What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

by Dr. Sean Moran on December 13, 2011

Nobody wants to get braces, but everybody wants a beautiful smile with straight teeth. Invisalign is the answer. The clear inserts straighten your teeth without having to suffer through metal wires in your mouth. Here are some of the many benefits of choosing Invisalign.


Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is made from a smooth plastic that fits over the teeth instead of attaching to them. This means that you will not have to suffer with stained teeth after the process is finished like many people do after they have had their braces removed. The smooth plastic also prevents your gums and cheeks from getting snagged on anything. No one will be able to notice they are there, not even you.

For many people, especially teens, it can be embarrassing to go to school with braces. Even if this seems superficial to some, mental health and self-esteem are important parts of growing up to be happy and healthy. You cannot avoid dental problems, such as crooked teeth, but you can avoid getting a procedure that will prevent you from smiling.


The Invisalign inserts are removable for added comfort and thorough cleaning. You can easily remove the insert so that you can brush your teeth thoroughly and clean the insert before reattaching it. This will decrease the risk of developing cavities and other dental problems while you are trying to fix the existing one. Plaque buildup and tooth decay are great concerns with traditional braces but is completely removed with Invisalign.

What many people do not know is that an unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy body. The germs that thrive in the mouth can find their way into a person’s heart, stomach, or blood. While it will not be an instant illness, it is a contributing factor to heart disease and other disorders.


Possibly the most exciting benefit of Invisalign is the fact that there are no eating restrictions. With braces, there are numerous foods that are prohibited. For example, you cannot eat popcorn, candies, apples, and anything sticky when wearing braces. Nearly any food can be eaten while wearing the Invisalign inserts. Even if there is a food that is difficult to eat while wearing it, you can simply remove it for a couple minutes while you indulge in your favorite treat. Nothing is off limits.

Talk to your dentist about Invisalign if you are considering straightening out your smile. Medical technology has come a long way in improving patient’s products, and Invisalign is one of the many advances. Take advantage of the benefits it provides, and leave the traditional braces in the past where they belong.