Modern dental technology allows virtually anyone to achieve his or her brightest and most beautiful smile. But when it comes to straightening out dental defects, patients have numerous orthodontic options to choose from. For many individuals, the decision comes down to either conventional braces or Invisalign® retainers.
In this blog, we list seven of the advantages the Invisalign® process has over conventional braces.
- Compatibility With Most Activities
Braces can be inhibiting due to their bulky and abrasive nature. Some braces wearers have difficulty playing wood or brass instruments, playing sports, and participating in other activities where the metal brackets could be harmful or even dangerous.
Invisalign® retainers, on the other hand, are completely removable. While it’s recommended that wearers keep the retainer in for at least 20 hours each day, the removable retainers are compatible with almost any activity.
- Fewer Food Restrictions
Conventional braces come with a long list of food restrictions. Food can easily get caught between braces wires and the teeth or stick to the brackets. Hard foods can even potentially knock brackets off of their respective teeth.
Because Invisalign® retainers can be taken out at any time; there are hardly any food restrictions. Patients may be advised to avoid high-sugar foods and beverages that may linger on the surface of their teeth and inside their retainer, but those items are allowed as long as the patient practices good oral hygiene.
- Improved Discretion
Braces may transform smiles, but they can make some patients feel self-conscious. This issue is particularly common with young teenagers and middle-aged adults.
Invisalign®, as the name suggests, has a subtle appearance that allows patients to be more discreet about their orthodontic treatment.
- Less Frequent Appointments
Conventional braces need to be frequently adjusted to produce the desired results. Braces also require patients to be more vigilant about their oral health, which means more cleanings and orthodontist appointments.
When undergoing Invisalign® treatments, patients may have appointments as far apart as one to one and a half months. This characteristic makes Invisalign® ideal for individuals with busy schedules that could conflict with frequent dental appointments.
- Reduced Discomfort
Patients who wear braces may experience high levels of discomfort, both from the adjustments of the wires and from the friction of the metal on the soft tissues of the mouth. While this discomfort can diminish as the patient becomes more used to wearing braces, individuals may feel acute pain for up to a week after each adjustment.
While any tooth shifting can cause discomfort, the smooth surface of Invisalign® retainers causes far less irritation than metal brackets.
- Shorter Overall Treatment Length
The average patient keeps his or her braces on for two years, though individuals may have longer or shorter treatment programs according to the complexity of the work. The average Invisalign® treatment lasts one year.
The exact treatment time depends on the patient’s desired results, starting smile, and oral health. However, Invisalign® programs tend to last for less time than conventional braces treatment.
- Simpler Oral Hygiene
Because braces wires go across the teeth, traditional flossing isn’t possible during treatment. Patients either have to slide the floss under each section of wire individually, use a small bristled tooth to clean between their teeth, or switch to water flossing. Normal brushing can also be inadequate due to the position of the brackets. Patients may need to supplement their routine with prescription toothpaste, medicated mouthwash, or other cleaning solutions.
With Invisalign®, patients can maintain their current oral hygiene routine without switching over to orthodontia-specific tools.
Think Invisalign® could help you achieve your dream smile? Talk to your dental health care provider about your orthodontics options to begin your treatment program.