Traditionally, if you wanted teeth straightening, you only had the option of metal braces. It didn’t matter if you wanted to chew gum occasionally or eat taffy sometimes; you had to keep those babies on, and those foods were off-limits until treatment was over.

However, advancements in dental technology allow someone to correct their smile and remove their braces as they see fit, such as if they want to chow down on some corn on the cob or smile on a first date without bearing metal.

If those benefits intrigue you, find out if removable braces could be right for you.

Benefits Of Invisalign

Before you decide which orthodontic treatment is right, especially considering you may need it for a year or longer, you should first understand the benefits of removable braces.

Remove Them For Special Events

For one, if you have special events planned over the next year, such as your wedding, a prom, or another similar affair, you may not want the appearance of metal braces. But that doesn’t mean you must sacrifice and wait to start your teeth straightening journey.

Instead, you can opt for Invisalign removable braces, which you can take out for special events. However, you still must wear them 20 to 22 hours a day.

Eat All The Foods You Love

To name a few examples, you can’t eat the following with traditional braces:

  • Gum
  • Taffy
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard, raw vegetables
  • Hard cookies or biscuits
  • Jelly beans
  • Apples and pears
  • Popcorn

While achieving a straight smile is certainly more important than omitting a few foods from your diet for one to three years on average, you probably don’t want to sacrifice if there’s another option.

Fortunately, Invisalign exists, which you must take out when you eat anyway. They allow you to munch on what you want anytime a craving hits, just as long as you remove your aligners beforehand.

Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly

We — by no means — are rebuking standard braces. They’re an excellent way to reach your smile goals and establish a healthy bite. Braces are also more affordable than clear aligners.

With that said, though, they can hinder your ability to care for your teeth correctly.

When you opt for removable braces, you take them out so you may brush and floss your teeth and reach even those tiny, in-between spaces — the ones you can’t with traditional braces.

Convenience And Comfort

Invisalign might also be a solution if you want convenience, such as the following:

  • Fewer dental visits
  • Shorter treatment time
  • Less discomfort and irritation
  • Less risk of a problem that requires urgent attention, like a broken wire

When Removable Braces Aren’t The Right Solution

Although clear aligners have their share of benefits, our Torrance orthodontist won’t recommend them to everyone. First, you must undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure they’re the most effective and safest solution.

Any of the following could interfere with your candidacy for Invisalign:

  • Don’t have the dedication to wear them continuously
  • Have a severe misalignment or jaw or bite issue
  • Aren’t willing to comply with any restrictions or guidelines, like taking them out to clean your teeth
  • Suffer from an advanced case of gum disease

At Beach Cities Orthodontics, serving Torrance, CA, and the surrounding region, we’ll help you better decide if they’re an option with further education, active listening, and a comprehensive evaluation.

Request your consultation today to see if Invisalign is right for you!

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