Why Choose Invisalign Over Braces?
Many people are surprised to learn that the positioning and alignment of our teeth are extremely important to their health. This is because teeth that are crooked, twisted, gapped, overlapping, or otherwise not perfectly flush against one another are more likely to be affected by dental problems. Tiny crevices and spaces between the teeth can trap food debris and bacteria, and since these areas are so hard to clean, the plaque has a greater opportunity to form. Misaligned teeth can also push others out of position and affect the alignment of your entire smile.
Many people have come across orthodontic braces and know them to be the most common solution for correcting misaligned teeth. While they are extremely effective, they also demand that patients make a number of compromises in order to wear them safely and for the treatment to work. Fortunately, there are alternatives to traditional braces that don’t have such limitations. These include Invisalign. Here’s what you need to know about what makes Invisalign superior to orthodontic braces.
Unsurprisingly, one of the most notable things about regular braces is their appearance. Using a combination of metal or acrylic brackets, wires and colored elastics, they are fairly obvious when in place. Even the most discreet varieties can still be seen, causing many patients to feel self-conscious about their appearance. In contrast, Invisalign is clear aligners that are nearly completely invisible when in place over your teeth. This gives patients greater confidence in their smiles during as well as after treatment.
The technique used by braces and Invisalign isn’t too dissimilar, with both relying on pressure being consistently placed onto the teeth to move them into their new and improved position. However, while braces rely on regular adjustments, tightening the brackets and wires to do this, the Invisalign approach is somewhat different. This is because Invisalign uses a series of custom-designed and manufactured aligners that place gentle and consistent force on the teeth for the entire time they are worn. Rather than going to have their aligners adjusted, patients simply move onto the next aligner in the series at the allotted time.
You might think that braces are extremely convenient because they are permanently attached to your teeth and can only be removed by your dentist. However, what this means is that they can’t be removed for eating or cleaning your teeth – two things which can be difficult while wearing braces. You won’t be able to eat foods that are very sticky, chewy, or hard because they could damage your brace, and you will need to take extra special care to clean your teeth properly to avoid decay. If you choose Invisalign, although you will have to ensure that you wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day as specified in your treatment plan, you can remove them for eating and cleaning. This enables you to eat the foods that you like without compromise, and to clean your teeth fully and thoroughly, reducing your risk of decay and gum disease.
One of the most common questions we are asked is, ‘how long do you have to have Invisalign’? Every Invisalign treatment program is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. In most instances, treatment programs are shorter than those of braces. To understand more, you need to know how long braces take to straighten teeth. Most patients wear their traditional orthodontic braces for a maximum of two years, although treatment times may be shorter depending on how well your teeth respond to treatment. Typically, Invisalign aligners may be worn for just 12 – 18 months. However, this depends on the extent of your alignment issues and how strict you are at wearing your aligners. If you only need to have the front six upper and lower teeth addressed for cosmetic reasons, your treatment could be as short as 6 months. Your Invisalign provider will be able to give you an accurate estimation.
If you would like out to find out more about Invisalign and why you should consider choosing Invisalign over braces, don’t hesitate to speak to our knowledgeable orthodontic team.