Everyone is familiar with the sight of braces—those metal twists of wire across your teeth that bring eternal embarrassment to teens and cause people to learn how to talk without moving their lips, and smile with their mouths closed. Unfortunately, for a long time, braces were the only way to safely straighten crooked teeth and repair gaps.
Today, there are a few alternatives to braces. One of the most popular is Invisalign—named because it aligns your teeth using an invisible plastic insert that is more comfortable than braces, and definitely more attractive.
There are many good reasons to straighten crooked teeth, outside of the cosmetic benefits. If your teeth are either too crowded or too widely spaced, your gums can become distorted and irritated, leading to red, swollen gums, or even periodontal disease. Straightening your teeth will help your gums achieve a natural, secure fit that prevents them from becoming irritated and can guard against periodontal disease, tooth decay, and other dental hygiene problems.
The Invisalign alignment system offers many advantages over traditional braces. These include:
If you’re considering straightening your teeth, talk to your dentist about the Invisalign system as an attractive and affordable alternative to braces.