It is quite common for people to visit an orthodontist to align their teeth. But what is the best way to get your teeth straightened? Invisalign or braces? Only an orthodontist is the right person to answer.
Orthodontists commonly suggest metal braces or ceramic braces align crooked teeth. But Invisalign is becoming popular due to its invisible appearance and smart functionality. However, both procedures must be done under a dentist’s expert guidance.
In this article, we will discuss both procedures’ advantages and disadvantages and try to understand a better treatment.
Both Invisalign and braces are popular orthodontic methods for aligning teeth.
Invisalign is the brand name for clear braces. Such clear aligners or Invisalign Lite are made of medical-grade plastic, customised, and moulded according to the shape of the teeth. These invisible braces apply ample pressure to slowly move the teeth and get them into the desired position.
Braces, on the other hand, are traditionally made of metal and placed outside the teeth. Several types of braces are being used these days, such as ceramic or lingual braces. Metal wires and rubber bands are attached to the brackets to align the teeth properly and correct the problem.
Ask proper questions and remember to go through sufficient research before opting for any treatment. The required procedure will depend on the magnitude of your dental issue, how long the teeth have been misaligned, and the condition of your teeth.
There are many reasons for choosing Invisalign over traditional metallic braces. However, the question may arise if there is a downside to it or not. The number of pros certainly outshines the cons.
Invisalign Is Invisible
When it comes to appearance, Invisalign is always going to score the numbers over metal braces. As the name suggests, Invisalign retainers are virtually unnoticeable.
Most teens and adults feel overly conscious of wearing metal braces. On the contrary, clear aligners are made of transparent plastics.
These are completely undetectable, making you feel more confident about your appearance. You may have to face unwanted comments about wearing metal braces, whereas you can completely avoid such situations by putting clear aligners.
Clear Aligners Can Be Removed While Eating
Metal braces cannot be removed on your own. For that, you must visit an orthodontist. Moreover, while wearing braces, you will have restrictions on certain food. You must avoid hard and chewy food like nuts, popcorn, and candies.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign can be removed easily whenever you want. The clear aligners should be worn for at least 20 – 22 hours daily. This means that you can easily remove the aligners while eating.
More Comfortable to Wear than Regular Metal Braces
Wearing traditional metal braces can be very uncomfortable. You may be subjected to a certain degree of pain while moving your teeth. Also, there are chances of getting a few cuts here and there inside your mouth from the metal wires encircling the teeth.
The pain you will experience from wearing clear aligners is much less than that of traditional metal braces. Furthermore, you can move your mouth and talk more effortlessly.
As the aligners are made of plastic, there is zero chance of getting any cuts inside the cheeks due to friction. People wearing Invisalign have experienced fewer mouth and gum disease compared to those wearing metal braces.
Brushing and Flossing Get Easier
Brushing or flossing your teeth can be uncomfortable if you use metal braces to align your teeth. It becomes difficult to reach the corners of your mouth and clean thoroughly.
For Invisalign wearers, things like brushing or flossing are a lot easier. You can easily remove the retainers while eating and save yourself from a painful experience. After eating, you can go ahead with your regular brushing and flossing routine.
Save Yourself From Frequent Visits to the Dentist
For metal brace wearers, regular visits to the orthodontist are necessary for monitoring the progress of the braces and adjusting them accordingly. The metal aligners need to be changed from time to time, which cannot be done without an orthodontist.
Most of it is done before the retainer moulding to fit the teeth’ shape. There is no need for adjustments, so there is no need to visit your doctor. You can change multiple sets of retainers under the guidance of your orthodontist without visiting the chamber.
There are some downsides to such clear aligners as well.
Approach an experienced and accountable orthodontist before choosing to fix your dental aesthetics. Select a treatment after giving it enough thought and weighing both pros and cons. However, with its limited disadvantages, we urge you to try Invisalign since it weighs more on the benefits.
If you are looking for a solution to your orthodontic problems, you can always book an appointment with us. We provide all sorts of orthodontic services. Our experts will guide you through the process of choosing the right dental treatment.Back to Blog
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