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Here’s How Invisalign Beats Braces

By: | Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | Invisalign

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Invisalign Burke VAFor the years that we have been a premier Invisalign provider in Northern Virginia, we have seen this method of teeth-straightening skyrocket. Who doesn’t love the idea of having a better smile; one that not only looks more attractive but is truly healthier because teeth are straight! We understand the reason for Invisalign’s popularity, and we’ll point out a few of the benefits that our patients appreciate here.

#1 – Comfort

There’s no other way to say it than braces can be rough on the mouth. Having metal brackets cemented to individual teeth presents the immediate challenge of small fixtures protruding from the surface of teeth. The brackets can rub on the inner cheek and lips and may even catch on tissue now and then. To resolve this issue, the patient with braces must resort to applying wax over the corners of the annoying bracket to soften its edges. Invisalign has no brackets, only smooth plastic trays that fit over teeth.

#2 – Appearance

It has been decades since having a “metal mouth” was actually in style. If you weren’t around at that time in history, you may be surprised to even hear that people truly wanted to have gold and silver crowns placed over front teeth to achieve a particular look. We’ve come a long way since that trend, and now most people want to preserve their natural smile all the time, even when straightening their teeth. The clear plastic from which Invisalign aligners is made enables our patients to do that.

#3 — Gentler, Kinder Treatment

Force is a necessary aspect of any treatment that aims to straighten teeth. However, the immense pressure placed on certain teeth during standard orthodontic treatment may be too much. It is believed that, in some cases, the pressure on a tooth causes hidden damage that may not manifest until years later. At that time, a root canal may be needed to treat the damaged root. The cementing of brackets and placement of bands around those brackets may also present a risk for tooth decay during orthodontic treatment. Not only are bacteria attracted into the small spaces around brackets, but this space is also difficult to reach when brushing. Invisalign aligners are removable. There is nothing to brush around. Flossing is even easy with Invisalign!

We’re huge fans of Invisalign, and our patients are, too. To schedule a consultation in our Burke office and see what Invisalign can do for you, call (703)-935-2879



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