Written by Carlee Linden | Last Updated January 23rd, 2020Carlee Linden is a Content Management Strategist for Best Company. Having majored in Writing Studies, Carlee spends her time refurbishing furniture, watching Netflix, and dreaming of vacationing in Australia.
Does the thought of metal brackets and poking wires make you cringe? Are you worried that a mouth full of metal will make it harder to get a job or that promotion you’ve been eyeing for months? Are you worried about how much you’ll have to spend?
If any of these have stopped you from getting braces, you are not alone. Thousands of adults opt out of getting braces because they’re worried about the cost, the pain, and appearing young and unprofessional.
For many years metal braces seemed like the only viable option to fix crooked teeth, overbites, and crowded teeth. However, in the past few years, invisible braces have garnered quite a bit of attention and disrupted the orthodontic industry as a less invasive and less painful alternative to a perfect smile.
Here are five reasons to consider getting invisible braces:
1. No embarrassing nicknames
Invisible braces are exactly as their name suggests: invisible (well as close as possible).
The majority of aligners are made from a smooth, BPA-free plastic, and are created from an impression or mold of your teeth. The soft plastic tray will fit over your teeth and gradually shift them into place.
Forget being called metal mouth, brace face, or tinsel teeth. Today’s invisible braces are so inconspicuous that hardly anyone will notice you’re wearing them.
2. Eat what you want
Perhaps one of the most inconvenient things with metal braces is being told you can’t eat certain foods. Many people complain that the first week with braces is especially tough as their mouth was extremely tender. Dentists and orthodontists recommend you stay away from the following foods if you have conventional braces:
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — candy, caramel, gum
- Chewy foods — bagels, thick pizza crust, licorice
- Hard foods — almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios
- Foods you have to bite into — apples, carrots, corn on the cob
Invisible braces allow you to eat what you want, whenever you want it. You want to eat popcorn while you’re at the movies, go for it. You want to eat an apple before your doctor’s visit, you can.
It might take some getting used to having to take your aligners out before every meal, it doesn’t take long to get into the habit (just be sure to carry a retainer case with you to restaurants).
Yes, you’ll have to remove the aligners before eating and brush your teeth after eating, but at least it doesn’t limit your diet.
3. Achieve a healthier smile
You might be wondering how straightening your teeth will help keep them healthier. If your teeth are misaligned, it can be challenging to give them a proper cleaning. Crowded teeth can make it hard to floss, allowing plaque build-up, tartar, and cavities — putting you at greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth put unnecessary pressure on your jaw and cause TMJ or migraines. Having an overbite increases the chance of a dental fracture.
While a straighter smile is great for aesthetic purposes, it also can make going to the dentist’s office a little less painful.
4. Spend less
One of the biggest reasons people decide against braces is the cost. Metal braces generally cost between $3,000 and $8,000 — and that’s not including any office visit fees or additional dental work (cavities, cracked or chipped teeth, etc.)
An online invisible aligner company is actually going to be one of the cheapest options when it comes to fixing your smile. You can expect to pay around $2,000 (maybe even less).
Online aligner companies will send you an at-home impression kit, you’ll take an impression of your teeth, send it back to the company, and a dentist or orthodontist will review your mold and come up with a treatment plan. It's a simple process, and you never have to set foot in a dentist’s office.
While some patients worry about not meeting their dental professional in person, many of these companies assign one dentist or orthodontist to work with you throughout the entire process. So you can rest assured that you’ll be able to contact the company and your assigned dentists/orthodontists if you have any questions or concerns.
5. Increase your confidence
A study conducted by the American Dental Association found that 33 percent of young adults are reluctant to smile because of anxiety about the way their teeth look and 28 percent say their teeth have affected their ability to interview for a job.
A few years ago, Invisalign and Harris Poll conducted a study to find out why people wanted to straighten their teeth. Here are the results:
- 92% felt more confident after having their teeth straightened
- 80% felt that straightening their teeth was one of the most valuable treatments they’ve received
- 80% said they did something they would have never done if their teeth had not been straightened
- 75% said they had at least one positive experience related to their teeth straightening
While a straighter smile doesn’t change who you are, it can give you the confidence to do more of what you want to do. Whether you want to interview for a new job or ask that special someone on a date, you don’t have to worry about hiding your smile.