Invisalign is very popular, as 65 percent of adults don’t have aligned teeth but do not want traditional braces. Invisalign has many advantages over braces, as they are virtually invisible, removable, and very comfortable. However, they do require some maintenance and extra care and should be worn an average of 22 hours a day for best results. If you are thinking about opting for Invisalign but aren’t sure if it’s the right choice for you, continue reading to learn a few important facts before making the decision.
Pro: Almost Invisible
Many people stay away from metal braces for aesthetic purposes, as young bullies tend to make fun of other children for wearing braces. While there is nothing to be embarrassed about, it’s okay to not want visible braces, especially if you feel they may make you self-conscious. Invisalign offers a way to align your teeth without visible braces, and many people may not even know you’re wearing anything (until you take them out to eat.)
Con: Remove To Eat And Drink
Since you don’t want food to get stuck between aligners or for a drink to stain them, they should be taken out every time you eat or drink, with the only exclusion of water. While this makes sense as to keep the aligners clean, it can be a bit of pain to remove the aligners for every snack or sip of coffee.
Many people with braces will tell you that one of the worst things about them is how permanent they are. Braces can be painful, and people may want a few minutes of relief, but they are kept on until the process is complete. With Invisalign, the aligners can be easily removed- and as we just mentioned, should be removed a few times throughout the day. You can eat whatever you want without worrying about food getting caught, but should do your best to stay away from food that is bad for your oral health!
Con: Additional Oral Care
You know that you should be brushing and flossing your teeth every day, but your oral health is even more crucial with aligners. You should brush and floss after every time you eat to remove all food particles before putting the aligners back in. If you skip this step, you may trap harmful bacteria between your teeth and the aligners.
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