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Is Invisalign® Or Braces Better For Me?
Invisalign® clear aligners are one of the options that patients explore when it comes to straightening teeth. It is the preferred way to improve the alignment of teeth due to the benefits it provides over traditional metal braces, such as being a more discreet and comfortable option.
This article will explore the main benefits of metal braces and Invisalign® clear aligners, which gives patients the opportunity to determine which option is best for them.
Invisalign® vs. braces
Here are some of the main differences between conventional braces and Invisalign® clear aligners:
1. Braces are better suited for severe orthodontic issues
One of the reasons why traditional braces are still used to straighten teeth despite how unappealing they can make a person's smile is because they are better suited for severe orthodontic issues. Clear aligners can be used to fix moderate orthodontic issues and those caused by poor teeth positioning, but they are not as effective when it comes to orthodontic issues being caused by the alignment of the patient's jaw or severely rotated teeth.
Clear aligners have a hard time griping rounded teeth without slipping making them a poor option for patients with poorly-aligned bicuspids. Braces do not have this problem since each tooth has a bracket cemented to it.
2. Braces assure 100% compliance on the patient's part
Braces are permanently fixed in place which can be a good or bad thing, while clear aligners are removable. The latter needs to be worn for at least 20 hours each day to be effective. Most adults should be able to wear their appliance as recommended, but younger patients might forget to wear their aligners regularly. This reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
With braces, the device works towards straightening the person's teeth throughout the course of their treatment. However, braces being permanently fixed in place also means that they can get in the way of eating and oral hygiene.
3. Invisalign® aligners are less restrictive
Clear aligners tend to provide more comfortable treatment for the patient. They do not have to worry about their smile being ruined by brackets, and they are free to enjoy all of their favorite meals since they can simply take out their aligners before eating.
Patients who are looking for orthodontic treatments that will make a limited impact on their daily lives often prefer Invisalign clear aligners.
4. Invisalign® provides more comfortable treatment
Treatment with clear aligners involves gradually increasing the pressure on a person's teeth over time. Each tray is worn for two weeks before being switched with another that applies a little more force on the patient's teeth. This gradual escalation of the forces applied to the patient's teeth leads to less discomfort during treatment.
Come and explore different teeth straightening options
Interested in learning more about Invisalign or traditional braces? Working with a general dentist to determine the best option is a great place to start. Reach out today to learn more!
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