Patients who undergo Invisalign treatment know what they’re getting into – it’s a discreet orthodontic alternative to braces that offers a measure of freedom while shifting their smile into proper alignment. What many people don’t realize is just how many other benefits Invisalign can deliver besides straight teeth.
Break Those Bad Habits
All day coffee or soda – some people call these vices, others call them bad habits. When it comes to beverages and your Invisalign trays, the only thing it’s OK to drink all day long is water. Any drink other than water can damage your aligners. Even though you only wear most aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set, you want them to stay clear throughout so they’re unnoticeable. Stains and odors can easily set in if you’re sipping while wearing Invisalign. If this steady sipping is a habit you have long wanted to break, Invisalign can make it happen.
In other bad habits, if you’re a person who often uses their teeth to open packages or unconsciously chew on ice or pens, activities like these can cause serious oral health problems. You can crack, chip, or damage your teeth in a heartbeat. With Invisalign in place, you won’t be able to chew on things the same way – and you wouldn’t want to damage your aligners anyway.
Lose the Last Few Pounds
If you’re someone who knows you need to give up the snacking and sweets to finally lose those last few pounds, Invisalign can help you get there. The aligners must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, which means they’re only removed for meals and cleanings. They also fit quite snugly and when your teeth are feeling sensitive and tender from being shifted, you don’t want to take the trays out any more than necessary. As a result, you’re likely to make smarter choices about what you eat and when.
You may plan your meals to be healthier and more filling so they keep you going longer and leave you feeling less tempted to snack on empty calories in between. And you’ll think twice about a sweet treat if it means you have to take your trays out to eat it. Many people decide it’s better to wait until mealtime to really indulge. Over time, these careful decisions will add up and you may notice the scale go down a few pounds.
Boost Your Confidence
Any orthodontic treatment can make a person feel self-conscious. Invisalign, however, can make a person feel more confident about themselves. Not only do you not have to announce your orthodontic treatment to the world, your teeth will slowly and steadily look better. You’ll love your reflection in the mirror – and other people will begin to notice how great your smile looks too.
The great thing about Invisalign is that you can keep your treatment personal and private while improving your self-esteem at the same time. Find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Schedule a consultation with Drs. Roberts & de Marsche, Center City orthodontists and Invisalign providers.