Crooked teeth are one of the most common oral health concerns for many patients. They’re not only difficult to clean and can result in a whole host of other health problems, they’re also somewhat unsightly and don’t make for great pictures. But if you’ve decided it’s time to get braces, chances are, you’ve been faced with an even more difficult question: what type of braces should I get? Although traditional braces have worked well enough for generations past, they’re far from being the only option out there. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the top advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces.
Brushing And Flossing
There’s no doubt about it, when you have traditional braces on, maintaining impeccable oral hygiene can be a struggle. Many people find that they aren’t able to brush their teeth as thoroughly and that their brush often gets stuck in their brackets. In order to floss, you’ll need to use a special type of floss that allows you to thread between your wires. All of this hassle often leads to people cutting back on their oral health or wasting a significant amount of time. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about any of this. Your retainers can be removed every time you brush so that there’s nothing preventing you from maintaining your oral health.
It’s no surprise that Invisalign is a much better choice if you’re concerned about your appearance. Some people are even scared out of getting braces in the first place in fear that traditional braces are their only option. The good news is that you won’t even need to remove Invisalign to take pictures. The retainer isn’t noticeable and most people won’t even realize you have it until you show them!
If it’s not enough that brushing and flossing is much easier with Invisalign, it’s worth noting that the brackets and wires on traditional braces can also threaten your oral health. The main complaint most people have is the area in the back of the mouth where the wire ends. If this isn’t cut properly it can snag on the gums and cause cuts. You can put orthodontic wax on the end, but this is a temporary fix. With Invisalign, you won’t have to deal with any of this!
It can be pretty overwhelming getting traditional braces on and being given a whole list of foods that you can no longer eat. This is bad for teens because they will often resort to drinking sugary drinks like soda that they don’t have to chew instead of eating healthy foods like apples. With Invisalign, it’s business as usual. You can continue to eat the same foods you know and love. Needless to say, your teeth may still be sore, but you won’t risk breaking a bracket or wire.
Continuing Your Favorite Hobbies And Sports
If you played a sport before braces were applied (especially a contact sport), you may be discouraged to continue this after having braces applied, out of fear that something will break. Although there are mouthguards specially designed for braces, they never provide full protection and a heavy blow could easily break your braces. Additionally, if you play a wind instrument, traditional braces can seriously compromise your ability to play, and for brass players, can even be painful. Invisalign can be removed for all of these activities.
Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics
Camilo Riano is happy to provide patients with better alternatives to traditional braces including Invisalign, Incognito braces, and clear ceramic braces. Give us a call today to learn more.