Everyone agrees that a person’s smile is one of their most attractive qualities – or at least, it can be for those who sport a gorgeous set of teeth. Unfortunately, not all of us are born with perfectly aligned incisors, canines, and molars.
Some people have gaps in their teeth while others suffer from overcrowded or overlapped teeth. Either way, you might be constantly hiding your laughter behind your hand or smiling with a closed mouth in photos to hide that gap or snaggletooth that makes you self-conscious.
Wouldn’t you rather grin with abandon, knowing you’re displaying a perfect and beautiful smile every time? Of course you would. The problem is that braces are expensive and unsightly. If you didn’t get them as a child, you certainly don’t want to wear them for two or more years as an adult.
Alternatives like veneers are an option, but these are even more costly than braces and there’s always the possibility of damaging your natural teeth in the process. The good news is you don’t have to waste two years wearing braces or spend tens of thousands of dollars on veneers.
A third option for appropriate cosmetic dentistry exists. If you want a perfect, straight set of teeth with less hassle and expense, it’s time to consider Invisalign. Here are just a few benefits you’ll enjoy when you select this option.
You don’t necessarily have to get braces to know they’re uncomfortable. Anyone who’s had them before can tell you in detail about the ache that follows adjustments and the sting of constantly cutting the soft tissue on the inside of cheeks and lips on the hard metal in your mouth.
Although not every patient is a good candidate for Invisalign, you need only undergo a quick assessment to find out if this is a viable option for you. Even patients who have had braces before, who have dental implants, or who deal with issues like overbites could still be good candidates for this treatment. You’ll want to run a “dentist near me” search to find a reputable and experienced professional for an Invisalign consultation.
Most people don’t consider the prospect of wearing braces for up to two years to be terribly convenient, especially when you factor in appointments for adjustment every few weeks during that time. Also inconvenient is having to change your diet to accommodate braces – you’ll have to stay away from favorites like popcorn and hard candy when you wear braces. You’ll spend a lot of extra time cleaning food that gets stuck between braces and teeth.
Invisalign is decidedly more convenient because aligners are removable. You can take them off when you eat or when you want to smile for a photo. It’s easy to brush, floss, and maintain good oral health with Invisalign. In addition, you could see significant results in under a year and scheduled check-ups are generally every six weeks (as opposed to, say, 3-4 weeks for traditional braces).
The cost of Invisalign will vary from patient to patient, but overall it tends to fall somewhere in the $3000-$8000 range. In other words, it’s similar to braces. Part of the expense may be covered by dental insurance (up to as much as $3500 in some cases), so it’s best to check with your provider beforehand to see if you can spare some out-of-pocket expense.
Invisalign is also eligible for FSA (flexible spending account) dollars, which are pre-tax dollars removed from your paycheck and placed in an account for the specific purpose of paying medical bills. Don’t forget, you’ll also save time when you use Invisalign, thanks to fewer dental appointments and often faster results.
When you chip or knock out a tooth, you immediately see an emergency dentist to fix it because you don’t want to walk around with a defective smile. It’s not only a health issue, but also a matter of confidence.
Just because you were born with crooked teeth doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the
confidence that comes with a straight, perfect smile. Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth and gain the confidence you deserve.
5. Healthy Mouth, Beautiful Smile
Your oral health is of the utmost importance. Even though you might seek out root canal alternatives when a tooth becomes infected, ultimately you’re going to do what’s best for your oral health, as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
In case you didn’t know, teeth that aren’t properly aligned can cause all kinds of oral health issues, from cavities and tooth decay to seemingly unrelated issues like heart disease (if infections spread). When you properly align your teeth with the help of Invisalign, you’ll have an easier time cleaning and caring for your teeth, improving your oral health and your cosmetic appearance at the same time.
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