Both Invisalign and braces are cosmetic dentistry treatments for straightening teeth to improve your smile and your overall oral health.
Braces are metal brackets glued to your teeth and bound by wires and rubber bands. On the other hand, Invisalign is invisible. These are aligner trays made from BPA clear plastic and worn over the teeth to align them gradually.
While both treatments appear to be similar in treating teeth crowding, spacing, cross bite, under bite, overbite, and crooked teeth, they are quite different.
Veneers are a dental procedure that treat the same conditions as braces and Invisalign but also address additional problems such as tooth discoloration and tooth size discrepancies. The following are some of the main advantages of Invisalign over metal braces.
With conventional braces, certain foods should be avoided because they might damage the braces, are difficult to chew, or may impede progress. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions and one can eat any kind of food.
Traditional braces are cumbersome to remove for cleaning of teeth or for any other reason. With Invisalign, you are able to remove the device when you do not want them to be noticed.
Many people are particular with their appearance and do not want others noticing their imperfections. Metal braces are easy to recognize and therefore inconvenient for someone who does not want them to be noticed. Invisalign braces are invisible and very hard to detect.
Convenient and Comfortable
With traditional braces, it is difficult to clean and floss your teeth. In contrast, with Invisalign, you can clean and floss teeth as though you never had any braces.
Furthermore, Invisalign is made from smooth plastic unlike the sharp metal in conventional braces that is likely to irritate your gums. Some people experience minor cuts or scratches from the protruding metal on traditional braces.
In addition, the metal in conventional braces also affects demineralization and tooth decay. Metal braces are also painful because they use a lot of force to align the teeth.
With metal braces, you may also be required to have orthodontic wax to conceal pokey or scratchy parts of your braces. Invisalign spares you the heartache of such complications.
Few Dental Appointments
Traditional metal braces require several trips to the dentist for follow up and adjustments. With Invisalign, you only need to attend a few appointments.
On average, you may be required to see the dentist every 6-8 weeks. This sort of flexibility is a benefit to teenagers, parents, and those with hard to predict schedules.
A Permanent Solution
One advantage of Invisalign over veneers is that it is a permanent solution. Once your teeth have aligned, it is irreversible.
Veneers have a short life span and require regular maintenance due to their propensity to break or crack. They are also not permanent solutions and may need replacement every 5 years.
Invisalign is a non-invasive procedure whereby a dentist will take impressions of your teeth and give you the appropriate braces.
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To understand which procedure would be best for your teeth, call New Teeth Dental at 312-951-8338 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.