Is Invisalign Worth the Investment?
Written by Torrey Hills Dental
If you’re like a lot of adults who are considering getting Invisalign in Carmel Valley, San Diego, you may be asking, “Is Invisalign worth it?”
Yes. Especially if you want a healthier, more attractive smile without any extra dental work.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses 3D-printed alignment trays to gently reposition your teeth. The form-fitting aligners wrap around each tooth and apply pressure at certain points throughout your mouth, moving all of your teeth in a systematic manner. When you change your Invisalign trays out as directed (usually every 14 days) the tooth movement continues, until the completion of your orthodontic treatment. Each pair of aligners is slightly different from the last, which keeps your teeth moving gradually throughout the entire process.
Since Invisalign is digitally mapped, our Carmel Valley office can sometimes show you a preview of what your proposed “before and after” results will look like. The entire care plan is virtually mapped out before the treatment starts, so you can “see” how your teeth will move throughout the duration of your care.
The Health Advantage of Straighter Teeth
You might be thinking, “I’m too old for braces. Invisalign just isn’t worth it.” In reality, adults are the perfect candidates for Invisalign. In fact, the system was designed with adults in mind.
Straightening your teeth later in life (as opposed to getting braces as a teenager) allows you to:
- Boost your self-image and confidence
- Reduce your risk of decay
- Help manage gum disease
- Prevent irregular tooth wear
- Address TMJ pain
- Extend the overall lifespan of your smile
- Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment
Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?
When it comes down to comfort, freedom, and confidence, Invisalign is absolutely better than braces. Here’s why:
You can’t see the appliances. The transparent design of Invisalign makes them practically invisible to everyone else around you. If you don’t like the idea of other people seeing you wear braces, then these state-of-the-art aligners are a perfect choice. Their discreet nature means you can wear them to work or out on dates without unwanted attention to your teeth.
You can eat whatever you want to. Traditional braces patients have to limit what they eat because sticky or firm textures can break their orthodontic appliances. But with Invisalign, you remove your trays during every meal. Is Invisalign worth it? 100%, especially if you’re a self-proclaimed “foodie” and don’t want to limit your menu options on weekends.
Brushing and flossing don’t require extra effort. If you wear braces, you need special devices to clean around them every day. Brushing and flossing become extremely time-consuming, given all of the extra places to clean and tools to use. But Invisalign is simpler than that. You just take the trays out and brush or floss like normal. This step alone makes Invisalign worth it if you’ve previously struggled with past gum disease or recurring areas of tooth decay; your oral hygiene routine will be so much simpler than braces!
Invisalign saves you time. Since you bring your trays home with you ahead of time, you won’t need as many appointments during Invisalign treatment. When it comes to being a time-saver (and time is money) is Invisalign worth it? Without a doubt. Even the visits are shorter because there are no adjustments to make. We’ll check your progress and send you home with the next aligners in the series. You won’t have to see us as often since you progress your tooth movement at home.
They’re more comfortable to wear. Without any irritating metal wires or brackets, form-fitting Invisalign trays comfortably hug your teeth. And since they’re changed out every two weeks, you get to skip the monthly “adjustments” in an orthodontist’s office. The more systematic movement tends to be gentler on your teeth and mouth overall.
Invisalign Carmel Valley, San Diego
Torrey Hills Dental offers comprehensive adult and teen Invisalign treatment. Whether you’ve always wanted straighter teeth or have relapsed from not wearing your retainer, this invisible braces system is a great choice.
Contact our office in Carmel Valley, San Diego today to reserve a zero-pressure Invisalign exam.