One of the major problems associated with some childhood habits such as thumb sucking, teeth grinding, prolonged bottle feeding, and pacifier use beyond the age of 3 is malocclusion where the teeth are not in perfect alignment to each other. There are other causes of teeth misalignment and the treatment often involves correction of the abnormality.
Braces vs. Invisalign
In the past, braces and retainers were used to help restore the alignment of the teeth. However, with advances in technology, more and more people are now using Invisalign, just like the ones provided by St. Lucie Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Port St. Lucie, FL. Known as clear teeth aligners, Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner that works pretty much like braces except for a number of advantages.
- People won’t know you are wearing a teeth aligner. This is one of the beauties of using Invisalign because it is more aesthetically pleasing. Compared to braces where it is visible for up to a mile away, wearing Invisalign is a great way to align teeth without being conscious of the device.
- You can remove Invisalign whenever you want to. For example, you don’t want to go to bed with them on, you can simply remove them and put them in their special containers and off you go. For braces, only a dentist can remove them.
- Invisalign doesn’t have sharp surfaces which can irritate your gums as well as your inner lips. In other words, you will feel a lot safer with them on rather than a brace.
- Studies show that Invisalign applications are a lot faster in establishing teeth alignment. In most cases, 12 to 18 months is all that is needed to straighten teeth.
- Lastly, since Invisalign application requires computerized treatment planning to allow for the perfect fit of the Invisalign device, you avoid the trial-and-error method often associated with dental braces.
These are just five of the advantages of Invisalign over dental braces. You may want to check with your Post St Lucie at (772) 878-5000 dentist for more advantages and to discuss which option best suits your needs.