4 Benefits Of Invisalign Trays

If you want to undergo orthodontic treatment to fix crooked teeth, you may be looking into Invisalign. Invisalign trays are made of a clear, flexible thermoplastic. As your teeth gradually shift into new positions, your dentist will provide new trays for you to wear. While there are pros and cons to every orthodontic appliance, here are four benefits of Invisalign trays.

1. It's Easier to Clean Your Teeth

It can be hard to adequately brush around bands, metal brackets, and wires. It's even harder to floss with metal braces since you have to be patient enough to weave the floss in and out with a floss threader. If you don't have a threader, the floss could shred on the brackets. Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can just brush and floss as you normally would.

2. They Aren't Noticeable—both in Appearance and Wear

One of the most popular reasons—if not the most popular reason—for getting Invisalign trays is because of their practically invisible appearance. If you don't like the look of metal brackets, then Invisalign is the way to go.

Plus, they don't bother your lips and cheeks as much. With metal braces, you'll have to go through an adjustment period where the inside of your mouth gets used to the appliance. You may get sores and need to cover some areas with wax so that your cheeks aren't rubbed raw. While Invisalign trays may make you a little sore as your teeth shift, they are much more comfortable, and you won't notice them as much.

3. They Have Become More Affordable

In the past, metal braces were more affordable than Invisalign trays. However, times have changed. The average cost of metal braces is about $4,937 while Invisalign trays are about $5,000. And if you have dental insurance, your plan may be willing to cover a portion of the cost.

4. You Can Eat Whatever You Want

When you eat, you'll need to remove your Invisalign trays so that you don't damage them. Invisalign trays can warp when exposed to heat, so it's especially important not to drink hot beverages with them in. Because you remove the trays to eat, the good news is that you won't be limited in what you can eat. With metal braces, you aren't supposed to eat crunchy foods, like potato chips. You also need to avoid sticky foods, popcorn, gum, and hard candy. If you don't avoid these foods, you could break a bracket or wire.

These are just a few benefits of Invisalign trays. Contact a dentist or orthodontist in your area for more information.