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Invisalign® or Traditional Braces: What is Better?

There are different factors that can help you decide which treatment option would work best for reshaping your smile: Invisalign or traditional braces. The major ones include your age, the shape of your teeth, treatment duration and the degree of effectiveness, daily maintenance, cost, and your personal preference. In this blog, we’ll learn about the pros and cons of Invisalign and traditional braces. Keep reading!

Invisalign®

Invisalign aligners are an effective orthodontic treatment option for straightening your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces. These are thin, transparent and removable plastic aligners, usually computer-generated from a mold (or impression) of a patient’s teeth. An entire series of these aligners are made and given to you. You have to use these interchangeably every two weeks for a period of six to eighteen months, or longer.

Invisalign is considered perfect for adults and older teens whose jaws have finished growing, and who have mild to moderate alignment problems.

Pros

  • Comfortable: Its plastic material with soft edges doesn’t irritate the soft tissues in your mouth.

  • Safe: FDA-verified BPA free material, which means there are no harmful chemicals.

  • Ease of care: Take out the aligners, brush them, brush your teeth, and then place them back.

  • Less painful: There are no metal wires involved which means no worry about popping free, cut, or scrape on the gums, or inside your lips.

  • Fewer food restrictions: You can eat almost anything. Just don’t forget to clean your aligner and teeth properly.

  • No embarrassment: Smile freely and confidently as these thin, transparent aligners are hardly noticeable from a normal standing distance.

Cons

  • Cannot fix severe malocclusion: Not effective in cases such as severely rotated teeth, severely tipped teeth, crowded teeth, large tooth spacing, and other difficult situations.

  • Demand your full cooperation: You’ll need to wear Invisalign for at least 22 hours per day. Irregular use may allow your previous progress to relapse.

  • Tooth issues may cause problems: Any new restoration or dental treatment may interfere with the ideal tooth-to-aligner relationship.

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