When the ball dropped in Times Square bringing in 2014, the New Year offered a chance for many people to have a fresh start. New Year’s resolutions often include improving individual health and appearance. For many, that may include improving oral health with a straighter smile. Metal braces offer a consistent approach to straightening teeth, but metal braces oftentimes limit the types of foods that individuals can eat. As an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign allows both teens and adults to straighten teeth over a period of time with the ability to remove the Invisalign retainers during special occasions, meals, and regularly brush and floss teeth.
Why choose Invisalign over Traditional or Metal Braces?
For roughly the same cost as metal braces, Invisalign retainers are removable. By removing the Invisalign braces, people have the ability to eat foods that are restricted from those who wear traditional metal braces.
Common foods to avoid with traditional braces include, but are not limited to:
- Corn on the cob
- Sticky Toffee
- Bubble Gum
- Hard Nuts or Granola Bars
- Skittles/Sticky Candies
Invisalign also allows teens and adults to thoroughly brush and floss teeth daily, helping to prevent diseases such as gingivitis.
However, the most noticeable difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is the discretion of Invisalign or the lack of noticeability. For many people who are self-conscious of a smile, Invisalign discretely corrects misaligned teeth, spacing issues, overcrowding, underbites, crossbites, and overbites over the course of a few months. The longer a patient wears the Invisalign retainers, at night and during the day, the quicker the patient will see results, meaning patients can cross off one more resolution all the sooner.