Some people put off getting braces because braces can be awkward and painful, especially in certain social situations. A more convenient alternative to braces is Invisalign.
When you opt for Invisalign, with its clear aligners, your treatment is discreet and unobtrusive. You'll be able to take part in the following social situations with little trouble.
1. Public speaking
Speaking with a foreign object of any kind in your mouth does take practice at first. The same is true with Invisalign. But with practice, you can very quickly learn how to speak clearly while wearing Invisalign aligners. At first, some patients may have a lisp. But by adjusting the position of your tongue, you won't lisp for very long. You'll be able to give a speech or presentation effortlessly.
And because Invisalign aligners don't stand out like traditional braces do, you won't feel self-conscious while talking in front of a group.
Much like speaking, you'll need to practice for a week or so while wearing your aligners if singing is something you enjoy. But once you adjust, singing with an aligner in will be a simple matter.
3. Going on a dinner date
Although some orthodontists might recommend that you take your aligners out at mealtimes, you can eat while wearing an Invisalign aligner. And because the aligners fit so closely to your teeth, they won't stand out while you chew your food while on a date. Just be aware that foods with strong colouring, like curry and red pasta sauce, can stain an aligner. Remove your aligner if eating these foods.
4. Playing contact sports
Playing contact sports like football while wearing an aligner is possible. The chances of a damaging collision are low. However, if you play tough sports like rugby or American football, take your aligners out and wear a good quality mouth guard. Don't wear a mouth guard over an aligner as this won't protect your aligner and you may struggle to breathe.
5. Playing wind instruments
Just as with speaking and singing, playing a wind instrument with an Invisalign aligner takes practice. But you can do it. And you can also take out your aligners for up to two hours a day. This is useful if playing a wind instrument is painful or awkward with Invisalign. But talk to your dentist first. They may adjust your daily wearing time to allow you to remove your aligners for longer each day.
6. Going to the local fairground
Your aligners should always fit snugly to your teeth. A tight fit is necessary in order for the aligners to move your teeth. So don't worry that your aligners might fall out while enjoying a ride at your local fair.
For more information about Invisalign, contact a local dentist.