Do you have crowded or spaced teeth you want to realign, but are not ready to wear metal braces? Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, transparent aligners that gradually move your teeth into their correct position without the inconveniences that accompany metal braces.
If you opt for Invisalign at specialised dental practice such as Simply Teeth in Essex, you will be required to wear your aligners for up to 22 hours a day, depending on the state of your misalignment. You should only remove the retainers during meals and when brushing your teeth. It is really important to wear them for this many hours for the treatment to be effective.
Apart from getting a brand new smile, however, several patients have experienced some surprising benefits that come with Invisalign.
The ‘Invisalign Diet’
Experience has shown that wearing the Invisalign trays almost all day, prevents people from snacking and consuming junk food. At the same time, soda drinks can stain the Invisalign aligners, so you are likely to cut down on sugary drinks and slim down by a dress size or two. Finally, since you are allowed to remove your retainers for a brief period of time in the day, you are likely to plan your meals more carefully and choose healthier options.
Wearing metal braces can compromise your appearance and your self-esteem. Some people cannot get used to bulky braces, which can cause pain and mouth irritation. Because of their size, the thought of smiling, showing your teeth, or speaking with metal braces can be a major cause of anxiety. This can affect the way you think about yourself, and cause embarrassment in social situations. In contrast, Invisalign aligners are clear and you will happily forget that you are wearing them after a few hours. Moreover, they can be removed for a special occasion.
Though traditional metal braces are very efficient for virtually any type of misalignment, they are difficult to maintain clean and can pose a danger for gum disease and tooth decay if you are not following a thorough oral hygiene routine.