Who wants to go around with a mouth full of metal? No one. But if you have crooked or misaligned teeth, braces are often the only solution. Fortunately, braces have come a long way since the days of “railroad tracks” and rubber bands. Today, you can actually have your teeth corrected with braces that are virtually invisible – they’re called Invisalign® clear braces, and unless someone looks very closely at your smile, they won’t even notice that you’re wearing them.

That alone should be reason enough to consider Invisalign over traditional braces, but it’s not the only reason. There are other benefits of Invisalign clear braces that make them the logical choice. One of the biggest benefits is that Invisalign braces can be removed. You can take them off any time you want, and what that means is that you don’t have to forego the oral pleasures that aren’t possible with metal braces. You’ll be able to chew gum and eat whatever you want without having to worry about food getting trapped in your braces.

Additionally, because you can remove your Invisalign braces, you’ll be able to brush and floss normally. Metal braces, once placed, are there for the duration of your treatment, and that means that it can be very difficult to get around all that metal in order to take proper care of your teeth. Because it’s so difficult to get at food particles when you’re wearing metal braces, you end up trading one problem for another. At the end of the treatment, of course, your teeth will be nice and straight, but chances are that they’ll be in the early stages of decay, meaning that you’re going to need other treatments later on.

Another of the benefits of Invisalign clear braces is that you don’t have to deal with painful tightening. You won’t be fitted with just one set of braces; in fact you may go through as many as 30 sets before the treatment is completed, and the gradual tightening will be so little from one set to the next that you won’t even notice. Also, your visits to the dentist will be relatively brief, since each new set takes very little time to fit.

So, there’s no discomfort, no inconvenience, and the braces are removable. It really doesn’t get much better, and given all the benefits of Invisalign, it’s clear (pun definitely intended) why they’re very much a better choice than metal braces.

If you want to straighten your smile the convenient way with Invisalign, call us at Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island at 718-984-7700 today! For additional information, review our Invisalign blog for general treatment information.