Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces Grand Rapids

Weighing the pros and cons of Invisalign® treatment? As an Invisalign provider, Lake Michigan Dental has helped countless patients achieve a straighter, healthier smile with clear aligners.

Just like traditional metal braces, Invisalign moves your teeth into optimal alignment for a better bite and smile. However, there are specific advantages to choosing Invisalign over metal braces. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of choosing clear aligners.

1. Your Oral Hygiene Routine Stays the Same

Let’s face it: many people with braces struggle to keep up with their typical oral hygiene routine. Metal brackets and wires simply get in the way of brushing and flossing your teeth, causing many people to neglect these healthy habits while wearing braces. 

Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are removable. That means you can simply take them off to brush and floss your teeth like normal. You don’t have to worry about food particles getting caught on metal brackets or making sure to thread floss between wires and teeth. Instead, you can continue your oral hygiene routine the way you did before treatment.

2. You Can Eat Whatever You Want

If you want to continue eating your favorite foods, we recommend choosing Invisalign.

When you wear braces, you always have to think about which foods could bend your wires or pop your brackets. Since Invisalign is removable, you don’t have to worry about food getting caught in any wires or brackets. All you have to do is make sure you brush your teeth after eating to avoid staining your clear aligners.

Foods you can’t eat with braces, but can with Invisalign, include:

  • Popcorn
  • Pizza crust
  • Caramel
  • Taffy
  • Gum
  • Gummy bears
  • Nuts
  • Crunchy foods and vegetables (without cutting them up)

3. Clear Aligners Are Nearly Invisible

Like the name suggests, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and can usually be worn undetected. This means that you family, friends, and coworkers never have to know that you are undergoing Invisalign treatment.

4. You Can Count on an Accurate Treatment Plan

Our Invisalign braces dentists use a special computer program to accurately plan your Invisalign treatment. From your treatment plan, you will know how long you can expect Invisalign treatment to take to achieve the straight smile you want. Keep in mind that you’ll need to wear your clear aligners for at least 20 hours a day to stay on track with your plan.

5. Your Appointments Will Be Shorter

Our Invisalign dentists will need to see you every six weeks to ensure your teeth are moving into proper alignment. During this appointment, you will also receive your new set of aligners to wear at least 20 to 22 hours a day.

Invisalign treatment is perfect for people with busy schedules because appointments are much shorter than what you would spend at the office for braces. Traditional metal braces must be adjusted at each appointment to move teeth according to plan.

Enjoy a Straighter Smile Sooner with Invisalign

Our Grand Rapids, MI, Invisalign dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Call Lake Michigan Dental today at (616) 453-8211, or contact us online to request an appointment.

This blog post has been updated.