If your teeth look a little as though they’re not talking to each other, turning their backs on each other or trying to run in opposite directions then you may have considered visiting an Invisalign dentist. Certainly when it comes to teeth alignment Invisalign is the name on everyone’s lips, or rather, everyone’s teeth. But there’s something you should know about the whole process, because it may not be as ideal as you first imagine.
Very few people are born with perfect teeth. In fact, almost no one is actually born with teeth at all of course, but what I mean is that our natural teeth alignment as we grow older is rarely perfect. Nature doesn’t tend to do neatness, straight lines or predictable alignment. This is where dentists can step in and help us out with teeth alignment. Whether your teeth are crooked, have gaps between them, are overlapping, or otherwise looking less than perfect an Invisalign dentist seems to be the only alternative to wearing clumpy great metal braces which have for so long typified the teenage look.
Metal braces are no bad thing of course. They do the job brilliantly, and have helped give a great many people a fabulous set of teeth which look less like a disgruntled rabble of argumentative rebels and more like a highly presentable row of soldiers standing neatly to attention. Obviously wearing metal braces isn’t a look people are too keen on, and there are several major drawbacks in addition to looking as though we’ve got a building firm working in our mouth for three years.
To start with they are large, and can really affect how you speak, which rules out certain jobs such as a telesales person, radio announcer or audio book reader. Then there’s the oral hygiene, of which there’s very little. You certainly can’t floss, and even brushing your teeth is tough. Don’t even start to think about eating a peanut butter sandwich with sesame seeds on top. Many people have also found that the wires can sometimes stick into their gums and cause ulcers and sores.
So whilst there is undeniably a real benefit to be had from traditional metal braces they aren’t ideal by any stretch of the imagination. Which is why the offer being put forward by Invisalign seems so appealing. Can an Invisalign dentist really give you perfectly aligned teeth, without all of the downsides inevitable from wearing metal braces?
The short answer is that yes, visiting an Invisalign dentist and having invisible braces or clear braces fitted will give you fabulous looking teeth, and without the visible bulkiness of normal braces, without the discomfort, without affecting your voice or speech, without impacting on oral hygiene and without anyone even realising you’re wearing a brace. But that’s not necessarily the point. Because what’s important is to appreciate that there are other drawbacks which have put a great many people off.
To begin with, you can easily remove clear braces at any time you like, very easily. In fact you’re encouraged to, so that you can brush your teeth properly, floss and eat certain foods. This sounds great, until you realise that not everyone will have the willpower and self discipline to put the brace back in again afterwards. For those who may be tempted to remove their brace rather too often, or ‘forget’ to put it back in again the process will fail, and be a waste of time and money.
Then there’s the fact that you’ll be seeing your Invisalign dentist rather a lot. In fact by the end of the process, which thankfully does take only about half the time as normal braces, you’ll get to know your dentist extremely well, because you’ll need to revisit him or her every two weeks to be fitted for a new set of clear braces.
It’s important to be aware of these drawbacks, because it has affected how people feel about seeing an Invisalign dentist for clear braces. If you don’t have good self discipline, or you don’t want to have to commit to a fortnightly trip to the dentist for up to a year or 18 months then you may be best either loving your teeth as they are, or choosing traditional metal braces instead.