How Invisalign Treatment Can Give You A Genuine Smile

Are you hesitant to smile because of crooked teeth? Invisible braces can covertly change that!

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Having the confidence to smile and allowing your natural beauty to show reaps rewards in both your personal and professional lives. Moreover, smiling and laughing often has several physical and mental health benefits.

A genuine smile is known as a Duchenne smile – when the zygomatic major muscle raises the corners of the mouth and exposes your teeth, and the orbicularis oculi muscle raises your cheeks and corners of your eyes. A “fake smile”, on the other hand, uses different muscles. It’s the muscles around your eyes that reveal whether your smile is genuine or forced – when you fake it, your eye muscles don’t contract. 

A beautiful smile has many social benefits, including:

  • It has a favourable influence on other people and gives them the impression you are friendly and approachable
  • It is a way to communicate love, happiness, pleasure, or amusement
  • A healthy smile exudes self-confidence, congeniality, and the ability to deal with stressful situations effectively
  • Confident, genuine smiles can positively impact your career, help you develop lifelong relationships with others, and be viewed in a favourable way by anyone you meet

But if you’re embarrassed by your smile, or hesitant to grin broadly because your teeth are crooked, you’re potentially hurting your relationships with others and possibly your career. It doesn’t need to be that way thanks to the use of discreet Invisalign invisible braces.

What Is Invisalign or Invisible Braces?

Unlike traditional metal braces, which involves metal brackets being bonded to the teeth and use wires to connect them, Invisalign braces are transparent, custom-made aligner trays that are made to fit in your mouth comfortably. They’re virtually invisible braces made of plastic that have no metal brackets and are designed to gradually and gently straighten your teeth. Invisalign is used primarily for cosmetic purposes and may not work to resolve more serious dental problems. However, it is a great alternative for those looking to straighten their teeth discreetly.

Who Is Invisalign Meant For?

Most people of a certain age can benefit from orthodontic treatments – a specialty field of dentistry that is dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of crooked, crowded, or widely spaced teeth and overbites that affect how your teeth look and work. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening teeth, so they look better, work better, and are easier to clean.  Invisalign braces and other types of braces are common orthodontic treatments.

Invisalign braces are great alternatives for teens and adults looking to straighten their teeth without the stigma associated with traditional metal braces. It should be noted that the periodic use of Invisalign takes maturity and so it may not be a suitable solution for young children. Young children are more likely to remove or misplace their Invisalign and thus, slow down the treatment process.

On the other hand, Invisalign is a great solution for teens that are mature enough to take care of their Invisalign and wear them full-time accordingly. The anxiety caused by visible metal braces can be greatly mitigated with invisible braces.  The same can be said for adults who want to correct their teeth in a subtle fashion.

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Benefits for Teens

Because Invisalign braces are practically invisible, no one will know you’re wearing them. Traditional metal braces, on the other hand, can’t be hidden. That’s important for teenagers who have active social lives. Whether you’re eating, playing sports or a musical instrument, or simply clowning around with friends, no one will be able to tell but you and your dentist.

Benefits for Adults

Adults, too, who wish to avoid the stigma of having a “metal mouth” will appreciate the clear alternative Invisalign braces provide. In addition to gradually and gently correcting malformed teeth, it’s easy to maintain good oral hygiene with Invisalign. There is no need to change your eating habits, and because Invisalign braces help reduce the risk of your tooth enamel being worn down when teeth are not properly aligned – a process known as abfraction in the dental community.

Other Types of Braces

There are three other common types of braces. Traditional or metal braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces. Each has pros and cons.

  • While metal braces are among the most common and are the least expensive, they’re also the most noticeable.
  • Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces in many ways; however, they’re far less noticeable. They’re also more expensive than their traditional counterparts and will stain if not maintained properly.
  • Lingual braces, meanwhile, are traditional metal braces that are affixed to the inside of your teeth, ergo, they are “invisible”. They, too, are more expensive than traditional metal braces but are difficult to keep clean, and they are not the right option for severely crooked teeth.

Cost Comparison

Typically, metal braces are the most affordable type of braces and its cost is “usually in the range of $2,500 to $6000” according to Colgate whereas Invisalign braces could range between $3500 to $8000. However, the cost of braces depends on case-by-case basis. Patients may have specific needs that require different solutions and so it is imperative to consult with your dentist first before making a decision. Understanding this, choosing an Invisalign treatment should be looked at as an investment. The added cost of Invisalign may justify the benefits of aligning your teeth in a discreet manner while avoiding the negative social aspects associated with metal and visible braces.

Health Benefits of Invisalign Versus Other Types of Braces

While Invisalign braces are more expensive than other types of braces, and beyond the cosmetic benefits of using them, these transparent trays are custom-made to fit comfortably to the contours of your mouth. There is no glue involved – traditional metal braces are glued to teeth – no rubber bands and Invisalign braces are removable.

Moreover, removable, clear braces are easy to clean, food doesn’t get caught in them, and there is no discomfort from wires that are sometimes required with the application of traditional metal braces.

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Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Not only are straight teeth attractive to look at and can give your confidence a boost, but they are easier to clean which, in turn, greatly reduces the risk of contracting periodontal disease. Malformed teeth present a risk to your overall health, including rapid tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, and chewing and digestion difficulties. Additionally, crooked teeth can contribute to speech impediments, and as they are more difficult to keep clean, over time poor oral health can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Consult us for an Invisalign Treatment in Newmarket

If you’re ready to seek corrective orthodontic treatment in Newmarket using Invisalign invisible braces, be advised they are, on average, worn for up to 24 months. You will require up to 30 clear aligners for both upper and lower teeth and will need a new aligner every two weeks.

Caring for your Invisalign braces is not difficult. You remove them before eating, brush and floss your teeth afterward, then place the trays back in your mouth. Use a soft toothbrush to clean your braces, rinse them under cool water, and then sanitize them by placing them briefly in a solution recommended by your orthodontist.

Is Invisalign the right option for you? Talk to one of our experienced orthodontists and get the answers you need to make an informed decision.

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