Wish you could straighten teeth without metal braces? Ask one of our Hudsonville cosmetic dentists if Invisalign® is right for you. Like the name suggests, Invisalign consists of nearly invisible top and bottom aligners that gradually move your teeth little by little into the perfect smile. If you’re not a fan of metal wires and brackets, clear aligners can be the perfect alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Continue reading to learn why our cosmetic dentists recommend Invisalign. 1.) Maintain an Uninterrupted Oral Health Routine Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you can continue your usual oral hygiene routine without any issue. After all, brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily is much easier when you don’t have to clean around braces. When you have traditional metal braces, food tends to get stuck in hard-to-reach places. Since the plaque on your teeth feeds on sugar, neglecting your oral health can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other issues. With Invisalign clear aligners, simply take them out, gently brush them at the same time as when you regularly brush and floss, and place them right back in afterward. 2.) Continue Eating Your Favorite Foods Good news: there are no dietary restrictions when you choose Invisalign to straighten teeth. Because you can remove your clear aligners, there’s no need to avoid chewy, crunchy, or sticky foods, like caramel or steak. All you need to do is make sure you brush your teeth thoroughly after each meal to avoid staining your clear aligners or allowing them to accumulate bacteria. When stained, your aligners lose their nearly invisible appearance and instead may look yellowed. Wearing braces often means a more restricted diet to avoid damaging wires and brackets. If you’d prefer to instead continue enjoying the foods you love without worry, speak to one of our cosmetic dentists about Invisalign. 3.) Avoid Sharp Edges Metal brackets can scrape the soft tissue inside your mouth. Likewise, long wires that haven’t been trimmed properly can prick the inside of your cheek. Clear aligners are more comfortable because there are no sharp edges or metal whatsoever to cause injury between appointments. During 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 a beautiful healthy smile. Unlike braces, teeth aligners don’t have to be tightened or repaired during appointments. Instead, our dentists 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. 4.) Smile with Confidence During Treatment It’s never too late to straighten your teeth, but a mouth full of metal isn’t for everyone. Invisalign clear aligners work to correct tooth misalignment and are subtle enough to go largely unnoticed by family members, friends, and co-workers. Whether you’re a teenager or adult, you deserve to have a smile you can show off proudly during and of course, after treatment. The low-key appearance of Invisalign clear aligners allow you to do just that. 5.) Beautiful Results Are Possible Faster Every patient is different so the length of orthodontic treatment can vary whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign. However, on average, patients who wear clear aligners can see desired results in 12 months or less. For a timeline like this to be achievable, each set of aligners must be worn for approximately 10-14 days. After that time has passed, you’ll need to proceed to the next set of aligners in the series and continue this process until our dentists see that your teeth have reached ideal alignment. Straighten Teeth Your Way Our cosmetic dentists in Hudsonville, MI, are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with Invisalign braces and other cosmetic dentistry services. To schedule an appointment with one of our Invisalign providers at Hudsonville Dental, call (616) 209-4024. This blog has been updated. Related Blog Posts \tInvisalign® Clear Aligners FAQ \tHow Do I Make Invisalign® More Comfortable? \tAm I a Candidate for Invisalign® Braces?