Invisalign has been gaining popularity in the world of dentistry since 2000. In fact, a lot of people are now switching to this new method of straightening teeth instead of the traditional braces. But which is better? Many say its Invisalign, others say braces. One thing’s for sure though, both are effective in improving oral health and smile by straightening teeth.
General Pros and Cons
Braces straighten teeth by using metal brackets which are glued to the teeth. These are tied by little rubber bands and wires. A lot of people, especially in the old days, consider these metals and wires a distraction. They make your smile less attractive and they hurt. However, in recent years, due to the various color options for the metal brackets, people think of braces as some sort of a fashion statement for the teeth.
Invisalign on the other hand is invisible. The teeth are straightened out by aligners that are made of BPA-free plastic, which makes it more comfortable to wear than braces. One of the advantages of invisalign is that it is removable. In fact, you need to remove it whenever you eat and brush your teeth. You also get to have a more natural smile even while wearing the aligners because they are invisible. It would seem that you’re not wearing anything at all in your teeth. It’s great for dental emergencies too.
Now, let’s take a further look at some reasons why Invisalign is the better choice:
It is as effective as braces.
Like traditional braces, this dental technology addresses overbite, under bite, gaps and overcrowding of teeth. It works as effectively as braces by straightening out the teeth and improving oral health. During the whole duration of treatment, you will need several aligners as your teeth slowly adjust into place.
It is made of clear BPA-free plastic which makes it comfortable, smooth and invisible. It’s as though they are non-existent. People won’t notice you’re wearing it. You can smile as naturally as possible even while wearing the aligners, unlike in braces where your teeth are studded with metal brackets. To many people who want to retain a natural look when they smile, this is the better option.
No eating restrictions.
The aligner trays are not only invisible, but also removable. In fact, you are required to remove them when you eat, which means you can eat as comfortably as you can. Braces hurt when you eat, and there are quite a number of food restrictions. In Invisalign, there’s none.
It’s more convenient.
You can remove the aligner trays anytime you want, though dentists advice that you need to wear it at least 22 hours a day for better and fast results. You also have to go the to dental office less frequent than in traditional braces. You just visit the dentist to get your new set of aligners since you will need to wear new ones every six weeks to suit the adjustments made by your teeth. The whole treatment process lasts around 10 to 24 months, depending on your dental problems.
Many people complain about how painful wearing braces can be, making it difficult for them to eat or even speak. Wearing the invisible aligners can be uncomfortable too especially during the first few days of the treatment. But it’s less painful and a lot better than braces.
Overall, braces are more affordable than Invisalign. However, if you weigh the other factors, the latter is cost-effective too, especially now that a lot of dental insurance companies cover such dental procedure or treatment. You can also make monthly payments, which makes it kind of affordable and convenient.
It’s easier to take care of.
Although there are effective ways on maintain proper oral hygiene when wearing braces, it’s a lot easier in invisible aligners. The aligners can be simply removed when you floss and brush. That way, you can take care of your oral hygiene better without the hassle of using brushes for braces and such.
It promotes good bite.
Wearing the invisible aligners does not only straighten out the teeth to achieve a prettier smile. More importantly, it improves the health of your teeth and mouth. A good bite improves chewing and stops jaw clicking.
If you have further concerns and queries about Invisalign, feel free to reach us out. We can discuss if this treatment is best for you. We will walk you through the procedure and other things you need to know about this treatment.