A dental exam can help determine which teeth straightening method is best for your teeth. Braces work for patients with severe tooth gaps, crookedness, and irregular bite. Invisalign and other clear aligners are more suitable for patients who want an almost invisible and comfy treatment, as long as their teeth are not too warped.
Patients who need severe repair or cannot commit to wearing clear aligners for 20 hours every day may benefit more from braces. If you are debating about Invisalign versus braces for squarer teeth, talk to your dentist to see which one is a more suitable fit.
If braces are not your only option, here are six reasons to choose Invisalign over them.
You can remove your Invisalign trays whenever you need to brush your teeth. You do not need to worry about metal fixed to your teeth. That way, it is easy to maintain your daily teeth brushing and flossing.
Additionally, Invisalign aligners consist of transparent plastic material. Their main benefit is that they are unnoticeable, making them an attractive option for patients who would otherwise feel uneasy wearing metallic supports.
Invisalign's clear plastic does not discolor teeth. Some people who wear braces get minor teeth discoloration in the spots with brackets. That usually happens if a person eats staining and sugary foods or drinks.
However, the odds of getting teeth stains from braces are few. But you can lower the odds even further by using Invisalign instead. The clear trays do not attach to your teeth, so it is easy to keep your teeth clean.
Your dentist may ask you not to chew gum or consume certain foods and drinks after you receive your braces. That is important so you can avoid destroying your braces' wires or brackets.
You will not have to limit your food choices if you pick Invisalign. You can remove the trays when eating and put them back on after rinsing your mouth. Invisalign aligners allow you to eat any food you want without mangling them.
Metal wires that have not been clipped properly can prick or scrape your cheeks’ inside parts and the soft tissues in your mouth. Invisalign is more comfortable. It has no sharp edges to cause injury inside your mouth.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners do not require regular tightening by your dentist. You will only change your aligners every two weeks. The dentist adjusts each aligner set to fit firmly on your teeth. Your teeth may feel slightly tighter with each set, but the feeling clears in a day or two.
Traditional braces may take 18 to 24 months to align your teeth. In comparison, Invisalign's treatment period lasts an average of 12 months. But the time it takes to see results may vary based on your treatment plan's complexity. That said, Invisalign generally moves teeth faster into position than traditional braces.
Traditional braces require you to see your dentist regularly for tightening, about every four to six weeks. But with Invisalign, your dentist gives you new aligner trays every two to three months that you can wear on your own. Both methods require regular dental visits, but Invisalign treatments have longer treatment intervals, thus fewer visits.
For more on Invisalign, visit SA Dental at our office in Santa Ana, California. Call (714) 852-3140 to book an appointment today.