Having crooked or misaligned teeth is unsightly and increases the risk of serious dental problems. Luckily, several orthodontic treatments are available to help create a straight smile.
While traditional braces are still common, new technology has made even better ways to straighten teeth.
What Are Braces?
Traditional braces consist of brackets and wires made of metal that are attached to each tooth. They realign teeth by applying pressure and can correct dental problems such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
In short, braces are designed to move your teeth to improve how they look and work.
What Is Invisalign?
Also known as invisible aligners, this is a revolutionary way of treating dental problems. The dentist will non-invasively scan your teeth and create a set of clear aligners. The aligners use gentle and constant force to move your teeth to the optimal position.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign are removable, but you still have to wear them for 22 hours daily to achieve maximum results. Invisalign can correct overbites, underbites, or any gaps or overlapping teeth.
5 Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces
Although both treatments can help straighten teeth, Invisalign offers added benefits.
They Are Clear and Unnoticeable
For most people looking to straighten their teeth, image is usually their primary concern. Traditional braces are visible, and most people don’t like the appearance of unsightly metal in their mouths. Secondly, metal braces can quickly catch food in them without you knowing, which will only be embarrassing.
On the other hand, Invisalign trays are clear and more attractive than metal braces. People will only know you’re wearing them if you tell them. This is particularly beneficial to adults. Invisalign allows you to associate with others without having to explain your situation.
Easier To Clean
If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, you already know that cleaning them is a hassle. Add metal braces into the mix, and it’s easy for food and plaque to get stuck in and around the wires and brackets.
We all know the health effects of poor oral hygiene, including causing bad breath and tooth decay.
Invisalign trays are removable. So, you brush and floss as usual without needing special equipment. Be sure to clean the aligners with a soft brush and toothpaste before putting them back.
No Food Restrictions
Hard, chewy, crunchy, or sticky foods can cause the brackets to dislodge or the wire to break. And once this happens, the braces will only work after repair.
Some of your favourite foods may be off-limits for as long as you have braces. Otherwise, you’ll be at the dentist every so often, and many breakages can prolong the treatment period.
This isn’t a problem with Invisalign. You can remove them, eat or drink whatever you want, and put them back.
Shorter Treatment Period
Traditional braces usually take 16-18 months to straighten teeth. But some treatments can go up to 3 years, depending on the seriousness. Invisalign can show results in as little as 6-12 months, subject to the severity.
Traditional braces take longer because they lack a precise movement planned out like clear aligners. With a fully computerised treatment plan, Invisalign patients will know what to expect and for how long. Traditional braces can be a trial-and-error situation.
More Comfortable and Safe To Wear
As mentioned, traditional braces use brackets and wire tightening to reposition your teeth. The metal braces can scrap against your cheeks, gums, and tongue, adding to the discomfort.
Invisalign uses smooth and elastic material, making them more comfortable in the mouth. The trays are custom-made, with no sharp/extruding edges or pieces.
There are many benefits to using Invisalign over traditional braces. They are more comfortable, safer, good-looking, and easier to clean. Most importantly, Invisalign fixes several dental problems. Of course, there are a few caveats, like you need to keep them on for 20-22 hours daily to achieve the best results.
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