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Invisalign isn’t just for the vain--it’s for almost anyone who wants straight teeth (except severe cases). Since Invisalign blazed on the orthodontic scene in 1997, over two million people have taken advantage of the opportunity. So what’s all the hype about?
1.You can’t see them.
Invisalign wearers have reported that very few people noticed that they were wearing braces. This is the first and foremost reason that many people choose them. Invisalign aligners are clear and shaped to your teeth. Adults, especially, have professional careers, or perhaps even romantic relationships, where they’d like to make a good impression and would rather not show a mouth full of teenager-ish metal.
2.You can take them off.
This is welcome news. Ideally, you should wear them 20 to 22 hours every day, but you can remove them when you eat or when you engage in special activities, such as speaking at an event or participating in a sport. Just keep in mind that the more you keep them in, the sooner you can take them off.
3.You can protect your teeth and gums.
Metal is not normally the sort of material you keep in your mouth. The sharp edges and wires of metal braces can wear on your teeth and gums, causing cavities, demineralization, decay, and gum disease. While Invisalign can also inflict damage, it causes less of it.
4.Your teeth will stain less.
Now, that is an advantage worth talking about. Food can get trapped in metal braces and since those braces never leave your mouth, you’ll need to find a way to extract all those bits of food from between the wires. Even so, beverages might stay and leave unsightly stains on your teeth. With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners for eating and cleaning. You can also brush your aligners so they can stay stain-free.
5.You don’t need to wear them as long.
Conventional braces can take up to five years to finish the job of straightening your whites. Invisalign can take as little as one year. Of course, both time frames can vary greatly. The difference is largely because of the difference in treatment cycles. Invisalign aligners are replaced with new ones every two weeks while traditional braces are adjusted every four weeks.
Of course, Invisalign comes with it’s drawbacks, but if you’re interested in the most non-invasive option for your teeth, it may be the best choice for you.