Posted on: 5 November 2021Share
Orthodontic treatment comes in various forms. One such form is Invisalign. Like all braces, Invisalign can move teeth and shift them into different positions in the mouth. But if Invisalign can do the same things that standard metal braces can do, then why not just choose metal braces?
Invisalign has some important differences in appearance and function that may make them a better option for you, depending on your preferences or needs.
You prefer to be discreet
The name "Invisalign" refers to the discreetness of the nearly invisible aligners. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic. Because of that, many people won't be able to see that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. This is unlike traditional braces, which are easy to notice.
If you don't want the world to know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, then Invisalign is a good option for you.
You have sensitive skin or teeth
Some people suffer from sensitive gums and teeth. And because traditional braces put pressure on the teeth and gums, they might cause a lot of discomfort for someone with sensitive teeth and gums. Standard braces can irritate the tongue, cheeks and lips too.
Invisalign aligners are softer than metal or even ceramic braces. So, if your oral tissues are sensitive, consider choosing Invisalign. You'll suffer less discomfort during your treatment with Invisalign.
You don't have time to spend cleaning braces
Standard braces are a permanent fixture until your treatment ends. They also come with wires and brackets. Food and bacteria often accumulate behind and underneath wires and brackets, which means you need to spend more time cleaning your teeth as well as your braces.
You can keep your Invisalign aligners clean by rinsing them between meals and soaking them at least once a day. If you don't have time to spend cleaning braces and remove food from them each day, Invisalign is a good alternative.
You don't like the idea of eating with metal braces
Eating with traditional braces can be messy and embarrassing. This is because food can lodge in the brackets and archwire. And eating certain types of food, like sticky foods or stringy foods is difficult, too. Eating doesn't have to be a chore with Invisalign aligners because you can remove them before you eat and replace them once you finish eating.
You value your ability to speak clearly at all times
You can remove Invisalign aligners at any time during the day. So, if speaking is an activity that you need or want to do often, then the ability to remove an Invisalign aligner will be a major advantage to you. For instance, if you are a singer, actor, teacher or operator, Invisalign will be a convenient method of orthodontic treatment for you.
Invisalign is more convenient and comfortable than traditional orthodontic treatment. Speak to a cosmetic dentist or orthodontist near you to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.