It has been reported that nearly 96 percent of Americans believe their smile is as important to their overall appearance as any other physical trait. This is why so many people with alignment issues look into braces and Invisalign for correction. When you visit Eco Friendly Dentistry in Oaklawn, Illinois, their team of licensed dentists will be able to tell you about Invisalign, how they differ from traditional braces, and if it may be right for you. Let us look at some of the differences between traditional metal braces and Invisalign.
When talking about what sets Invisalign apart from traditional braces is its appearance. Invisalign will win this category every time due to its nearly invisible aligner trays compared to the visible wires and brackets used with traditional braces. Invisalign trays are crafted from a clear plastic that is virtually undetectable. If you want straighter teeth but want to accomplish it discreetly, Invisalign is the right choice.
When your teeth need straightening, it can be an uncomfortable experience. Whether you decide on braces or Invisalign, both can sometimes cause discomfort. But when comparing the two options, Invisalign is more comfortable for most of the treatment cycle. Invisalign aligner trays exert less pressure on the teeth and do not have sharp metal edges, which can sometimes poke the inner lip or cheeks. Invisalign is a better option for individuals who are active athletes.
Braces cannot be removed by the patient and are worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But with Invisalign, they are removable, which creates situations where patients are not following their dentist’s recommendation of wearing them 20-22 hours a day. In addition, trays can be lost. When trays are not worn, teeth can begin to revert to their previous positions. In addition, not wearing them correctly can drag out the treatment time. Braces may be a better solution for those who worry about keeping track of or wearing their aligners for the required hours each day.
Braces are very convenient because, since you cannot remove them, you never have to worry about losing them or remembering to put them back on. However, they present certain dietary restrictions.
Invisalign can be removed for easy cleaning and allow you to eat what you want, but you must remember to put them back on and not lose them. They are incredibly convenient and offer flexibility that braces cannot match.
No matter your orthodontic option, keeping your teeth clean is critical. With braces, you are able to brush normally, but flossing around brackets and wires can be challenging. Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can easily perform your oral hygiene regimen. Cleaning the trays is also easy, whereas removing stubborn food particles caught in braces can be difficult.
It comes down to what you expect from your orthodontic treatment, personal preferences, and the severity of your alignment issues. To schedule an appointment at Eco Friendly Dentistry, please call 773-429-1400.