing up for a treatment plan. Invisalign is a great choice if you:
- Aren’t expecting immediate results. Depending on the amount of correction needed, your treatment can last anywhere between six to 18 months.
- Are comfortable with a higher cost. Braces can cost anywhere between $2,500–$6,000. In contrast, Invisalign treatments often cost between $3,000–$8,000.
- Want the benefit of braces without the hardware. Metal brackets can not only be an eyesore, but they can also be painful for your cheeks, lips, and gums. Because Invisalign does not have rough edges and uses clear plastic, they are much less invasive (and hardly visible!). This is a huge win for athletes, as Invisalign minimizes potential damage from a thrown arm or elbow.
- Have a solid at-home oral hygiene routine. Because you don’t need to avoid sticky or crunchy foods like you would with braces, Invisalign retainers do need to be cleaned often. Your dentist will send you home with a cleaning kit to help you keep your retainers free from bacterial buildup, but you’ll also need to stay committed to cleaning your Invisalign retainers throughout the day.
Ready to learn more about how Invisalign retainers can transform your smile? Reach out to TruBlu Dentistry and make an appointment today! We’ll be happy to evaluate your smile, discuss your goals, and design a customized treatment plan just for you.