In the United States, recent estimates suggest that one in every three individuals will, at some point in their lives, need, and actually go out and get, some form of treatment for the alignment, or lack thereof, of their teeth. That means that, statistically speaking, if you have three kids, one of them is going to need braces (as experienced kids dentists will confirm) or something more extreme (like surgery to solve an issue with overcrowding, for an easy example), most likely during their teen years, in order to correct an issue with the alignment of their teeth. Thankfully, at no point in history have we been better equipped to fix an alignment issue with the teeth than we are now.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly at what point the idea to realign teeth came into being, but the first recorded discussions and musing on the topic come from the age of Aristotle. At the time, they were simply talking about ways in which to improve the alignment of teeth, with no sign that they actually attempted to do so, which is probably for the best, as some of the ideas they came up with, were, well, insane. However, a few decades later, they began putting, into the mouths of the deceased and soon to be so, various devices that were meant to keep the teeth straight in death, as well as ensuring that the jaw didn’t collapse in death. These were found in places like Egypt and in other cultures that appear to have mummified their dead, and it has been hypothesized that this was done to ensure that, upon the resurrection in the afterlife, the deceased would have a working moth with which to converse with the various Gods and with which they could eat and drink with the same. These devices were made with archaic alloys of gold mixed with various other minerals (some of which aren’t even in use anymore today) and with a stand-in for elastic that was known as ‘catgut’, which is exactly what it sounds like. Thankfully, today, due to breakthroughs in technology over the last two and a half millenia, we don’t have to use the intestines of cats in our various dental and orthodontic treatments. Instead, we use hard plastics that are invisible when placed in the mouth, which has led to the creation of Invisalign.
There are a few reasons that Invisalign maintains superiority over its competition, and they are as follows.
For most people, cost is important. People these days are worried about their money, and rightly so, as the economy is still sluggish and good work remains hard to find and hard to get. Because of this, people are concerned about the cost of everything, especially when it comes to things that are cosmetic medical procedures.
Luckily, there’s no reason for fear here. Invisalign invisible aligners, and the visit to an experienced cosmetic dentist in order to have them sized and to have a treatment plan drawn up, are cost comparable to standard braces. In general, the price difference is about five hundred dollars American, although the price will be subject to change based on where you live. The point is, you’ll find yourself only paying a bit more than you would, and getting a lot more for your money than you would with standard metal braces.
2. Ease of use
Standard metal braces are hard to clean around, and there’s no argument there. Over the long-term, you’re going to get the debris of food caught in there, and, in general, the braces are going to make your standard dental health regimen harder to keep up. That’s not to say it can’t be done, just to say that it will be harder and more time-consuming.
On the other hand, you won’t have the same problem with Invisalign invisible braces. They’re easily removable, requiring no more effort than you would put into taking off a pair of socks, and can be easily removed for brushing and flossing as well as for times when you need to eat, ensuring your Invisalign aligners will remain free of food debris.
This is the big thing for a lot of people. No one likes to have attention drawn to a physical feature they’re unsatisfied with, and standard metal braces do just that while fixing the aforementioned unsatisfactory element to the smile. So, for people who are less than happy with the state of their smile as it currently exists, Invisalign is a great choice. Invisalign aligners are invisible, meaning unseen to the naked eye, so they don’t draw attention to the mouth in any way.
So, if you’re looking for a way to improve your smile, consider Invisalign braces. Ask your local trustworthy family dentist today, and see if Invisalign might be the right treatment plan for your particular malocclusion!