Invisalign is a relatively new orthodontic treatment that straightens the teeth without the use of an archwire or brackets. In fact, Invisalign aligners contain no metal components. Instead, Invisalign aligners are made of a clear, rigid plastic material that is custom-designed to fit over the teeth.
Since the teeth move progressively throughout the treatment process, multiple sets of aligners are used. Each aligning tray, which is worn for a few weeks, is replaced by the next set in the alignment plan after the allotted time.
Invisalign, which is usually suitable for adults and teens with minor to moderate alignment issues, offers multiple benefits, especially for people who love to participate in contact sports. Here are a few advantages that people who play sports incur when choosing Invisalign to align their teeth.
Invisalign can be removed during games and replaced with a mouthguard.
People who wear braces can easily incur mouth injuries during contact sports. Since a blow to the face can press the lips against the wires and brackets of the braces, the soft tissues of the mouth can easily be damaged.
With Invisalign, the aligning trays are removable. Thus, they can be taken out of the mouth and replaced by a protective mouthguard to ensure that injuries to the mouth are less likely to occur.
With Invisalign, your sports pictures will not display bulky metal brackets.
Because the plastic aligning trays of Invisalign are clear, team photos won't be marred by huge metal brackets on your teeth. You can smile freely without being self-conscious.
You may have less embarrassing moments at sports banquets. Sports banquets are often formal events where the players eat together with guests. During the banquets, people who wear braces may get food caught in the brackets and wires of their appliance as they eat. As a result, they may experience multiple embarrassing situations where food is displayed throughout conversations. In some instances, the person wearing the braces may not even be aware that they are displaying bits of food whenever they speak or smile until they see their reflection later in a mirror.
With the Invisalign system, the aligning trays can be removed so that you can eat in your normal manner. There are no additional structures in your mouth on which food can become caught as you chew.
To learn more about Invisalign and its benefits, schedule a consultation with a dentist, like one from Merrillville Dental Center, P.C., in your local area.