Want to straighten teeth without traditional braces? Ask our Invisalign® dentists in Grand Rapids, MI about clear aligners. Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that straighten your teeth little by little. Invisalign is also able to correct crowding, misaligned bite, gaps between teeth, and more.
Keep reading to learn why you should ask our cosmetic dentists at Complete Health Dentistry about Invisalign. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding Invisalign, please contact our dental office today!
1. Brush and Floss Normally
It’s too easy to neglect oral hygiene when brackets and wires get in the way of brushing teeth. Thankfully, teeth aligners are removable, which means you can take them out to brush your teeth. Invisalign makes it easy to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine because you don’t have to clean around wires and brackets. Check out our blog post on how to care for Invisalign teeth aligners.
2. Eat Your Favorite Foods
You can keep eating your favorite foods during Invisalign treatment. If you were to choose traditional orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, you would have to avoid certain foods like gum, caramel, and popcorn. Otherwise, you would run the risk of damaging your wires and brackets. Unlike braces, you are able to remove your Invisalign aligners for meals. However, keep in mind that you will need to brush and floss your teeth after eating so you don’t stain your clear aligners.
3. Wear Comfortable Aligners
You’ll need to wear your clear aligners 20 to 22 hours per day to achieve the teeth straightening results you want. Invisalign works by exerting enough pressure on your teeth to move them into better alignment. While you’ll experience dental discomfort for the first day or two of wearing new aligners, the pain will go away. Many of our patients prefer Invisalign to teeth braces because there are no sharp edges from brackets to irritate the inside of your cheek.
4. Feel Confident with Invisalign
Many adults don’t pursue orthodontic treatment because they don’t want the embarrassment of wearing metal braces on their teeth. If you think you would feel self-conscious with adult braces, we recommend asking one of our cosmetic dentists about Invisalign. Clear aligners from Invisalign are subtle enough that many of your family, friends, and co-workers won’t even realize that you’re wearing them.
5. Schedule Fewer Dentist Appointments
Are you a candidate for Invisalign braces? We understand that many of our patients have busy schedules, which is why we may recommend Invisalign. During the course of your treatment, you will need to schedule appointments so our dentists can monitor your progress and give you the next set of aligners in your series. While you will need to see one of our dentists periodically, it typically isn’t as often as how often you would need to go for braces.
Dr. Nick Ritzema and Dr. Alexandra Maring are Invisalign dentists in Grand Rapids, MI. Invisalign not only gives you a straighter, more beautiful smile, but it also helps you maintain good oral health for the rest of your life. If you are interested in learning if you are a candidate for Invisalign braces, schedule an appointment with Complete Health Dentistry at (616) 458-7267.