For those who are looking into getting braces, the idea of having metal braces can be unappealing. Luckily, there is another option out there to consider: clear braces (sometimes called "Invisalign"). If you are considering getting clear braces, this article is a great place to start. It discusses several advantages that come from having clear braces, rather than metal braces.
Clear braces do not use metal brackets or wires.
Metal braces that have brackets and wires may not only look unappealing – they can also be painful. The metal brackets and wires can rub against the cheeks, gums, and inside of the mouth, possibly causing cuts and irritation. This may lead to inflammation and bleeding in these areas.
Clear braces are hard to see.
Because they are clear and they are made to fit the teeth, the clear braces can be hard to see. This can be especially good for those who work in a professional industry, as metal braces can look unprofessional and may deter a client from choosing to hire you or your company.
Clear braces do not limit what you eat.
Those with metal braces are not supposed to eat certain foods like popcorn, caramel, hard or sticky candies, corn on the cob, etc. With clear braces, the patient simply removes them to eat. This means that he/she can still eat any food without having to worry if it will get stuck in the braces. However, it is important to brush the teeth and clean the trays after eating, before putting them back in the mouth.
Clear braces don't make it difficult to brush the teeth.
With metal braces, brushing and flossing teeth can be difficult. You have to make sure you get underneath and around the brackets, and sometimes a special brush may be required. Flossing is difficult because you have to navigate around the brackets and wires. With clear braces, you simply remove the trays and brush and floss as normal.
It is important to remember to brush the teeth and clean out the trays after each meal. Having food and residue left on the teeth and in the trays can cause problems when left for too long. It is also important to wear the trays at least twenty-two hours a day, as they may not work as quickly if they are often left out of the mouth. Because of this, brushing the teeth right away after eating and replacing the trays immediately is the best route to go.Share