We are all constantly looking for new ways to help us lose weight and we turn to diets, herbal supplements, and exercise plans, but most people don’t think of asking their dentist for help. You might be asking, how can your dentist help you lose weight? The answer is by recommending Invisalign®. Invisalign® is used to help straighten your teeth, but it also has reported weight loss benefits. If you are looking to lose a few pounds and get a straighter smile, then Invisalign® might be the answer to all your problems.
While Invisalign® can help you lose weight, it is first and foremost an alternative to braces. Instead of ugly metal wires, Invisalign® uses customizable plastic aligners to help you achieve straighter teeth. For many people, Invisalign® is an attractive alternative to braces because they are almost invisible, easily removable, and more comfortable.
There are many adults who didn’t have braces as a child and would like to correct imperfect teeth, but are reluctant because of the negative associations and worries about discomfort. Invisalign® is perfect for those people because they have the ability to straighten teeth without most of the negative qualities associated with traditional braces.
Invisalign® can be removed to make eating and brushing your teeth easier, but it is still recommended that you wear them for at least twenty hours a day. This is where the weight loss benefits of Invisalign® come in. Many patients report that wearing Invisalign® has impacted their eating habits for the better. This is partly because the Invisalign® needs to be removed for mealtimes, which requires planning and effort.
Many Invisalign® wearers have reported that they eat fewer snacks during the day because of the effort involved. With the reduced snacking also comes more regular meals and many patients have reported that planning their mealtimes in advance has made them more conscious of what they eat. So, while Invisalign® won’t magically help you lose weight, it does encourage healthy eating and awareness.
In addition to having plan meals and reducing snacking, you are not supposed to drink alcohol or sugary beverages while wearing Invisalign®. Many people will drink a soda without thinking about the sugar or calories, but Invisalign® has to be more conscious and many find it easier to just drink water, which is much healthier. Many Invisalign® wearers have reported losing as much as 15 pounds while wearing their aligners. Many have also reported that the good lifestyle habits encouraged by wearing Invisalign® have stuck with them even after the aligners were removed.
There are many benefits to Invisalign®. It can improve your smile and lifestyle all at once. For adults who have never had braces, but long for a straighter smile, Invisalign® could be the answer to your problems. It can correct the alignment of your teeth and give you that perfect smile you’ve been longing for and at the same time, it can help encourage healthy eating, which can lead to weight loss and an overall improvement in your diet and lifestyle. If you feel like you would benefit from Invisalign®, you should contact your dentist.