Is Invisalign Easy to Use?
One of the biggest questions new Invisalign patients have is, “Is Invisalign easy to use?”
One of the best things about Invisalign is how easy it is to use. Unlike other treatments that require a lot of maintenance in order to keep them and your mouth clean (on top of a long list of restrictions that you have to follow), Invisalign simplifies the process of getting your teeth straight, and can actually make it much more comfortable to get your teeth straight. Here are just some of the ways that Invisalign is easy to use.
Cleaning Your Teeth
One of the biggest factors that makes Invisalign and Invisalign Teen easy to use is how easy it is to keep your teeth clean. When compared to other treatment options, which are literal obstacles when it comes to brushing and flossing your teeth, you can completely remove Invisalign to brush and floss your teeth. This makes it extremely easy to keep your teeth healthy and clean. All you have to do is continue your normal oral hygiene routine and you do not have to worry about cavities or gum disease during your Invisalign treatment.
While you do have to wear your aligners for at least twenty hours every day, in order to get the full effects of those aligners, this still leaves you plenty of time to take them out while you are eating and then also for cleaning your teeth and those aligners. All you really have to do is get into the routine of brushing and flossing after a meal, cleaning your aligners, and then putting them back in. This is much easier than the cleaning routine you have to get into if you opt for other types of treatments.
Because cavities and gingivitis are so common in patients that have metal braces, as the metal braces get in the way of the cleaning routine and make it very inconvenient to brush your teeth, for those who are looking for an easy way to keep their teeth clean and get them straight, Invisalign is a much better option.
Cleaning Your Aligners
Cleaning your aligners is almost as easy and cleaning your teeth. While it is not recommend that you use toothpaste to clean your aligners, you can easily use a clean toothbrush and warm water to brush away any plaque or bacteria that might be lurking on your aligners after a day of wearing them. For more intense cleaning, you might want to use a little bit of mild soap.
It is not recommend that you use toothpaste on Invisalign aligners, simply because it is abrasive and can create little channels in the plastic that can harbor bacteria and plaque, even after cleaning. One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that every few weeks, you get to put in a new set of aligners. This means that you only have to worry about each set of aligners for a few weeks, which is rarely long enough for any serious problems to arise.
Wearing Your Treatment
Perhaps the biggest benefit of choosing Invisalign is how easy and hassle-free the treatment is to wear. Unlike other treatment methods that require a lot of daily maintenance and can be a serious hassle in your everyday life, Invisalign is simple and so easy to wear that you may even forget you are wearing them. All you have to do is wake up, take out your aligners, brush your teeth and clean those aligners, put them back in, and you are ready to go for the entire day!
There are fewer appointments with your orthodontist and the aligners, unlike metal braces, do not have metal brackets or wires that can poke or scratch the insides of your cheeks or your gums. With far fewer opportunities for irritation, the treatment is much easier to wear and is much better for patients who would have trouble with the pain and discomfort that comes with other treatments.
The learning curve when it comes to Invisalign is much easier than the learning curve associated with braces. You don’t have to learn how to use special tools in order to clean and maintain your treatment, you don’t need to follow a list of restrictions, and you don’t have to worry about your treatment popping off of your teeth or causing you discomfort and even pain.
Participating in Sports and Other Activities
Many braces wearers have to give up their favorite activities like playing sports or a wind instrument, because of the danger that braces, combined with those activities presents. While wearing a mouth guard for sports can prevent some of the danger of playing that sport while also wearing braces, it does little to help with other activities wherein braces could get in the way or making playing or participating uncomfortable or even impossible.
Patients who do not have the patience to deal with metal braces will find that Invisalign is a much simpler and easier option. While there is still a certain amount of maintenance required when you have Invisalign, it is nothing in comparison to the maintenance required when you have other types of treatments. Putting in just a little bit of effort to keep your mouth and aligners clean can go a long way to making sure your treatment is as effective as you want and need it to be.
If you are considering both braces and Invisalign as options, the simplicity that comes with an Invisalign treatment could be the tie breaker.