According to the American Dental Association, around 5 million people have gotten their braces replaced with Invisalign aligners over the past twenty years. This is because most people find metal braces embarrassing. As per the same report, metal braces make people feel like their dental imperfections are more obvious.
All braces serve the same purpose—they straighten your teeth and improve their look. However, there are certain structural and functional differences between clear aligners and traditional braces. Let’s analyze the pros and cons:
Just as the name suggests, Invisalign aligners are ‘invisible’ and removable. For those who are looking for teeth alignment devices without changing the way they look, Invisalign is the way to go. For aesthetic purposes, they score a lot higher than metal braces.
Since they’re removable, you can take them off for special events and occasions when you don’t want them interfering with your lifestyle. Speaking of convenience, you can remove Invisalign aligners to eat and wash them without causing any discomfort. You can remove them and replace them on your own. However, in the case of metal braces, you need professional help to get rid of them.
Enjoy what you like!
With braces, you need to be very particular about the kind of food you eat, the toothpaste you use, and your habits in general.
People with metal braces find it hard to bite hard foods, which is why they’re advised to avoid apples, pears, and other hard fruits. Biting harder foods also puts the brackets and wires in the metal braces at risk of breaking.
On the flip side, Invisalign aligners call for very few changes to your everyday eating habits. You can remove them and eat whatever you want to.
Metal braces also limit people from taking part in their favorite sports in some cases. With Invisalign, this is not an issue.
When it comes to the alignment of crooked teeth, metal braces can take as many as five years to get the job done. On the other hand, Invisalign is quicker. Just a year and a half and you’ll start seeing results.
However, if you don’t wear these aligners for at least 20 hours a day, you’ll be prolonging this time. Your treatment will also prolong if you don’t follow the dentist’s appointment schedule. Your dentist will check up on the progress every 4 to 6 weeks and see if the Invisalign are fulfilling their purpose.
Our dental experts make sure you feel comfortable during your regular dental checkups. At Bethesda Dental Health we help you overcome all your imperfections. Call us now to schedule your dental checkup if you’re based in Bethesda MD.