Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

3 Reasons to Get Invisalign (and 1 Reason Not To)

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Every year, Dr. Bruce Matthews and the rest of our caring treatment team help dozens of patients just like you learn to feel more confident in their smiles with our Wilmington, DE Invisalign treatments.

With removable and transparent trays, Invisalign is an excellent option if you want to straighten your teeth without having to follow the typical “rules” of regular metal braces. Invisalign may not be right for everyone, however. Read below to discover three reasons you should consider getting Invisalign — and one reason it may not be the best choice for you.

A More Flexible Diet

While wearing traditional metal braces, you must be cautious about what you eat. Sticky, gooey, and hard foods can damage metal brackets and connecting wires, so you will typically be advised to stay away from foods including gummy candies, caramel, chips, and crunchy vegetables. Since Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while you eat — meaning you can enjoy all your favorite foods so long as you continue to brush and floss daily.

Clear Aligners are Discrete

There is no need to feel self-conscious about your smile when using Invisalign trays because they will be invisible to nearly everyone you interact with! Unlike traditional metal braces, which can often draw unwanted attention to your teeth when worn, Invisalign trays are clear and designed to conform to your mouth — resulting in a very natural-looking smile throughout treatment.

Shorter Office Visits

Traditional metal braces need to be regularly adjusted and tightened by your orthodontist, and these office visits are typically much longer than visits for patients who chose Invisalign. When you use Invisalign trays, your orthodontic appointments are both shorter and less frequent, which helps save time and money.

Invisalign May Not Be the Best Choice if You Are Forgetful or Worried About Patient Compliance

Invisalign trays are designed to be worn for approximately 22 hours a day and ideally only removed while eating. Because Invisalign trays are removable, it can be tempting to go without them for longer periods of time or forget to put them back in your mouth.

As with any orthodontic treatment, success with Invisalign is most likely to be achieved with 100% patient compliance. If skimping on wear-time is a concern for you, traditional metal braces that cannot be temporarily removed may be the better option.

Please Call for An Appointment

If you think Invisalign might be the orthodontic solution you’ve been looking for, please call Dr. Bruce Matthews to arrange a consultation.