Invisible aligners do the same thing traditional braces do. But when it comes to choosing between braces and Invisalign, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of Invisalign as compared to braces:
Pros and Cons of Invisalign braces
Pros of Invisalign
The advantages of Invisalign over braces are as follows.
Invisalign or invisible aligners, as the name suggests, are almost invisible to the eye, which makes it a great option for those who don’t want to be in the center of attention for having metal wire around their teeth.
Unlike conventional braces which are hard to maintain, invisible braces can be removed easily for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can remove your clear aligner trays on your own whenever you want to eat or brush your teeth, or clean the trays themselves, and then place them back.
Clear aligners typically need fewer visits to your dentist’s office than metal braces. People having metal braces need to regularly visit their orthodontist to have their braces adjusted. The brackets or wire may also get broken in metal braces, which will require you to visit your orthodontist to get it fixed.
With clear aligners, the trays are often prepared after the first follow-up for the whole process and you only need to change them at the right time as the treatment progresses, unless one of them happens to not fit perfectly, requiring a new set of aligners. All in all, with conventional braces you’ll typically need to see your orthodontist every month but with Invisalign, you may need to do that every 6 weeks.
Wearing invisible aligners is much more comfortable than wearing metal braces. Tightening of the brackets in conventional braces causes tension as they press the teeth toward the proper position but Invisalign braces only take a day or two for the patient to get used to them and then they become more comfortable. Additionally, clear aligners do not have sharp edges like metal braces to irritate your tongue and cheeks.
People getting braces are usually told by their doctor to avoid certain foods or chewing gum. With Invisalign clear aligners you won’t have as many food restrictions as in braces because you can take off your aligners and eat almost anything you want.
Metal braces may cause slight discoloration in the teeth on the spots the brackets are in contact with the teeth, especially when you consume a lot of sugary foods or other staining foods. Although this isn’t a common problem, you can prevent it altogether with invisible aligners.