If you are an adult and want to straighten your smile, you may dread the idea of metal braces. While these standard braces are common among children and teenagers, they tend to be less common for adults. While these braces help your smile, they can negatively impact your self-esteem or confidence as an adult. Fortunately, there is a solution: Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners were created for adults who want to straighten their smile but want discreet braces that don’t call attention to themselves. If you are preparing for your Invisalign journey with Catonsville Dental Care, keep reading to learn what to expect. This process has its own pros and cons that you can prepare for to ensure a successful experience.
Invisalign is Removable
Unlike metal braces, you can remove your Invisalign aligners. This makes brushing your teeth, eating, and flossing easier without maneuvering around metal wires. Plus, removing the aligners is quick and painless.
They Require Little Maintenance
Invisalign can be cleaned easily every day with your toothbrush and water. This lets the plastic remain clean and usable for a long time.
They Are Virtually Invisible
Invisalign gets its name from its invisible nature. These aligners are made of clear plastic and molded to fit your teeth perfectly so they blend in seamlessly with your smile. You can show off your confident smile while fixing the flaws you want to correct.
They Are Comfortable
In most cases, Invisalign wearers are encouraged to wear them 20 to 22 hours per day. Fortunately, the aligners are comfortable and easy to put in. The smooth plastic construction means no poking or scratching that might come with the sharp metal used in traditional braces.
Consider the Cost
One potential drawback to using Invisalign is the cost, as most dental insurance does not cover this tool.
Invisalign May Cause Inconvenience
Some people enjoy the ability to remove their aligners whenever they want, but others may find it annoying. Having to take them off whenever you eat or clean your teeth may also mean you might forget to put them back on.
Traditional Discomfort Associated with Braces
While Invisalign aligners are designed to be comfortable and convenient, they are made to subtly shift and move your teeth into a straighter alignment. Like traditional braces, you will experience discomfort and pain, especially at the beginning. Using an over-the-counter pain reliever is often the best solution for mitigating discomfort.
For Invisalign to be effective, you must use them consistently and wear them daily. Failing to do so can mean your teeth revert to their old placement. If you are prone to forgetting to put the aligners back on, this may mean your aligners don’t work as well as they should.
If you follow the recommendations for Invisalign use and continue to take care of your teeth and clean your aligners, you can expect to finally see that straight, confident smile you have always wanted. Contact Catonsville Dental Care today to learn more!
Catonsville Dental Care Can Handle All of Your Oral Care Needs
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.