Invisalign and traditional braces are orthodontic treatments designed to correct dental alignment problems while providing a better smile and improving oral health. While each option has pros and cons, Invisalign offers more benefits for the wearer and has proved to be an effective alternative to the brackets and wires. On top of fixing several dental problems, including crossbite, gaps in teeth, open bite, underbite, overcrowded teeth, overbite, and protruding teeth, here are other key advantages of Invisalign over other types of braces:
One of the major perks with Invisalign is they appear invisible. The plastic is clear, and it's unlikely anyone will notice them if cared for properly. This helps to hide the fact that one is undergoing orthodontic treatment, which is a great benefit for professionals, teenagers, and anyone who wishes to correct their smile secretly. On the other hand, other types of braces are highly visible, which can cause patients to feel self-conscious and embarrassed.
You can remove your aligners whenever you choose to, for a specified period of time, and put them back on without compromising your treatment. You can remove them for job interviews, a first date, outings with friends and family, professional meetings, and so on. Other braces are permanent and can only be removed by a professional, after which your treatment is effectively over.
Improved Oral Health
Traditional braces tend to trap food particles; unfortunately, it's a bit difficult to brush and floss around them. While you are trying to fix one dental problem, you may end up causing another. Patients have had their metal braces removed only to find that they have cavities, stained teeth, or gums that appear dark. Poor oral hygiene also increases the risk of gum disease, which can lead to lifelong health problems if left untreated. Since aligners are removable, they allow you to continue with your usual oral hygiene routine and you can return them once you're done.
Comfortable and Safer Alternative
Although metal braces are designed to be as comfortable as possible, they can't match the comfort that comes with Invisalign. These clear aligners are made of clear, smooth plastic that's lightweight and comfortable. They literally have no brackets for the mouth to adjust to or wires that can come loose and cut or poke the gums or the inside of your cheeks. Needless to say, it's more comfortable and safer to wear clear aligners as opposed to their metal counterparts.
No More Food Restrictions
With traditional braces, you have to avoid foods that could get caught between the metal braces and teeth, bend wires, or pop brackets. This includes popcorn, nuts, bone meat, bagels, crunchy foods and vegetables, gum, hard fruits like apple, caramel, pizza, etc. With Invisalign, simply remove them and enjoy any food or drink you want to. Be sure to brush and floss after every meal before returning your aligners. While you're free to eat whatever you want, it's best to limit those sugary foods to help maintain proper oral care.
Shorter Treatment Time
Traditional braces can extend up to 5 years, depending on the complexity of the teeth's alignment; plus, patients have to meet with their orthodontist every now and then probably to have a bracket replaced or a wire moved. Invisalign, on the other hand, takes 12-18 months to straighten your teeth. Also, the treatment is fully planned beforehand, allowing you to know exactly how long you'll need to wear the braces and what to expect at the end of the treatment.
The benefits of aligning your teeth with Invisalign over other types of braces are too good to pass up. Schedule an appointment with Pure Dentistry today to see if you or your loved one is a candidate for Invisalign treatment. A straighter smile may be just what you need to participate in your daily life with confidence.