When researching braces options, you may have come across Invisalign aligners. Invisalign is an option for those who want to correct the alignment of their teeth. While Invisalign and metal braces have the same basic purpose, they differ in other ways. Read on to understand the differences between the two.
Braces are metal brackets that are glued to the teeth and connected by wires and rubber bands. They are installed by an orthodontist, who adjusts them monthly. Many patients enjoy choosing a new rubber band colour when their braces are adjusted. Braces are extremely effective tools to improve both the appearance and functionality of your teeth. On average, braces are worn for two to three years.
Invisalign aligners are relatively new to the market. They are trays made of smooth, BPA-free transparent plastic that you wear over your teeth to slowly adjust them. Invisalign aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day and must be changed every two weeks. While Invisalign aligners have numerous advantages over traditional braces, they do not improve the functionality of your teeth. On average, Invisalign aligners are only worn for six to eighteen months.
Advantages of Invisalign Aligners
In addition to the obvious benefit of subtlety, here are some reasons many people prefer Invisalign aligners to traditional braces:
- More Comfortable
Invisalign aligners can be more comfortable than traditional braces because they don’t have wires and sharp edges that can cut or injure your teeth and gums.
- Not as Restrictive
Many people who need braces are concerned they’ll have difficulty eating, since those with braces are discouraged from eating foods that are chewy or hard. With Invisalign aligners you don’t have this problem. Since they are removable, you simply pop them out and eat as you normally would.
- Easy Cleaning
Another issue with braces is the difficulty of maintaining dental hygiene. With braces, food easily gets stuck in your teeth, and brushing and flossing can be difficult. However, with Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners and clean your teeth.
When Can’t I Use Invisalign Aligners
There are several reasons Invisalign may be preferable for some patients. However, aligners are not recommended for some people with these concerns:
- Problems with molars/back teeth
- Teeth need to be moved vertically
- Canines need rotation
- Those who cannot keep aligners in their mouths at least 20-22 hours a day
Contact your trusted dental clinic to inquire about your teeth straightening options.
Whether it’s braces or an Invisalign aligner that you need, the dentists in Cosmo Dental Centre are happy to help. Call us at (519) 659-2767 to make an appointment or visit our dental office in London, Ontario.