Wish you could straighten teeth without braces? Ask one of our dentists if Invisalign is right for you.\r\n\r\nLike the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that move your teeth little by little into the perfect smile.\r\n\r\nIf you think you would feel self-conscious with wires and brackets, clear aligners can be the perfect alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Continue reading to learn why our Invisalign dentists recommend clear aligners.\r\n1.) Maintain Good Oral Health\r\nSince Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you can maintain your oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing is much easier when you don\u2019t have to clean around braces. When you have braces, food tends to get stuck in hard-to-reach places. Since the plaque on your teeth feed on sugar, neglecting your oral health can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other issues.\r\n2.) Continue Eating Your Favorite Foods\r\nThere are no dietary restrictions when you choose Invisalign to straighten teeth. Since Invisalign is removable, you can continue eating your favorite foods. Just make sure you brush your teeth after each meal to avoid staining your clear aligners.\r\n\r\nPeople who wear braces have to follow a restricted diet to avoid damaging wires and brackets. During orthodontic treatment, people with braces are unable to eat hard-to-chew or sticky foods like caramel popcorn.\r\n3.) Avoid Sharp Edges\r\nMetal brackets can scrape the soft tissue inside your mouth. Likewise, long wires that haven\u2019t been trimmed properly can prick the inside of your cheek. Clear aligners are more comfortable because there are no sharp edges to cause injury between appointments.\r\n\r\nDuring the first few days of wearing your new aligners, you will feel pressure on your teeth. This pressure is a sign that your aligners are moving teeth into proper alignment. Many of our patients feel that the temporary discomfort is worth having beautiful healthy smiles.\r\n\r\nUnlike braces, teeth aligners don\u2019t have to be tightened during appointments. Instead, our Invisalign dentist will monitor your progress before giving you the next set of aligners in your series. Each set will bring you closer to a beautiful healthy smile.\r\n4.) Smile with Confidence\r\nIt\u2019s never too late to straighten your teeth. If you think you would feel self-conscious of having metal on your teeth, ask our dentist if Invisalign is right for you. Many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign clear aligners are subtle enough to go unnoticed by family members, friends, and co-workers.\r\n5.) Maintain Your White Smile\r\nIt\u2019s not uncommon for people to neglect their oral health while wearing braces. After all, it\u2019s a hassle trying to clean around wires and brackets. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can brush and floss your teeth normally. Just make sure you brush your teeth after eating so you don\u2019t end up staining your clear aligners.\r\n\r\nWith braces, you would be forced to thread floss between each individual bracket to remove plaque. For this reason, many people with braces stop flossing altogether. When this happens, there\u2019s a higher risk of tooth discoloration once their braces are removed. Invisalign is the perfect solution to orthodontic treatment because it allows you to move teeth while still being able to maintain good oral hygiene.\r\n\r\nOur dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with Invisalign braces and other cosmetic dentistry services. To schedule your appointment with one of our Hudsonville Invisalign dentists, call (616) 209-4024.